The Slow Food Indy board consists of 9 volunteers. This group manages all of the chapter’s activities from programs and events to membership and the Snail of Approval program. The candidates listed below have been selected by the Nominating Committee from a pool of applicants submitted in November 2014. Register to attend our 2015 Annual Meeting to vote for these candidates. (Remember, only members get a vote!)
NEW Board Candidates for 2015
Marisol became a member of Slow Food Indy in 2014. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, she has always been an avid cook and student of the world’s cuisines. The slow food movement addresses issues that have become increasingly important to her, including sustainability and social justice. Talking the talk about Slow Food wasn’t enough, so she decided to walk the walk and make a tangible connection between her food and her table. She joined a local co-op farm and learned how to process chickens, and converted part of her backyard into a miniature urban farm experiment lovingly called Hot Chicks Urban Farm and Eggery. Marisol is getting the hang of organic gardening, and hopes to improve the farm’s yield so that she can continue to donate a portion of the crop to those in need. She is a proud graduate of Howard University and the Director of Membership & Engagement at the Indianapolis Zoo. Marisol has served as Interim Membership Chair on the Slow Food Indy Board in 2014.
Carrie relocated back to Indianapolis after living, working, and traveling around the world for 15 years. Traveling and volunteerism helped her develop a passion for food. Having pursued a degree in Public Health, Carrie now works as an event planner and strategic consultant for international health education events. She was a member of the Slow Food chapter in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is looking forward to contributing meaningfully to Slow Food Indy.
At the age of ten Anna’s great-grandmother began teaching her how to cook. She knew how to make béchamel, before she knew it was a classical French cooking technique. She grew up in a community of hunters and fisherman, and worked on farms as a child. At 14, she traded her overalls and gardener’s gloves for a server’s apron and waitressed in a small bistro until she was 18 – honing her love of cooking. At 18, she transitioned to corporate America, and quickly progressed into management in that career. In 2009, she arrived in Indiana from Southwest Michigan. After moving downtown, she joined a professional women’s group and attended a presentation about living your life’s passion, and incorporating that into your daily work. Walking out of that meeting, she decided that she was not going back to Corporate America. Her passion has always been all aspects of food. Since then, Anna has been a culinary student, Second Helpings volunteer and catering program manager. Currently, she is majoring in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management, at IUPUI with the goal of starting a culinary job training program when she finishes her degree.
RJ is the bar manager at Hi Fi, a concert venue in the heart of Fountain Square. He also co-founded Chef’s Night Off, an ongoing series of “pirate” dinners – conceptualized and executed by cooks and bartenders from Indy’s most respected restaurants. The dinners are an opportunity to showcase the developing talents of Indy’s culinary scene with a focus on slow food. Funds raised at the dinners are often given to charity. Last year, they even supported Slow Food Indy with one of their events!
Returning Board Members
In 2015, there are 5 returning board members:
- Ashley Brooks
- Rob Gaston
- Sarah Mullin
- Despi Ross
- Brad Williams
Retiring Board Members
There are 4 retiring board members in 2015:
- Jenn Burns
- Todd Jameson
- Beth Murphy
- Julia Woody