Our Team

The GrowHaus is run by a talented and committed group of individuals that represent the diversity of Denver. As we grow, we are making an effort to hire neighborhood residents and others directly impacted by food injustice. 


Coby Gould | Executive Director | coby@thegrowhaus.org

A Denver native, Coby's background is in food systems, environmental education and permaculture. He holds a degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Environmental Ethics from The University of Colorado, Boulder.  Coby spent time exploring community development in Cape Town, South Africa; gained training in landscape architecture at The Harvard Graduate School of Design; and earned his Permaculture Design Certificate. Coby has taught Environmental Education and Food Justice to low-income youth, and has worked as facilitator and program director for Seeking Common Ground, a local non-profit that brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American youth for dialogue.


Kayla BirdSong | Director of Operations | kayla@thegrowhaus.org

Kayla became involved with the GrowHaus in 2013 while living in the Elyria neighborhood. She was the GrowHaus' Director of Food Distribution for two years during which time she managed the food box program, daily market, and Cosechando Salud free grocery program, as well as running the internship program. Since mid- 2015 she has been the Director of Operations, helping the GrowHaus' thrive on a day-to-day basis. Kayla currently oversees food distribution, food production, GrowHaus facility, the internship program, HR, assists with executive projects, and more. Kayla is passionate about working with community to shape our local food system. She grew up in Florida, and studied Business Management and Spanish at the University of Florida. She has studied abroad in Spain, traveled extensively through Asia and Europe, and volunteered on organic farms in Nepal. She speaks Spanish, and also has a Permaculture Design Certificate.



Isabel Sanchez is a permaculture designer, teacher, urban farmer, and activist. For the past twenty years, she has been a passionate advocate for teaching self-reliance and sustainability in relation to the right to housing and food justice. These tools have brought her to travel to Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras and Mexico to work with indigenous communities on self-reliance, learning from them in the process. She has been working in schools teaching garden to table techniques and facilitating 4H clubs for many years. At The GrowHaus, Isabel is the Program Director and also teaches about healthy, organic, and affordable food to a food desert community. She is an artist and a mother of eight.

Education and Community Outreach

Tracy Pineda | Community Food Access coordinator | tracy@thegrowhaus.org

Tracy is a native to Wisconsin, she moved to Colorado in 2002. She has a BS in Dietetics and a passion for public health, healthy eating and active living. She has over 10 years of experience working with the Latino community and promotores programs. She is a loving spouse, mother of two, and triathlete.

Alicia perez | Promotora | Alicia@thegrowhaus.org

Alicia Perez is the Promotora for The GrowHaus. As Promotora, Alicia is the coordinator for the MOVIL program, a free grocery delivery for homebound residents. She also helps facilitate “Seed to Seed”, a summer  educational program for teens, and is a “Seed to Seed” alumni herself. She coordinates all of the events for our community, as well as many of the community classes. She has gone through her Permaculture Design Certification Course and continually strives to serve as an example to educate and empower women and youth in her community. A longtime resident of Elyria-Swansea, she has been involved with The GrowHaus for the past 6 years and is a proud mother of a 3-year-old son.


Angela Ortiz | program support | Angela@thegrowhaus.org

This Colombian native became passionate and started educating herself about the concepts of Food Systems and Food Justice shortly after migrating north in 2001. Simultaneously, Angela has formed herself as skilled language service provider (Spanish/English/American Sign Language) and in her short experience in this field she has gained a unique understanding around the community’s cultural and linguistic needs and has been able to facilitate and promote communication for the diverse Denver population. Also, with her experience as an Urban Agriculture Educator and after receiving her Permaculture Certificate she has strengthened her commitment to serve the community. As a multicultural and multilingual individual she hopes to continue to contribute in the development of a resilient and sustainable community by building bridges between people, natural resources and the earth. Angela is also passionate about motherhood, music and dance

Miranda Madrid | PROGRAM Assistant | miranda@THEGROWHAUS.ORG


A native of Texas, Miranda moved to Denver in 2016 to participate in a year-long service program, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. Miranda graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2015 with a degree in Environmental Science and minor in Peace Studies. While at the GrowHaus, she is a Programs Assistant, helping with Cosechando Salud/Harvesting Health, Mercado de al Lado, public workshops, service learning, and the internship program. Miranda is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from and build relationships with the GrowHaus staff and Elyria-Swansea community. She is especially excited to see the connections between science, education, and social justice. When not at the GrowHaus, Miranda plans to spend her time exploring Denver and enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountain views! 

