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.
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.
Marketing and Special Events Coordinator (she, her, hers)
Laura grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated from UC Denver with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Environmental Science. During college, her passion for wanting to understand our deep connection to Earth and how it heals us grew, and thus found EarthLinks along her journey. She worked as the Program Assistant for three years, and is now in her new role planning events, fundraising, and sharing the magic that goes on at EarthLinks!
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.
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.
Development Associate (she, her, hers)
Johnna is originally from Florida, and then went on to graduate from Boston College with a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies. She loves that at EarthLinks we can explore the intersections of the environment, community, and social equity. Originally drawn to EarthLinks because of the environmentally grounded mission, she now finds herself constantly in awe of the strength and beauty found in the community here. During her free time she loves going on mycological hunts, searching for vintage clothing, and drink way too much coffee!
Colorado Vincentian Volunteer (she, her, hers)
Sydney is a proud of her Kansas City, Missouri origins where she 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.
AmeriCorps/VISTA (she, her, hers)
Eliana is originally from Kansas City, and 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
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.
AmeriCorps/VISTA (she, her, hers)
Kelsey is from Texas and 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.
AmeriCorps/VISTA (he, him, his)
Michael was born and raised in Colorado and fell in love with farming and gardening in 2015, while working on a small family farm in central California. From there he continued his passion for gardening by migrating to another farm in California, interning at the GrowHaus in Denver, working for a small residential gardening company in Denver, and receiving his Permaculture Design Certification from the Denver Permaculture Guild. He began volunteering with EarthLinks in 2018, and is excited to join staff as an AmeriCorps VISTA member working on grant writing and leading the EarthLinks coffee shop.
Mary Nelle Gage, SL
Ambassador and Sales Representative (she, her, hers)
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
Wendy Handler, Board President
LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
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
Retired Wells Fargo Private Bank
Principal, True North Consulting
EarthLinks Program Participant
Deborah Bomyea, OP
Teacher, St. Francis De Sales
Health Care Consultant
RoseAnn Sanchez, CPA
Senior Accounting Manager
Anton Collins Mitchell
EarthLinks Program Participant
Julia Mecklenburg, MSW
Community Engagement Liaison
Community Engagement & Inclusion Department Colorado Access
Marisa Westbrook, MPH PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Denver
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
Sister of Loretto
Bette Ann Jaster, OP,
Dominican Sister of Hope