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The FoCo Cafe is a volunteer-driven organization. The Cafe was a volunteer only organization for the first five months and then we began filling positions in order to achieve consistency and sustainability. We spend much time and care with our volunteers and we have seen many volunteers and student interns go on to meaningful jobs or educational opportunities after gifting their time and talent to the Cafe.
Jeff & Kathleen Baumgardner
Jeff and Kathleen Baumgardner founded the Cafe, incorporating in Colorado as a nonprofit in June 2012. Kathleen served as the volunteer executive director from concept until she was hired by the Board four years later in April 2016. She managed the administrative side of the operation, worked with interns, did the public speaking, and Cafe communications. Jeff served as the volunteer chef and operations manager from the day the Cafe opened, Thanksgiving 2014. A super volunteer, Jeff has literally created and served tens of thousand of meals to the community! He has a heart for health equity, a talent for making incredible soups, and a gift for serving people.
Chef Klamm has been rooted in the Fort Collins community ever since she moved here twelve years ago. As an outdoor enthusiast, she’s played in many Ultimate Frisbee Leagues, loves riding bikes (road, gravel, mountain) and has traveled to over 12 countries. Her love of food kick started her culinary career 5 years ago, and she’s hit the ground running; hungry to learn all she can. Her commitment to food and community have led her in helping 3 restaurants open in Fort Collins, 2 pop up dinner and event companies launch, cooked for 2 backcountry events that lasted multiple days, and assist in starting a solar powered greenhouse plant start company. Her food philosophy? Food is the one world language. When you sit down at a table of a home cooked meal, it doesn’t matter what you believe, what language you speak or where you come from. Everyone is family. She’s excited to be a part of this family and support the mission of FoCo Cafe.
Mallory Garneau joined FoCo Cafe in August 2016 as an intern and became executive director in June 2017 after graduating with a Masters Degree in Social Work from CSU. She has a passion for empowerment, is an adventurer, a motivator, and a people person. She has worked as a English teacher in Thailand, done Community engagement social work projects in South Africa, and has 10 years experience working in restaurants and customer service. Mallory now oversees all FoCo Cafe operations.
Kayden is a recent graduate from Polaris ELS in 2018 and part of the Cafe’s dishwasher and prep staff. He enjoys playing guitar, and practicing breath work and mindfulness techniques to help stay connected. During the fall semester of 2018, he will start studying Botany at Front Range Community College.
Connor graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors in Social Work in 2019 with a background in policy and community engagement work. He came to Fort Collins in May of 2019 to start graduate school at Colorado State University interested in community work and working with individuals experiencing homelessness. Connor first came to the Cafe as the Development Intern this last year while working on his Masters in Social Work degree. He is excited to be back at the Cafe serving as the new Operations Manager and can’t wait to help our community get the good food they deserve.
Sara Heath – Prep Cook/ Dishwasher
Sara moved to Colorado in 2011 and became a pastry chef in 2015. While she is still an active chef on our community, she joined the FoCo Cafe team because she believes everyone should have access to good food, and a well prepared meal. Sara loves living on the Front Range and all the local beer, outdoor activities, and good people it has to offer!