Lisa McGrew Siegfried, Executive Director
Start Date: 2018
In 2005, a life-threatening illness devastated Lisa Siegfried's body. As her organs failed, she was saved by the miracle of a heart transplant. The trauma erased Lisa's ability to move with agility and diminished the clarity of her sight but it didn't affect her heart for service or her vision for a career in the nonprofit world.
Lisa's illness ended her demanding profession as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Portland, Oregon. Following a long convalescence, Lisa returned to her beloved Colorado in 2013, moving to Salida.
As her body grew stronger, she searched for meaning to the miracle of her life and discovered Colorado Farm to Table. She was inspired by the organization's founder and his passion to provide hunger relief to individuals and families in communities across the state. She started as a volunteer farmhand, and found the outdoor work a tonic for her body, intellect and soul. Her dedication led to the Volunteer Coordinator position, and later to service on the Board of Directors.
Lisa graduated from UCCS with a B.A. in psychology and from Portland State University with a master's degree in social work. Her professional career has been in nonprofit, community-based human service organizations.
She has provided a range of therapeutic interventions in numerous settings with numerous disadvantaged and high-risk populations.
Lisa collaborated extensively with multiple community agencies to meet her clients' many needs, including outreach, consultation, advocacy, and court testimony. She provided community-based workshops and supervised graduate-level interns. She served as the human-rights, social-justice chair with the Oregon Counseling Association.
Tony Madone, Jr., Farm Operations ManagerFounder
Start Date: 1996
Tony, is the founder of Colorado Farm To Table and his devotion to this program is evident in the fact that he raised and gave away fresh produce for almost ten years before obtaining non-profit status. In 1996, career farmer Tony Madone, Jr. started a two acre garden plot in Salida, Colorado. A lifelong friend suggested that Tony donate the produce he raised to the hungry served by soup kitchens and food banks. Tony says "that it just felt right" to provide individuals and families in need with fresh produce at no cost to them, a mission that continues today. As Tony states, "Our ministry directs us to address hunger relief for the needy and underprivileged, and men, women and families in crisis across as much of Colorado as we can serve. Our overarching goal is to follow Christ's teaching, as expressed in Matthew 25:35: 'For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.'
Tony moved the farm operation to its current location on Hwy. 291 in Salida in 2005, growing vegetables on ten of the site's available 15 acres, and in 2006 Colorado Farm To Table received its non-profit status. The Shine Family of Salida generously donated use of these 15 acres for a multi-year term, and the Mehos Family recently donated an adjacent 5 acres, for a total of 20 arable acres. A greenhouse was completed in early 2010 to start vegetables. Located in Salida, Colorado, Colorado Farm To Table's fresh grown produce has wide distribution covering over 2/3 of Colorado from Salida, Saguache, and Buena Vista to Montrose, Leadville, Durango/Cortez, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver.
Tony has been farming for over 40 years, almost all of his adult life. He has owned and operated several large-scale farming operations in Cañon City, Colorado and Idaho and has also owned and operated machine shops and heavy equipment repair shops. A native of Cañon City, Tony and his wife of 42 years, Kay, have been in Salida for the past 20 years. Tony has two grown daughters, one son-in law and he and Kay are overjoyed with their two grandchildren 1 and 3.
Thomas McDaniel, Assistant to the Farm Manager
Start Date: 2014
Mr. McDaniel was raised in a wheat and cattle farming family in Mulvane, Kansas. Besides his
experience gained on his family's farm, he spent five years working on a produce farm while
attending college. He also spent several summers prior to college working on an orchard in
Hayesville, Kansas. He relocated to Salida in March 2014 because he is interested in furthering
his career in agriculture. Mr. McDaniel attended the University of Kansas for a Bachelors of Arts
in English Literature. While there, he developed a passion for produce farming as he worked
seasonally for a produce operation in Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. McDaniel joined Colorado Farm
To Table in April 2014.
Cherith Marchase, Office Manager
Start Date: 2018
Cherith H. Marchase, part-time Office Manager
Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Cherith is a 1978 graduate of Palmer High School. She attended Adams State College (University), graduating in 1981 with two BA Degrees in Office Management and Marketing. It was at Adams State College that she met her husband.
During her tenure she has worked at a variety of professional organizations:
• Development Assistant - St. Mary's Catholic High School - Colorado Springs
• Executive Secretary - Corpus Christi Catholic Church - Colorado Springs
• Case Manager - Senior Community Service Employment Program - Pueblo
• Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police - Salida Police Department - Salida
• Teacher - Ignacio High School - Ignacio
• Assistant to the Executive Director - La Plata City Humane Society - Durango
She has written grants, accounting, payroll, provides notary services, runs an efficient office and offers "the best" customer service to those needing her.
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