Meet The Team
Kathleen (Cass) Cronan
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 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. Gretchen is a true believer in the transformative power of nature and growing food.
VP of Strategic Partnerships
Born and raised in Denver, Rebecca has spent the last 14 years working in both local government and nonprofit sectors, supporting individuals experiencing houselessness and various instabilities. As a community organizer and advocate, Rebecca leads and cultivates relationships through an equity and person-centered lens. With a passion for Earth and all Her inhabitants, Rebecca believes strongly in the transformative power of redemption, grace, and reciprocal, sustainable healing – for people and planet alike.
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.
Kevin has lived in the Denver Metro his whole life. He has a passion for plants, community, and creativity. He has lived experience navigating the housing, recovery and mental health care systems. He finds a way to flourish in challenging environments by always learning and engaging the power of perspective. As a certified herbalist, he seeks to empower people with food, plants, and the importance of earth care in health.
Liana is an Afro-Latina social justice advocate and creative from Florida, who recently graduated with her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. She is passionate about environmental & reproductive rights, mental health, and sustainable fashion, and enjoys working with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ population. Outside of work, she spends her energy on creative projects, listening to music & making playlists, thrifting, being in community of family and friends, and cuddling with her little chihuahua, Nala.
Production and Sustainability Manager
Kaitlin grew up in Maryland and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. 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. In her free time, she loves hiking, reading, and cooking plant-based foods.
Coffee Shop Manager and Program Support
Eumalina (Lina) Krueck
Lina Krueck is an Oglala Lakota + Chicana artist, writer, student, community advocate, and activist based in North Denver, Colorado. Lina is a transracial adoptee on a journey of reconnection, learning about her culture, ancestral history, and languages. Her heart work is centered in building community to help others heal from trauma and c-ptsd, share traditional knowledge, support folks who are living with addiction, and care for the land. You will most likely find her exploring outside or in the local cafe.
Abbey brings her background in accounting/administration and international nonprofit work to join her passion for the outdoors and gardening in Denver. She loves to create administrative scaffolding to support building a sustainable, thriving community. She and her family enjoy creating and enjoying music, hiking, biking, and generally getting into the mountains any chance they get. Abbey is also an avid reader, baker, yogi, and traveler.
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 sustainable food systems to a small organic vegetable farm in West Virginia. She is passionate about creating reciprocal communities between people and the planet. To recharge, Madi loves to hike, garden, read, and spend time with friends.
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 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.
Renā Trujillo identifies as a queer, multiracial, and multicultural human. One who is doing their best to put the human in being. Their worldview and world experience has been impacted by the U.S. foster-care system and shaped through communal upbringing with Samoan, Latinx, and Diné elders in Southwestern Colorado. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. He believes there is power/action potential that lies at the intersection(s) of embodiment work, land-based practices, and social and environmental justice. Hobbies include hiking, fishing, hunting, foraging, creative resistance through art, dancing, eating, and attending music concerts. They are a proud plant and puppy companion – oh and uncle/aunt to ten nephews and nieces.
Board of Directors
Elizabeth Staton, Board President
Senior Instructor, Dept of Family Medicine
Univ of Colorado School of Medicine
Robert F. Hayes, CPA, Board Treasurer
Community Engagement & Sustainability Specialist
Colorado State University
EarthLinks Program Participant
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Group 14 Engineering, PBC
Tiffany Knight, CPA
Director CPA, Kudinger, Corder & Montoya, P.C.
Charles (Taz) Romine-Mann
Diversity Coordinator, University of Denver
Honors Director, Red Rocks Community College
Merri Mattinson, Ph.D, Board Vice President
Associate Professor of Sociology
Red Rocks Community College
Julia Mecklenburg, MSW, Board Secretary
Deputy Director Energy Outreach Colorado
Retired, Community Development
Broker Associate LIV Sotheby's International Realty
Maureen Cain, J.D.
Director of Legislative Policy and External Communications
Colorado State Public Defender
EarthLinks Program Participant