Our People

Our Owners


With a background in Marriott Hotels, David Rubin and his business partner purchased A Spice of Life catering in 1995. David has managed the growth of his company from four full-time employees to our current staff of 150 full and part time employees. In his dual capacities as GM and President, David oversees all sales and event coordination as well as multi-departmental daily operations with a focus on business development, marketing and finance. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award by University of Delaware’s College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy, and has held a seat on the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional and Management Alumni Board. He has served on the Boulder Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, and on the Board for the Small Business Development Center. As a business owner David is very involved in the community volunteering his time and his company’s talents to many local community charities and fundraising efforts.

David Rubin


After graduating from the University of Delaware’s School of Business Administration, Dan relocated to Boulder to pursue his dreams of living the Colorado lifestyle. After years of gaining experience in the service industry, he discovered his abilities and interests in making people happy. As Director of Operations, he has built a ‘well-oiled machine’ that executes all aspects of services flawlessly day after day. Dan oversees the operational aspects of all catering deliveries, full serviced events, and corporate dining, ensuring the success of 18 to 30 events daily.

Dan Bruckner

COO/Vice President

Our Culinary Team


Patty is a Texas native raised in Oklahoma. She learned to bake from her mom and grandma, who gave her many of the recipes she uses today at A Spice of Life. Patty started out as an accountant for 12 years, then decided to trade in her suit for a chef coat and follow her passion. She attended the Art Institute of Dallas where she earned her AAS – Culinary Arts. Patty has created pastry delicacies at Whole Foods, Central Market, Hilton of Southlake, Ritz Carlton Dallas, and also owned and operated Patty Cakes Bakery and Catering for 4 years.

Patty Wilson

Pastry Chef

Our Sales & Marketing Team


Desra came to Spice 10 years ago after hanging her hat on the high seas with Cruise West for a year managing the customer service team that made guests’ stay the most memorable trip ever. Prior to that, she worked for Junipine Resort in Sedona Arizona as the group event planner. She graduated from NAU in Flagstaff with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. When she is not helping her Spice team plan and sell events, she is out and about enjoying the great outdoors with her running shoes or bike or backpack.

Desra McDonald

Director of Sales
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Blaire Segal joined the Spice family after being born and raised in sunny California. She received degrees in Cognitive Science and Linguistics from UC Berkeley while playing bass drum in the Cal Marching Band. Blaire is the glue that holds our sales team together; she is a constant beacon of creativity, helpfulness, and morale-boosting wisdom. Her hobbies include reading, playing video games, baking, and trying to teach her pet snake (named Prince Charming) how to play fetch.

Blaire Segal

Marketing + Office Manager

Ellie joins the Spice family after moving to Colorado from her home state of Maine. Ellie brings with her a strong background in the hospitality industry; she has a degree in Hospitality Management and has worked for Marriott Hotels and Vail Resorts. Ellie performs a variety of tasks that make our office run smoothly, including designing the beautiful floral arrangements that are seen at each of our events. In her spare time, Ellie can be found cultivating her garden, hiking, rock climbing, skiing or anything else that gets her outdoors.

Ellie Garnsey

Sales Assistant

Dawn Meitz is a highly respected event coordinator at A Spice of Life. She began her career with Spice in August of 1998, after a 13-year career in event planning at the Boulder Country Club. Dawn prides herself on her unparalleled experience and her ability to make her clients feel at ease. The aspects of her job at A Spice of Life that she loves the most are the people, the venues, and to see the completion of fantastic events. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University. When she is not working, Dawn enjoys skiing, wake boarding, camping and being outdoors, as well as spending time with her adult children and granddaughter.

Dawn Meitz

Event Specialist

Kathy is a renowned bridal consultant who creates unforgettable occasions. When she started her own business in 1994, she began exclusively planning weddings. Although Kathy continues to expand her personal company, she is excited to contribute her talents to A Spice of Life. Kathy truly understands the love and romance that goes into a wonderful wedding, and marriage, because she found true love at an early age. In her freshmen year of college at the University of Colorado, Kathy met her husband B. Wray. The two have established their lives in Boulder and have four biological children, one adopted child with special needs, and six grandchildren.

