team food box program

Meet the Distribution Team

Our team assembles over 1,000 food boxes every week! We are lovers of vegetables and fruits, we care for each other, and we are passionate about healthy food access being a right for all. Together, we make this dream a reality.

our team


Angela Cruz

Distribution Packing Team

Angela is from a beautiful place in Mexico called Aguascalientes, a place that she loves and misses. For the past ten years, she has been the mother of two beautiful daughters. They love animals (especially cats), eating delicious food (especially sushi and ice cream).

They love living in Colorado. They love the snow and mountains and getting outside to enjoy this beautiful state. Belonging to the amazing GrowHaus team is a gift and a benefit to their family and the people who receive food from The GrowHaus. She is thankful for this time in her life and knows that even through hard times we must keep moving forward!


Araceli Guerrero

Packing Team & Promotora Apprentice

Araceli is from a ranchito called El Tepetate in the state of Zacatecas. It was there where she spent the majority of her childhood spending time with her friends and helping her father tend to the land by cutting beans and corn. She arrived in the United States at the age of twenty and says the change to a foreign place was difficult, due to the different cultures and languages. Araceli has lived in Swansea for over 11 years and has created many friendships within the community. She feels great emotion to be able to work alongside The GrowHaus team and live in a community that she cares deeply about. She wants to continue growing in several aspects and helping those in need in her community.


Emily Hoel

Director of Operations

Emily joined The GrowHaus as the Director of Operations in 2018 and brings with her several years of nonprofit experience and a passion for supporting our community to be healthy and empowered. Logistics and operations are a passion for Emily and she loves to solve challenges as they arise…which happens often in this line of work!

Emily is from Richmond, Virginia and enjoys cooking, knitting, and going on adventures with her dog, Nasa.


Fabiola Medina

Distribution Packing Team

Fabiola is a loving mother to Antonella and Natalia and the wife of Edinson. She loves life. She is a proactive person, a life-long learner, a hard worker, and capable of achieving anything life puts in front of her without doing harm to anyone else.

She values friendship and the trust of other people. Her work life has changed a lot since she started working with The GrowHaus. She is grateful for how we work as a team, for the job stability and the support she has received from The GrowHaus. To summarize, she feels very grateful!


Gabriela Alarcon

Distribution Packing Team

Gabriela works on the Food Distribution team at The GrowHaus. She is a working mother from Chihuahua, Mexico and has been living in Denver for almost 20 years. She started working at The GrowHaus in the Spring of 2020 after her son, Irving (a previous employee at The GrowHaus), asked her if she wanted to assemble Food Boxes for the community.

She enjoys working at The GrowHaus because she gets to support families with accessing healthy food. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family.


Jackeline Ruiz

Manager of Food Distribution

Jackeline is originally from Venezuela and has also lived in Colombia and in Panamá for eight years. She came to Colorado 2 years ago. She joins The GrowHaus as the Manager of Food Distribution and brings with her several years of business, marketing, and operation experience. She works to help grow the community Market/Mercado and The Food Box Program. Jackeline graduated from the University Latina of Panama a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Advertising and the University Catholic Andrés Bello (Venezuela) a Bachelor's Degree in Law. Jackeline enjoys running, social networks, traveling and exploring new destinations.


Kayla Birdsong

Executive Director

Kayla joined the staff of The GrowHaus in summer 2013 while living in the Elyria neighborhood. She first served as Director of Food Distribution for two years and helped to start our retail market as well as no-cost grocery program that still impact thousands of people every year. For the following two years, Kayla served as the Director of Operations, helping the GrowHaus' thrive on a day-to-day basis. Kayla moved into the Executive Director role in 2017. Kayla is passionate about working with community to shape our local food system. Kayla believes that by leveraging the amazing partnerships The GrowHaus has, we can ensure lasting access to healthy food in our neighborhood and thus serve as a model for other communities with similar barriers across the nation.


Maria Campos

Distribution Packing Team

Maria is originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, moved to Denver when she was 12 years old, and has lived in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood for the last 16 years. She came to The GrowHaus out of curiosity and fell in love with the place. She loves working at The GrowHaus because it makes her feel at home and wants to contribute to getting the Hispanic community involved in improving the health and wellness of our neighborhood. Coming from a farming family, she believes in the idea that nobody should struggle to get healthy food no matter where you live or where you come from. She also enjoys motherhood, dancing, and family time.

Natalie Espinoza

Food Distribution Representative

Originally from California, Natalie has called Denver home since 2014. She is starting her journey to become a certified Nutritional Therapist and currently holds a certificate in Herbalism.

Natalie enjoys learning about traditional folk medicine and how we can apply it in this time of age. She believes that through education about plant medicine and food, we can individually take control of our health.

Natalie is looking forward to learning about permaculture and aquaculture, how it works, and how she can apply it to everyday life. She believes that food should be accessible and affordable for everyone and is excited to become a member of the Food Box Program. She enjoys tending to her home garden, loves every minute of being a mother, and can usually be found outdoors.


Miguel Zavala

Distribution Team Lead

Miguel is a local artist and musician. Father of two, Miguel was born in Mexico city, and has lived most of his life in Colorful Colorado. He enjoys reading, writing and playing music. But most of all, loves spending time with his girlfriend Diana, whether it be on a hike or watching a movie. Miguel started at The GrowHaus as a volunteer for the Cosechando Salud program and joined the Rapid Response Team full-time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Miguel is passionate about working for a non-profit that connects him to his community in a meaningful way. 


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