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.
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.
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.
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!
Product Development Coordinator (she, hers, hers)
Amylyn is originally from Colorado and after spending two years working with plants in the Pacific Northwest, she is excited to be back in Denver and back at EarthLinks, having previously been an AmeriCorps VISTA member with EarthLinks. She is eager to contribute again to EarthLinks’ distinctive mission of creating community through caring for Earth and craftwork. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, reading, and lindy hopping.
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.
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.
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.
AmeriCorps VISTA Member (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 is excited to learn more about gardening and beekeeping over the next year. In her free time, she loves hiking, biking, and cooking plant-based foods.
AmeriCorps VISTA Member (she, her, hers)
Madison was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado and has had a deep passion for sustaining our environment since first learning about recycling in elementary school. Her love for the planet continued to grow as she attended CSU and received a B.A. in environmental communications. In her free time Madison enjoys sewing and designing clothes from repurposed textiles and tap dancing. She hopes to continue working with marginalized people in Colorado to create a more equitable community while preserving the integrity of Colorado’s beautiful ecosystem.
Graciella Saucedo - Rivera
Colorado Vincentian Volunteer (she, her, hers)
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gracie is joining EarthLinks as a Colorado Vincentian Volunteer. She recently graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and a minor in Religious Studies. Gracie is living out her mission of caring for people and the planet through her work at EarthLinks. She especially loves empowering the dignity of her friends and coworkers, and community members on the daily. Her overarching calling is to increase access to and awareness of resources for those in need. Also, to be a comrade. During her free time, Gracie might be out on a walk, listening through an album, or buried in a book.
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.
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
LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
Facilitator and Consultant
Deputy Director Energy Outreach Colorado
Deborah Bomyea, OP
Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
Principal, JEM Health Care Consultant
Marisa Westbrook, MPH
PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Denver
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
EarthLinks Program Participant
Retired, Community Development
Julia Mecklenburg, MSW, Board Secretary
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
Sister of Loretto
Nancy Hoffman, SC
Former Board President
Sister of Charity of Cincinnatti
Bette Ann Jaster, OP
Dominican Sister of Hope