Our board members offer a wide variety of expertise mirroring the rich community that thrives in Atlanta.
Peter Morich - board chair
Peter has been a member of Slow Food Atlanta since 2007. Peter is passionate about Italy, Slow Food, the good food movement in Atlanta and family. Slow Food’s mission of good, clean and fair food, the pleasure of the table, the preservation of endangered food cultures and food access all drew Peter to the movement. Peter has traveled extensively seeking the best in food & wine culture, and has spent a great deal of time in Italy over the last 20 years. Peter has 35+ years experience in Sales Management and Marketing and has been an active community volunteer. Peter joined the board of Slow Food Atlanta in 2013 after returning from a year living in Bra, Italy - home of Slow Food - with his wife Colleen. Peter completed the Master’s program in Food Culture and Communication with a focus on Human Ecology and Sustainability at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Upon returning to the States, Peter and Colleen moved to Decatur, GA to continue life in a small, walkable community. Since joining the Slow Food Atlanta Board, Peter has worked on member programming, developing the Slow Food for Thought Series and working to increase membership.
Chef Steven Satterfield - vice president
Steven Satterfield is executive chef and co-owner of Miller Union and author of Root to Leaf. He serves on the board of Slow Food Atlanta as vice president. Satterfield started the Atlanta local network of Chefs Collaborative and is an active member of Georgia Organics and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Satterfield was also nominated for Food & Wine magazine’s “People’s Best New Chef,” following Miller Union’s placement on the “Best New Restaurants in America” lists from Bon Appétit and Esquire, as well as Atlanta Magazine’s “Restaurant of the Year” in 2010. The James Beard Foundation first recognized Miller Union as a semifinalist for the national award of best new restaurant in 2010. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Steven was a nominee for Best Chef: Southeast by the James Beard Foundation.
Colleen Morich - education chair
A retired Georgia educator and school counselor, Dr. Colleen Morich shares her love for food and comprehensive knowledge of Slow Food Atlanta as the education chair. While living in Italy for a year with her husband, Peter, Colleen became passionate about Slow Food and its mission -- especially after meeting Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini himself! Upon returning home to Decatur, Ga., Colleen joined our local chapter and later brought her experience teaching and relationship-building to the board. She is a curator for Lexicon of Sustainability and provides learning opportunities for Slow Food Atlanta members including Slow Food 101, ambassador and docent training . Colleen is also a member of Southern Foodways Alliance, Georgia Organics and Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys tennis, walking, family time, health and church! When it comes to favorite foods, Colleen loves anything Peter cooks and chocolate gelato. On the weekends you can find Colleen picking up pasta from Storico Fresco and spinach from Woodland Gardens.
Ben Tompkins - treasurer
Ben Tompkins is the Senior Associate Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations at Emory University. Since joining Emory in 2003, Ben has held various administrative positions and is responsible for Emory’s Development operations. Prior to joining Emory, Ben was the Director for Development Services at Agnes Scott College during their Bold Aspiration Campaign. Ben started his career in nonprofit management with Open Hand Atlanta, an organization committed to providing nutrition that prevents and manages chronic disease. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Kimberly Coburn - member at large
Kimberly is honored to serve on the board of Slow Food Atlanta. In addition to her full-time position as a copywriter for Digital Additive, Kimberly is involved in a number of initiatives to grow and build the Atlanta community. Kimberly has helped create and foster the grassroots volunteer organization Crop Mob Georgia, providing every individual an opportunity to learn from and give back to our local sustainable farmers regardless of skill level or prior knowledge. She also established The Homestead Atlanta in 2013, fostering resilient individuals and communities through hands-on education in the heritage skills of yesterday and the sustainability innovations of tomorrow. She has enjoyed helping establish perks and events for Slow Food Atlanta members including Slow Food for Thought - a fantastic educational series with in-depth workshops exploring the taste, science and sustainability of our foodways - and Slow Food Trivia Night.
Bilal Sarwari - member at large
Bilal is a graduate of Oxford College Class of '07 and Emory College Class of '09. While at Emory, he helped cultivate the Emory Educational Garden program and started the student chapter of Slow Food Emory with the support of his mentor, Julie Shaffer. After graduating with a major in Anthropology and Human Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies, he completed the Georgia Organics Urban Agriculture Training Program. Bilal then joined the Board of Slow Food Atlanta and worked as an urban agriculture consultant for Atlanta restaurants. He later moved on to design and manage a therapeutic gardening program for teens in psychiatric crisis that is still active today. Bilal now works as the Farm Ambassador for White Oak Pastures, a sustainable organic farm in Southwest Georgia, and continues his work in Communications and Ark of Taste as a member of the Slow Food Atlanta Board.
Tracy Stuckrath - social chair
Tracy combines 25 years of planning events with her passion for good, safe and delicious food to serve as the Slow Food Atlanta social chair. Tracy is President and Chief Connecting Officer of Thrive! Meetings & Events, which she founded in 2010 to educate the meetings industry on how to safely, deliciously and healthfully provide meals to attendees. A Marine “brat” who calls Maryland home, Tracy lived in nine different places before college. Tracy now resides in Sylvan Hills in a bungalow where she welcomes Airbnb guests from around the world! As an adventurous traveler, Tracy’s journeys have helped shape her view on good, clean and fair food. She also enjoys yard work, exercise and good movies. Tracy’s favorite meal includes spinach salad with blueberries, goat cheese, olive oil and lemon juice; grass-fed filet mignon served with lobster tail; roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower; and cherry pie with a piece of caramel on the side. You can find Tracy at local farmers’ markets stocking up on Many Fold Farm sheep cheese, fresh spinach, beets, arugula and pecans from Moore Farms & Friends.
