Founder & Chairman
Casey Kelbaugh is a photographer and the founder and director of Slideluck. He hosted the first slideshow potluck in his Seattle backyard in 2000 and has since helped it to grow to more than 75 cities around the world. He has been intimately involved in the development, production and curation of almost every show and all aspects of the organization since Slideluck’s inception.
Kelbaugh has worked as an editorial and commercial photographer since 1999 and been based in New York City since 2003. He contributes regularly to The New York Times and his work has appeared in The Washington Post, Metropolis Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, New York Magazine and British Vogue. His commercial and nonprofit clients range from Clinique to the Royal Bank of Scotland, InterContinental Hotels, Creative Time and Columbia University. Most of his personal work has been geared towards the slideshow medium.
Kelbaugh was raised in Princeton, NJ, and then Seattle, WA, and graduated from Middlebury College. He cooks regularly for himself and others as a creative release and actively seeks out the best sandwich in every city he visits.
Sasha is a native New York and graduated from NYU with a MA in Non-Profit Visual Arts Administration. Prior to coming to Slideluck, Sasha founded BLONDE. Brand Management, a creative agency specializing in corporate sponsorship and experiential marketing for brands at art events and for four years was the Special Projects, Sponsorship and Programming Manager for PULSE Art Fairs and Affordable Art Fairs in New York and Miami. Sasha moved to Rockaway Beach over a year ago and is constantly finding ways to support its local creative community.
Jen Plaskowitz is a time traveler from Baltimore. After graduating magna cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art, she traveled to Jerusalem to photograph pilgrimage sites throughout Israel and Palestine. She received a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony for the Arts to print the project, and was named Nef Studio Fellow of the Year for 2010-2011. Jen moved to Brooklyn in April of 2011 to begin her work with non-profit organizations and DIY spaces. In her free time she practices urban gardening and silver printing. Her favorite foods are curry and mint chocolate chip root beer floats.
Andrew McFarland is a Boston-bred, multimedia producer with a background in journalism. After graduating from Boston University he spent a year criss-crossing the United States filming and producing Folk to Folk, a documentary project exploring how the inclusive spirit of folk music inspires participatory communities. He is currently an arts facilitator and resident at The Silent Barn, a zany, loveable DIY space located in Brooklyn, New York. Andrew uses photos, video, words, and online media to document, promote and engage individuals in communities of action. He sees the media he produces as a way to contribute and draw attention to the creative autonomy that thrives off of experimentation, collaboration, and collective structures. His photos and articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, MIT Press, and Grantland. Andrew spends a lot of time thinking about cities and has many lovely relatives named Gladys.
Born in eastern Ukraine, Dasha moved to Brooklyn at a young age expecting palm trees, beaches and clear skies. Although she was slightly surprised, NY wasn’t all that disappointing, and she took it all in through the lens of her camera. After studying photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology she went on to study Art History at Hunter College. Here at Slideluck she enjoys seeing the incredibly varied work or photographers and artists from around the globe as well as supporting the local art community. She also likes watching obscure films, making things with her hands, and perfecting her Baba Ghanoush recipe. Some mornings she wakes up feeling like cake decorator extraordinaire and spends the day sculpting edible vegetables for her garden themed cake, most often to the sound of rock n’ roll oldies.
Communications & Marketing Director
Jordan Frand grew up in a beach town of Los Angeles where the lighting is always good. He received a BA in Linguistics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he was awarded with a Commendation for Excellence two years in a row. He spent many years working in the world of gourmet specialities before joining Slideluck, where he constantly engages with his love of communication – both verbal and aesthetic. A food lover and supertaster, Jordan was a judge for the International Chocolate Awards 2012. He studied painting and photography throughout high school and college and is a photo hobbyist to this day. Jordan is also a polyglot and in his spare time he enjoys studying languages, cooking, and making ice cream.
Maria Teresa Salvati
Slideluck Europe Director
For many years, Maria Teresa has worked as creative strategist and planner in advertising agencies between London and Milan. She has always had a drive for idea generation, for creating brand culture and for the art of storytelling.
Maria Teresa has worked with some of the most respected curators in the UK and internationally, to bring compelling photographic multimedia slideshows in London and other European cities. She writes regularly for GUP Magazine, interviewing renowned international photographers selected in collaboration with the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.
Having been the director for Slideluck London since 2009, she became the Director of Slideluck Europe in 2012. Photography and food are two of her strongest passions, so she found in Slideluck the best way to combine these things. Two years ago, her mum passed her the skill of making handmade pasta, and now considers herself a master in the kitchen!
Slideluck Latin America Director
Born in Bogota Andrés Ronderos is a self-taught entrepreneur, photographer, designer, adventurer, milkman and farmer who after living in Canada, Egypt and Israel, graduated in the late 1990s as an industrial designer from the University of Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Ronderos serves as the Slideluck Latin America Director.
Ronderos is dedicated to undertaking diverse and new projects, including design of commercial spaces and scenery, directing summer camps for children and manufacturing thermoplastic penguins coolers. Ronderos also partnered with his father, the architect Mario Ronderos to establish Lamorada Studio – a creative statement about the manufacture of useful furniture and design of living spaces. Determined to not be taken away from his passion, he decided to venture in to professional photography, without neglecting his work as a designer.
Not much of a “foodie” although Ronderos makes incredible sunday strawberry pancakes and cheese arepas.
