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Guidestone Colorado

The organization's strategies and programming are founded upon the belief that if individuals are exposed to experiences on local farms and ranches, that exposure results in a growing appreciation for where our food comes from and the commitment and resources needed to produce food locally.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
1
Full Time Staff:
3
Contract Staff:
1
Volunteers Annually:
250
Retention Rate:
100%

Andrea Coen, Executive Director
Start Date: 2018

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.

Monica Pless, Farm to School Director
Start Date: 2019

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.

Leah Capezio, Community Outreach Coordinator
Start Date: 2019

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.

Margaux Tachet, Education Specialist
Start Date: 2019

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.

Rachel Gottlieb, Education Specialist
Start Date: 2019

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.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
12
Term Length:
3
Term Limit:
2
Total # of Board Members:
5
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
4
Male:
1
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
4
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
1
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

3

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

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