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The Rouxbe Team

From our kitchen to yours, we hope you have great culinary experiences with your friends and family. It's why we do what we do.

Instructors & eLearning:
Ken Rubin

Vice President of Culinary Training

Ken, a chef educator and food anthropologist with 18 years of broad industry experience, oversees Rouxbe’s cooking course curriculum development and recruitment. Recognized for his expertise in education and training, food culture research, health and wellness and product development, Ken nevertheless considers himself a lifelong student of every aspect of food.

Ken has held top-level management positions at well-respected culinary academies including Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America,, the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland and the Natural Epicurean Academy. As a volunteer, he served as board director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and is currently a trustee and chair of The Culinary Trust, IACP’s philanthropic partner.

Ken studied the anthropology of food and developed ethnographic research methods to understand how people learn to cook. He received his BA from Colorado College and an MA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chad Sarno

Vice President of Culinary Wellness

Chad brings over 15 years of health-focused culinary and educational experience to Rouxbe. Most recently he was the senior culinary educator for Whole Foods Market’s Healthy Eating Program, where he also helped launch company-wide wellness programs.

Chad has contributed to numerous cookbooks and publications, and is a frequent guest on dozens of food-focused television and radio programs globally. He co-wrote Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution, with Kris Carr, which immediately landed on the New York Times best-seller’s list.

Chad’s focus for Rouxbe is to develop the plant-based and wellness-centered courses that empower students to take control of their health, starting in the kitchen.

Dawn Thomas

Co-Founder of Rouxbe | Content Guru

Dawn is a co-founder of Rouxbe and a content guru with more than 15 years of professional food and beverage experience. She is passionate about understanding food: where it comes from, how it is grown and treated and, most importantly, how it affects our bodies and minds.

At Rouxbe, Dawn leads the production and instructional teams. She is also the friendly voice whose narrative brings Rouxbe’s instructional videos to life. When asked what the best part of Rouxbe is, she said, “I love sharing what I know with our students. But the best part is how much I get to connect with and learn from them. I am energized being part of a process where everyone grows.”

Dawn graduated with honors at the top of her class from the Pacific Culinary Institute in Vancouver, where she later became a culinary instructor. She has also held positions as a cook in top restaurants and hotels such as the Fairmont. Prior to co-founding Rouxbe, she co-owned and operated a successful film catering company, where she planned menus and cooked for more than 225,000 cast and crew.

Christophe Kwiatkowsky

Culinary Instructor | Consultant | Co-Owner of NWCAV

Christophe brings 30 years of professional cooking experience to the Rouxbe e-learning team. He has also been a professional chef instructor since 1998.

As a co-owner of the Northwest Culinary Academy – a unique professional chef training school – Christophe is passionate about teaching and is dedicated to creating the ultimate learning experience for all of his students.

When he’s not in the classroom, Christophe owns and operates a successful catering company.

Eagranie Yuh

Course Architect | Editor

Eagranie loves a good story. A writer, editor, reformed chocolatier and recovering chemist, she loves the challenge of explaining complicated things in simple ways.

Eagranie has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of British Columbia and Queen’s University, respectively, as well as the Diplome de Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu (Ottawa). She has been baking and writing for as long as she can remember, and her passion is to explore the intersection of food and science, especially when that means chocolate. She has a weakness for whisky, random acts of dancing and dogs with short legs.

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Baking & Pastry Arts

Chef Fran Costigan is an award-winning pastry chef, cookbook author and educator. Fran brings over 25 years of experience and leadership to Rouxbe as one of the world’s top vegan baking experts. She has served as the go-to culinary professional to train conventional pastry chefs and passionate home cooks alike in this subject area.

Eric Wynkoop

Chef Instructor

Eric has enjoyed more than 20 years as a food and culinary education professional, with experiences that span the world of food, cooking and teaching – from experience as a cook, cellar-hand, caterer, consultant to the specialty food industry, baker, ethnographic researcher and curriculum developer.

In education, Eric was a senior instructor at Western Culinary Institute, taught food anthropology at Portland State University, and is a founding faculty member at The International Culinary School. As a food anthropologist and Fulbright Fellow, Eric conducted food research in Maharashtra, India. Eric also holds a certification in Ayurvedic Cooking and has a strong orientation towards wellness traditions.

Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese and Asian Studies from the University of Oregon, and Master’s degrees in cultural anthropology and postsecondary education from Portland State University. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his family. On the side, he maintains a personal library of mezcal from Oaxaca and a vast collection of pickles and other fermented foods.

Production & Development:
Joe Girard

Co-Founder of Rouxbe | Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Joe oversees everything at Rouxbe, the online cooking school he created with Dawn Thomas, “to get people back into their kitchens, cooking more and cooking better.”

With 27 years of experience as a culinary professional and entrepreneur, Joe has developed expertise in operations, strategy and leadership for large-scale catering, culinary instruction, restaurants and hospitality, and transportation. He has founded and run three successful businesses over the past 15 years, leveraging both his talent for HR, strategic execution and technology and his incredible passion for food, decision trees and design.

