Kristin Sheppard, President

Kristin Sheppard is the writer behind pop culture blog Mad Betty, where she’s chronicled Austin’s most notable eats, events, and everything in between. When not blogging or working as Creative Director at Giant Squid Media, she can be found cooking, enjoying happy hour and participating in Austin’s WordPress community.


Michelle Cheng, Vice President

Michelle Cheng is the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of Foodie is the New Forty, where she has been documenting her favorite food finds since 2009. In between meals, she practices law and seeks out street art to photograph with her very patient dog, Mindy.


Serena Lissy, Treasurer

Serena Lissy is a food photographer, recipe developer and pastry chef. She has been writing her blog about photography and her love of confections since 2013. Serena volunteers frequently with multiple Austin charities, and is also Vice Chair for the food photography and stylist section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. When she isn’t blogging you can find her paddle boarding on the lake or riding her bike through the hills of Austin.

David Moser Austin Food Blogger Alliance

David Moser, Secretary

David Moser is the brains behind Brisket and Bagels, a food blog dedicated to sharing recipes he creates in his home kitchen. David loves exploring Austin with his wife and two daughters. Along the way, when he finds a restaurant you need to try, a noteworthy dish or something just food awesome, he’ll let you know. His interests include Texas barbecue, sports (go Giants!) and photography.

Heather Hunsaker, AFBA Membership Chair

Heather Hunsaker, Membership Chair

Heather Hunsaker has spent most of her life developing and concocting recipes inspired by the rich southern traditions and flavors she grew up with. She is passionate about food, travel and cooking and enjoys sharing this passion with others by working as a professional recipe developer, cooking instructor and writer; as well as through sharing recipes and stories about life in Texas on her blog, Kitchen Concoctions.

Rachel Johnson, AFBA Marketing Chair

Rachel Johnson, Marketing Chair

Rachel Johnson is ‘stupid good’ at photography, design and food. She is a Florida State graduate currently living in Austin, TX working as a freelance food writer. She is a trained food stylist and photographer, specializing in online food media. She’s also a tasting specialist at Central Market on North Lamar, so if you’re in the area, stop by and say hi!


Suzanna Cole, Philanthropy Chair

Suzanna Cole is the blogger behind South Austin Foodie, and has been eating and documenting her away around all parts of Austin (and beyond!) since 2008. She’s been on the Philanthropy Committee since its inception, and like all good foodies, carries Murray River sea salt in her purse.


Linda Nguyen, Social Chair

Linda Nguyen documents her passion for food and adventure through her food blog at Girl Eats World and personal blog at Curious Notions. She’s been sharing her life on the internet across many platforms since she was a teenager and is currently juggling three instagram accounts: @curious_notions, @bobthedogatx, @doodlesaboutfeelings

Shef Ravula, Education Chair

Shef Ravula is a cooking instructor in Austin, Texas who develops and writes recipes, and owns a blog called Shef’s Kitchen. Her blog is designed to be inspirational to others and encourages them to try a meal share program of their own, and to see what kind of recipes others have tried.


Peter Tsai, Technology Chair

Peter Tsai is a content guy, IT blogger and show host by trade and a sometimes photographer, food blogger, globe trotter and Instagrammer by night. He likes eating, tweeting and keeping an eye out for the next food adventure. You can find his work in the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait or on his personal photography blog or Austin food blog.

Kathryn Hutchison - AFBA Vice President

Kathryn Hutchison, Immediate Past President

Kathryn Hutchison writes about the Austin food community and life as a home cook on her blog, Austin Gastronomist. She has been blogging since 2003, and her work has been featured on Foodpress.com, Tastespotting, and the Food News Journal’s “Best of Blogs.”

 The AFBA Advisory Council includes:

  • Natanya Anderson, Whole Foods
  • Addie Broyles, Austin-American Statesman
  • Joy Casnovsky, Sustainable Food Center
  • Carla Crownover, Austin Urban Gardens
  • Vance Ely, Central Market
  • Daniel Heron, Food + Tech Austin
  • Rachel Malish, Whole Foods
  • Natasha Powell, Bread and Butter Public Relations
  • Mando Rayo, Taco Journalism
  • Jam Sanitchat, Thai Fresh
  • Evelyn Sher, ELM Restaurant Group
  • Patricia Tamminga, Patricia’s Table
  • Brandon Watson, The Austin Chronicle
  • Marshall Wright, T3