Staff & Board of Directors



Tony Madone Jr.

Tony Madone Jr., Founder, Executive Director & Project Manager

Tony has been farming for over 40 years, almost all of his adult life. He has owned and operated several large-scale farming operations in Cañon City, Colorado and Twin Falls, Idaho. A native of Cañon City, Tony has been in Salida for the past 22 years. He has owned and operated machine shops and heavy equipment repair shops and has significant skills in repairing the equipment Colorado Farm To Table uses, in addition to his considerable farming skills. Tony is the founder of Colorado Farm To Table and his devotion to this program is evident in the fact that he raised and gave away fresh produce for eight years before obtaining non-profit status.

Phone: (719) 207-2737

Avery Bechtel, Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

Avery began with Colorado Farm to Table in November 2011. She is a graduate of Adams State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Marketing. Before joining forces with Colorado Farm to Table in 2011, she worked in Outdoor Retail Management & Buying for many years. However, her desire for a more meaningful career and her philanthropic interests led her to Colorado Farm to Table where her passion for its mission is evident. Avery is responsible for all things administrative as well as all recipient and volunteer coordination throughout the year and Harvest seasons. She hopes to further her knowledge and education of the non-profit sector in the months and years to come.

Phone: (719) 207-2707

TJ McDaniel, Assistant to Farm Manager

Mr. McDaniel is 26 years of age and was raised in a wheat & cattle farming family in Mulvane, Kansas. Besides his experience gained on his family’s farm he spent five years working on a produce farm while attending college. He also spent several summers prior to college working on an orchard in Hayesville, Kansas. He relocated to Salida in March 2014 because he is interested furthering his career in agriculture & he believes in the mission of the organization. McDaniel’s feels he could be an asset in Colorado Farm to Table’s ever increasing contributions throughout the state of Colorado. McDaniel attended The University of Kansas for a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature. While there, he developed a passion for produce farming as he worked seasonally for a produce operation in Lawrence, Kansas.

Board of Directors

Frank Holman, President

Frank F. Holman is a fifth generation resident of Chaffee County who grew up on the family ranch. He began a 33 year career with the Colorado Department of Transportation in 1971, in Chaffee County, and held various positions in Meeker, Craig, Greely, and Alamosa. Following his retirement in 2004 Frank, and wife Sherry, moved back to the family ranch West of Poncha Springs where they have ranched/farmed for the past eleven years. Frank has also served as Chaffee County Commissioner for the past six years. Frank has volunteered as a wrestling coach and official in various towns and has served on numerous boards through his life. He currently serves on the Full Circle Restorative Justice Board in Chaffee County and on the Poncha Springs Cemetery Committee as well as being President of the Farm to Table Board.

Cheri Schleicher, Vice-President

Bio Coming Soon

Linda Nyberg, Secretary

Back in 2006, Linda helped Tony Madone get some much needed funding from ‘Operation Round Up’ Sangre de Cristo Electric’s charitable organization, and Sangre de Cristo Electric itself. Linda has been with Sangre de Cristo Electric for 19 years as the Communications & Marketing Specialist. In December of 2011, Linda was asked to be the Board Secretary. It just felt like a natural fit. Sangre de Cristo Electric is a not-for-profit rural electric cooperative. Linda’s commitment to community stems from her work and she wanted to contribute more to the community that she lives in. Through her work on the Colorado Farm to Table board, she feels like she is contributing in her own meaningful way to helping feed thousands of people tons of fresh produce each year. What a great feeling!

James Gober, Treasurer

James graduated with a degree in Mathematics from The University of Texas in 1968. He has 25 years of farming experience in Texas. James became a CPA in 1988. He became a founding board member of Colorado Farm to Table after hearing Tony Madone, Jr. speak at a Rotary meeting in Salida, Colorado. James is responsible for acquiring 501(c)3 nonprofit status for Colorado Farm to Table in 2006. He has been in Colorado for the past 20 years, and has been a board member of several non-profit organizations in the Salida area during that time, returning to serve as a Colorado Farm to Table board member for a second time beginning in February 2013.

Bruce Cogan, Director

Bio Coming Soon

Brice Lewis, Director

Bio Coming Soon

Ray Perkins, Director

Ray is the newest board member and a long standing veteran volunteer at Colorado Farm to Table. He attended three universities and achieved a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Theology. Ray has been the pastor of six churches throughout Texas, California, and Colorado. He holds his permanent teaching certificates in both science and history. He once played a par game of golf and love animals as well as the beautiful outdoors.