Meet our staff

Sandy Martin
Sandy MartinPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Sandy was appointed the new Executive Director of Community Table in June 2013. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in non-profit and governmental human services management.
Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver. Most recently she was the Chief Development Officer for Warren Village. She served for nine years as the Head Start Director for Jefferson, Clear Creek. Gilpin and Park counties and prior to Head Start she worked for the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority as their Community Outreach and Communications Manager. Sandy was the Human Services Director for the City of Arvada for 15 years. Her skills include management/supervision, fund and program development, budgeting and financial management, strategic planning, goals setting, public and community relations and marketing. She was on the original planning committee which established Community Table in 1982. (Ms. Martin’s photo courtesy of Colorado Community Media.)
Rocky Baldassare
Rocky BaldassareDirector of Food Programs
Promoted to Director of Food Programs in 2020, Rocky graduated from Colorado School of Mines in May of 2014 with a degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.
Rocky briefly worked for a fracking company in West Virginia until the company he worked for went under due to oil and gas prices. After returning home, he started volunteering at the Food Bank. After several months of stellar work, he was offered the position of Pantry Supervisor. He enjoys the unique challenges of the work, the volunteers, and helping others. His skills in process engineering have helped the Food Bank greatly.
Leanne Cadman, CFRE
Leanne Cadman, CFREDirector of Communication and Resource Development
After more than 18 years with the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Leanne joined Community Table in July 2018 as Director of Development.
As Associate Director of Philanthropy at the Arvada Center, Leanne assisted with the management and performance of fundraising efforts, with an emphasis on corporate sponsorships, foundation grants, government relations and community partnerships. Leanne is a Regis University graduate with a bachelor of science ‘magna cum laude’ in business administration. She has also been recognized as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International, which certifies experienced fundraising professionals for achieving the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector.
Shannon MacDonald
Shannon MacDonaldVolunteer and Human Services Coordinator
Shannon began volunteering at Community Table in October 2019 after retiring from the insurance industry with 27 years of service. During her insurance career, she volunteered at many organizations. In the fall of 2021, Shannon put her years of volunteer experience to work when she transitioned to the position of Volunteer Coordinator.
James Normandin
James NormandinManager of Food and Safety
James joined Community Table in 2019 as a contractor to assist with pandemic-related safety procedures. He became a full-time staff member in October 2020. James currently serves as Manager of Food and Safety, overseeing our Feeding the Future and volunteer safety programs.
In addition to his primary responsibilities, James helps manage food drives and Mobile Pantry operations. Whenever James isn’t elbow-deep in donated and purchased food, you can usually find him playing electric bass with local reggae band Stylie, getting tattooed at Stay Local Tattoo and Piercing in Wheat Ridge, or at home hanging out with his family and playing videogames with his friends.
Gretchen Parker
Gretchen ParkerDirector of Human Services
Joining Community Table in April 2015, Gretchen brings over 20 years of experience in the human services field to our Human Services Program.
She began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and later held a variety of positions at Goodwill Industries, including Case Manager, Employment Specialist, and Program Manager. She has also worked at the Denver Department of Human Services (through Catholic Charites) and with the Colorado AIDS Project. Gretchen is a graduate of Metro State College of Denver’s School for Professional Studies and holds many certifications in specialized areas.
Bernadette Velasquez
Bernadette VelasquezAdministrative Assistant
Bernadette has an Associate’s degree in Legal Office Management, graduated with honors Summa Magna Cum Laude from Denver Business College, and also has a TESOL Certificate from the University of Colorado Denver.
Bernadette also earned a Certificate as an Accounting Technician from Accounting & Business School of the Rockies. Acquired over 15 years’ experience working with Adams 12 Five Star Schools as an Administrative Assistant, Bernadette possesses the knowledge, support, and sensitivity of working with individuals and groups from diverse academic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds while establishing, maintaining, and fostering a positive working relationship.

Join us!

While we have no regular staff openings at this time, we are always in need of volunteers.

Regular Food Bank Opportunities include:

  • Sorting daily donations of produce, bakery, dairy, canned goods or frozen items
  • Data entry/clerical support assist with data entry and administrative duties
  • Driving to pick up donations from grocery stores and food drives (a pickup truck and current insurance are required)
  • Customer service in the Client Choice area to welcome and help shoppers to find the food products they need
  • Assisting with special food drives like the National Association of Letter Carriers for the Food Bank, our Thanksgiving Distribution, our once-a-year inventory or other special one-time needs

Please note that not all position are open at all times. See position descriptions below for more details.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, you must apply by filling out a Volunteer Profile. You can download one via the link on the right.

Contact us today to get involved

8555 W 57th Ave
Arvada, CO 80002

Phone: 303-424-6685

Fax: 303-403-9911

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