KYLIE GETTLEMAN | Interim Operations manager | Kylie@THEGROWHAUS.ORG

Originally from California, Kylie has lived in Colorado since 2004. Kylie studied Ecological Horticulture and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she fell in love with farming and sustainable food production. Kylie went on to work as a farm manager at a 35-acre vegetable farm on the Front Range and then the director of operations for a landscaping and garden education company in Boulder. Kylie is The GrowHaus' Interim Operations Manager, supporting the daily operations of the organization. In addition she is the Seedling Coordinator, where she is responsible for growing transplants for sale through our Roots to Health seedling program. Kylie is a passionate cook and loves climbing, skiing, and adventuring in the mountains when she’s not in the garden. Kylie also has her Permaculture Design Certificate. 


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Jackie is passionate about education, the environment, and healthy living. She studied Anthropology at the University of Florida, has taught internationally, has worked a couple of farm seasons with a community supporting agriculture (CSA) farm, and travels as much as she can. Jackie is very excited to be working with the Elyria- Swansea- Globeville community as well as fostering many relationships with schools and youth in the Denver area through education programs about food justice, sustainability, leadership, and community. She believes that education is the strongest tool we have to combat many of our world’s issues and is proud to be working with the Growhaus’s education program. When not at the Growhaus, Jackie loves exploring the mountains and having new adventures. 


Food Distribution

Kathryn Ardoin| Food Distribution coordinator | kathryn@thegrowhaus.org

Kathryn moved to Colorado from Florida in 2014 and immediately found a home in The GrowHaus community. After working as a Food Distribution intern, she was hired on to manage and expand the Food Distribution programs. She has been growing the community market/mercado to include a wider variety of products in efforts to make it a viable option for the grocery needs of the community of Elyria, Swansea, and Globeville, She also runs The Food Box Program which, similarly to a CSA, sells a weekly assortment of produce, eggs, and bread/tortillas. You can purchase a box here at The GrowHaus as well as several convenient pick-up locations throughout Denver. Kathryn graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a minor in Public Health. She worked for years at one of Tampa's first farm-to-table restaurants as the Farm Liaison and as a server/bartender. Food justice has always been a priority in her life and works hard to ensure good food is accessible to all. Kathryn enjoys hiking, biking, cooking with fun fruits and vegetables and exploring far off destinations.


Jamie Yeast | Hydroponic Farm Manager | JAMIE@THEGROWHAUS.ORG


Jamie started as a facilities intern with The Growaus in the autumn of 2015. He was hired as the farm apprentice a year later, working in both the aquaponic and hydroponic farms. He previously worked for an organic CSA (community supported agriculture) farm for 12 seasons in northern Colorado. Jamie combines his carpentry and farm experiences with his love of food to enhance the local urban agriculture community.

Jamie graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English Literature and continues to read, mostly comics. When he is not growing or gardening, Jamie spends his time with his family. He enjoys spending time in the mountains, creating art, or napping in the back porch hammock.    


Kate Farley | AQUAPONIC Farm Manager | kate@thegrowhaus.org

Kate first became involved at the The GrowHaus in early 2015 as a hydroponic farm intern. Soon after, she was hired to help manage the production, distribution, and operation of the hydroponic farm. She believes education is the key to fostering social change and is an advocate that food can be positioned as a solution to many global issues. She is excited to support the mission of The GrowHaus in her role as Assistant Hydroponic Farm Manager and pursue her passion of working at the community level to address issues of food justice and sustainable agriculture.

Kate graduated from Eckerd College with a degree in Environmental Studies and minors in Political Science and Anthropology. She received her Masters degree from the University of Colorado Denver with a focus in food justice and sustainable agriculture. She loves exploring the Rocky Mountains, hiking, camping, and traveling.




Allie is a Denver transplant from North Carolina. She began her relationship with the GrowHaus as a Hydroponic Farm intern in June 2016 and was hired on later that summer as Assistant Farm Manager for the Hydroponic and Aquaponic farms. Allie has a degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Sociology and Sustainable Development with a minor in Business. Her passions in urban agriculture and sustainable food production blossomed from her interests in gardening and cooking with home-grown ingredients. Allie believes that food security involves the entire product life-cycle of food from the seeding/planting stage, production, growth, transportation and allocation, focusing on sustainability at every level. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, working with animals, and learning the flora and fauna of her new home in Colorado. Allie is interested in the healing powers of food and herbs. In the future, she hopes to delve into permaculture design, herbalism, and to travel the world!

MARIELLE D'ONOFRIO | Farm sales & logistics | MARIELLE@thegrowhaus.org

Marielle D'Onofrio is a Denver transplant who got involved with The GrowHaus through the hydroponic internship program in March 2015.  Upon completion, she was hired by Colorado Aquaponics to be the Farm Manager for the Aquaponics farm.  With a passion for food, she has set out to produce the perfect produce here at The GrowHaus.




