Meet our talented team of staff and board members:
Andrea Earley Coen
Andrea has over 25 years experience working with outdoor, environmental and agriculture education nonprofits. She began working with Guidestone in 2008 and since that time she has worn many Guidestone hats, most recently as the Director of the Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center and Guidestone’s Director Operations. She is thrilled to be stepping into the Executive Director position to continue forwarding Guidestone’s mission to grow a vibrant agricultural future.
Farm to School Director
Monica Pless has worked on education and production farms, dairies and bakeries producing organic produce, tree fruit, meat chickens, eggs, pork, beef, maple syrup, raw milk and pie. As Guidestone’s Farm to School Director, she manages the production and education on the Community and School Farm and the school gardens. With a degree from Princeton in Ecology and from Antioch University New England in Environmental Studies, she brings an ecological mindset to farming practices, working to build soil health and incorporate permaculture principles into production agriculture.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Leah was born in a January blizzard in New Hampshire and grew up catching frogs and running from trolls in the woods of Maryland. She has made Colorado her home for eight years, and now knows that her soul is made of mountains and rivers. During her time in Boulder and Longmont, Leah milked goats and made cheese and soap at Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, harvested vegetables at Renegade Farm, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, tested gluten-free recipes, and went snowboarding at Eldora between farm shifts. She is also trained as a librarian and spent five years working in libraries. She loves combining her passion for nature and gardening with her love of books and education in her work at Guidestone.
Education Specialist, Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center
Margaux grew up in France by the ocean. After finishing her master degree in coastal management in Brest, she came to the USA as a volunteer to work in a ranch in the San Luis Valley in 2013. She came back in 2014 with an agricultural visa to work in another ranch, Arrowpoint Cattle Company in Nathrop, CO. In April 2016, she created a company Go Conservation, LLC, to work on Holistic Management, land monitoring, agricultural education. She volunteered with Guidestone in 2017 and was the support instructor for the Summer Program. She embraces the mission of Guidestone and is grateful to be part of the Guidestone team. When not in the field teaching kids, she loves traveling and in the summer time, and enjoys paddle boarding on the lakes around Salida.
AmeriCorps Member, Garden Education Specialist
Rachel is a recent graduate from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition. She grew up attending Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania where Farm/Agriculture Education was part of the curriculum. Her love and appreciation for the knowledge she gained as a child has lead her to pursue this passion as an AmeriCorps Member for Guidestone from May through October of 2019. Rachel will be helping out on the Community & School Farm and running our summer garden camps at the Elementary and Middle School gardens as well as a garden club and youth farmers market through the Boys & Girls Club.
Board of Directors
Jane Fredman, President
Jane is an attorney with Jane B. Fredman, LLC, a law firm based in Colorado Springs. She specializes in real estate, conservation easements, and business law. After hearing a radio interview with David Lynch, one of Guidestone’s founders, who was discussing Colorado Land Link, Jane contacted David and offered free legal help for Guidestone. From that initial opportunity, she became more involved with Guidestone and was elected to the board of directors. In addition to being on the Guidestone board, Jane also volunteers with a number of other food- and environmental-related nonprofits in Southern Colorado. Any spare time is devoted to riding bikes and hiking with her family and dogs.
Paul Alexander, Treasurer
Paul Alexander is Missioner for Development and Financial Stewardship, Office of the Bishop for The Episcopal Church in Colorado. Previous to that he was Director of the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University. He has extensive experience in facilitating community dialogue and collaborative processes and teaches in both the College of Business and Economics and the Regis College. He served for eight years as the Degree Chair for the Master of Nonprofit Management Program (MNM) at Regis and has over twenty years’ experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. He has traveled extensively and lived and worked in Spain and Latin America. Paul loves the land and has dabbled in agriculture on several different continents.
Katy Grether, Secretary
Katy currently serves both as a Guidestone Board Member and on the Hutchinson Homestead Steering Committee. Previously of Salida Area Parks, Open Space and Trails (SPOT), Katy was the lead applicant for all prior History Colorado State Historical Fund proposals in support of the preservation of the Hutchinson Homestead; her involvement maintains the continuity of administration and historic preservation emphasis in our educational projects. Katy Grether and her husband are semi-retired residents of Salida: they have a deep love of the mountains and Colorado history which they have enjoyed all of their lives.
Elizabeth relocated to Louisiana from Illinois as a RN volunteer and found a second home with her husband, Patrick, where they raised three children in the rural south. In 2010, Salida became their second home where they can actively pursue hiking, biking, running less 98% humidity! Elizabeth has maintained an interest in the importance of agriculture and nutrition through the co-founding of a school garden in New Iberia, Louisiana in 2008. Elizabeth is also an active supporter of the New Iberia Community Garden and a board member of the Iberia Parish Foundation. Her interests spread into textile arts, cooking, and travel.
Founders and Advisors