Board Members

Amber Giauque Callender

Director for Denver Urban ScholarsAmber is the program director for Denver Urban Scholars, and is delighted to be back to the non-profit sector, where she began her career as a grassroots community organizer. She has served in a variety of capacities in local government, including as the Director of Neighborhood Relations for then-Mayor Hickenlooper, and as the Executive Director of Denver’s Road Home. Combined, she spent over 12 years working with Denver’s businesses, community organizations and residents through City Hall.

A proud Denver Public Schools graduate, Amber received her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also participated in a Master’s Program in International Service and Non-Profit Management at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara while living with her family and volunteering for a women’s shelter in Guadalajara, Mexico.  (Yes, the food was amazing, and her life was at her “slowest”).

Amber was a member of Leadership Denver’s Class of 2010, and has served in a variety of volunteer capacities for local organizations. As third-generation Denverite, she’s proud to be raising her two children in the Baker Neighborhood, where the three can be found tending the garden, cooking, reading, snapping photos, building Legos and building community.

Heather Larrabee

Heather has thirteen years of executive, marketing and leadership experience in private sector, retail, and non-profit businesses. As the Regional Associate Marketing Coordinator for Whole Foods Markets she currently serves 30 marketing teams in CO, KS, ID, NM and UT to drive strategic partnerships, community relations, events, charitable giving, and program execution for Fortune 500 company, Whole Foods Market.

Heather’s team develops regional and national marketing programs and works with art directors, product coordinators, graphic artists, project managers, healthy eating specialists, and green mission representatives to provide mission–driven experiences for customers and vendor partners. Heather proudly serves on advisory committees for the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation and is a new Slow Food Denver board member.

Rob Goldstein, Treasurer

Rob is a partner at the Denver office of Polsinelli Shughart PC.  Representing businesses and business owners for more than 20 years, Rob provides practical solutions to a wide array of corporate and transactional matters.  A substantial number of Rob’s clients are manufacturers and retailers of organic and natural food products in all phases of operation.  His connection to the food industry led him to Slow Food and Slow Food Denver.

Marilyn Noble, Chair

Marilyn NobleMarilyn was first introduced to the concept of Slow Food over a four-hour, nine-course dinner with Italian cousins in a small town outside of Venice. One of them turned to her and said, “This is how eating should be…slooow. Slow Food – it’s what we do here in Italy.” Not only does Marilyn embrace the idea of a long enjoyable meal with good friends and family, she is passionate about the concept of good, clean, and fair food as well. In her work with SFD, she plans events, handles social media and communications, and is responsible for membership and volunteers.

Marilyn is the communications director for American Grassfed Association, in addition to being a freelance writer and magazine editor. She is the author of three cookbooks, Citrus Essentials (2006), Viva Chocolate (2007), and the best-selling Southwest Comfort Food: Slow and Savory (2011). In her spare time she travels, gardens, reads, hikes, and cooks.

Erin Overturf, Secretary

Erin joined Slow Food Denver in 2009 after she returned to Colorado from a stint working for non-profits focusing on agriculture and biotechnology law in Washington, D.C. She feels strongly about food as a social justice issue and believes the act of sharing meals and food traditions is a uniquely unifying experience. She serves as Slow Food Denver’s secretary and spearheads work on food policy and legislative outreach.

In her day job, Erin is an attorney practicing environmental law and she says she listens to tape-recorded Supreme Court arguments for fun. She also claims that people have told her she bears a striking resemblance to Buster Keaton.