Leadership Team

Krista Roberts, President

Krista RobertsKrista has been actively involved in Slow Food Denver since 2007 after moving back to Denver from the UK. She spends much of her time focused on Slow Food efforts; working closely with the Seed-to-Table school food program, planning Slow Food Community Table events, developing community partnerships, fundraising and running the office. 

Prior to embarking upon a food-focused career, she spent 10 years as a corporate business consultant with Accenture, followed by two years as Director of Executive Development Programs at Durham University in England. She lives in Denver with her husband, David. They have two sons, Benjamin and Samuel.

Gigia Kolouch, Seed-to-Table Education Director

As Slow Food Denver’s Seed-to-Table program director, Gigia  works with elementary aged Denver students in gardening and cooking classes. She is first and foremost an advocate for home cooking and the celebration of local food culture. With almost twenty years of experience in teaching and the culinary profession,  she develops classes, writes recipes, and teaches students of all ages. Over the years, she has taught at the Kitchen on the Green, the Culinary School of the Rockies, the Seasoned Chef, and the Starkey Institute and has directed the Alfalfa’s Market Cooking School.

Gigia has also been a volunteer with Operation Frontline and other civic groups. She is currently a graduate student in Nutritional Anthropology, interested in the cultural knowledge embedded in every day living.

Laurie Schneyer, Seed-to-Table Operations Director

Laurie SchneyerA year of study abroad in France taught Laurie the value of the Slow Food life style. She has been working with Slow Food Denver since 2010 as a Seed to Table program leader, a garden leader at Iowa Elementary in Aurora, and the organizer of Denver Crop Mob. She sees her involvement as a way to embrace her passions: good food, good friends, and good gardening.

Laurie has been a lifelong gardener and feels that everyone should experience the joy of tasting a tomato right off the vine. She is also a full-time mom to two teenage girls and supports her husband Joel’s home-based business.

Ben Hecht, C.A.F.E. Program Director

Ben is the creative spark and driving force behind Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. He’s been involved with SFD since 2010 because he wanted to not only learn more about the local food community, but to be empowered to make a difference in that community as well. He believes people and food are inextricably linked and loves any opportunity to bring the two together.

A Colorado native, Ben has been an associate team leader for Whole Foods Market since 2007.  He is an avid yogi and road cyclist and enjoys spending summer days and nights outside. He’s also a film buff, and one of his all-time favorites is The Saint. Ben says he draws inspiration and courage from his kind, funny, and gorgeous girlfriend, Joan Danks.

Josh Hendrickson, Office Manager and Assistant

joshJosh serves as the Office Manager and administrative assistant for the Slow Food Denver Office.  He recently graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and plans to attend Colorado State University to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Food Studies.  He grew up in the Midwest,  Iowa and Minnesota, where he worked throughout the food industry from production (milking cows full time) to preparation (breakfast cook) to consumption (he loves to eat).  During his free time, which isn’t much as a graduate student, Josh enjoys scouting out unique ingredients to use in cooking experiments, hiking, and reading.