Community outreach through food is central to GraceFull’s vision and GraceFull Foundation will be the face for this vision. It was important to us as owners to have a group of very talented individuals speaking into how to implement this vision within the foundation from the very beginning. Giving back often and with joy is one of GraceFull’s core values and we are privileged to have these great community leaders supporting the future work of GraceFull Foundation and the impact we believe it can have in our community.
Paul has diverse professional experience including artist, restaurant management, graphic design and animation, software development and IT/Thought Leadership; just to name a few. He is a Colorado native with a love for family, outdoor adventure and music. His passions include mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, fishing, hunting and camping. Daily, Paul likes challenging himself to help those around him and making an impact in the world. He believes that life is exponentially deeper with faith, love and support – the generosity of a stranger can be life changing. He feels that GraceFull Community Café is a way to express himself and commit to the grace of giving back.
After many years of living in Kansas, Vaughn and his family and moved to Denver in 2008. His background includes various roles in youth and adult ministry, and he and his wife Taryn felt called as part of their move to start a faith community in their Littleton neighborhood. In 2013 Vaughn also began teaching math in Denver Public Schools as part of a transition to becoming bi-vocational and blending his heart for ministry with education.
When he has free time, Vaughn loves to spend it doing any type of outdoor activity with friends and his family which includes his wife Taryn and four beautiful daughters. He is thrilled to be part of the GraceFull board because he believes that GraceFull’s mission to bring people together over food is both beautiful and powerful.
Anne Marie is a wife and a mother of three children. She and her husband are active in their faith and volunteer in their community to find cures for Cystic Fibrosis and Juvenile Diabetes. She is excited to bring her passion for life and strong organizational skills to help fulfill the mission of GraceFull.
Laura has been part of the GraceFull vision from its earliest days. When Heather decided to begin learning about the restaurant industry and applied for a host job at Snooze a few years ago, Laura took a chance and hired her even though her resume met absolutely none of the job qualifications. Laura has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry from her culinary training at Johnson & Wales to working in the back of the house at several well known Denver restaurants including Steuben’s and Vesta Dipping Grill. Laura then moved into front of the house management at Snooze, including helping to open new locations as they expanded outside Colorado. After shifting over to develop human resource programs at Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company, Laura decided to follow her heart and spend some time traveling and that’s when Heather recruited her to serve on the board of GraceFull Foundation. Laura then agreed to help Heather get GraceFull off the ground by serving as Director of Operations/Executive Chef for the first 3 months of operations. Her passion for food and people is instantly obvious and we are excited to support her in her next journey of life of starting a family back home in Indiana. Her voice will remain essential on the foundation’s board.
Powell moved to Colorado with his wife Trudy in 2014 from North Carolina, where they lived for 41 years. He worked for Wachovia Corporation in the Financial Services division, where he served as Director of Budget, Forecasting, and Analysis for the general bank. Since retiring, Powell has focused his attention on working with the economically disadvantaged and homeless population, both in North Carolina and Colorado. He enjoys spending time with family, travelling, and playing tuba in a dixieland band.