Whit Whitmire - membership & development chair
As the son of Brasstown Beef owner and founder Steve Whitmire, Whit has been immersed in his family farm his entire life and is now the company’s business and development specialist. Born and raised in Atlanta, he grew up splitting his younger years between Georgia’s capital and Brasstown, N.C. He is actively involved in the local and regional culinary marketplace, and his strong relationships with chefs, local businesses and advocates throughout the southeast offer a strong fundamental basis for expanding the business. In 2014, Whitmire was named one of Zagat Atlanta’s “30 Under 30.” In addition to Slow Food Atlanta, Whit enjoys volunteering with a variety of nonprofit community organizations including the Freedom Farmers Market, Wholesome Wave Georgia and Concrete Jungle. Whitmire currently resides in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. In his spare time, you can find him frequenting community farmers markets and reading up on forestry, foraging and the cultivation of native species.
Venetta Coleman - food justice chair
Venetta Coleman has had a long time love affair with home grown and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and she advocates for fair food for all as the food justice chair. Venetta served as a Slow Food ambassador and docent for Lexicon of Sustainability, educating the Atlanta community. Venetta has previous experience as a personal chef and is co-owner of her neighborhood’s Sustainable Garden in Cascade Heights. With a commitment to affecting change, Venetta is motivated to increase awareness on the issue of food deserts, food access and food sovereignty, working to provide new opportunities for those communities to enjoy good, clean and fair food. She has already made a difference in her community by organizing pop-up farmers’ markets at local churches. Venetta's hobbies include cooking, aquaponics and chickens; she is also a member of Georgia Organics.
Carol McIntosh - volunteer chair
As an avid member of the agricultural community and chronic volunteer, Carol McIntosh embodies the Slow Food mission and takes action to fulfill it as the volunteer chair. A docent for the Lexicon of Sustainability and previous volunteer for countless events, Carol is always willing to pitch in and inspires members to do the same. She has experience in the food industry as a cook and server, and she has served as bookkeeper at Farmer D Organics. She is currently an assistant farmer at Freewheel Farm in Grant Park and a team member at Barnes Merritt & Barnes CPA. Carol is also a volunteer with The Giving Kitchen, Team GA, Crop Mob, Taste of Atlanta, and spent 9 years advising consumers at the Clark Howard Consumer Action Center. In her spare time, Carol enjoys photography, music, cruising thrift stores for crazy t-shirts, and spending time with her son, his fiance, and their three dogs. She loves to try new foods and recommends visiting the home of Board leaders Peter and Colleen for a great meal! Carol is a bit of an expert on local produce -- a few of her favorites from Freewheel Farm include Swiss chard, golden beets, Hon Tsai Tai, Hakurei turnips, and green garlic. She enjoys local food artisan goods such as La Calavera bread, Zocalo salsas, Atlanta Fresh Dairies yogurt, and Sweet GA Grains blueberry granola.
Charli Traylor - secretary
CPA by day and full-time advocate of repairing our food system, Charli Traylor helps manage various Slow Food Atlanta projects and keeps the team organized as the Board Secretary. After learning about the current state of the food system, Charli was eager to join the good food movement and quickly realized that Slow Food Atlanta shared her concern and enthusiasm for educating others. She currently works with Frazier & Deeter and is also on the finance committee for Georgia Organics. Charli developed her love for food and cooking while working in the restaurant business. She is inspired by music, art and food, and her travels across the world. Charli has visited several South American countries and even journeyed through Spain on a 10-day food tour. Charli loves cooking, sharing food with friends, and of course eating. In the summer, she tends her tiny balcony garden and is always up for going to concerts. Charli’s favorite meal is constantly changing, but Thanksgiving dinner is always a favorite, complete with mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, yams and definitely green bean casserole. You can also take a tip from Charli when visiting your local farmers’ market -- get the Mushroom Bulgogi steam bun from Simply Seoul. Yum!
Communications Chair - open
Open - We are currently recruiting for a Communications Chair. You may apply this link.
Communications Chair - The Communications Chair works recruits and develops a Communications Committee to facilitate Chapter communications through website maintenance, newsletters, social media and networking to ensure consistency of communications to members, media and the community. The Committee oversees marketing and getting the word out regarding Chapter activities. The Communications Chair supports the Chapter Board in tracking Slow Food USA and Slow Food International activities of interest and in sharing SFATL activities with other Slow Food entities. Strong writing, editing and communications skills required. This Chair plays a critical role in developing and managing our communications strategy. Works closely with Phase3 Marketing and the Communications Committee members. Responsible for the relationship with Phase3 Marketing and coordinates event poster design with Phase 3 Marketing.
Advisory Board & Past Chapter Leaders
Julie Shaffer - Founder, Slow Food USA Board Member
Judith Winfrey - Past President, Regional Governor
Susan Pavlin - Past President
Past Board Members
Chef Jarrett Stieber - Youth Liaison (2015-2016)