Staff and Board of Directors

Kathleen (Cass) Cronan

Executive Director (she, her, hers)
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.

Alix Midgley

Program and Garden Director (she, they)
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 (she, her, hers)
Laura is a Colorado native and graduated from UC Denver with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Environmental Science. During school, Laura began to realize the need for nature and community in people’s lives in order to build resilience. She also participated in AmeriCorps NCCC in the Pacific Northwest Region where she traveled to various communities and learned skills in trail building, construction, gardening and environmental restoration. Laura began volunteering with EarthLinks back in 2013, and moved onto staff in 2015.

Jay Reszka

Case Manager (he, him, his)
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 (she, her, hers)
Andrea was born and raised in Englewood, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in History and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She has always felt the call to help those around her ever since she was a kid. Growing up in a low-income area helped her to realize that her calling was to work with marginalized peoples in her own state. Working with EarthLinks she hopes to be able to ease some of the hardships that those marginalized in the Denver Metro area are suffering. As Administrative Assistant, Andrea works with payroll, external and internal sales, bookkeeping, office organization and management, and acts as in-house IT when needed.

Johnna Glover

AmeriCorps/VISTA (she, her, hers)
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!

Sydney Hunter

Colorado Vincentian Volunteer (she, her, hers)
Sydney is a proud Kansas City, Missouri native who graduated from Rockhurst University with a BA in Non-profit Leadership and Fundraising. She is passionate about environmental justice, economic justice, and walking alongside those experiencing homelessness. Sydney came to EarthLinks to pursue these passions and learn more about gardening and food justice. As a program assistant, she helps with workshop, cooking meals, and just about anything else to keep things running smoothly.

Eliana Durante

AmeriCorps/VISTA (she, her, hers)
Eliana is a Kansas City native who also experienced living in Northern Florida until her college career. She graduated with a BA in International Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies from Utah State University. After experiencing a summer position of trail building and environmental restoration with the Utah Conservation Corps through AmeriCorps, she found a passion in serving the community. As an AmeriCorps/VISTA member at EarthLinks she continues to embrace the goal of sustaining the environment by expanding aspects of marketing and volunteer coordination

ML Reeves

AmeriCorps/VISTA (they, them, theirs)
ML is a non-binary genderfluid artist from Iowa. They received their BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2016. They love being at EarthLinks because it is the intersection of their passion for people, environment and craft. In their free time, they can be found weaving, reading books, lifting weights, and going to live music shows.

Kelsey Corbran

AmeriCorps/VISTA (she, her, hers)
Kelsey is a Texas native who graduated from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi with a BS in Environmental Science. She is deeply interested in topics such as sustainability, low-waste lifestyle, and environmental awareness. She enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, and reading. She is tremendously excited to be a part of the EarthLinks community and contribute to the mission.

Mary Nelle Gage, SL

Ambassador and Sales Representative
Mary Nelle is a Sister of Loretto who joined EarthLinks 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.

 

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

Sean Harkin
Participant

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

Julia Mecklenburg, MSW
Community Engagement Liaison
Community Engagement & Inclusion Department Colorado Access 

Marisa Westbrook
PhD Candidate, Metropolitan State University

 

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