Tony has been farming for over 50 years, almost all of his adult life. He has owned and operated several large-scale farming operations in Cañon City, Colorado and Twin Falls, Idaho. A native of Cañon City, Tony has been in Salida for the past 27 years. He has owned and operated machine shops and heavy equipment repair shops and has significant skills in repairing the equipment Colorado Farm To Table uses, in addition to his considerable farming skills. 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 eight years before obtaining non-profit status.
Tony Madone Jr.
Thomas (T.J.) grew up and worked on the family farm in Kansas. For five years he also worked on a farm with a large diversity of vegetable, berry, and fruit crops. After graduating from the University of Kansas with an English Literature degree, T.J. worked on a large market farm until joining Colorado Farm to Table in 2014. T.J. was drawn to Colorado Farm to Table's unique farming and hunger relief mission, and was impressed with the professionalism, passion, and vision displayed by the founder. After working full-time with Mr. Madone as the assistant farm manager, gaining experience with high-altitude farming and learning about the unique challenges inherent to nonprofit farming, in 2021 Thomas stepped up as Colorado Farm to Table's farm manager. As the second farmer in Colorado Farm to Table’s 25-year history, Thomas is thrilled to advance the mission of this farm into the future.
Thomas J. McDaniel
Originally from northeast Ohio, Susanna’s developed an interest in multicultural environments after spending a year of undergraduate studies in language and culture in France. Susanna has a Bachelors in French, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a PhD in Community College Leadership.
Susanna’s business and management career took place in New York City working for the United Nations, General Electric, Scholastic Inc. and the New York City Police Department in research, financial analysis, and budgeting. Then Susanna spent six years overseas contributing to economic and community development in Botswana with Peace Corps and the Botswana Ministry of Education and in Bulgaria with Peace Corps. She also provided financial training for nonprofit and governmental officials in short assignments with a U.S. AID subcontractor in Chad and Madagascar.
Susanna found her passion for teaching at Colorado Mountain College (CMC). Susanna developed and taught courses in launching new ventures, small business management and planning, accounting, budget management, corporate social responsibility, and cultural diversity in business. She retired in May 2021from full-time teaching at CMC and was awarded Professor Emerita. She continues as an adjunct faculty member.
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Sarah grew up between Colorado and Ohio. She was happy to return to Colorado 7 years ago permanently. She has worked since 2015 in small scale agriculture and has a passion for finding the right mix of perennial, annual, specialty and native plantings to simultaneously maximize the yields and give the most back into the soil. When she is not tending to plants on a farm she loves to be out hiking with her dog Rufus, studying the native plants growing in our region, or taking day trips to explore more of Colorado and the surrounding areas.
Delany McClure graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Sociology and Sustainability Studies. After graduating, she worked on a conservation corps near Asheville, North Carolina and volunteered on a regenerative agriculture farm in Maui. Delaney is interested in the principles of permaculture and wants to help build a more resilient food system for the local community.
Board of Directors
Lisa McGrew Siegfried
President & Grant Writer
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 did not 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.
Discovering Colorado Table, Lisa was impressed by the organization’s mission to provide free produce for people most in need across the state. She started as a volunteer farm hand and has served as volunteer coordinator, distribution coordinator, grant writer, Executive Director, and later the Board of Directors, al in a full-time volunteer capacity.
Lisa graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) with a B.A. in psychology and from Portland State University with a master’s degree in social work (MSW). Her professional career has included significant work in nonprofit, community-based human service organizations. She enjoys gardening and bee keeping, reading, and traveling.
Thomas is a rare Colorado native whose affinity for adventure and the outdoors has kept him exploring the state he calls home. While Thomas has dabbled in fishing, hunting, and boating, he finds himself most at home on the wheels of his mountain bike. Growing up on the Front Range of Colorado, Thomas moved to Salida to find a greater sense of community and connection with nature. If you ask him, Thomas would say he is the luckiest man in Colorado because he married his best friend and adventure partner, Emmie. Emmie and Thomas have a dog named Oakley and a garden which keep them plenty busy when they aren’t out playing in the rivers, lakes, canyons, and mountains of Colorado.
Thomas graduated from Colorado State in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in English and began his work in the foodservice equipment industry immediately afterwards. Thomas’ drive to be a part of his community makes him a regular volunteer at Colorado Farm to Table; whether its burning irrigation ditches or linking together irrigation piping, getting dirty is what keeps him coming back time and time again.
Stephan is treasurer and a volunteer for Colorado Farm to Table. He is also the Global Facilities Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific and a licensed architect in Colorado and Wisconsin with over 32 years experience in Design and Project Management. He is the designer of multiple custom homes in Wisconsin, Oregon and Colorado.
Stephan is an avid skier and a beginning fly fisherman and mountain biker.
Produce Distribution Chairman
After graduating High School in Pueblo, CO, Ronald Avery (Ron) joined the US Navy and served 3 tours in Vietnam. In 1970, Ron was offered work at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant and was quickly promoted from chemical operator to crew leader to technical foreman. He remained there until the plants closure in 1989.
Reinventing himself, Ron began a career at Florida’s Daytona Beach News Journal and then at the Rocky Mountain News as District Manager of circulation. In addition to many years accrued management experiences, Ron was a CDL licensed semi driver until he was diagnosed with an eye tumor in 2002. Ron received treatment in San Francisco, but was unable to drive commercially and retired. In 2011 Ron and his wife moved to Salida where he dove into volunteerism. Despite being on oxygen Ron has served over 13 years in various roles at Christian Valley Community Fellowship and the Grainery Food Pantry.
Ron has been with us for two years as Produce Recipient Coordinator and Distribution Coordinator. Ron cares deeply about the mission to provide nutritious food options to those in need and joined the Board of Directors in October 2019.
Allison brings experience from a health not-for-profit background. As a market research consultant with the American Heart Association, she has explored motivations and challenges to living a healthy life. Nutrition security is key to optimal heart and brain health. The Colorado Farm to Table’s mission of providing fresh produce at no cost to families in need can have a life-changing impact on well-being.
Allison is a recent and enthusiastic newcomer to Colorado. Born and raised in Texas, with a brief detour in Caracas, Venezuela, she feels blessed to be a part of this community. She graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, with B.S. in journalism. She earned her M.A. in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. Her career has focused on market research in the advertising, health, and non-profit sectors. She enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, traveling, and discovering new experiences with her husband, Brad, and children, Meredith and Ryan.