Brad Reubendale is the Executive Director of SAME Café. He has worked for years in nonprofits including Urban Peak and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). In his spare time, he loves biking and good conversation over a delicious local beer.
Letisha Steele is the Operations Officer & Chef at SAME. She began her culinary career when she was 15 in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. She received her BA in Counseling Psychology from MSU. Her passion lies in Community Outreach, creating healthy & delicious meals from locally sourced ingredients , and ensuring that healthy food is accessible to everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
Theresa Marten is the Cafe Program Manager at SAME Café.
Grace Anders is the cook and kitchen coordinator at SAME Café. She has been cooking in farm to table restaurants for the past five years. That experience has given her the chance to cook with love, using local ingredients, for the community that she loves. When she isn't working, and laughing with her coworkers and volunteers, she like to read, knit, grow vegetables, hike, and share stories with new people over a delicious meal.
Matt is the Food Truck Manager for the SAME Café Food Truck. Matt has been cooking at some of Denver's staple restaurants such as WaterCourse Foods, Sputnik, and Devil's Food for the past 23 years. He sees his experience cooking in kitchens as evolving from a simple trade to a passion of expanding food equity.
Nate is a volunteer coordinator and intern at SAME Café. Nate moved to Denver from Pittsburgh, PA to be a full-time volunteer at SAME for a year of service through the Urban Servant Corps. He loves playing ultimate frisbee, reading modern fiction and theology, as well as pondering the inaccessible nature of ultimate reality.
Harim Um is a volunteer coordinator and intern at SAME Café. Harim joined DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach & Reflection) and came to Denver as a full-time volunteer for a year of service. Harim enjoys creative writing and playing video games in her downtime.
Tom McPoil and Ann Cohen
Tom McPoil and Ann Cohen are Ignatian Volunteer Corps members serving at SAME Café. The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is a national, non-profit, Jesuit-outreach organization serving the needs of the poor through the volunteer work of experienced men and women aged 50 or better.
Tom serves many roles in his IVC volunteer placement at SAME Café – from setting up the Café in the morning, helping prepare the food for the day, backing up the front counter service, to washing dishes and closing the Café in the afternoon. Tom retired in 2018 from his physical therapy faculty position at Regis University. He loved teaching his students because of their genuine desire to help other people. Tom appreciates that at SAME Café he can continue to be part of a caring community.
Ann’s IVC volunteer placement at SAME Café is as the Development Coordinator – helping Executive Director, Brad Reubendale in all areas of grant proposal writing and donor relations. Ann retired in 2016 from her nutrition faculty position at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She brings her over twenty years of experience with foundation and government funding for food and nutrition program development to her work at SAME Café.