Our Team

Garden to Table has committed and experienced staff members and volunteers to help foster school partnerships and support to ensure the growth of your school gardens.

Lisa Atallah, Interim Executive Director (she/her)

Lisa served as our Executive Director from Nov. 2016-Jan. 2021. Lisa returned as Interim Executive Director in August 2022. She is an avid supporter of hands on education for young children, connecting children and families to organic gardens, and taking care of the environment. In 1996 she served as the founding Executive Director for Boulder County’s WOW! Children’s Museum, located in Lafayette. She led this nonprofit for 16 years, managed a team of 15 and grew the budget from nothing to $500,000. The Museum now serves over 100,000 visitors annually and is a destination point for families all over Colorado. She grew up in the Washington, DC area but has called Boulder County home since 1989. She volunteers with her dog through the Alliance of Therapy Dog program, visiting hospitals, resource centers and elementary schools. She enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and travel trailering all over the country with her husband.

Lindsey LeCuyer, Program Director (she/her)

Lindsey grew up in the Washington, DC area and received a BA in Music Education from Virginia Tech. After spending some years reconnecting with her roots in Texas, she has happily settled in her husband’s homeland of northern Colorado! Lindsey brings 15 years of public school experience as a music educator. Intrigued by the opportunity to learn more about gardening while volunteering at her daughters’ school, she joined the parent team at the Louisville GTT garden. Directing program at Garden to Table was Lindsey’s dream “next step” in her professional life, providing the opportunity to work with schools to educate the next generation of environmentally aware students while building community around the wonder of growing our own food.

Laurel Smith, Garden Director (she/her)

Laurel’s work with Garden to Table fulfills a personal mission to increase ecological literacy in our community. For 15 years she worked in Washington State as a community organizer. She received a BA from The Evergreen State College in Social Change Strategy and Psychology and co-authored Beyond Inclusion Beyond Empowerment : A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone with Dr. Leticia Nieto. Laurel was the principal farmer at Buena Vida Farm in her hometown of Fort Collins, growing vegetables and Colorado Blue Spruce trees 2013-2016. She recently farmed organic vegetables at Stonebridge Farm in Longmont, the oldest continuously running Community Supported Agriculture program in Colorado. Laurel uses her Permaculture Design Certificate from the Denver Permaculture Guild to reimagine gardens and social systems to better meet community needs.

Leslie Norcross, Community Engagement Director (she/her)

After graduating from Purdue University, Leslie moved from Indiana to California’s wine country. She pursued a career in the wine industry, obtaining positions managing Tasting Rooms and Wine Clubs, all while learning about viticulture and enology. She then transitioned to managing the Novato, CA Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, where she was immersed in the world of herbs, supplements, and integrative health. There was an opportunity to come to Boulder to manage the South Boulder Store, and so began her journey to Colorado, where she remained as the Store Manager for several years. Leslie started volunteering at Emerald Elementary in the garden when her son was in Kindergarten, and quickly found a love for the Garden to Table Program, teaching the lessons, promoting healthy eating, and building community. She manages over 100 community volunteers for Garden To Table, as well as our East County school gardens. She enjoys the children’s enthusiasm in the garden and the challenges of Colorado gardening.

Adoree Faul, East County Garden Manager (she/her)

Adoree is a nature and animal lover who grew up exploring in the mountains west of Boulder. She has spent a good part of her life traveling outside of the United States and worked on various permaculture and organic vegetable farms in Patagonia. She is passionate about inspiring others to grow their own food and to see the world. She’s bilingual (speaking both Spanish and English), a certified yoga instructor, has guided nature tours in New Zealand, and studied Nutrition and Food Science at Colorado State University. On weekends you will find her in the kitchen fermenting her latest harvest, rock climbing or in the mountains attempting to trail run.

Courtlyn Carpenter, Boulder Garden Manager (she/her)

Courtlyn grew up in western Colorado where she took full advantage of abundant opportunities to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, and skiing. Her love of the outdoors and concern for the environment led her to study environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, from where she graduated with her masters degree. Courtlyn has worked on several farms across the United States, and she spent a summer studying food systems in Denmark and England. Not only was this farming experience rewarding, but it also created an appreciation for the hard work that goes into agriculture and the importance of providing educational programs about food systems. In addition to farming and working at Garden to Table, Courtlyn plays cello in the local folk band Sturtz.

Mandi Leigh, Garden Coordinator and Curriculum Developer (she/her)

Mandi Leigh thinks happiness is seeing students taste homegrown vegetables for the first time. She seeks to connect young people to the places where they live through food, outdoor education, and project-based learning. She was introduced to community gardening while attending Western Colorado University as an Ecology student. Mandi realized the power of gardens to cultivate community empowerment. She moved to Kelly, WY to attend the Teton Science School and finished her masters in Natural Science Education at University of Wyoming. Mandi mentors students to increase agency in and outside of school. In 2016, she followed her students’ lead. They funded and built the Lotus Garden Laboratory at the Lotus School for Excellence. Recently she filled an empty greenhouse with life and 6th grade learning at Outdoor Lab. Mandi is overjoyed to be joining the Garden to Table team as a Garden Coordinator.