MEET THE TEAM

 Pei-Ru is a true believer in the magic of storytelling to build bridges and tear down walls between individuals. In a modern world so full of loneliness and disconnection, storytelling is a powerful way to remind us of our shared humanity and that if we come together we can create positive change in the world.   Pei-Ru is immensely grateful to the 100+ everyday storyteller she has worked with for taking the leap of faith in sharing vulnerably and authentically.   Memory Food: Taiwanese cold noodles

Pei-Ru is a true believer in the magic of storytelling to build bridges and tear down walls between individuals. In a modern world so full of loneliness and disconnection, storytelling is a powerful way to remind us of our shared humanity and that if we come together we can create positive change in the world. 

Pei-Ru is immensely grateful to the 100+ everyday storyteller she has worked with for taking the leap of faith in sharing vulnerably and authentically. 

Memory Food: Taiwanese cold noodles

Founder and Director - Pei-Ru Ko

 Brie has a background in community development, film, event logistics, and business strategy. She is a passionate advocate for sustainable food practices and was involved in the organic farmer’s market in regional Australia for many years. In 2011, she was inspired to create an online farmers market to connect buyers to their local food providers. In addition, Brie has developed programs to aid indigenous people in their plight against environmental and social injustice.  In 2013, she co-founded Britelite Immersive, an experience design firm in San Francisco, and utilized her skills in multimedia and storytelling to curate meaningful immersive experiences.  Brie embraces the core values of integrity, innovation, empathy and community, and is extremely passionate about the work that has lead her on this path.  Memory Food: Grandma’s Russian Borscht

Brie has a background in community development, film, event logistics, and business strategy. She is a passionate advocate for sustainable food practices and was involved in the organic farmer’s market in regional Australia for many years. In 2011, she was inspired to create an online farmers market to connect buyers to their local food providers. In addition, Brie has developed programs to aid indigenous people in their plight against environmental and social injustice.

In 2013, she co-founded Britelite Immersive, an experience design firm in San Francisco, and utilized her skills in multimedia and storytelling to curate meaningful immersive experiences.

Brie embraces the core values of integrity, innovation, empathy and community, and is extremely passionate about the work that has lead her on this path.

Memory Food: Grandma’s Russian Borscht

Deputy Director - Brie Gelinas

 
 Kelly has a diverse background in marketing and brand strategy, ranging from an incubator for culinary entrepreneurship to packaged food brands – all within the good food movement. She believes wholeheartedly in the intersection of food and story, and the possibility for both to change our world for the better.  She loves that work spills over into life, but outside of food and marketing you can find her in a book, exploring California or on her yoga mat.  As RFRS’s Communications Director, Kelly uses all forms of media to connect the dots of story for eaters, farmers, chefs, makers and change makers.  Memory Food: Biscuits and a casserole on weeknights growing up in Michigan

Kelly has a diverse background in marketing and brand strategy, ranging from an incubator for culinary entrepreneurship to packaged food brands – all within the good food movement. She believes wholeheartedly in the intersection of food and story, and the possibility for both to change our world for the better.

She loves that work spills over into life, but outside of food and marketing you can find her in a book, exploring California or on her yoga mat.

As RFRS’s Communications Director, Kelly uses all forms of media to connect the dots of story for eaters, farmers, chefs, makers and change makers.

Memory Food: Biscuits and a casserole on weeknights growing up in Michigan

Communications Director - Kelly LeCoy

    Cat is a real food foodie, yoga teacher, mama, wife, and a veteran in the natural food space. Before leading event production at Real Food Real Stories, she worked at natural food companies Alter Eco and Yummy Spoonfuls where she was responsible for leading digital marketing, brand development, and event production.  It's her belief that there is no greater connecting agent in the world than food and that it has the ability to heal both body and soul all while being a catalyst in helping forge understanding between disparate cultures and people. As the Real Food Real Stories Event Producer, Cat works to cultivate experiences that both move the spirit and deepen connections between all people in our food system.   Memory Food: Grandma's sans rival (Filipino dessert cake) enjoyed during Christmas time. 

 

Cat is a real food foodie, yoga teacher, mama, wife, and a veteran in the natural food space. Before leading event production at Real Food Real Stories, she worked at natural food companies Alter Eco and Yummy Spoonfuls where she was responsible for leading digital marketing, brand development, and event production.

It's her belief that there is no greater connecting agent in the world than food and that it has the ability to heal both body and soul all while being a catalyst in helping forge understanding between disparate cultures and people. As the Real Food Real Stories Event Producer, Cat works to cultivate experiences that both move the spirit and deepen connections between all people in our food system. 

Memory Food: Grandma's sans rival (Filipino dessert cake) enjoyed during Christmas time. 

Event Producer - Cat Gieser

 Kat is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco and just beginning her journey in the food movement. She’s inspired everyday to help others find their voice and loves the intimate power of storytelling. She is eager to learn from such a dynamic and knowledgable group of people, and discover the ways that the industry impacts all of our lives.   Food Memory: Mom's Japanese curry 

Kat is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco and just beginning her journey in the food movement. She’s inspired everyday to help others find their voice and loves the intimate power of storytelling. She is eager to learn from such a dynamic and knowledgable group of people, and discover the ways that the industry impacts all of our lives. 

Food Memory: Mom's Japanese curry 

Podcast Producer - Kat Hong


Volunteers

Erin Austin, Amie Baron, Jen Bees, Annie Bernstein (staff emeritus), Julia Braginsky, Sarah Cabell (staff emeritus), Josh Cantor, Anthony Chang (advisor emeritus), Jayson Carpenter, Chiara Cecchini, Jenny Cheng,  Jocelyn Corbett, Hannah Curran, Erika Dimmler, Peter Do, Samantha Dweck, Lindsey Dyer, Michelle Edmunds, Madeline Kay Edwards, Xiaofan Fang, Jenny Feinberg, Lizelle Festejo, Matt Fitzgerald, Zeina Gad, Cody Gantz, Natalie Gantz, Cat Gieser, Nora Gilbert, Shantanu Goenka, Natalia Gomez, Kathy Gu, Theresa Hall, Gina Hervey, Megan Holmes, Anita Hossain, Linda Hsiao, Jocelyn Jackson, Jessica Karr, Amanda Kennedy, Pete Koff, Anne Kroger, Jonathan Lai, Leticia Landa, Megan Lardner, London Lee, Nick Lee, Jessica Lioon, Jenna Losé, Anna Luna, Olivia Maki, Arianna Maysonave, Caroline McDermott, Kabir Mehta, Hannah Mensing, Henrik Meng, Amalia Miller, Leila Moinpour, Rebecca Moll, Andrew Northrup, Laureen Novak, Erin O'Hara, Paige Phinney, Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Blair Randall, Geronimo Carlo Ramos, Martin Reed, Daniel Rietz, Joyce Roan, Marie Sayles, Natalia Semeraro, Sophia Siddiqi, Julia Silbergeld, Chandra Simon, Sarah Trent (collaborator emeritus), David Waclo, Clemantine Wamariya, Chau Wansze, Yohanna Weller, Becky White, Christopher Wong, Nicole Wong, Joyce Yao, Stephanie Yee, Hsuan-Ya Yu, Linda Yu, Theresa Yu, Melissa Ziegler.

These people make RFRS possible- they bring talents, passion, connection, and deep alignment to our mission.