Become a Leader!

Thank you to our 2021 Season Rose Roots Garden Leaders for joining our Steering Committee. We appreciate your commitment, passion, and time!

Service Jobs: Check out our Service Jobs and let us know if you'd like to fill any of these positions for the 2021 Season. These are not voted upon positions unless more than one person wants to be a lead, then we will vote on those lead positions at the start of next season. Read about positions available Here. Please email us Here if you'd like to fill a lead position.

 
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Erin Newton

President 2021

Erin has managed our website for the last few years and much of our communications and marketing. Having worked as a geologist and currently a harpist, she recently Chaired the Arvada Parks Advisory Committee and enjoys being part of  a strong inclusive Rose Roots Leadership team. She has gardened with her husband and two sons at Rose Roots from nearly the very start. Her family has enjoyed some of their most peaceful and joyful hours, albeit dirt infused, together at the garden. Her parents now share the adjacent plot and share watering efforts.

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Kendra Eliason

Membership Lead 2021

Kendra, passionate gardener and weekend outdoor adventurer, donates innumerable hours to keeping Rose Roots Garden alive. She welcomes all volunteers who want to share the load!

When she's not at the garden, she enjoys biking, hiking, and climbing.

Karel Hemler

Treasurer (2020-2021 Seasons)

Karel is an adept organizer of people and numbers! As part of a small volunteer organization, Karel looks forward to the challenge of continuing to create greater opportunities for the garden with less.

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Jim Richards

Operations Lead

There is no end to the jobs that need doing and the hands that need recruiting in a large volunteer driven project such as Rose Roots. Jim and Jason form a strong partnership in leading gardeners to maintain the beautiful shared community grounds. 

Jim can be seen walking nearly every day, during high season, with his wife, Linda, to the garden to maintain their fertile plot and help others whenever needed.

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Gary Williams

Operations Team Lead

Gary, formerly an engineer, utilizes all of his years of experience to set Rose Roots Gardeners up with the best gravel for combatting weeds, the finest tools for the job, and he constantly problem solves with the garden leaders.

 

Gary is often gardening with his wife Jeneyne, daughter Erin, and Granddaughters Natalie and Addysin, who maintain neighboring plots as a family. Three generations gardening together help keep Rose Roots Garden vital.

Patty Sacks

Vice President 2021

Patty is a recently retired Landscape Architect/Project Manager from the National Park Service after 36 years. This gave her time to start gardening at Rose Roots. She is now looking forward to contributing at an organizational level to bring it all full circle. As second in command she will work closely with the group to assure we have a cohesive leadership team for the 2021 gardening season.

Laura Bennett

Administrator 2021

Laura does double duty keeping our minutes and orienting new gardeners. She helps integrate new gardeners with garden tours and this year she gave orientations to over 40 gardeners! She will likely be offering more cooking workshops focused on healthy garden veggie recipes in 2021.

Judy Newton

Community Outreach Lead

For 30 years Judy ran an Early Childhood Development Center and served as Director and physical therapist. We are lucky to have her management skills as our outreach coordinator. In addition to leading an event planning team, she will look for opportunities to engage with our neighboring community and liaison with other organizations for mutually beneficial partnerships.

Theresa McKinney

Food Donation Lead

When it comes time to harvest thousands of pounds of precious food, Theresa's job of coordinating the Food Donation Team to transport fresh organic food quickly to organizations in need is among the most important. She was instrumental in coordinating support and put together the team who raised the new Rose Roots Barn, earning a Garden Leader Award from Denver Urban Gardens.  She looks forward to utilizing the barn to keep harvested food fresh.

Gina Schley

Stewardship Lead

Gina, among the original founders of Rose Roots Garden continues to consult while starting her own flower growing business "She Grows". In addition she Co-Hosted "Urban Conversation", a reality show she and her husband produced to show their family's journey towards sustainable living. Get some gardening tips and watch the fabulous PBS episodes at www.urbanconversion.com or check out her garden workshops at www.shegrows.com. She generously continues to offer Rose Roots gardeners helpful gardening workshops. 

Nicole McCrorie

Pollinator Garden Lead

Nicole and Tyler, both Master Gardeners, lead a team of active early risers who maintain the new beautifully flourishing Pollinator garden. They are always happy to share tips with anyone who cares to join in helping to maintain the garden space filled with native species at the entrance to Rose Roots garden.