Scott Steen has cultivated a lifelong passion for how people interact with the natural world. Scott first moved to Jackson, WY in 1999, and apart from a few intermittent departures, has lived here ever since. He has traveled extensively, worked in sustainability and outdoor education, and found his way into (and out of) plenty of backcountry adventures. He is passionate about local food as both a celebration of community and culture, and as a key back door into sustainability. He loves music, laughter, good friends, gardens, eating great food, and dressing up like a yeti. Scott has BA in Environmental Science and Spanish from Willamette University and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Sustainable Practices Program. Scott is a certified Zero Waste Business Associate thorough the US Zero Waste Business Council.
Mari Allan has a background in biology, education, and urban planning. As a former outreach coordinator for Teton County’s Road to Zero Waste initiative, she worked in partnership with Slow Food on efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost and is very proud of the contribution this organization has made to minimizing waste in Jackson Hole. She sees the transition from being an outside partner to a Slow Food team member, in 2020, as a welcome step toward her sustainability goals. Mari Allan believes that the benefits of a local, sustainable food system are fundamental to the wellbeing of our community and our planet and is thrilled to be working to inform and engage others in this endeavor. She moved to Jackson with her husband and two sons in 2014, loves hiking and cross country skiing, and is slowly learning how to garden in the mountains.
Gretchen moved to Jackson full-time in 2001 after spending summers working for Grand Teton National Park while in college at the University of Georgia. A long-time volunteer and then contract employee of Slow Food in the Tetons, Gretchen came on as the full-time Director of Programs and Partnerships in 2020. Outside of work, Gretchen spends most of her time outdoors with friends, trying out new recipes, finding the best food this valley has to offer, and baking treats for her family and friends.
Lucille moved to Jackson in 2006 and has since worked to support environmental education, health care access, sustainable agriculture, and conservation initiatives in the valley. She firmly believes that thoughtful local agriculture has the potential to address social justice issues, bolster regional economies, and promote sustainable natural resource management. Lucille holds B.A.s in International Relations and Spanish and an M.S. in Resource Conservation. She is thrilled to work with the Slow Food team and partners to support the continued growth of a diverse, vibrant, and engaged agricultural community throughout the Teton foodshed. Lucille is an amateur oenologist and enjoys cycling, hiking, and learning to paddle the local creeks and rivers in her free time.
Shauna moved to Jackson from Seattle in 2010 and became interested in the local food scene when she married a grassfed cattle rancher and started spending time in a giant vegetable garden. During college, Shauna found a passion for healthy, sustainable food while living among the hippies at UC Berkeley. She owns a small graphic design and marketing company and spends her free time hiking, skiing, gardening, cooking, and playing with her kids, dogs, and laying hens.
Stephanie Thomas has been in the valley since 2002. She is currently the Executive Director of the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation and is also a volunteer for the TCSAR team. Her love of “good” food started back in 6th grade when she nominated herself as the dinner maker of the family–looking up recipes, writing grocery lists and experimenting in the kitchen. She loves traveling (to visit Farmers Markets) and reading (good cookbooks with stories) and being outdoors as much as possible. She lives in East Jackson with her husband and 3 squirrelly kids.
Julie moved to Jackson in 2014 in pursuit of a more outdoor lifestyle. With a background in advertising, she is now running her own graphic design business, specializing in branding. Midwestern at heart, her personal food philosophy has evolved and is borrowed from food author, Mark Bittman—to eat “real” food and to be a “less-meat-atarian.” She is inspired by the creativity, love, and effort that the Teton community puts into producing its food.
Ali grew up in North Carolina and cultivated her love of food at an early age. Her dad was a traveling salesman, and several times a year he would turn his business trips into family trips, traveling around the country together in a conversion van, sampling the local (strange) cuisines of the lower 48 states. Ali still loves to travel and her first stop on a trip is always the local farmer’s market or grocer.
Ali graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003, and her best college friend convinced her to move to Jackson for one winter – she has lived and worked in Jackson ever since. She owns a pet care business, Chasing Tails.
Ali enjoys playing outdoors with her husband, two young boys, and her tiny dog. One of her favorite summer activities is attending the Wednesday People’s Market.
Brent moved to Wilson in 2007 where he has worked as a bagel baker, whitewater kayak instructor, lumberjack and ranch hand. In 2015, after years of hobby gardening, he went pro and started a small-scale organic vegetable farm on his wife’s family’s horse ranch. Since then he has been on a mission to show that food can be grown in this valley and to help grow the local food movement here. Brent holds a degree in Physics from Northern Arizona University, loves to cook and bake and eat, and when he’s not too tired from farming, likes to paddle, bike and ski.
Pam is from the Midwest having grown up in Iowa right along the Mississippi River. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. With a professional background in education, travel and sales she has enjoyed a variety of occupations. More recently she has worked for the past 18 years at the Jackson Hole Land Trust in fundraising. She is currently working for Dancers’ Workshop and is looking forward to serving on the Board of Slow Food in the Tetons. She has always loved to cook and entertain and has always been a fan of the Peoples Market, the Farm Stand and is thrilled to be a part of a group that she has always admired. In her free time she likes to travel and explore as much of the world as possible.
Paul discovered Jackson when on a family trip in the mid-1990s. He yearned to move back to the mountains after having lived in Alaska in his pre-teen years. Following completion of his formal education, Paul moved to Jackson in 2003 to work at the Snake River Grill. Two years later he and his partner opened Trio, An American Bistro. Focus was on sourcing sustainable non-commodity high quality foods. The reputation of Trio afforded Paul and his partner in 2012 to open Local Restaurant and Bar on Jackson’s famous Town Square. Running Local successfully presented an opportunity to uphold the Trio focus on sustainable food production on a large scale.
Living in Jackson couldn’t be a better balance of work and play. Paul enjoys going on adventures with his wife Jessica and their two kids. In his free time he enjoys cooking, skiing and biking.
Nora moved to Jackson from Northern California in 2012. Growing up in a family that gardened and cooked from scratch, she has always had an appreciation for food grown and prepared with care and love. Today, she and her husband Nick own and operate Sweet Cheeks Meats, a whole animal butcher shop that works with local ranchers to bring sustainably raised, quality meat to Jackson. The shop also uses as much locally raised produce as available in the challenging growing climate.
Sweet Cheeks has worked with Slow Foods over the years on a variety of events as the values of the two are closely aligned. Nora joined the Slow Food board in 2020 and looks forward to helping the Slow Food mission grow and spread in Teton County.
When Nora is not at Sweet Cheeks, she can be found enjoying time in the great outdoors hiking, biking, running, or pulling weeds.
Lizzie moved to Jackson from Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016. She quickly extended her love of her Midwest hometown’s local and regional food systems onto the bustling mountain town she hardly knew a thing about. Lizzie started volunteering for Slow Foods at People’s Markets and donor events shortly after her move, and eventually helped with marketing and communications as a part-time employee. While she now spends her days working in private wealth at Wind River Capital Management, her spare time is filled with fly fishing, mountain biking, and enjoying plant-based cooking.