Meet the Team: Colorado

Alex Brady
Development Manager, Colorado

Alex moved to Colorado three years ago after spending the previous eight years in Vermont. Alex has a passion for real local food and building communities around food. Prior to Big Green, he was alumni and development manager at Johnson Wales University. He has also worked as a Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator for a non-profit in Vermont and spent two years as the Food & Beverage Director at a private country club. When Alex is not fundraising for Big Green he enjoys cooking as well as spending time outside with his wife Emily and their dog Barley. Alex holds a bachelors degree from the University of Vermont.

Ryan Graycheck
Project Manager, Colorado

Ryan Graycheck is passionate about landscape design, organic agriculture, and creating spaces that balance both aesthetics and productivity.   

Prior to joining Big Green, Ryan spent the last 7 years working in organic agriculture. He has worked on large scale diversified vegetable farms and most recently designed and managed the Greyfield Gardens at the historic Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, GA. Ryan received a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from The University of Georgia. He is excited to join Big Green to design Learning Gardens to educate the Memphis community about the importance of sustainable food production and eatingreal foodWhen not at work Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, gardening, cooking, beekeeping, camping, and spending time with family and friends.  

Kelsey Gray
Garden Educator, Denver

Kelsey is a Michigan native, but came to Denver by way of Flagstaff, Arizona. She holds a BA from Western Michigan University and studied Educational Theory in Graduate School at Northern Arizona University. She found passion in food and nutrition through ultrarunning, and was soon pursuing education on food systems and sustainability. With a love for real food and a background in education, a career with Big Green feels like a natural fit. When not in the office or at schools, Kelsey can be found with her nose in a book, rock climbing with her partner, Zac, or running through the mountains with her dog, Winnie.

Jillian Jackson
Garden Educator, Colorado

Jillian is a Virginia native who moved to Colorado to pursue her MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health with a concentration in community nutrition. Jillian planted her roots in Fort Collins in 2012 when she joined the cooperative-style garden, Mulberry Community Gardens, to guide summer school activity groups through harvesting and tasting activities. She now manages the planting and engagement operations at her community garden.  Jillian has worked both as a cooking class instructor and a health educator and has a mission to empower students to grow, harvest, cook, and taste fresh produce.
When her hands are not digging in soil, she enjoys cooking and fermenting veggies from the backyard, backpacking and swimming with her pup, hosting open mics with her band as a washboard percussionist and vocalist, and holding weekly potlucks to celebrate the bountiful harvest from the community garden.

Kristin Kirkpatrick
Regional Director, Colorado

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Regional Director for Colorado at Big Green.

Kristin is passionate about creating environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice. With a background in public health and city planning, Kristin has worked to support the health of Coloradans where they live, work, and play through roles in community-based organizing around obesity prevention, transportation planning at the local and federal levels, in policy advocacy around health equity, and in health-oriented private real-estate development. Kristin is currently an adjunct professor at CSU in the School of Public Health and chairs her local planning commission. Kristin holds a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado. As a mother to three young children, Kristin understands the transformational power of the seeds being planted through Big Green's Learning Garden initiative and feels so lucky to be part of the team. In her spare time, you can find Kristin playing outside with her family and her dog, Derby.

Josh McGuire
Program Manager, Colorado

A native of Buffalo, NY, Josh holds a bachelors in Environmental Policy (SUNY Buffalo) and a Masters in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University.

Josh is a certified Permaculture Designer and has a particular focus on creating systemic changes in our food systems, studying in Maui, Kenya, Oregon and Colorado. He has worked for numerous non-profits and with Americorps implementing sustainable community development with both youth and adults. He is also addicted to wildlife documentaries.