Board Members

Despi RossDespi Ross, Board Chair 
Despi began volunteering with Slow Food in 2012 and joined the board in January 2013. She discovered the health and wealth of Slow Food in 2010 and has been a passionate advocate ever since. She created the resource website, FiguringOutFood.com, leads outreach workshops and was selected as the first Food Inc. Lifestyle Award winner in 2013. When she’s not volunteering, she is hard at work as the Director of Interactive Technologies at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, managing a team that builds websites, games and mobile apps for families.
Rob GastonRob Gaston, Vice Chair
Rob first joined Slow Food Indy as a volunteer in 2008 and has served on the board of Slow Food Indy since 2012. He represents Indiana on the Midwest Ark of Taste committee and has twice attended the Slow Food USA National Leadership Conference. He is currently the executive director of Dig IN, a non-profit that works to inform the public about Indiana’s diversity in agriculture and the culinary arts. Rob is a certified professional coach and has broad experience in education, the culinary arts, retail management and e-commerce. A passionate advocate for good food, his mission is to encourage others to purchase fresh, local food; learn to cook with it; and gather friends and family to enjoy the fruits of their labor, creating lasting memories and connections.
Brad_BioBrad Williams, Treasurer
Brad Williams joined Slow Food Indy as a volunteer in January 2013 and became treasurer in August.  A recent graduate of the Indiana University-Bloomington Kelley School of Business, Brad is now pursuing his Certified Public Accountant license at Ernst & Young LLP tax services in Indianapolis.  The Bloomington Farmers Market originally inspired Brad’s enthusiasm for local food.  There he met the owners of Traders Point Creamery.  During subsequent summers, Brad sold Traders Point Creamery products at farmers markets in Lafayette, Louisville, and Cincinnati.  Back in Indianapolis, Brad continues to volunteer at the Creamery, now assisting with its own farmers market.  He hopes to connect more Indianapolis residents interested in local and organic food through a wide array of programming.
Anna_PowellAnna Powell, Secretary
Anna’s great-grandmother began teaching her how to cook at the age of 10. 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. At 18, she transitioned to corporate America and quickly progressed into management. 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. Walking out of that meeting, she decided to pursue her passion: 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.
Ashley WrightAshley Wright, Snail of Approval Committee Chair
Ashley has been on the Slow Food Indy board since January 2013 but has been a volunteer
for the organization in the past. Before moving back to Indianapolis she volunteered for Americorps with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Since, she attended the Ivy Tech culinary program and began her career. With experience as a pastry chef in California, she continued to diversify her culinary pursuits back in Indy, working as a meat monger at Goose The Market and cheese-maker at Traders Point Creamery. Since having their son, Ashley & her husband, Jonathan Brooks, former chef de cuisine at Recess, have invested in the local food community, organizing underground suppers and catering and opened their first restaurant, Milktooth, in 2014.
Marisol_GouveiaMarisol Gouveia, Membership Chair
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. 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_LogieCarrie Logie, Program & Events Committee Co-Chair
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.
RJ_WallRJ Wall, Program & Events Committee Co-Chair
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!
Sarah MullinSarah Mullin, Board Member
Sarah joined the Slow Food Indy board in 2013. She is a native Hoosier, raised to appreciate meals made with care, as well as the hard work and satisfaction that go into growing your own food. She is interested in the ways that food intersects with culture, sustainability and social justice. Sarah has a degree in Anthropology from Indiana University and has worked researching human ecology and ethnobotany, teaching English to immigrant and refugee children and adults, and coordinating outreach programs for Indiana’s migrant farm workers. She is currently working for Growing Places Indy as the Urban Good Agricultural Practices Fellow, Summer Apprenticeship Program Coordinator, and the Indy Winter Farmers Market Eat Well Initiative Coordinator. In her free time, Sarah enjoys participating in a work-share at South Circle Farm, traveling, and spending time outdoors.