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The FoCo Cafe Board of Directors is comprised of members of our local community who are passionate about the cause and come from many diverse backgrounds. We currently have two open board positions and are always accepting applications. Board terms are 3 years with options to renew. Board membership requires attendance of the monthly meeting, and various committee meetings. The full requirements are contained in the board application document.
Time commitment is estimated at 3-4 hours per month. Interested community members should complete the Board Info and Application. If you have questions about the board function or joining, please contact FoCo Cafe’s Board Interim Chair/Vice Chair Pam Autio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest!
Pam Autio, Interim Chair/Vice Chair
Owner and Consultant, Training and Development Solutions, LLC
Pam has been working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector for about 26 years and has a master’s degree in Adult Education and Training from CSU. As a former manager of education and training programs, she has a great deal of experience in strategic planning, management, and the oversite of grant and corporate funded programs. Her work experience has afforded her the opportunity to work with a wide range of people and backgrounds including those in low-income areas who need and deserve understanding, respect, and a little help to get on their feet. Pam’s professional work has centered around improving the lives children and their families. In her personal life, she was greatly influenced by her mother who had a career focused on teaching others about proper food and nutrition. Pam was also a member of 4H and spent most of her youth involved in projects related to the importance of healthy eating. Being a board member with the FoCo Cafe is a wonderful way for her to exercise her combined skills and passion to make a real difference in the Fort Collins area.
Date elected: January 3, 2018 | Term: 3-year term, with 2 possible renewals
David Kovach, Board Member
Founder, FoCo Legal Services
Dave is an attorney and former CPA with degrees from Ohio State and Georgetown Law. On his first visit to Fort Collins, he fell in love and never left! He’s lived in Fort Collins for five years now, some of which he spent with Goodwill and Colorado State University before founding Foco Legal Services in 2018. Today, he provides legal aid with a focus on affordable housing issues and elder law. He also moonlights as a landscaper and part-time chef. Before having one of life’s little wake-up calls in 2012, Dave did audits with Ernst & Young—but life is short and public service and healthy living are now his priority. During law school, Dave earned Georgetown’s highest honors for pro bono service, volunteering with the Public Defender’s Office, the Probate Resource Center and the Landlord-Tenant Resource Center at the DC Superior Court. He also served Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the DC Long-Term Care Ombudsman, AARP, and provided free tax returns on Saturdays. Before graduating, he spent a semester in Georgetown’s Environmental Law Clinic. Dave currently serves on the Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board. In his free time, you can find him supporting local brewers, playing basketball, or riding trails at Coyote Ridge.
Date Elected: October 2019 2-year term, with 2 possible renewals
Tracy Powell, Secretary
Branch Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Tracy was born and raised in Colorado and moved back to Fort Collins after earning her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Business and Mass Communication. Continuing her education, Tracy recently graduated from CSU with a Masters in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Innovative Change Management. Tracy has a great deal of experience in the restaurant industry and is thrilled that her local community has the FoCo Café available to them. Her leadership journey began as a teller with Wells Fargo, and after 8 years of hard work and dedication, Tracy is now a Branch Manager for the company. She is diligent and devoted to helping guide and lead others in the financial industry and find their passions in both assisting customers in their financial success and leadership of those around them. She has served as a Wells Fargo United Way Ambassador for the last 5 years and is a member of the Norther Colorado Volunteer Chapter. Tracy has always had a passion for volunteering and helping her community, which is one of the many reasons she is so excited to serve on this board. In her free time you can find her nose in a book, exercising, traveling the world with friends and family, or playing with her cat Charlie.
Date elected: February 2019 | Term: 2-year term, with 2 possible renewals
Moses Horner, Board Member
Owner, Horner Painting
Moses Horner is the owner of Horner Painting, which he started at 24 and has grown steadily over the last 20 years. Today, Horner Painting is one of the largest residential painting contractors in Northern Colorado with 30+ team members. His wife Sara helped build the business for 17 years and is now pursuing her own career as a realtor with The Group Inc. Their two children, Jake (23) and Macy (21) are out of the house, leaving Moses with time to share his business knowledge and experience to give back. Moses choose to be on the board at the FoCo Cafe because he has a passion for working with people experiencing homelessness and believes in the cafe’s mission to build community. Moses enjoys all things outdoors, especially biking, snowboarding and surfing.
