Staff and Board of Directors

EarthLinks’ Staff

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.



Kelly Shinn

Kelly Shinn, MSW: Garden and Program Director
Kelly served as a Program Associate in 2011 while earning her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Denver. After working with Arapahoe County Department of Social Services, she returned in 2013 to direct the Workshop Program. She has experience in gardens, farms, and CSA’s, and is an advocate for food access and food justice.


Carolyn Thornton

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, and community events.



Ona Crow, MSW: Development Director
Ona received a Bachelors in Psychology from New Mexico State University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver, focusing on Conservation Social Work on a Community Level, and she also has a certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work. She brings a passion for utilizing the human-nature bond in empowerment work.



marynells-copyMary Nelle Gage, SL: Marketing Coordinator
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.


Laura Schneiter: Program Assistant Laura
A Colorado native and graduated from CU Denver with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Environmental Science. She has a passion for studying humans relationships to their environment and ways to learn skills to enhance community resilience. She recently graduated from a national volunteer program called AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps where she traveled to various communities and learned skills in trail building, construction, gardening and environmental restoration. When she is not woodworking in the EarthLinks garage, she enjoys hiking, making jewelry, playing with dogs and eating pizza.


Kalyn Flierl: Administrative Assistant
Kalyn is a Colorado native who graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE with her Bachelors in Social Work. She just recently completed a year of post graduate service work with Colorado Vincentian Volunteers and is excited to join the EarthLinks family. She is passionate about serving others and building sustainable communities. She loves to hike, run, go to concerts, and cook healthy vegetarian meals.



Emily Haskins: Urban Servant Corps Volunteer
Emily is a Colorado native and graduated from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) with a BA in Environmental Studies and Geography in 2015. After graduating, she served as a volunteer teaching English in Madagascar with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program. She will be joining the EarthLinks team as an Urban Servant Corps volunteer and is very passionate about environmental social justice issues and excited to learn about the healing properties of working in gardens. For fun, Emily likes to bike, hang out in coffee shops, and be around animals.

daneel-ariasDaneel Arias: Americorps VISTA Volunteer
“A New York native, Daneel is proud to serve at Earthlinks through the Americorps VISTA program. He received his Bachelors in Arts Management and Administration from Purchase College. Aside from embracing the beautiful state of Colorado, Daneel is excited to work with the lovely team here at Earthlinks.”

After serving his Americorps Vista year at EarthLinks, Daneel would like to continue working to help non-profits through fundraising and campaigning efforts. He will move to the Atlanta area to join a nonprofit that helps to engage with communities through art and culture. Daneel appreciates everyone who supports EarthLinks, because it was an incredible experience for him to be part of such a welcoming community!


katie-coulterCatherine CoulterAmericorps Vista Volunteer
Katie is serving as an Americorps VISTA member after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Eastern Michigan University. Katie has formal training in art and photography, and brings a deep passion for the natural world and creative expression. She is dedicated to just, healthy, and sustainable communities.



Board of Directors

Carol Maclennan, Board President
Retired Tri-County Health Department

Susan Goldbach, Board Vice-President
Retired UPS Executive

Mike Boggs, Board Treasurer
Vice President
Wells Fargo

Carrie Johnson, Esq., Board Secretary
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Chrissy Robinson
EarthLinks Workshop Program Participant

Vanita Bellen 
True North Consulting

Deborah Bomyea, OP,
Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa

Dedrick Smith, Ph.D.
Managing Consultant
The Clikwise Organization, LLC

Lisa Penley
Sales & Marketing Professional

Janet McIntyre 
Vice President Professional Services
Colorado Hospital Association

Robert F. Hayes, CPA
Financial Consultant

Merri Mattison
Associate Professor of Sociology
Red Rocks Community College

Marilena Echohawk
Vice President Bank of the West


Advisory Board of Directors

Jackie Leech, SC
Chaplain, Gardens of St. Elizabeth, Centura Health

Nancy Hoffman, SC
Former Board President
Director, One Simple Voice

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

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