are that information is power, and that education creates change. Continuous learning is at the forefront of everything we do. We change minds and lives by providing people with reliable, evidence-based information to reduce preventable deaths & diseases - but, we believe your health and wellness extends beyond what you eat, so we’re dedicated to helping you embody a life that is good for your mind, body, and the planet.
Drawing on her life-long health, wellness, and sustainability advocacy, Krissy designed YA•YE to help make plant-based eating more accessible and appealing to all. At age 14, she started eating plant-based and has been whipping up recipes and blending homemade smoothies every day since. Even in Colorado, Krissy has always struggled to find restaurants whose mission and values align with her own. Most "health" cafes buy their nut milks and vegan cheeses (which are loaded with additives, even if they're organic) from distributors, so Krissy started making her own from scratch. After realizing that it's too expensive for most people to do the same, Krissy decided to start a food business that her customers can trust.
Along with her passion for plant-based living, Krissy brings years of sustainable waste management and digital marketing experience to YA•YE. From hand-sorting recycling and compost on her college campus at CU Boulder and at large-scale music festivals, to executing sustainable events across the US, Krissy has always been fascinated by the relationship between consumption, conservation and health. Knowing that 90% of all healthcare costs in America are spent on preventable diseases, she playfully considers her work to be "pre-med", that is, preventive medicine.
Krissy has traveled the world in search of the most innovative and delicious plant-based cuisines, and she couldn’t be more excited to bring that international inspiration home to Colorado. In addition to being a champion for plant-based lifestyles, Krissy is also an advocate for prison reform and is actively involved with Defy Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. She sits on the Board of Directors and frequently volunteers to mentor Defy’s EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training) in various prisons throughout Colorado. Krissy's brother Michael was incarcerated for 9 years before he passed away in 2011, so giving life skills, business skills, and opportunities to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals is a central part of her mission.
THE YAYE TEAM
JESSICA CHAMBERS - Head Chef
SUSY JARAMILLO - Customer Experience Manager
ANGIE RICCIOTTI - Business Operations Manager
RACE HARRISON - Production Manager
SHAWN PARKIN - Sous Chef
BREE ARETZ - Bakery / Pastry Manager
Our talented chef brings 10+ years of culinary prowess to the team. Before joining the YA•YE family, she spent time as the executive sous chef at Vital Root where she had the opportunity to dive into plant-based cooking and even managed their raw vegan pop-up dinners. Originally from Texas, she was raised to believe that a diet heavy in fat, animal products, and overcooked vegetables was just "good southern cooking". Through years of research and tracking the bad habits of fad diets, she arrived at the conclusion that eating a well balanced + colorful, plant based diet is the key to optimum health and wellness. Her mission in life is to make plant based foods more accessible and to educate others on how eating for overall wellness is the most sustainable way to live a healthy and long life. Making good dietary choices shouldn't be intimidating. Five years ago she discovered that her digestive issues were linked to a gluten sensitivity. This started her on a path to learn more about gluten-free cooking and baking, as well as maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. That's why she loves using plenty of ginger, fermented foods and probiotics in her cooking. (She's also not afraid of that spice rack!). She loves supporting and working with nonprofits to help make organic fruits + veggies accessible to communities that need them most. She also does her best to source our organic produce from local farms and small businesses. "A plant based diet can heal not only our bodies and spirits, but our environment."
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGER
We want to shine a very bright spotlight on our fierce Customer Experience Manager, Susy! She grew up in Florida w/ her Colombian family. Her bilingual skills make her a perfect fit for connecting w/ as many Colorado community members as possible. She studied Graphic Design + Entrepreneurship at the University of Miami in Ohio, which gave her the perfect set of ninja skills for her CXM role at our fast-paced startup. This talented lady does it ALL — marketing, design, photography, operations, customer support + more. If you've ever reached out to our support desk, chances are that you've had the pleasure of meeting Susy. She is a long time plant-based foodie and has been with us since Day 1. Her first role was running our cafe and blending smoothies in our café and now she helps navigate YA•YE 's journey + success!
BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER
Born and raised in New Jersey, Angie started her proactive health journey from a young age. An organic plant-based diet just wasn’t an option for her as a child, so she began consciously choosing these items from the time she could grocery shop for herself. She believes most emotions whether positive or negative stem from our physical health, therefore, the food we nourish ourselves with is directly correlated to how we feel on a daily basis.
Angie has been happily residing in Denver for the last six years. Some of her favorite pastimes include attending or photographing concerts, sweating out the day in a yoga class, traveling to a new city, hosting a dinner party for her friends; new and old.
With a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management, ample experience in the events industry, and a lover of people and the planet, Angie makes for a well rounded business operations manager and advocate for YAYE Organics!
From a farm in small-town Illinois, Race grew up in the kitchen. There she learned to cook meals with home grown foods and vegetables. This traditional upbringing, along with years spent researching the benefits of plant-based, gluten-free living, inspires Race to share the knowledge and skill she’s acquired in pursuit of holistic and nutritional health.
She believes food is medicine that nourishes much more than our bodies – the things we eat shape how we live and the health of our mind, body, and spirit.
Race studied Design Composition at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Paired with her strong background in customer relations and business management, she excels behind the scenes as our Production Manager.
Immersed in the Colorado food scene for over a decade, Shawn brings his philosophy of high quality ingredients and great technique to YAYE Organics. Originally from North Dakota, Shawn settled in Denver in 2011. Over the years he has had many opportunities to learn and create with some of Colorado’s best chefs. Shawn believes that amazing food can be flavorful, healthy, interesting, sustainable, and most of all, a part of life that can bring us all together.
BAKERY / PASTRY MANAGER
A local gal, Bree grew up in Lakewood Colorado. Working with food the last 15 years, she is very
experienced with Denver’s culinary scene. Her vegan baking career began at Watercourse
Bakery back in 2014. As a vegetarian herself she has turned her passion to reduce meat consumption into a
career by creating delicious confections free from animal products.
Bree is a creative at heart and enjoys the challenge of building new recipes for gluten free vegan pastries. If you have every enjoyed YAYE Organics bread, pie, or mixed berry pop tart, you are experiencing a Bree original recipe.