Staff and Board of Directors

Kathleen (Cass) Cronan

Executive Director
Cass has extensive experience working with Denver’s nonprofit community, specifically organizations serving homeless and low-income populations, both as a volunteer and in various leadership roles. She has practiced law for more than 30 years in the Denver area.

Carolyn Thornton

Community Engagement Director
Carolyn, a Baltimore native, received a Bachelors of Science degree, focused on Art Education and Visual Communications from Towson University in Maryland. She coordinates sales, the EarthLinks’ Volunteer Program, online and print outreach, social media and community events.

Mary Nelle Gage, SL

Mary Nelle is a Sister of Loretto who joined us in 2003. Originally from Texas, and a graduate of Loretto Heights, she brings unmatched energy and enthusiasm to EarthLinks, and can be found staffing any number of our booths at festivals where we sell products from the EarthLinks Workshop Program.

Alix Midgley

Program and Garden Director
Alix is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working alongside people experiencing homelessness and displacement for over a decade in various capacities. In addition to her direct service experience, Alix previously worked on a small organically cultivated vegetable farm in Mancos, CO, and earned her Master Gardener Certification in La Plata County, CO. She is passionate about restoring a sense of belonging and self-worth among those who have been marginalized through earth-based engagement and connection.

Laura Schneiter

Marketing and Special Events Coordinator
A Colorado native and graduate from CU Denver with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Environmental Science, Laura has a passion for studying our interaction with our environment and ways to enhance community resilience. She also participated in AmeriCorps NCCC where she traveled to various communities and learned skills in trail building, construction, gardening and environmental restoration.

Jay Reszka

Case Manager
Wisconsin born and raised, Jay has a Master’s of Divinity from Notre Dame and has spent his entire working life employed by human service non-profit organizations; much of this time with several metro Denver agencies or churches working with lower income populations. Most recently, he was the Case Manager for a small homeless shelter in Thornton, CO. His passion is helping marginalized and isolated individuals re-discover their unique gifts and talents and regain their place in community.

Andrea Bowerman

Administrative Assistant
Bio Coming Soon!

Mark Raburn

Program Staff
Mark originates from Chicago, IL and has 30 years of woodworking experience. Mark joined EarthLinks as a staff member after being a part of the participant community for the last four years. He is in charge of the wood workshop and continues to help EarthLinks plan and implement their garden.

Johnna Glover

Johnna is a Florida native who graduated from Boston College with a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies. She's excited to connect her scientific roots with her passion for social justice here at Earthlinks! Joining the team as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she's here to help develop the workshop program and it's products to new heights. During her free time she loves going on mycological hunts, searching for vintage clothing, and drinking way too much coffee!

ML Reeves

Bio coming soon!


Board of Directors

Mike Boggs, Board President
Retired Wells Fargo Private Bank

Merri Mattison, Ph.D., Board Vice-President
Associate Professor of Sociology
Red Rocks Community College

Carol Maclennan, Board Secretary
Retired Tri-County Health Department

Robert F. Hayes, CPA, Board Treasurer
Financial Consultant

Susan Goldbach
Retired UPS Executive

Chrissy Robinson
EarthLinks’ Workshop Program Participant

Vanita Bellen 
Principal, True North Consulting

Deborah Bomyea, OP,
Teacher, St. Francis De Sales

Janet McIntyre 
Health Care Consultant

RoseAnn Sanchez, CPA
Senior Accounting Manager
Anton Collins Mitchell

Dara Palomino
EarthLinks’ Program Participant

Wendy Handler
Broker Associate
LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Advisory Board of Directors

Jacqueline Leech, SC
Sister of Charity of Cincinnati

Nancy Hoffman, SC
Former Board President
Sister of Charity of Cincinnatie

Cathy Mueller, SL
Co-Foundress, EarthLinks
Sister of Loretto

Bette Ann Jaster, OP,
Co-Foundress, EarthLinks
Dominican Sister of Hope