All LDEI Colorado Dames will receive a link with their individual code to cast a vote via our online ballot system through ballotbin.com. Dames are asked to approve the Annual Dues for 2015-2016 of $135 (no increase from this year) as well as to approve the slate for the Board of Directors for 2015-2016.
Please be sure to cast your vote before the ballot closes on 4/29/2015. If you have any questions or are having trouble using the ballot system, please contact Dame Michele Morris for support by (email or by phone at 720-344-8173.
Dame Dugan has served as the First Vice President and the Chair of the fundraising committee. During her tenure as President, she envision growing the membership, fostering a wonderful team of highly talented women, expanding our reach in the community, and raising funds to help our chapter grow and create more scholarship possibilities. Dame Dugan has worked with the Mile High Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association on numerous industry events along with teaching at Johnson & Wales University as an Associate Professor in the Management Department.
First Vice President
Megan Gray Stromberg
Dame Stromberg served as the Second Vice President this past year. She is a positive, driven and motivated professional with a proven track record of leading successful teams. Dame Stromberg enjoys the experience of both educating and learning and looks forward to the opportunity to enhance the “guest” member experience and make the LDEI the most desirable organization in Colorado. Dame Stomberg manages the Gold Pan Saloon, the oldest bar in Breckenridge, and recently opened her own project, The BARley Colorado Craft and Draft in Steamboat.
Second Vice President
Dame Morris has created a new website for the organization and established our presence on social media. She has extensive board experience with Colorado Authors’ League (Membership Chair, rewrote the bylaws, website support) and Cooking Matters Colorado (Fundraising Committee Chair, Advisory Board Chair). As a cooking teacher, Michele has assisted with Green Tables classes, teaches school children for Slow Food’s Seed to Table alliance, is a volunteer chef educator for Cooking Matters, and teaches private lessons to adults and children. Michele will focus her work on the Board to update and streamline our bylaws while helping to document processes to provide flexibility we need to facilitate our chapter’s ongoing growth.
Dame Daehnick is the founder and owner of Helliemae’s, maker of intense, complex, hell-on-wheels caramels and other treats for adventurous eaters. As part of running Helliemae’s, Ellen creates financial forecasts and measures performance against them, generates and reviews P&L / balance sheet and other relevant financial reports. She holds an MBA from Columbia University, and prior to starting Helliemae’s, was a consultant at McKinsey & Co and an operations director at Oracle. Ellen recently attended required training to enable the chapter to offer raffles in the future as part of our fundraising efforts. She looks forward to serving as Treasurer because, as she says, Excel spreadsheets are her happy place – and her attention to detail will be an asset in this role.
Dame Archibald has been involved in lecturing, teaching and producing state of the art experiential food and nutrition learning experiences for consumers and health professionals alike since 2003. Pioneering work includes co-developing and producing the acclaimed 2010 Food Solutions Series at Urban Zen in New York, an edible education initiative for Discovery Health, South Africa, and an integrated Food As Medicine Culinary Wellness Initiative for a global corporation. Amanda continues to push the edge, teaming with nutrition and medical experts to produce culinary planning and education tools for Integrated Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrigenomics and Functional Medicine. She sits on the National Advisory Council for Cooking Matters™ and the Board of Directors for First Bites. While serving as chapter Secretary, we will leverage her expertise to help shape the direction of the chapter’s initiatives around nutrition.
Directors at Large
Dame Ax has extensive experience with traditional PR, event planning, and social media. She has owned ROOT PR for 15 years, and also was the Communications Director for Peaberry Coffee during that time, and Senior Accountt Executive at The Fresh Ideas Group. Dame Ax was a member of the Colorado Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier from 2005-2012, and served on the Board for several years, including as the Events Committee Chair. She looks forward to applying her skills and experience to helping grow our events and publicity.
Dame Fenster has served as Chair of the Scholarship/Grant Committee since 2012 and is excited to continue in this role for another term because she enjoys the process of helping deserving young women achieve their career goals. Dame Fenster and her committee have finely tuned the scholarship application process and their reward has been getting to personally know our outstanding scholarship winners each year. Dame Fenster is an award-winning gluten-free cookbook author and educator.
Kimberly Lord Stewart
Dame Stewart has served in a number of roles since 2006, when she was inducted into Les Dames, including chapter events and the Green Tables project. As the Chair of Green Tables she has overseen youth culinary nutrition programs in Denver, at Fairview Elementary and the Longmont YMCA. Dame Stewart is the food editor of Denver Life magazine, contributor to CO Meeting and Events and Optimum Wellness magazine, and Director of Content for TodaysPractitioner.com for integrative care medical professionals.