Andrea Earley Coen
For over 25 years, Andrea’s professional background has been in the experiential education nonprofit sector, working with schools, nonprofits, outdoor and agriculture education centers, farms and wilderness programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, and Colorado. Since joining Guidestone’s team in 2008, she has worn many hats, and is thrilled to have stepped into the role of Executive Director. She is passionate about agriculture education, traditional homesteading arts, growing healthy local foods, a thriving local food system and forwarding Guidestone’s mission to grow a vibrant agricultural future. Andrea is also a musician, a mom, and an active member of her local community.
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 ten 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.
Colorado Land Link Coordinator
Amanda is a food systems educator, advocate and organizer. Her work has taken her from coast to coast in the US food system: apprenticing on a diversified fruit and vegetable farm in northern California, coordinating demos in Boston for a national grocery chain, running a cottage food bakery business, and managing a café in Denver, a food store on Cape Cod, and a summer CSA for a food hub in the San Luis Valley. For 5 years, she was involved in all aspects of an organic seed and vegetable farm on the Front Range. Since 2014, Amanda has been a certified Farm Succession Coordinator through the International Farm Transition Network. She holds a masters’ degree in environmental management and a bachelors’ degree from Colorado College. She sees land access as one of the greatest obstacles to running a successful ag business and welcomes innovative solutions for providing beginning farmers and ranchers with the land opportunities they need to get growing!
2020 AmeriCorps Members
Hutchinson Homestead Education Specialist
Tarin is excited to join Guidestone this year as the Hutchinson Homestead Education Specialist! She is a southern baby who spent most of her time growing up outdoors, not afraid of getting dirty. Once Tarin got a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful ice-covered rivers of Colorado, she knew this was a place she wanted to call her second home. Tarin received her Bachelor’s in Wildlife Conservation and Science at Texas A&M-Commerce and hopes to extend her love for nature and the outdoors to others. She is an outgoing, bubbly person who loves to put a smile on everyone’s faces as laughter truly is the best medicine. When she is not getting lost enjoying the outdoors and trying new foods, she can be found learning how to crochet and play the guitar. She looks forward to getting to work with the community and strengthening the bonds between people and the natural world!
Garden Education Specialist
L graduated with an Environmental Studies degree from CU Boulder with an emphasis in Eco-Social Justice. She volunteered with Thorne Nature Experience, where she inspired elementary school kids to learn and take care of their environment. She co-authored and co-illustrated a children’s book about a local hero titled Mi Mamà, Alicia Sanchez. For her four years through college, she was on the Promotions and Outreach Team at the CU Environmental Center where she organized and inspired participation at environmental events. She spent her recent summers working on a farm, doing zero-waste, and canvassing for political measures. Her favorite activities are to climb trees and mountains, milk goats, sing often, ravenously learn, and always approach the world with a smile.
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.
Jes Walton is the Food Campaigns Director at Green America, an environmental nonprofit based in Washington, DC. Jes grew up in Salida and, although she has spent the past few years across the country and around the world, she recently settled back in the Valley. She’s worked with food and agriculture on many levels, from spending time on small organic farms, serving as an agroforestry volunteer with the Peace Corps, studying agricultural policy, and many stops in between. Her professional career has been committed to social and environmental nonprofits, and becoming a Guidestone board member continues that tradition with an added excitement around being more deeply involved with her local food system.
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