Prior to founding Rouxbe, Joe and Rouxbe co-founder Dawn Thomas owned and operated a specialized mobile film catering operation that they built from the ground up, serving more than 250,000 cast and crew members. In addition, Joe built an alternative-transportation consulting firm that provided strategic planning for complex transport issues faced in urban environments.

Gary Apito

Chief Operating Officer

Gary joins Rouxbe after 30 years of executive leadership across a variety of education, technology, and food related companies. He is a highly accomplished and proactive executive with vast experience in operations, financial management, strategic planning, and business development, as well as proven success in strategic thinking and problem solving.

Prior to joining Rouxbe, Gary was President of Sanford-Brown New York City, an allied health school based in Manhattan, where he was fully responsible for P&L and overall campus operation while providing career-focused post-secondary educational opportunities to a diverse student population. The New York City campus was the largest ground location of the brand throughout the country.

He was President and Chief Operating Officer of the French Culinary Institute for more than a decade during a 17 year run at the world renowned school in SoHo and Silicon Valley. During his tenure, the school grew dramatically and was known as one of the most prestigious culinary schools in the world. At the time he left the organization, FCI had 325 staff members, multiple locations totaling 106,000 square feet of space, and revenues in excess of $50M.

Gary has been a fan of Rouxbe since 2009 and saw the immense potential of the on-line platform it provides as well as the top quality deliverable. “Culinary education continues to evolve and embrace on-line delivery of programs. Rouxbe is ahead of its time and is now ready to reach more students with life changing results."

Jon Alberts

Vice President of Enrollment & Student Support

During his more than 27 years of experience in management and innovation in the hospitality, food & beverage and proprietary education industries, Jon has led organizations with revenues of over $30 million annually and over 200 employees. He has been a general manager for several large hospitality organizations, served as the president for both the Portland and Scottsdale locations of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and was the former C.O.O. for Laughing Planet Cafe, a chain of twelve restaurants under two brands, Laughing Planet Café and Dick’s Kitchen.

Jon has developed expertise in multi-unit operations, strategic and financial planning, branding and PR, organizational efficiency and staff development, and sales and customer service. In addition to leveraging these abilities in his former roles, Jon applies his broad skill set to pursue his passion for advising smaller companies, such as Rouxbe.

Jon graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America, and studied business at Marylhurst University and Colorado Technical University – Online. He is a former member of several non-profit boards including the Northwest Career Colleges Federation and the Valley Hotel and Resort Association.

Lindsey Neidig

Vice President of Marketing

Lindsey has over ten years of marketing experience, having spent the majority of it in the travel industry at Expedia and Stash Hotel Rewards. She brings with her a passion for improving the customer journey and a strong understanding of developing integrated campaigns, managing strategic partnerships and optimizing program growth. At Rouxbe, she is dedicated to bringing our industry-leading program to prospective students around the world.

Lindsey graduated with a degree in Marketing from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Adam O'Connor

Chief Technology Officer

As a youngster, Adam started coding as a hobby on the Commodore 64, 128, Amiga, Apple II c, e, gs. This interest led him to code by trade since 1996. Throughout Adam’s career he has worked for corporate, collegiate, and government institutions through roles ranging from developer to project and organizational management.

In addition to Adam’s profession, he’s a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a proud U.S. Navy veteran.

Caleb Matthiesen

Senior Software Developer

Caleb has eight years of web development experience, specializing in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript and front-end design. As one of Rouxbe’s software engineers, he is responsible for bringing Rouxbe’s vision to life on the web.

As a long-time vegetarian, Caleb loves to find new and delicious ways to cook without the use of animal products. He graduated with honors from the University of Washington with bachelors degrees in both physics and astronomy.

Chris Stephan

Principal Engineer

Chris has been passionately developing for iOS since the release of the original iPhone SDK in March of 2008. While consulting, he successfully provided iOS and Mac app solutions to medium-to-large corporations. He now leads Rouxbe’s mobile platform initiatives.

In addition to iOS development, Chris is also an experienced full stack developer with an emphasis towards DevOps. As a true polyglot he lives in Rouxbe’s infrastructure and provides solutions at all layers from server provisioning to JavaScript in the client.

Daniela Tovar

Media Creative | Video Editor

Daniela is passionate about the process of creation and innovation. At Rouxbe, Daniela helps craft the story behind each lesson in an engaging yet teachable way. She is involved in both production as a camera operator and post-production as a media creative and video editor.

Daniela’s involvement in visual arts extends the domains of documentary and fiction filmmaking and painting. Daniela holds degrees in architecture from Universidad La Salle in Mexico City and film production from the Vancouver Film School.

Prior to completing her film production degree, Daniela worked as a licensed architect and co-founded the architectural firm The Random Protocol. Her experience in filmmaking and editing includes TV, documentaries, fiction and commercial endeavors.

Patrick Britton

Director of Post Production

Patrick is the post-production wizard and operational guru. He has the enormous responsibility of managing Rouxbe’s post-production workflow, moving digital media through the picture and sound editing process to final deployment.

Patrick has completed more than 50 short and feature-length films, including work for Disney and Relic Entertainment. His work has both screened and won awards at multiple international festivals and has been broadcast in more than 20 countries.

