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, Co-Founders

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, 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 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

Chef Klamm has been rooted in the Fort Collins community ever since she moved here 12 years ago. As an outdoor enthusiast, she loves riding bikes (road, gravel, and mountain), playing in Ultimate Frisbee Leagues, and has traveled to over 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 have led her in helping three restaurants open in Fort Collins, two pop up dinner and event company launches, cooked for two back country events that lasted several days, and assisted in starting a solar powered greenhouse plant startup 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, Executive Director

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, completed 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.

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 visiting Rocky Mountain National Park for seven years and decided to move in June 2015, from her hometown in Jacksonville, FL. She has a passion for animals, adventure, hiking, and traveling. She is excited to join the team and become the new Operations Manager to help the community succeed by providing nutritious and delicious  meals to the people of Fort Collins.

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!