Slideluck Asia Director
Kim Campbell is a photographer and artist currently based out of Hong Kong. Inspired by a childhood spent overseas in Jamaica, Switzerland, Kenya, Bangladesh, Canada and HK, and by her own complex ethnic background, Kim’s work often explores themes of identity and culture in our increasingly globalized and interconnected world. Kim received a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria in Canada along with an Arts teaching degree from the University of Sunderland in the UK. Her current works include photographs and watercolour & ink paintings that aim to capture the vibrancy, energy and persistence of traditional elements of Asian culture amidst unrelenting urbanization and development. Being a vegetarian in her part of the world isn’t always easy. But that doesn’t stop her from picking out curious new things from the market and cooking up a culinary storm on the weekends for friends and family.
Teaching Artist and SLYI Director, Harlem SLYI
Rachel Langosch is a native Brooklynite and has taught and lived in Los Angeles, NYC and abroad throughout the last 10 years. Rachel has her Masters of Fine Arts in photography from Pratt Institute (2009), and her Bachelors from Bard College in visual anthropology (2005). She was a classroom art teacher at a charter school for 3 years. During that time she founded a photography program, raised money for student cameras, gave a TEDx talk on the work she did, and had an auction of her student’s artwork. All of the proceeds went back into the art programs.
Rachel has also been working for National Geographic Student Expeditions for the past 8 summers where she has co-lead and taught photography to high school students in Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, India, Australia, Belize and Bali.
She is currently working at Avenues The World School, in Manhattan teaching 5th grade visual arts and is the director of The Slideluck Youth Initiative where she is beginning her third year managing 6 programs across NYC, LA, Utah and teaching the Harlem SLYI Chapter.
Teaching Artist, Bronx, Nepal and Bushwick SLYI
Winston Struye is an artist-teacher from Los Angeles, California. Winston received his degree in photography from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and has been working as an artist-teacher for the past 2 years. With the Slideluck Youth Initiative, Winston has taught programs in East New York, the Bronx, and recently Kathmandu, Nepal. He also teaches for National Geographic Student Expeditions, where he led photography workshops in Paris and Prague. His lessons focus on building his student’s critical thinking skills through the way they look at the world. He believes that if you can get a student to consider the way he/she looks through a camera lens, you can build skills not just in the arts, but in creative thinking, expressive storytelling, and above all, a student’s self-awareness of the world around them. The reason he loves his job as a teacher so much is because he finds so much creativity within it, saying that teaching is the most over-looked and under-credited form of art. He quotes “Life is so often about finding the right answers to things, where as in teaching, it’s more about finding the right questions to things, and that’s why I think teaching is such a creative act.”
Winston recently returned from Kathmandu, Nepal, where he was was a teaching one of his creative photography both before and after the April 21st earthquake there. Before the earthquake, he had his students (who were former street-children at ROKPA Children’s Home) discover the stories they lived in everyday, and then after the earthquake, he had his students discover the stories of resilience after the earthquake that they saw everyday. The project was recently the cover story of GOOD Magazine, Issue 31. You can also read an article on his time in Nepal here.
Director, Slideluck Youth Initiative East Los Angeles
Angie Smith is a photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Angie left the evergreens and misty rain to study photography at Bard College in Upstate New York. She spent 4 very influential years there studying with Larry Fink, Stephen Shore and Vik Muniz. Upon graduating she moved to New York City and worked in the photo departments of several magazines: Complex, Life and Men’s Journal. With time, she decided to leave the Big Apple for the City of Angels, where she now resides. Angie calls Los Angeles home in between travel assignments and teaching workshops for National Geographic. She is fluent in Spanish and can get by with a few words Portuguese and French. Over the past 4 consecutive years, she has taught photography workshops in Ecuador, Italy, Spain, London and Paris.
Teaching Artist, Utah SLYI
Justin is a Utah-based photographer passionate about exploring the outdoors through his camera. During college, he traveled to Central America several times as a photographer and photo editor for Operation Smile and spent one month on assignment in India photographing the Lepcha people in the Sikkim region as part of his studies. Shortly after school, he interned at VII Photo Agency in Los Angeles and was selected to participate in the Eddie Adams Workshop.
Justin worked as a staff photographer for the Greenspun Media Group in Las Vegas for three years where his work was published regularly in a daily newspaper and national magazines. He has worked as a photographer for the World Golf Tour and as photo director for GiftHaiti.com, a Utah Hospital Task Force response to the Haiti Earthquake of 2010.
Justin has worked as a kayak guide in the Channel Islands, California, and in Skagway, Alaska, where he lived for almost three years. He has also herded sheep in New Zealand, and traveled extensively throughout Europe. In 2012, Justin was hired by Canon to join its Photography in the Parks program, teaching photography workshops in national parks, including the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. Justin currently oversees his freelance photography business, JustBowen Photography. He has led National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Alaska (2013), San Francisco (2013), and Switzerland and France (2014).
Teaching Artist, East New York Brooklyn SLYI
Sheri Giblin is a food, lifestyle and travel photographer. With over 10 years professional experience, she has built a career telling visual stories about food, celebrating lifestyles of food preparation and presentation – along with the people and places where exceptional food is enjoyed. Her award-winning work has been featured in nearly 20 books, nationally-recognized magazines and world-wide ad campaigns. Her most recent work includes the launching of All Recipes Magazine and the rebranding campaign for Chobani Yogurt. Sheri’s clients include Droga5, CP+B, Hill Holliday, Chronicle Books, Williams-Sonoma, Ten Speed Press, and Random House. A lover of poetry, road trips and all foods spicy this California girl relocated to NYC in 2011. After working out of unique storefront in San Francisco for 6 years, Sheri now calls Brooklyn home and when not on assignment she can be found riding her bike around town with a camera in tow. Sheri is represented by Big Leo Productions in NYC.