Owen Ryan, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2019
Owen Ryan has joined Project Angel Heart as our new President and CEO. In addition to a passion for the role of food as medicine, Owen brings an extensive background in nonprofit management and leadership to his new position. Most recently, he served as the executive director of the International AIDS Society (IAS), an association with more than 11,000 members and 60 staff based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Owen brings more than a decade of nonprofit management and leadership expertise, having led grantmaking portfolios at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and public policy research at amfAR. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and has previously served on the boards of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Funders Concerned About AIDS. His public policy research and writing have been published in various peer-reviewed journals. Owen earned his Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health as well as a Master of International Affairs degree from that university's School for International and Public Affairs.
Brandon Foster, Executive Chef
Start Date: 2016
Brandon became Executive Chef at Project Angel Heart in May of 2016. Prior to Project Angel Heart, Brandon was at Vesta Dipping Grill since 2005, starting out as a line cook and landing the executive chef role in 2010. Under his leadership, the restaurant, an area favorite since 1997, continues to receive "best of" recognition in local press as well as nods from national publications like Wine Spectator. Foster himself has received accolades for both his culinary talent and his philanthropic involvement. He has participated in numerous local and national fundraising events and has been invited to cook for James Beard Foundation events around the country.
Amy Fleming, Senior Vice President
Start Date: 2007
Amy joined Project Angel Heart in March of 2007 as the Vice President of Operations, and has been the Senior Vice President since January 2016. A Coloradan since the age of three, she grew up in Colorado Springs and moved to Denver in 1994. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Colorado Christian University, along with a Marketing emphasis and Biblical Studies minor. Her previous work includes over eight years as financial controller of a retail music store in Lakewood, Colorado, and work for a Canadian-based recreational company. This knowledge and experience has come to serve Project Angel Heart well.
Amy is a lover of the mountains and spends her free Colorado summer days fishing, hiking, and camping with her husband, Kyle, their son, Caleb, and their crazy dog, Piper. She also enjoys working in her yard and gardening - any excuse to be outside.
She is grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside such a dedicated staff, helping people in need.
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