Staff and Board of Directors

Currently Seeking Board Members

Are you interested in giving back to the community by serving on the Board of Directors for The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado? We encourage you to apply!

The Garden Project's Board of Directors sets healthy term limits for membership cycles of 2-3 years. As a result, we are often searching for new members. Start dates are typically in the Spring and Fall.

Please complete the application form and send it along with your Resume and/or Cover Letter to our Executive Director.

If you would like to talk before applying, please call us! Nine Seven Zero-259-3123
Thank you for your interest!

Documents for Prospective Board Members:

2018 Board Application
2018 Board Position Description
2017 Annual Report
2018 TGP Workplace Culture Principals

Current Staff

sandhya.jpgSandhya Tillotson
Executive Director

Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Sandhya attended Colorado College and majored in Environmental Science. After moving to Durango in 2010, Sandhya has worked and volunteered for local non-profits, including Durango Nature Studies and 4CORE. Following her passions for gardening, local food, and environmental nonprofit work, she became the Executive Director of The Garden Project in 2013. Since then, Sandhya has given new vitality to the organization, increasing its visibility in the community, impact on participants and fundraising capabilities in a short time. In 2015 Sandhya graduated from the Community Resource Center’s Nonprofit Leadership Training Program. She is a big thinker who appreciates action, follow through and change. While not in the gardens or grant writing, Sandhya can be found on outdoor adventures with her husband.

mia1.jpgMia Carrasco-Songer
School & Community Garden Program Manager

Mia graduated from Warren Wilson College in her home state of North Carolina in 2011 with a degree in Sociology. She followed her passion for social and environmental justice here to Durango's community gardens. Mia also works for Homegrown Farm in Bayfield and spends her free time exploring this beautiful place on her mountain bike or paddling a raft. Mia has been with The Garden Project since January 2013.

brooke2.jpgBrooke Frazer
Manna Garden & Food Security Program Manager

Brooke Frazer is excited to join her fellow gardeners and farmers at the Garden Project. Originally from Virginia and North Carolina, Brooke holds a masters degree in appropriate technology from Appalachian State University. She has a varied background in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and farming. Brooke started a successful SPIN inspired urban farm in Durango and is excited to be growing food downtown at Manna Soup Kitchen. Brooke enjoys playing roller derby, mountain biking, snowboarding, and remodeling her house when she isn't in the garden. Brooke volunteered for The Garden Project for several years before being hired on as staff in June 2014.

AmeriCorps Members (August 2017 - July 2018)

FullSizeRender.jpgMarissa Hunt
School Garden Educator (& 20th Anniversary Coordinator)

A Texas native, Marissa grew up in San Antonio before moving to Denton to attend the University of North Texas. She graduated in 2016 with a degree in public relations. Over the past four years she has gained environmental and horticultural experience with the Army Corps of Engineers, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, an urban farm, and a wholesale nursery. Her passion for environmentalism, education, and growing brought her to Durango, Colorado to serve with Americorps from 2017 - 2018. She is excited to explore and discover all her new home has to offer! Marissa's other hobbies and interests include playing and writing music for her band, embroidery, hiking, running, and anything that involves her German shepherd - dachshund mix, Rigby.

Will Turnipseed
School Garden Educator (& Volunteer Coordinator)

Will grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He got his degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Central Florida in 2017 before coming out to Durango. Will enjoys a good book to read, a fun trail to hike, or a quality song to listen to. He is extremely excited to be spreading his love of the natural world to the children of La Plata County!


Board of Directors

Alyssa Murray
Board President &
Interim Board Treasurer

I'm a gardener, a rider, a mom, a dog mom, and a cook.  I love warm days and cool nights, hasn't this October weather been perfect?  The garlic is planted, the compost pile is full, and high country hikes are coming to an end.  Soon the mountains will be white, and snowballs will be thrown, the oven will be blazing and hot chocolate will be delicious.  I am always up for an adventure, I can leave in 15 minutes is my motto.  I am happy to be a part of the Garden Project Board.  I look forward to spending time and energy on growing a healthier community with the other board members. 


Jennifer Boyer
Board Vice-President

Jennifer was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and holds a degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  With a background in renewable energy and elementary education, she currently works for La Plata County.  She believes that every person deserves access to fresh, healthy food and is thrilled to be a part of the Garden Project.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring, hiking, kayaking, cooking, quilting, nordic skiing, volunteering, reading, camping, canning and knitting (in no particular order). 


Dave Harris
Board Secretary

Dave comes from a family of gardeners growing up in a small town in Central Illinois. He and his wife Michele moved to Durango from Boulder in 2012. Their 3 daughters are in the Front Range and NYC. Dave is a 30+ year veteran of the legal profession. He is a CO Master Gardener committed to the environment and sustainable practices. Their house near Purgatory is a net zero home meaning it produces more energy than it consumes. Dave was the horticulturist at Glacier Club but has transitioned to assisting with legal and human resources matters. 


June Russell
Board Member

June Russell is a certified public accountant, specializing in individual and business tax consulting.  She and her husband moved to Durango 6 years ago, after living on the island of Oahu, Hawaii for 32 years, where they raised two daughters.  June served on the board of directors of The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado for four years and is thrilled to now be serving on The Garden Project’s board of directors.  When not working or taking advantage of Durango numerous social activities, June is outside hiking, biking, or skiing.


Previous Board Members

Eric Ryba

Amy Arnold

Tara Frazer

Clint Kearns

Nora Stafford

Amber Johnson

Darrin Parmenter

Eileen Dawson

Charlie Love

Krista Garand

Becky Turner

Kelle Bruno

Chelsea Farley

Janet Fogel

Shari Fitzgerald (Co-Founder)

Kate Lauth

Beth Saren