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 & director, school gardens

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.

OPEN - social chair

If you have a service heart, are skilled at membership & development and can commit 10 hours a month, please send an email to with your interest and qualifications.

Open - membership & development chair

If you have a service heart, are skilled at membership & development and can commit 10 hours a month, please send an email to with your interest and qualifications.

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 wife, and their three dogs. She loves to try new foods and recommends visiting the home of Board members 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!

Scott Long - communications co-Chair Caroline Haye - communications co-Chair 

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 Atlanta, 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)

Bilal Sarwari - Member at Large (2011-2016)

Whit Whitmire - Membership & Development Chair (2016-2017)

Kimberly Coburn Member at Large (2016-2018)  

Tracy Stuckrath Social Chair (2016-2018)