Staff Directory

The CRA staff is comprised of association and industry professionals dedicated to supporting Colorado's restaurant community through advocacy, member resources, communication, and dining in restaurants. Often. Reach out, we're ready to help. You can send a general email to or click on a picture below.

Executive Staff

Sonia Riggs

President and CEO

(303) 830-2972 ext. 113

Lobbying and government affairs activities, board relations, staff administration, and overall association management. For a faster response, please call.

First Restaurant Job: Chart House , Golden, CO

Finance and Operations

Emily Ewing

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

(303) 830-2972 ext. 110

General office management, facilities management and accounting/executive assistance.

First Restaurant Job: A&W Restaurant


Devany McNeill

VP Strategic Partnerships

(303) 830-2972 ext. 133

(303) 717-0939 mobile

Responsible for member satisfaction and strategic partnerships benefiting all of our members.

First Restaurant Job: Jack in the Box

Jen Johnson

Business Development & Engagement Manager

(303) 830-2972 ext. 150

303-906-3373 mobile

Serves members throughout Colorado.

First Restaurant Job: Austin's American Grill

Emily Rickert

Membership Services Representative

(303) 830-2972 ext. 123

Member inquiries and support.

First Restaurant Job: Bridgeman's Ice Cream Shoppe (Minnesota)

Communication & Public Relations

Denise Mickelsen

Communication Director

303-830-2972 ext. 116

Public relations, marketing and communication activities for the Association and its Foundation.

First Restaurant Job: TJ's Steak Hoagies (Buffalo NY)

Erin Dewey

Erin Dewey

Communication & Membership Coordinator

303-830-2972 ext. 129

Communication, membership & chapter support.

First Restaurant Job: Barcelona Wine Bar (DC & Denver)

Government Affairs

Nick Hoover

Manager of Government Affairs

(303) 830-2972 ext. 119

State and local government affairs activities. Provides help with regulatory, code, and enforcement questions.

First Restaurant Job: Anton's Steakhouse (Minnesota)

Mollie Steinemann

Manager of Government Affairs

(303)350-0296 ext.

Local and state government affairs activities.

First Restaurant Job: Hickory House Ribs

Colorado Restaurant Foundation

Laura Shunk


(303) 830-2972 ext. 147

State Director of Colorado ProStart, scholarship programs, employee & restaurant financial help, fundraising, mentoring and special events.

First Restaurant Job: Chipotle

Mark Antonation

Communication Manager

303-830-2972 ext. 117

Public relations, marketing and communication activities for the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.

First Restaurant Job: Panhandler's Pizza

Alexander Peck

Programs & ProStart Coordinator

303-830-2972 ext. 151

Coordinates activities associated with ProStart and other CRF programs.

First Restaurant Job: On the Border

Stacy Griest

Program Manager

303-830-2972 ext. 149

Manages the workforce development programs including Apprenticeship and coordinates the Health and Wellness resource center.

First Restaurant Job: Cavalari’s Italian Restaurant, Aurora

Rachel Pryor-Lease

Director of Development

(303) 830-2972 ext. 115

Leads the fundraising efforts for the Colorado Restaurant Foundation and its programs.

First Restaurant Job: Gotham Bar & Grill, New York City

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