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 Vogue.com. 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 in 1996. He cooks regularly for himself and others as a creative release and actively seeks out the best sandwich in every city he visits.
Suchan Vodoor has a diverse history producing and supervising creative enterprises in the performing and visual arts. He has worked as an avant-garde theatre producer and director, including 8 years as the Resident Director of a critically acclaimed comedy troupe, Six Characters. His work with the group has been hailed as “a love letter to classic comedy” by the New York Times. In the photo and film industry, he’s been able to work with great colleagues and clients from places like Paramount Pictures, Hearst Entertainment, Corbis, Maysles Films, Alfacam, Oxford Scientific Films, Dragone Entertainment Group, and Blue Man Group. He’s had the good fortune to travel to a variety of countries, near and far.
From the swigs of homemade rice wine he shared with an old farmer in China to the glasses of cava he imbibed with street performers in Barcelona; from the marrow bones he picked up at a Lower East Side butcher to the menagerie of seafood he bought in the wet markets of Asia; from the street meat he snacked on in Saigon to the tomatoes he grows in his Brooklyn backyard, Suchan has been gifted with a variety of wonderful food experiences. Following his eclectic gustatory desires has always led to memorable adventures and tastes, but his favorite food remains a simple dish of lemon rice cooked by his mother.
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.
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.