Kathy Vaughan

Event Specialist

Amanda Ruebl grew up in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating with a degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, she moved to Vail with the intention of staying for the winter but, like most people, she fell in love with the summer. While in the Vail Valley, she worked for 10 years at Vail Resorts in various roles. Most recently, she coordinated events at the Beaver Creek Club. She enjoys helping clients plan their events by sharing her expertise, which is ensuring what will make their event a successful one. She spends her free time telemark skiing, running and road biking, as well as trips to Wisconsin to spend time with family.

Amanda Ruebl

Event Specialist

Max Thayer joins our event specialist team after years of working as an offsite manager for Spice. Max is originally from Texas and studied hospitality at Oklahoma State University. His decade of restaurant experience along with his passion for exploring Denver’s thriving social scene combined make him well suited to turn his clients’ dreams for well-executed event perfection into reality.

Max Thayer

Event Specialist

Emily Sussman graduated with a degree in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her passion for catering and working with food has come from many different avenues; her background is primarily in event planning, marketing and sales in the hospitality industry in Colorado and Israel. Emily grew up in Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2005. Emily greatly enjoys fostering long-lasting relationships with her clients and loves a good networking experience (especially if there’s wine involved!). As a sweet bonus, her lovable Yorkie, Stoli, can often be seen brightening the sales office’s day.

Emily Sussman

Event Specialist

Born and raised in Kailua Beach, Hawaii, Wendy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism and a Master's in Geography. She has lived in Costa Rica and Argentina and loves traveling to South America as often as she can. When she’s not planning events, Wendy loves to spend quality time with her 3 babies: an 8 year old son, a 4 year old daughter, and a boutique bike tour company, Beyond Boulder Adventures, specializing in fun, scenic rides to the hidden gems & happy hours that lie just beyond the beaten track in Boulder and Breckenridge.

Wendy Kerr

Event Specialist

Our Operations Team


Graham Thomas began working part-time for A Spice of Life in 2008 while earning his degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University. Graham now leads the kitchen and operations teams to execute all events from start to finish. Graham specializes in new menu creation and finding creative ways to make logistically difficult events run flawlessly. Our team relies on Graham for his valuable input on all aspects of running the company, from marketing and sales to costing and pricing. During his limited spare time, Graham enjoys traveling (particularly to England), cooking for his friends, country music, video games, classic rock, and agility training with his dogs.

Graham Thomas

Food & Beverage Director
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Jennifer has held every operational position at Spice before finding her true niche as the catering services manager. Jennifer is originally from Florida (Go Seminoles!) and has lived in the Denver area for 2 years. Jennifer served as team leader for Americorps NCCC Southwest Region where she honed her leadership skills and can-do attitude. Spice is grateful to have someone so dedicated on our team. Jennifer loves reading, watching new acclaimed movies, playing tennis, exploring Colorado, and is learning to love the snow…looking at it, that is.

Jennifer Scharps

Catering Services Manager

Other Team Members


Bill comes to us from Yankee Machine Parts and Inca Inn where he held the position of Financial Manager. Bill was also the owner of his own business, Action Whirlpools, at one time. He graduated from University of Colorado with a BS in Finance & Accounting, Magna Cum Laude. He also received a MBA in Marketing from Seattle University. Bill is the Treasurer for Rotary and Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and he is a volunteer for New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue and handles all Craig’s List and Facebook social media for them. He is a board member and treasurer for Cool Girls, an after school organization for elementary school girls in the Boulder area.

Bill Hendrick

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Jennipher Murphy comes to Spice with 30+ years’ experience in teaching, education technology and people management. She is an advocate on the importance in developing “people skills” for the 21st century workplace. With a Master’s in Education from Cal State East Bay, she has worked in both the education and private sectors including a stint as Director of Faculty and Education Support at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She hopes to incorporate her experiences in leveraging technology to improve learning, communication and culture into expanding Spice’s thriving culture. Jennipher and her family recently moved from Boston back to Colorado. She is an avid hiker, backpacker, skier, live music enthusiast and would love to write a fantastic novel someday!

Jennipher Murphy

Director, People and Engagement

Robin comes to Spice with an extensive background in sales and marketing. She has worked in the field, managed sales teams and conducted sales training on a national level. Although she has lived in Colorado for 30 years, she still considers herself a Nebraska Native and a serious Cornhusker fan. When Robin is not out finding new café’s for Spice, she is chasing around her 5 boys who span 17 years in age. She is also actively involved in community organizations and is on the board of the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation. Robin is proud and happy to be part of the Spice family!

Robin Gillespie Cassio

Business Development Manager

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