Meet the Team: Denver

Alex Brady
Advancement

Alex Brady is the Colorado Development Manager at The Kitchen Community.

Alex moved to Colorado three years ago after spending the previous eight years in Vermont. Alex has a passion for real local food and building communities around food. Prior to TKC, he was alumni and development manager at Johnson & Wales University. He has also worked as a Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator for a non-profit in Vermont and spent two years as the Food & Beverage Director at a private country club. When Alex is not fundraising for TKC he enjoys cooking as well as spending time outside with his wife Emily and their dog Barley. Alex holds a bachelors degree from the University of Vermont.

Sydney Karpowich
Project Management

Sydney Karpowich is a landscape designer and is passionate about creating and building spaces that are central, distinct, and empowering places to learn, teach and gather in a school.

Sydney has been working with TKC since 2012 in Project Management- designing and managing construction of Learning Gardens in all regions.  Her passion for TKC stems from Sydney's education and experience in urban planning, landscape architecture, urban design and start up work.  She earned a BA in Urban Planning from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Kristin Kirkpatrick
Regional Director

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Regional Director for Colorado at The Kitchen Community.

Kristin is passionate about creating environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice. With a background in public health and city planning, Kristin has worked to support the health of Coloradans where they live, work, and play through roles in community-based organizing around obesity prevention, transportation planning at the local and federal levels, in policy advocacy around health equity, and in health-oriented private real-estate development. Kristin is currently an adjunct professor at CSU in the School of Public Health and chairs her local planning commission. Kristin holds a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado. As a mother to three young children, Kristin understands the transformational power of the seeds being planted through TKC's Learning Garden initiative and feels so lucky to be part of the team. In her spare time, you can find Kristin playing outside with her family and her dog, Derby.

Josh McGuire
Program

A native of Buffalo, NY, Josh holds a bachelors in Environmental Policy (SUNY Buffalo) and a Masters in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University.

Josh is a certified Permaculture Designer and has a particular focus on creating systemic changes in our food systems, studying in Maui, Kenya, Oregon and Colorado. He has worked for numerous non-profits and with Americorps implementing sustainable community development with both youth and adults. He is also addicted to wildlife documentaries.

Brynn Olinger
Program

Brynn, an Indiana native moved to Colorado to pursue a career in food and environmental sustainability. She has always had a love for cooking with fresh, seasonal produce, visiting farmers’ markets, and connecting with others over a nourishing meal. Throughout college in Indianapolis, Brynn spent most of her time working on urban farms throughout the city and coordinating volunteers for a like- minded organization that serves locally grown food to underserved populations. Brynn believes that food is the sustenance to which we thrive, and educating youth in particular will have a lasting impact.