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, 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: 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.




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.


Emilee Martell: Urban Servant Corps Volunteer
Emilee Martell is a Wisconsin native, here in Denver for the first time as an Urban Servant Corps member. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with degrees in English and Environmental Studies, and is passionate about sustainability, social justice, and forging deeper connections to the natural world. At EarthLinks, her favorite activity is beekeeping, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, hiking, and singing very loudly while cooking.


Ryan Mills: Americorps VISTA Volunteer
A Colorado native, Ryan is an Americorps Vista helping to work on the media side of EarthLinks by helping update and maintain the website among other technology driven goals. Ryan graduated from Metro State University with a BA in English-writing and a minor in Digital Media-Content Design.



Amylyn Thayer: Americorps VISTA Volunteer
Amylyn, native-ish to Colorado, is an AmeriCorps VISTA Member at EarthLinks after graduating from Regis University with a BA in Environmental Studies and minors in Psychology and Community Food Systems. She is excited to be back at EarthLinks after being a summer intern through Regis’ Romero House in 2015. She is passionate about gardening, sustainability, food justice, and conservation and in her spare time she enjoys hiking, swing dancing, reading, and gardening. 


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

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


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