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.
Stephanie Dobbie, Executive Director
Stephanie served as our Director of Strategy and Partnerships before assuming the role as Executive Director in January of 2021. She is an avid supporter of regenerative food systems and community engagement in growing and eating healthy food. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, studied environmental science at Duke University, and received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico. Before joining Garden to Table, Stephanie was the science teacher and school garden coordinator at an elementary school. Prior to that, she served as Board President of the Rio Grande Community Farm, a non-profit, educational farm in Albuquerque, NM. She enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, mountain biking, and camping with her family.
Lindsey LeCuyer, Program Director
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 is 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
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 now farms 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, Volunteer & Outreach Manager
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.
Gabriela Monge, Garden Coordinator & Bilingual Educator
Gabriela Monge was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and immigrated to the US. When she was in her native country, she studied criminology and was a Criminal profiler as a profession. She describes the population at the border as multicultural since many of the people living there come from different countries. In Boulder County, she has experienced the barriers and fears of immigrating firsthand, and has worked passionately in the community making meaningful changes. Gabriela have been living in Lafayette, CO since 2014 and she had the opportunity to use her skills in the different positions where she has been in close contact with the Latino and the immigrant communities of Boulder County. She has volunteered with Sister Carmen Community Center, MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault) as a bilingual Advocate, and on the board of Head Start. She is also a member of the DAC (District Accountability Committee) representing Latino parents at Pioneer Bilingual Elementary School. She is currently Vice President of the board for Thorne’s Nature Kids Lafayette program. Garden To Table is thrilled to have her be our Garden Coordinator & Bilingual Educator.
Mandi Leigh, Garden Coordinator
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.
Rowan Elkins, Garden Coordinator
Rowan grew up in Colorado and joined the military after highschool. While in service they were disabled. Rowan became a parent of two and began gardening to help feed their family 7 years ago. They became part of co-operative living during this time and gained interest in changing the relationship between people in their food. During that time they were also a homeschool teacher. Now able to work outside the house again, Rowan moved to Boulder to start anew. They are excited to put their resilience and passion into the Garden to Table mission.
Elysa Polovin, Lyons Elementary Garden Consultant
Elysa is a Colorado Native and loves being outside. She received her BA in International relations, Anthropology and Spanish in North Carolina. For the last 9 years, Elysa has worked in Public Health, and community wellness with a focus on obtaining equal access to healthcare and adequate nutrition for all. She is passionate about sustainable agriculture and enabling each individual with an opportunity to cultivate their own connection with nature. She created a therapeutic gardening program at Imagine! In Boulder County and is excited to aid in the cultivation, care and education surrounding The Garden To Table school gardens.