Staff

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. 

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Farm Manager and Director 
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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Finance Director
Susanna Spaulding

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.

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Farmer and Program Coordinator
Sarah Kurmin

Nicole is from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and has been vegan for six years.  She recently graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a degree in nutrition and sustainable food systems management.  She has worked for a local CSA, packing seasonal, organic produce and has a passion for plant-based nutrition.  She traveled cross country this summer, alone in her van and has participated in an exchange program in Queensland, Australia for an animal sanctuary.  She is eager to help and get hands-on experience farming and helping the local community. 

AmeriCorps Staff Member
Nicole Heth

Board of Directors

Lisa McGrew Siegfried

Board Chair

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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 Hayes
 
Secretary

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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 Siegfried
 
 Treasurer

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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.

Ron Avery
 
Director

 

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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 Groom
 
Director

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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.

 Karen Rulo
 
  Director

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Karen is a technology person who has functioned as an IT manager for approximately 30 years. Almost 17 years of that work was with El Pomar Foundation. As an IT manager she has provided project management for IT infrastructure and software projects (websites, software searches and application implementations).   At El Pomar, Karen became aware that nonprofits were quite underserved in the area of technology and has provided pro bono technology assistance for small organizations that continues to this day – with project assistance and technology education.

 

Karen volunteered for CASA of the Pikes Peak Region as an advocate for six years in the mid-2000’s and had the opportunity to join CASA’s Board of Directors, in 2015 and served as a Board member for six years.  During that time she served as Chair of the Governance Committee for almost 4 years.

 

Karen has lived in Colorado for over 40 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Regis University in 1993.  Karen has a variety of interests and started learning to play the violin several years ago.  Karen and her husband, Mike also enjoy the outdoors with their dogs.

 Bob Schiermann
                  Director

Following a 25-year career in the high-tech industry, Bob shifted his time and energy into exploring a passion for environmental science, forestry, and all things green and growing. The farming and hunger-relief mission of Colorado Farm to Table was a good fit for Bob’s interests and skill sets. Prompted by an inquiry from Salida-based friends, he joined the organization in 2021 to assist with communications and writing. He soon discovered his penchant for business planning could be of service, too, and joined the Board in early 2022 to aid in such efforts. He enjoys new challenges, has a keen desire to learn, and enjoys leading collaborative efforts. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from Bradley University in Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Bob has a love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking in the mountains, wandering through forests, and hopping on a bike now and then. He’s grown a household garden for each of the past twenty years, and despite the ups and downs of each season his expectations are set anew with the first green shoot of the spring.