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Our Staff

We are a small team, working toward a big mission.

Virginia Ortiz

Executive Director

For more than 30 years, Virginia has developed, directed, and sustained non-profit and faith-based organizations. A graduate of the National Community Development Training Institute, she is skilled in the areas of executive level non-profit management, fund development, program development, affordable housing, and community economic development. She has held executive level positions with Bayaud Enterprises, Mile High Ministries, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, ACCESS Housing, The Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, and NEWSED Community Development Corporation. Additionally, she has held mayoral and gubernatorial appointments on the Denver Zoning Board, Colorado Correctional Industries Board, and the Denver Neighborhood Health Program Board, and has served on numerous charter school and other non-profit Boards. Current board involvement includes Denver Basic Income Project, The Denver Foundation Community Impact Advisory Board, and Activate Work Solutions.

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Katie Huszcza

Farmer Assistance Program Manager

Katie began a career in agriculture after graduating with a BS in Biology in 2011. She was in pursuit of a career that would positively impact the environment and her community while working towards a more just and equitable food system. Since then, Katie has worked on a diverse set of farms including a rural farm in Virginia that was also a living community for adults with developmental disabilities, a dairy and vegetable farm in Ecuador, and a farm in the mountains of Colorado. She then landed back in her hometown of Denver where she has worked as a farm manager for several years in the urban and semi-urban setting. Outside of GoFarm, Katie owns and operates a small cut flower farm, FloraBee Flowers, with her partner and also makes sure to set aside time for hiking and reading.

Jess Soulis

Community Food Access Program Manager

​Jess grew up in Redfield, Iowa and has always felt deeply connected with the woods and rivers of her home state. Her work at GoFarm is grounded in this sense of connection with and responsibility toward the natural world and in her belief that its bounty - healthy, delicious food - should be shared by everyone. Before coming to GoFarm, Jess worked in the fields of food systems and agriculture, housing and shelter, and education, most recently with Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Global Greens program. In 2012 she graduated from Iowa State University with a Master’s in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology and a certificate in Social Justice in Higher Education. She loves to spend time hiking, gardening, and building community around social justice and good food!

Lindsey Hoffman

Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Lindsey grew up in Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington DC.  She studied business and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and moved to Colorado shortly after. Her story with GoFarm began in January 2018 after spending time working in marketing and e-commerce, as well as working on an organic farm in New Hampshire. Lindsey believes that creating a strong, local food economy cannot be possible without educating community members on the importance of local, sustainable agriculture and all of its many health and environmental benefits. When she’s not working, she loves to hike, camp, swing dance, go to bluegrass concerts, and spend time with family and friends.

Mel Freshwater

Education Coordinator

Mel grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, where she developed a keen interest in the natural world. This led her to a variety of outdoor jobs- trail work in the Smoky Mountains, guiding in Costa Rica, and farming in Hawaii. This experience with WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) gave her a fond appreciation for sustainable agriculture, which she studied at James Madison University. Through an Urban Agriculture Certificate program at MSU Denver, she got to know many local producers! She is thrilled to share the importance and joy of local, sustainably-grown food with the community. Mel loves all things food- especially cooking with others. She likes to hike, camp, travel, and enjoy live music. 

Anna Schott

Programs Director

Anna has been involved with GoFarm since 2015 and in her current role as Programs Director since 2018.  She has a Master of Public Health degree from the Colorado School of Public Health with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health. Her role at GoFarm fits her passion for health promotion programs and her interest in how innovative changes to existing retail structures can impact the local food system. In addition to her public health experience, Anna brings more than 12 years of nonprofit program management experience to her position with GoFarm. When Anna is not working on building GoFarms’s programs, you can probably find her outside (either hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, running, or gardening). 

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Kate Falkenberg

Local Food Share Program Manager

Kate has worked with nonprofits since 2008 when she began her career in web and graphic design at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Her wanderlust led her to New York City where she got swept up as a grassroots organizer with the Occupy Wall Street Movement. During that time she worked on a software project that matched local farms with unhoused activists. Through her research she fell in love with a farm in New Hampshire and wound up working her first season in the field in 2012. Since then she’s made Colorado home, where she continues to work at the intersection of local farming, environmental & food justice, anti-racism, social permaculture, and cooperative economics. When she’s not at work you can find her and her dog Beans in the kitchen, canning veggies and listening to Dungeons & Dragons podcasts. 

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Evelyn Gutierrez

Bilingual Community Liaison

Evelyn moved to Colorado 5 years ago and has loved every part of it. She has recently begun her gardening adventures and has added a flock of chickens and 2 dogs to her home - which can sometimes be a bit chaotic. Her and her husband enjoy working on cars, as well as being outdoors and exploring hiking trails around Denver. They love to cook and love trying out different recipes with unique vegetables and fruits. It has been a long-time dream to grow and eat their own food, and now that dream has come true!


Shannon Harker

Incubator Coordinator

Shannon was born and raised in Colorado and absolutely loves it’s prairies, mountains, deserts and urban landscapes. She has a degree in landscape architecture and has worked in commercial floriculture. She grew up growing vegetables and flowers, and in 2014 she took the plunge into agriculture full-time as the farm manager for one of Denver’s non-profit food access organizations, The GrowHaus. There, Shannon’s love of urban farming grew and she's been farming ever since. Shannon is committed to increasing equity in local food access and agriculture, and growing the urban farming community in the metro area. She is a graduate of GoFarm’s Farmer Incubator program and owns and operates her own urban flower farm, Western Flora Co., in Arapahoe county.

Eileen O'Rourke


​Eileen O’Rourke (Regan) grew up on a homestead farm in rural Pennsylvania in the 1960-70’s and experienced the rapid demise of small family farms as large farming enterprises took over the markets. Watching valuable farmland converted to residential developments with severe consequences to local resources and the loss of community inspired her to pursue a career in environmental consulting. GoFarm’s mission was founded when Eileen combined her life experience, passions and decades of assessing the impact of land use on natural resources. When Eileen is not pulling on her Wellies to meet new and aspiring farmers, she is out seeking the “thin places” of life or, as Celtic tradition claims, a place where heaven and earth meet.