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.
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.
Director, Slideluck Youth Initiative
Rachel Langosch is a native Brooklynite and has taught and lived in Los Angeles, NYC and abroad throughout the last 9 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 6 summers where she has co-lead and taught photography to high school students in Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, India, Australia and Belize.
She is currently working at Harlem Village Academies documenting classroom culture and is the director of Slideluck Youth Initiative where she is beginning her second semester leading an after school photography program for students in East New York, Brooklyn and Harlem.
Artist Teacher, Slideluck Youth Initiative
Winston grew up on a beach-side suburb of Los Angeles, where he began taking photos of the California surf and skate scene. He graduated from high-school as a recognized local photographer, and later moved to Melbourne, Australia, where he Graduated with Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s highly-coveted Photography Program. He has worked with clients from small-art magazines to large non-profits, and is always trying to use this photography skills as a way of giving back. He recently moved to New York City to be in the center of the art world.
Winston volunteered last semester with the Youth Initiative as an intern, and has been appointed the artist teacher for the coming semester. With an art therapist mother and photography teacher father,Winston is already following in the footsteps of his family. While in university in Australia, he was one of the leading members of his University’s student mentor program, where he would advise younger students on their own creative photography assignments. Winston is a strong believer that images can be powerful tools for initiating change, and would like to share this idea to his students, in the hopes that they realize the potential they weld through photographic communication.