President: Nicole Abrams

As a founding member of New Roots CO, Nicole is committed to community, youth impact development, and environmental awareness. She is a driven sustainable lifestyle consultant, spiritual ecology guide, and a professional experiential science educator and outreach program coordinator. After volunteering with Mountain Harvest Coalition and the Bare Roots project with Vail Valley Salvation Army for the last 4 years, she was inspired, along with the other members of this board, to create New Roots CO to help continue empowering local food resilience within the community she has chosen to put down her own roots.

Vice President: Adam Fenton

Adam is originally from Nebraska where he spent the last 5 years organizing rallies, event speaking, running an environmental club, and creating an educational summit to train high school and college youth how to be citizen lobbyists. Last year, he spent the summer biking across the country doing volunteer work with 47 other incredible humans, which led him to the Eagle River Valley. His passion is working to make sure that everyone has equal access to having an enjoyable, healthy, and sustainable life.

Secretary: Evan “Lanny” Ellis

Lanny is a gardening and permaculture enthusiast from Arlington, Texas. He moved to Colorado in 2013 and made Eagle County his home. He earned his Permaculture Design Certification from the Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) in 2016 and completed the Colorado Master Gardener course in 2017. His is always enthusiastic to share his skills with others, empowering them towards regenerative lifestyles.

Treasurer: Laura Hartman

Laura Hartman, MPA/MSES, is a founding board member and serves as the Treasurer of New Roots. Her background is in health equity, community development, and food security solutions. Laura’s 8-5 is with Eagle County Public Health and Environment as the Health in All Policies Coordinator. She also serves on the Board of our local United Way of the Eagle River Valley. In her free time, Laura enjoys studying Spanish, trail running, and dabbling in a variety of food preservation techniques.


Social Media Manager: Shawna Wood

Shawna Wood, founding member of the New Roots board, is a youth development professional and long time Eagle County local.  Much of her professional experience has centered on connecting kids to their food source and the natural world in general. In her free time you can find Shawna in the mountains hiking, climbing or snowboarding or at a concert enjoying live music.


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