Kate Rawlinson

Membership Coordinator/CTO Grant Manager

Kate Rawlinson, recently became the owner of Plowed Table Farm in Paonia, Colorado, where she grows produce, fruit, flowers, herbs, and pasture raised eggs. Prior to her move she was assistant director for education and public programs at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, an art and design museum located in Miami Beach. She led multiple research-based, arts education initiatives, including Teen Thoughts on Democracy; the Artful Truth-a Healthy Propaganda Arts Project; Artful Citizenship (U.S. DED funded arts-integration curriculum for grades 3-5); and Page at a Time (bookmaking curriculum focused on conflict and resolution). She has a BFA in printmaking and a MFA in painting, and has benefited from several artist residencies in her painting career. She taught at both university and high school levels. Forty years of art-making, teaching, and curatorial experience inform her practice as a farmer, manager, artist, and new board member at Elsewhere Studios.

Spencer Lightfoot

Orton Grant Coordinator


Susie Kaldis Lowe

Board Chair

Susie Kaldis Lowe has worked with the NFVCC since 2011. She was the founding Executive Director (2012-2014) and is thrilled to now serve as the Board Chair. Susie has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art media from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Professionally, Susie freelances as a graphic designer and is principal designer for her jewelry company, Theoni Designs.

Patti Kaech

Board Vice President

As resident of Paonia, a mother of three, and a grandmother of four grandchildren, my family keeps me busy. When I was eleven years old my family immigrated to the Bay Area in California from Switzerland. It’s wonderful to have called some of the most spectacular places on earth home; Switzerland, California, Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Crested Butte and Paonia.

In my free time I enjoy volunteering. I am a past board member of Friends of Montessori in Crawford, The Western Slope Conservation Center and the Lead Curator of TEDxPaonia. I spend my free time hiking, wildcrafting and searching for mushrooms. My youngest daughter and I often venture out camping in the surrounding mountain valleys and going to hot springs. My favorite mode of transportation is my trusty 1974 Schwinn three speed. I love cross country skiing on the ditches surrounding Paonia and on the Grand Mesa.

Jen Sanborn

Board Secretary

Jen Sanborn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona.  She then worked as a freelance photographer in performing arts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and on and off of Broadway in NYC. After hearing a very loud, “go west young woman,” she moved to western Colorado to raise her family.  She and her husband fell in love with the North Fork Valley and now call it home.  Jen is a professional oil painter and raises dairy goats on the side. She is enthusiastic about the support that artists receive from the Creative Coalition and is currently the Secretary to the Board.

Mary George

Board Treasurer

After studying Zoology at University of New Hampshire, Mary has been self-employed for the past 27 years. She started a small café/bakery, which grew into a significant wholesale bakery operation, and is now operating as a commercial kitchen cooperative for small start-up food businesses. She moved to Paonia in 2011, opened a small coffee shop and grew it into a popular evening bistro. She is an artist working in glass, ceramics, jewelry, and fabric arts. She also works as an energy worker/healer, educated in plant spirit medicine and Mayan spiritual healing, as well as practitioner of cranial sacral work. Mary is currently working on a certification in French Aromatherapy. She is a lover of projects and new ideas.

Dave Mitchel

Board Member

Dave moved to the North Fork Valley from Atlanta, Georgia in 1993 to become a Realtor and the people, the beauty and the quality of life in the North Fork have made him never regret his decision to do so. As a Realtor, many times he introduces people moving here to what he loves about NFV and has become very aware of how talented and creative many of our residents are. He feels like developing economic opportunities for the Creative People in our area is a special privilege and takes pride as we see the North Fork Valley’s reputation grow everyday throughout Colorado and even beyond.

Ulli Lange

Board Member

Ulrich Lange was born in 1933 in Germany and spent the war years in the Berlin area of Germany. At war’s end his family was forced to leave East Germany and spent the next five years as refugees in West Germany under extremely difficult circumstances. In 1961 he received a Masters Degree in Mining Engineering from the Technical University of West Berlin. Following a stint with a German coal company between 1961 and 1064 he had the opportunity to come to the US, representing a Germany manufacturer of mining equipment, and settled in the New York area. He worked in various executive capacities in the Appalachian coal fields. In 1978 I became American Citizen and in 1980 started a small underground coal mine near Pittsburgh, PA. In 1992 he and his wife moved to Paonia, leaving a 73 acre farm in Pennsylvania to be run by a son. He actively volunteers in various capacities around the NFV–President of the Board of “The North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District”, Treasurer of “Cherry Days” and in charge of the “Fourth of July Parade”. I am also a member of the local Rotary Club.



Mary Hockenbery
Hotchkiss Town Trustee

Elaine Brett