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Our Team.

Our team is composed of highly driven individuals that strive to make our community here at EarthLinks a more welcoming place. We are gardeners, case managers, social workers. volunteers, and most importantly: a family.


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.

Gretchen Roberts

Deputy Director (she, her, hers)

Gretchen has an extensive background in fundraising and social enterprise management. She has worked in non-profits, libraries and schools for more than 20 years. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Gretchen started gardening with her grandmother Dot as a small child. She is an avid home canner and she and her family love pickles, pestos and the Utah desert. Gretchen is a true believer in the transformative power of nature and growing food. 

Jay Reszka

Case Management Coordinator (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.

Sara Schlabach

Program and Garden Director (she, her, hers)

Sara grew up in Aurora, Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Human Services and Minor(s) in Sociology & Women Studies. Sara completed the Master Gardener program exam with CSU Extension April 2021 and has spent the last 10 years working with community members experiencing homelessness at various organizations in Metro Denver. With a deep love for people, earth and art, Sara is thrilled to be contributing to the beautiful mission and community at EarthLinks. One of Sara’s heroes, Wangari Maathai, once said, "We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own...This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life...there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other." EarthLinks is the perfect place to live out this wisdom!

Michael Shube

Development and IT (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 working on grant writing and IT support.

Kevin Person

Peer Support Specialist/Coffee Shop Coordinator (he, him, his)

Kevin has lived in the Denver Metro his whole life. He has a passion for community and creativity. As the manager of the new coffee shop he is helping fill the gap of job readiness training for at risk individuals. His goal is to help them find and share their innate potential. He has lived experience navigating the housing, recovery, and healthcare systems. He finds a way to flourish in challenging environments by always learning and engaging the power of perspective.

Kaitlin Aaby

Operations Coordinator (she, her, hers)

Kaitlin grew up in Maryland and graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies. Kaitlin is passionate about sustainability, climate justice, and food security. She believes in EarthLinks’ mission to strengthen the connection between people and the planet for mutual healing. Kaitlin loves spending time with the EarthLinks bees and in the woodshop. In her free time, she loves hiking, biking, and cooking plant-based foods.

Atradees Futrell

Coffee Shop Manager (he, him, his)

Atradees is from Denver, Colorado. Growing up and working in Denver and Aurora has allowed him to see a lot of change - for better or worse. He brings sweat equity having worked from the bottom (dishwasher) on up (to management) in the restaurant industry for 10+ years. He was also a teacher for a Montessori school in the metro area for 5 years. He comes full circle at EarthLinks, by managing our coffee shop and working with the community that he grew up in. He loves camping and being a great dad to his 11 year old daughter.

Madi Matheny

AmeriCorps VISTA Member (she, her, hers)

Born and raised in West Virginia, Madi cultivated her love of nature by exploring the outdoors and helping out on her family’s farm. Madi graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. in International Studies, and then followed her passion for agriculture and sustainable food systems to a small organic vegetable farm in West Virginia. She is excited to contribute to EarthLinks’ mission because of her belief in the importance of creating reciprocal communities between people and the planet. Madi is looking forward to learning more about how non-profit organizations can alleviate poverty and create spaces for communities to heal and thrive. To recharge, Madi loves to hike, read, and spend time with friends.
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Hailey Webster

AmeriCorps VISTA Member (she, her, hers)

Hailey was born and raised in Southern California and recently finished her degree in Political Science-Public Service and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Trading the beach for the mountains, she decided to forge a new path by moving to Denver and serving with AmeriCorps. With a strong passion for the environment and equality, she is thrilled to be working on behalf of the EarthLinks mission. She is also excited to learn more about gardening and promote EarthLinks' wonderful and sustainable products. Her hope is to spend her time in service gaining meaningful insight into the nonprofit realm and what a career in helping others and Earth consists of.


Caroline Garvey

Colorado Vincentian Volunteer (she, her, hers)

Caroline is originally from Kentucky and graduated from the University of Dayton with a BS in Sustainability and minor in Geology. She is excited to be a part of the EarthLinks team during her time as a Colorado Vincentian Volunteer. She was drawn to EarthLinks because of her passion for environmental justice and community resiliency. She believes that strengthening the relationship between people and planet can bring mutual healing to one another. She is looking forward to witnessing how EarthLinks transforms participants and staff through activities centered around creativity and nature. When she has free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and going on small adventures. Her personal philosophy is that each person she meets has insight or expertise in an area of life that she doesn’t; so she's excited to learn as much from the EarthLinks community as possible. 

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.

EarthLinks Governing Board of Directors

Wendy Handler, Board President

Broker Associate
LIV Sotheby’s International Realty


Clayton Bartczak

Facilitator and Consultant

Luke Ilderton

Deputy Director Energy Outreach Colorado

Deborah Bomyea, OP

Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa


Janet McIntyre

Principal, JEM Health Care Consultant

Marisa Westbrook, MPH

PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Denver

Elizabeth Staton

Senior Instructor, Dept of Family Medicine

Univ of Colorado School of Medicine

Merri Mattinson, Ph.D, Board

Vice - President

Associate Professor of Sociology

Red Rocks Community College

Robert F. Hayes, CPA, Board Treasurer

Financial Consultant

Sean Harkin

EarthLinks Program Participant

Kristin Dean

Retired, Community Development

Julia Mecklenburg, MSW, Board Secretary

Colorado Access

Rachelle Macur

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Group 14 Engineering, PBC

Maureen Cain, J.D

Director of Legislative Policy and External Communications

Colorado State Public Defender

EarthLinks Advisory Board of Directors

Jacqueline Leech, SC


Sister of Charity of Cincinnati

Cathy Mueller, SL

Co-Foundress, EarthLinks

Sister of Loretto

Nancy Hoffman, SC

Former Board President

Sister of Charity of Cincinnatti

Bette Ann Jaster, OP

Co-Foundress, EarthLinks

Dominican Sister of Hope

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