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Our Board

We could not accomplish our goals without the support of our passionate board!

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Traci Case, Board President

Technical and Operations Manager; Colorado School of Mines 

Traci was a military brat, moving around the continental US during her school years. She studied Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and Colorado School of Mines, respectively. After spending five years on active duty in the US Army, she landed in Golden where she quickly found a community and place to call home. Traci was a Research Services Manager at the non-profit Water Research Foundation for 20 years before she followed her passion to work in higher education at Mines Mechanical Engineering starting in 2017. In her free time, Traci enjoys the outdoors - running, hiking, backcountry skiing, and hiking. She is an alum and currently serves on the Leadership Golden Board. She also spends her summers building and maintaining trails with the Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado. She's excited to follow her passion for fresh and local food as she joins the GoFarm Board in 2018.

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Miranda Erickson

Senior Sales Executive; Autodesk, Inc.

Miranda is a fourth generation Colorado native with a passion for sustainability and social responsibility. Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, she was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI where she was fortunate enough to access local farmers markets daily.  She also had an opportunity to understand the importance of access to locally grown produce for all people, regardless of socioeconomic status.  In her current role with Autodesk, Inc., she works with manufacturing companies to increase innovation capacity while decreasing their impact on the planet.  She lives in Arvada, CO with her husband Eric and enjoys stand up paddle boarding, experimenting with new recipes, and gardening.

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Jason Guerrero

Chief Executive Officer; G&G Consulting Group, LLC

Jason Guerrero is a financial management executive of a back-office support company and accounting firm that serves both charter schools and non-profits in Colorado.  He has a passion for supporting nonprofit agencies both in a professional and volunteer capacity.  The firm he leads currently manages the finances of over 40 charter schools and 10 nonprofits around the entire state.  He was born in Pueblo, CO and then studied Finance and Information Technology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He then received Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University and later a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and Supervision from Arizona State University.  He loves to ski and golf in his free time and hang out with his two Boxers.  Jason joined the Go Farm board because he understands the impact that food insecurity has on families that he works with every day and the passion expressed by the staff and board alike at Go Farm was absolutely amazing.

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Jacob Mathews

First Judicial District Attorney’s Office Golden, Colorado

Jacob grew up in Colorado before moving to the east coast for college and law school.  While in law school, Jacob joined his first CSA and saw the benefits and impact of supporting local, sustainable agriculture (and found some new favorite veggies!).  After moving back to Colorado, Jacob explored several different CSA programs before joining GoFarm as a CSA member in 2018.  In his free time, Jacob likes to spend time with his family, cooking, exploring the woods at his family cabin, finding new breweries, and tending to their small but optimistic home garden.  He is passionate about supporting sustainable agriculture and building a sustainable food environment in Jefferson County.  At work, Jacob serves as a felony prosecutor with an emphasis in bias-motivated crimes and implementation of pre-file diversion programs.

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Beth McConkey

Vice President of Marketing and Communications; Community First Foundation

Beth McConkey is currently Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Community Firs t Foundation, and prior to this position led marketing and communications at Regis University, Rocky Mountain MS Center, and The Colorado Energy Science Center. Beth’s current role includes overseeing the Foundation’s brand marketing, including Colorado Gives Day, one the largest Gives Day’s in the nation. With almost twenty years of experience in communications and marketing across multiple industries, Beth has a strong track record of building strategy and teams to exceed business goals.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for GoFarm and participates on the Communication Council for Family Tree.

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Hamadi Mganga

Patient Access Specialist; Emergency Department at UC Health

Hamadi migrated from Africa to the U.S. with his family 17 years ago. Born into a family of farmers who lived in impoverished conditions, he understands the impact of food insecurity. Hamadi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and is currently enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver, finishing a Master of Science degree in Management and Organization. As a first-generation graduate, Hamadi’s career choices have been influenced by his passion and strong advocacy for individuals in his community and his upbringing. Hamadi enjoys reading, connecting with friends, and exploring opportunities in his spare time.

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Katherine "Kat" Mitchell

Sustainability Success Manager; Autodesk

Kat serves as the Sustainability Success Manager for Autodesk, a technology company that creates products and services for companies in architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries. A sustainability subject matter expert, Kat educates and encourages her colleagues to align Autodesk solutions to the sustainability goals and outcomes of their customers. She has a master’s degree in International Public Policy and Energy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and prior to Autodesk spent over eight years designing and managing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for utilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Colorado. Kat also served as Chairwoman of the City of Madison, WI Committee on the Environment. Kat has lived in Denver since 2019 with her pet chinchilla Leonidas, and when she’s not at work, she enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, scuba diver, trivia, mead-making and Is a strategy board game nerd.

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Quentin Morese

Appellate Law Clerk; Colorado Court of Appeals

Quentin graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2021, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Colorado Law Review.  He is now a law clerk for the Honorable Terry Fox of the Colorado Court of Appeals. Before law school, he held a variety of agricultural jobs, from an assistant manager on an organic farm in Taos, New Mexico to a development associate at an urban agriculture and food justice non-profit in Salt Lake City, Utah. Quentin lives in Golden and when he's not working he loves to mountain bike, play golf, and garden.

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Janet Rose

President; Rose Connections

Janet Rose is a disabled, queer, Chicana “professional do-gooder” hailing originally from Pueblo, CO. She credits her upbringing there for her love of community, diversity, and social justice activism.  She studied sociology and political science at Loyola University Chicago and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver. She has worked with groups such as the National Hispanic Institute, ACLU of Colorado, the GLBT Bar Association of Colorado, Creative Arts Alliance, Shiny Garden, and currently serves on the board of Denver Food Rescue. Janet last served as the Director of Navigation Services for Bayaud Enterprises before branching out in 2020 to start a consulting business focusing on heart-centered leadership and trauma-informed public policy. When she isn’t writing or advocating, Janet is enjoying time in the mountains of Gilpin County, gardening in her backyard or geeking out with her family.

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Julie Pero

Director of Facilities; Westerra Credit Union

Julie Pero is the Director of Facilities for Westerra Credit Union with over 10 years’ experience in property management and corporate real estate. Growing up on a grape farm in northwest PA, she understands the importance of providing access to fresh, organic foods as well as providing programs to ensure farmer’s success. Julie lives in Arvada and when she isn’t chasing after her toddler, she enjoys running, weightlifting and baking.

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Lem Tingley

Chief Growing Officer; Growing Spaces

Lem Tingly has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.  He has 20+ years’ experience implementing Lean Six Sigma, Quality, Safety, SPC, supply chain and other operational excellence processes in global manufacturing operations, 15 years of which have been in senior leadership positions.  Most recently, Lem and his wife, Liz purchased Growing Spaces, a Colorado-based geodesic dome greenhouse manufacturer.  Every year, Growing Spaces donates greenhouses to non-profits that support urban farming and food equity. Lem and Liz have three teenage boys that attend Golden High School.