Alex manages our mushroom farm and mycology program. In addition to producing gourmet mushrooms for The GrowHaus Market and local restaurants, Alex helps educate the local community about fungi and their uses and human benefits. His goals are to build up a sustainable mushroom growing operation and culture bank, as well as to implement local mycoremediation experiments. A recent convert to sustainable agriculture, Alex has homesteading ambitions and great faith in controlled environment agriculture as a means to solve food access issues worldwide. He has BS in Biology from MSU Denver, as well as a BS in Political Economy from UC Berkeley. When he’s not at The GrowHaus, you can bet that Alex is hanging out with his newborn son.

Caden Werner | FARM APPRENTICE | caden@thegrowhaus.org

Caden started as an aquaponics intern at the GrowHaus and was hired as the farm apprentice shortly after. Prior to coming to the GrowHaus, Caden worked seasonally at farms throughout the U.S., learning to grow food in multiple climates and soil types. In their free time, Caden enjoys gardening, writing, and exploring new hiking trails with their border collie, Layla. 





Meme Loftin | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT | meme@thegrowhaus.org

Shortly after working as an intern to Program Director, Isabel Sanchez, Meme was hired on as Interim Administrative Assistant.  She is passionate about helping others fall madly in love with food and building relationships.  As a part time employee, Meme works closely with our Executive Director to handle a lot of the logistics and behind the scenes operations here at The GrowHaus, including office operations, organization metrics, recruiting, and more.  Meme splits her time with Kidstek, a non-profit after school program and writing several blogs.  Meme graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and a minor in Public Relations. She has traveled extensively but found "home" in Colorado and when she is not working you can find her in the mountains hiking, camping, or skiing!




Anna was born and raised in rural North Dakota surrounded by wheat and sunflowers. She earned her accounting degree from North Dakota State University (Go Bison!).  Anna moved to Colorado in 1999 and plans to stay forever.  After moving to a home with too much lawn and not enough flowers and vegetables, Anna became an avid gardener and earned her Master Gardener certification.  She is interested in growing good, organic food for everyone, keeping it local, and making better use of our resources.

Anna spent time working at a Mariposario (butterfly garden) in Montezuma, Costa Rica and considers that her home away from home.  Anna is married with three children and two dogs, she loves gardening, cooking, traveling, reading.

She is thrilled to be involved with The GrowHaus.  The staff, interns and volunteers and the great work they all do is inspiring and make for a fun and exciting environment.


Joe Phillips | Facilities Manager | joe@thegrowhaus.org

Joe joined The GrowHaus team as an intern in January of 2015 and was hired as the Facilities Manager in June of 2015.  He is a former manufacturing business owner from Ohio and moved to Colorado in 2011.  Joe has a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana in Resource Management.  At The GrowHaus, his duties include maintenance, repairs, intern oversight, and special projects.  


Nathan Mackenzie| Development Officer | Nathan@thegrowhaus.org

Nathan leads The GrowHaus' development and communications efforts. He is a proud born-and-raised Denverite, went to East High School, and graduated from Wesleyan University with honors in government. After graduation, he moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where he spent a year-and-half working with Shining Hope for Communities, a non-profit  that addresses gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban slums.  There he learned the power of local communities to develop dynamic locally-based solutions to community challenges. After coming back home to Colorado, in 2014 he was selected to join El Pomar Foundation's two year leadership and professional development Fellowship program in Colorado Springs. 

Nathan is passionate about strengthening local food systems, economies and communities. When he's not at The GrowHaus you can find him enjoying the mountains, cooking, reading, or practicing the banjo.

Outreach Educators

Eutimia Cruz Montoya

Eutimia Cruz Montoya is a curandera (healer), herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, Real Foods Activist and Food Systems Educator. She is the descendent of New Mexican curanderos, and learned the healing ways in the home.   She grew up participating in indigenous American song, dance and prayer traditions, giving her an inborn connection to and understanding of Body and Source.  Eutimia has a degree in the Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine, and has been studying and practicing Classical Chinese Medicine since 2004. She came home to her Curanderismo roots under the guidance of Maestra Laura Alonzo de Franklin and Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin in 2013. Eutimia is the founder of the GrowHaus' "Cooktrition and Food Medicine" class which she has been volunteer teaching for almost 3 years. As an educator, Eutimia is passionate about reigniting the fire of agency in Personal Well-being through teaching the importance of internal and external environmental influences on whole body, mind and spirit health. She is grateful to offer her services to you, her community.

In Memory of Kaela Allton

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we remember our colleague and friend, Kaela Allton, who passed away on October 22nd, 2015, after a bicycle accident. Kaela worked at The GrowHaus as Programs Assistant for several months through the program Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. She supported many programs including Cosechando Salud/Harvesting Health, Service Learning, Mercado de al Lado, tours, volunteer groups, and was the assistant to our Director of Programs. She made a lasting impact on our community with her welcoming and willing attitude, and especially her hilarious sense of humor.  We will all miss her more than words can express.