Liliana Flores-Amaro - Board Chair
Liliana is a proud northeast Denver native and daughter to a family that immigrated to the United States from Mexico in search of the American Dream. She graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Anthropology and a double minor in Spanish and American Cultural Studies. Liliana is completing her Master’s degree in Education and Human Development with emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Her passions include education, food justice, and the immigrant and Latin@ movement. She is a systems thinker who uses permaculture principles to inform her practice as an educator and leader. Liliana currently lives in Swansea, the neighborhood she grew up in, alongside her husband, Jose, and their two dogs. Both Liliana and The GrowHaus were putting down roots around the same time and she jumped at the chance to grow alongside an organization that shared many of the same values and kept the community at the heart of their mission.
Rene is an independent project manager. She serves in a variety of roles, including strategic planning, budgeting, vendor management, negotiation, plan implementation, marketing and evaluation for special projects. She began as a volunteer at The GrowHaus nearly five years ago. “I am a strong supporter of the mission and love that every visit to The GrowHaus is a different experience due to the growing environment."
Kristin calder, cpa
Kristin is a senior manager at a local accounting firm where she performs audit, tax and consulting work exclusively for nonprofit organizations and private foundations within the Denver Metro area. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, running, golf and cycling. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, and loves traveling around the world. In November of 2014, Kristin joined The GrowHaus Board. She is most interested in being part of a solid, growing organization that is focused on solving meaningful issues in its community and with which she can play a role in its success.
Elizabeth Wittemyer is a Mexican-American attorney who has lived in Colorado for over 30 years and has a life-long commitment in helping low income communities access services. Her love of gardening started as a child, helping her grandfather grow vegetables on his East Texas farm, and has grown throughout the years with the challenge of tending to her own vegetable garden in the Colorado mountains' short seasons. The mission of The GrowHaus is a perfect fit for her twin passions; growing local, organic food and facilitating communities in accessing and achieving healthy nutrition.
Paul Tamburello is a commercial real estate developer whose name has become synonymous with creative design and transformative, value-driven development in Denver neighborhoods. A building with Paul's stamp on it is sure to be one that is thoughtfully integrated into an existing neighborhood, enhancing the community by keeping the needs of its residents top of mind throughout the development process. Paul owns Little Man Ice Cream and has developed and consulted on several well-known projects around the city including Root Down, Linger, Ophelia's, Hostel Fish, Highland Lofts and LoHi Marketplace. The GrowHaus is a project close to Paul's heart and may be less well known then his other endeavors, one founded on the principle that healthy food is a right, not a privilege. From day one, co-founders Paul and Ashara Ekundayo vowed to keep their vision at the organization's core, that all communities should have the means to nourish themselves through a food system with an emphasis on local education, job creation, production and distribution. With that vision leading the way, and a brilliant team of dedicated staff members, The GrowHaus has been thriving and growing exponentially since its doors opened in 2009. With The GrowHaus as with other projects, Paul's mission is simple; develop buildings that will endure for residents, visitors, and the community at large; assemble a talented and visionary team, and then provide them with the tools, resources, and support to execute that vision. Paul's formula for success is straightforward: communicate through every challenge, make every effort to deliver on time, and work to never overlook the details, nor the best interests of the community.
Kelly Hall is a Development Officer for Centura Health – CHI Colorado Foundation. Kelly began volunteering with The GrowHaus 5 years ago with the Development Committee and brings 10 years of fundraising experience to the team having raised millions for Colorado non-profits. Kelly’s experience includes working with organizations focused on civil rights, public transportation, and public education in Colorado.
Kelly received a bachelor’s degree from The Colorado College in neuroscience and earned a master’s degree in environmentally sustainable business from Prescott College. Kelly grew up in Ouray, Colorado and enjoys climbing, hiking, and skiing Colorado’s mountains with her husband and their daughter. As an avid gardener and member of a local community garden, Kelly is passionate about providing equal access to healthy, locally grown food.
Kevin is a local business owner who brings expertise in marketing, communications, advertising, fundraising, public relations, event management and planning to the board. Kevin sits on multiple nonprofit boards including Smart-Girl, Inc. and Colorado University President’s Leadership Class Advisory Board.
A proven, certified Lean Six Sigma Black-Belt Executive with extensive hands-on experience in process improvement initiatives designed to optimize organization capabilities, improve revenue growth, and reduce cost structures. A Business Transformation leader recognized for ability to identify key issues and generate innovative solutions to complex problems through cross-functional, team-based problem solving methodologies, creating customer-focused organizations that are better, faster, and have the quality tools and motivation necessary to continuously improve their processes and people.