Board of Directors
PJ Bergin, Chair
PJ developed and ran two successful businesses geared to serving design and architectural professionals nationally for 28 years. After selling those, she became a full time visual artist in Chaffee County creating artwork for health care facilities and private residences. Out of concerns for the slow decrease in farm land and access to local food, PJ started SOIL Sangre de Cristo in March 2020. She now balances her artist career and the growing non-profit with overwhelming support from the community.
Brian Aitken, Treasurer
Brian is a partner with Badger Creek Ranch, another member of SOIL Sangre de Cristo. For over two decades, Brian worked as a country director for the International Monetary Fund, based in Washington DC. He eventually wanted to live out west and become involved in land conservation. Between Brian’s years of working for the IMF and his current involvement in local ranching, Brian makes a most welcome fit to be on the board of directors as treasurer.
Tiffany Colette, Farmer Member
Tiffany is the owner of Rocky Mountain Garlic with her husband, Mike Colette. Following the organic and biodynamic processes, “RMG” brings over fifteen varieties of the unique crop of high desert garlic to market every year. They have also expanded into other fresh veggies with the newly built greenhouse seen from Hwy 291 as you travel west out of Salida.
Sally Ayotte, Registered Dietitian/Chef Educator, has worked in food and nutrition in all stages of life. For the past 35 years she has helped clients make healthy food choices and taught healthy cooking techniques to both families and professionals. She has helped school districts across the country transition to healthy, scratch prepared meals. In Chaffee County she has worked with LiveWell Colorado and now the Chaffee County Local Food Coalition to help improve access to healthy eating and active living.
Cindy Reinhardt took down her shingle as a business and life coach in 2020. From her home in Crestone she reflects on life; writes a weekly blog (and contemplates other writing ideas); takes long walks with canine companion, Zadie Byrd, and engages in community activities. Although not actively coaching, she continues to be curious about evolutionary change and how we create new personal stories from which new paradigms for life can emerge. She has a growing interest how we view and use money as well as in food systems and the intersection of both with health and vitality of both humans and the planet. This curiosity and exploration brings her to support SOIL.
Trudi Kretsinger has been farming in the San Luis Valley since 1990. She believes that producing food, fuel, and fiber in a way that builds soil health and a local food economy can save the world.