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 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, Co-Founders

Jeff and Kathleen Baumgardner founded the Cafe and incorporated in Colorado as a non-profit 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, managed interns, performed public speaking, and executed FoCo Cafe communications. Jeff served as the Volunteer Chef and Operations Manager since the grand opening, Thanksgiving 2014.  Jeff has created and served tens of thousands 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

Chef Klamm has been rooted in the Fort Collins community since 2009. As an outdoor enthusiast, she loves riding bikes (road, gravel, and mountain), playing in Ultimate Frisbee Leagues, and traveling. She has traveled to 12 countries! Her love of food kick-started her culinary career five years ago, and she’s hit the ground running; hungry to learn all she can. Her commitment to food and community has led her in helping three restaurants open in Fort Collins, two pop-up dinner and event company launches, cooked for two backcountry events lasting several days, and assisting in a solar-powered greenhouse plant startup company. Her food philosophy? Food is the one world language. When you sit down at a table for 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, Executive Director

Mallory is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Master’s 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 an English teacher in Thailand, completed community engagement social work projects in South Africa, and has over 10 years of experience working in restaurants and customer service. She now oversees all operations of FoCo Cafe.

Lauren McGee, Operations Manager

Lauren graduated from Florida State College in Jacksonville, FL with an Associate in Arts degree. She fell in love with Colorado after traveling here for years to hike Rocky Mountain National Park with her mother. In 2015, she moved to Loveland, CO from her hometown in Jacksonville, FL. She has a passion for animals, adventure, hiking, and traveling. She joined the FoCo Cafe team in March 2021 and is devoted to the cafe’s new mission: empowering all people through food.

Sara Heath, Prep Cook/ Dishwasher

Sara moved to Colorado in 2011. In 2015, she became a pastry chef. While she is still an active chef in 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 enjoying all the local beer, outdoor activities, and good people it has to offer!

Maggie Hersch, Dishwasher

Maggie is the newest addition to the FoCo Cafe team beginning September 2021. We are excited to have her!