Date elected: May 2019| Term: 2-year term, with 2 possible renewals
Johanna Bishop, Board Member
Johanna was born and raised in Iowa, finding her way to Colorado in 2011. She moved to Denver to be a full-time volunteer with DOOR Network while starting on the road to becoming a Registered Dietitian. While living in Denver, Johanna served as the Urban Education Manager at a food pantry and hosted youth groups from all over the country. Her job was to help shine a light on issues of poverty and empower youth to be active in their own communities. She spent a year working at The SAME Cafe, learning to make pizza, soup, and salad at Denver’s original “pay-what-you-can” style restaurant. Johanna holds a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and is a credential Registered Dietitian working for the Greeley-Evans School District. Johanna was first introduced to the FoCo Cafe at church and volunteered during her grad school years. In her free time, she is an avid home-baker, hiker and kayaker. She is excited to bring her nutrition and non-profit experience to the FoCo Cafe to support the mission of the cafe and help care for our community. Love people, feed them tasty food.
Date Elected: October 2019|Term: 2 year term, 2 possible renewals
Noah Hutchison, Board Member
Executive Director, Antioch Community Church
Noah was born and raised in Georgia, moved to Texas for school, but always loved traveling to Colorado. With years of experience in executive leadership in non-profit work, Noah and his family quickly took a new opportunity to move to Fort Collins in 2015 where he completed his Masters in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Government. Noah has been involved in community activism which can be seen in his close loss in 2019 for District 2 City Council in Fort Collins. With a desire to continue his leadership to impact the community in a positive way, he was led to the board of FoCo Cafe. Noah currently serves as the Executive Director of Antioch, a local church in the heart of Fort Collins. Noah has always had a passion for helping the community, especially at the crossroads where all people can meet which is one of the many reasons he loves serving on this board. Noah has an amazing wife, 3 kids, and loves this community!
Date elected: July 2019| Term: 3-year term, with 2 possible renewals
Paul Garcia, Board Member
Paul has been a managing partner with Geyer & Associates CPAs for the last three years and has been with the firm for six years. Previously, Paul focused his efforts on various sectors in economics in multiple states in the West and here in the Mountain West. Some of his experience includes, founder and Chief Financial Officer of a Swiss Crypto-Currency Company, founder and Director of a Not-For-Profit organization that focused on family counseling and financial literacy as well as experience in education, as a former pastor and in the financial services business. Paul is excited to bring his vast experience to the FoCo Cafe Board.
Date elected: July 2019 | Term: 3-year term, with 2 possible renewals
Chris Schneider, Board Member
Chris was born and raised in Fort Collins by my parents who were both educators in Poudre School District and also natives to this beautiful town. Her professional journey has been anything but typical ranging from working as a Business Analyst at Harley-Davidson headquarters and Colorado State University to teaching at Rocky Mountain High School to now serving as the Community Relations Manager for Senior Helpers, a company providing in-home care for seniors in our community. She decided to leave work as a business analyst to follow in her parents footsteps to obtain my Master of Education in Education Leadership and Change from CSU because she had a desire to wake up feeling like she was contributing to the greater good. Her specialization is utilizing her hometown roots to collaborate with community partners on supporting the amazing individuals and organizations that make up Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. Chris has an ingrained desire to impact people in positive ways and am personally committed to keeping Fort Collins a close knit town where neighbors help and support each other which is why serving FoCo Café is of huge importance. Her 11-year old son began serving meals at FoCo Café as a volunteer this year and it has been such a meaningful experience for him…now she needs to get the other three to do the same! Chris is very thrilled and honored to be a part of this amazing non-profit and wonderful community!
Date elected: July 2019 | Term: 3-year term, with 2 possible renewals
Mallory Garneau (ex officio)
Executive Director, FoCo Cafe
Mallory is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Masters Degree in Social Work and a minor in International Development. She has a passion for empowerment, education, and travel. She is an adventurer, a motivator, and a people person. Mallory has worked as a English teacher in Thailand, has worked on social work projects in South Africa, and has over 10 years of experience working in restaurants and in customer service. She now oversees all operations of FoCo Cafe.