Holly Snell


Holly brings 8 years of accounting experience with a wide variety of employers including tech entertainment and gaming company Smith & Tinker, internet media platform Blinkx, and most recently at Guidant Financial Group where she excelled from a staff accountant to an assistant controller. As Rouxbe’s Controller, she will be responsible for all things financial including timely reporting of monthly financials, budgeting, KPI’s and cash forecasts.

Holly graduated with a BA in Accounting and Business Management from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. In addition to her studies, she also played collegiate Division lll NCAA Volleyball and Basketball.

Chad Galloway

Media Production | Camera Operator | Photographer

Chad is a Vancouver-based filmmaker and photographer specializing in documentary storytelling. He works primarily on commissioned assignments from broadcasters, production companies, marketing firms and non-profit NGOs creating work that is both cinematic and reflective of reality.

Carolyn Levy

Instructional Designer

Carolyn has more than 24 years of experience helping people learn. She leverages this experience to find innovative solutions to learning challenges. Her experience spans from designing online courses for Rouxbe to working with teams in architecture, learning management system design and course design to develop customized programs.

Carolyn has a Masters of Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Education from Mount Allison University. She is also an independent researcher whose writing about the intersection of food, culture and literature has been published in journals such as Food and the Journal of Short Stories in English (JSSE).

Investors & Advisors
Stewart Butterfield

Investor | Advisor

Stewart was a co-founder of Flickr and was the president of Ludicorp, Flickr’s parent company, before its acquisition by Yahoo! in the spring of 2005. Until July 2008, he oversaw the development of as its General Manager inside Yahoo! where it has grown to one of the largest web sites in the world with over 60 million unique visitors a month.

In over a decade of working on the web, he has had a distinguished career as a designer, entrepreneur, and technologist. He has been honored with awards ranging from being named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2006 to BusinessWeek’s Top 50 Leaders for 2005 and MIT Technology Review’s “TR 35” award for technology innovators under 35. He has been featured in interviews and articles by over 100 publications and broadcasters including the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, The New York Times, CNN, the Financial Times and has appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

Butterfield graduated from the Universities of Victoria and Cambridge, with degrees in philosophy and retains academic interests in cognitive science, the history and philosophy of science, and economics. He lives in San Francisco.

Warren Carr

Investor | Production Advisor

Warren is an Emmy award-winning film and television producer with more than 30 years experience in the film industry.

He has extensive experience in educational video-based programming, having played a key role in the development of distance learning programs in Canada. He also has more than 35 feature film and television credits and manages projects for American Studios and major television networks with budgets up to $100M.

In 2004, Warren was awarded an “Emmy” for his producing role in “Door to Door” (William H. Macy). Other production credits include, “I Spy” (Eddie Murphy), “Romeo Must Die” (Jet Li), “Little Woman” (Winona Ryder), “Saving Silverman” (Jack Black), “Dudley Do Right” (Sarah Jessica Parker & Brendan Fraser), “Connie & Carla” (Nia Vardalos) and “RV”, featuring Robin Williams.

Scott Staff

Business Development Advisor

Scott is the Director of Business Development at Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based law firm, the largest in the Northwest.

In his current capacity, Scott identifies strategic, new business opportunities that could add significant value to the firm and/or its clients. He works closely with selected partners in the development and execution of business development strategy and has oversight of the firm’s client service teams and industry teams programs.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Scott was the Chief Development Officer at Lewis & Clark College and Law School where he played a leadership role in raising over $150M. He has also been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for both private and non-profit organizations. Scott was previously a member of the Board of Directors at Fat Earth, Inc. and earlier in his career was the National Sales Manager for a graphic arts and publishing company.

John McDonald

Chief Strategy Officer

John McDonald is an entrepreneur and a strategist. He has built and sold several private companies, helped lead two global turnarounds and is a founder and associate at Rampworth Capital Services.

Having worked across several industries (manufacturing, SaaS, digital marketing, and clean energy), on four continents, John has a global view and a passion for innovation. His practice is primarily focused around helping entrepreneurs see the forces at play in their competitive space, and adjust their vision, strategy and positioning to maximize value and investor appeal.

When he’s not working with entrepreneurs, John loves to paint, cook, ski, swim, rollerblade, roast coffee or do just about anything that gives him an excuse to hang out with his wife Suzanne and two kids.

Wayne Carrigan

Marketing Advisor

Wayne brings 20 years of executive management and digital marketing experience to Rouxbe. He has a strong track record of creating successful marketing strategies and managing high growth companies.

Prior to joining Rouxbe Wayne was Vice President of Marketing for WiderFunnel, a world leader in providing Conversion Optimization Services to Fortune 2000 organizations including notable clients Magento,, and Google.

As an integrated marketing subject matter expert, Wayne is frequently interviewed by marketing and business media and presents at key industry events. As a champion of entrepreneurship, he continues to consult and advised a multitude of businesses and tech start-ups.

He studied Mass Communications and Economics at York University.

When not seen collaborating with his friends at Rouxbe, you may find Wayne is tending to his plot in his local community garden.