The Players

Kate Schade

CEO (Chief Energy Officer)

Yep, you guessed it. That’s THE Kate behind the magic. Kate’s been slinging her homemade bars to friends for years, long before this venture got serious. Originally from upstate New York, Kate headed west in search of vital play. She funded her adventures by slinging food as a waitress, tilling the land at her local CSA, and—of course—making Tram Bars! While Kate has become reluctantly intimate with the office, she still prefers to be outside, showing the boys up on her skis, mountain bike and dirt bike. When not selling bars, creating new flavors, or plotting marketing strategy, Kate dreams of farming and having more time to ride bikes!

CEO (Chief Energy Officer)

Yep, you guessed it. That’s THE Kate behind the magic. Kate’s been slinging her homemade bars to friends for years, long before this venture got serious. Originally from upstate New York, Kate headed west in search of vital play. She funded her adventures by slinging food as a waitress, tilling the land at her local CSA, and—of course—making Tram Bars! While Kate has become reluctantly intimate with the office, she still prefers to be outside, showing the boys up on her skis, mountain bike and dirt bike. When not selling bars, creating new flavors, or plotting marketing strategy, Kate dreams of farming and having more time to ride bikes!

Will Hampton

Production Pimp

Will claims he works a lot, but we don’t believe him. Here’s why—nearly every day in the summer packages of bike parts arrive for Will. A tire one day, bearings, seals, or break pads the next. We just can’t fathom how he squeezes work around all the riding he does (worn out bike parts tell the true tale). Will also enjoys wearing Carharrts®, listening to 80s metal bands, and bringing just enough ice cream to work FOR HIMSELF. He also happens to do a fabulous job of making bars, carrying pallets of heavy ingredients down steep stairs, and generally assuring everyone “it’s all gonna be just fine.”

Production Pimp

Will claims he works a lot, but we don’t believe him. Here’s why—nearly every day in the summer packages of bike parts arrive for Will. A tire one day, bearings, seals, or break pads the next. We just can’t fathom how he squeezes work around all the riding he does (worn out bike parts tell the true tale). Will also enjoys wearing Carharrts®, listening to 80s metal bands, and bringing just enough ice cream to work FOR HIMSELF. He also happens to do a fabulous job of making bars, carrying pallets of heavy ingredients down steep stairs, and generally assuring everyone “it’s all gonna be just fine.”

Myndi Franklin

Customer Wrangler

When you call up Kate’s, the friendly voice that greets you is Myndi’s. Sure, she has a way with making you feel warm and fuzzy, filling your order and taking care of mishaps (even though they never happen). But did you also know she loves to laugh, snowboard golf, play in the Snake River, jet ski (stand up not sit down,) camp & hike? She’s a Jackson Hole native in love with the Tetons, and will never wander far from the majestic peaks. She finds great pleasure in being tan and aspires to be a crackerjack dirt bike rider someday. Currently, she’s working on crashing less. Will work for beer parties.

Customer Wrangler

When you call up Kate’s, the friendly voice that greets you is Myndi’s. Sure, she has a way with making you feel warm and fuzzy, filling your order and taking care of mishaps (even though they never happen). But did you also know she loves to laugh, snowboard golf, play in the Snake River, jet ski (stand up not sit down,) camp & hike? She’s a Jackson Hole native in love with the Tetons, and will never wander far from the majestic peaks. She finds great pleasure in being tan and aspires to be a crackerjack dirt bike rider someday. Currently, she’s working on crashing less. Will work for beer parties.

Bruce Thaler

Chief Excitement Officer

Bruce, a dentist by trade and entrepreneur for life, partnered with Kate in 2010. His love for the outdoors, be it skiing, hiking, biking or fishing, stoked his desire to become part of Kate’s. After all, the Tetons are his favorite playground on earth! Bruce’s claim to fame was his push to name the bars after the gal who created them, Kate. If you can get a word in while Bruce is enthusiastically raving about how great Kate’s Real Food Bars are, we commend you. His spirited demeanor and energy for business has no boundaries! Soon enough, we hope Bruce can rave about how Kate’s organic deliciousness is being shared with everyone on the planet!

Chief Excitement Officer

Bruce, a dentist by trade and entrepreneur for life, partnered with Kate in 2010. His love for the outdoors, be it skiing, hiking, biking or fishing, stoked his desire to become part of Kate’s. After all, the Tetons are his favorite playground on earth! Bruce’s claim to fame was his push to name the bars after the gal who created them, Kate. If you can get a word in while Bruce is enthusiastically raving about how great Kate’s Real Food Bars are, we commend you. His spirited demeanor and energy for business has no boundaries! Soon enough, we hope Bruce can rave about how Kate’s organic deliciousness is being shared with everyone on the planet!

Jan Stuessi

Wild Woman of Sales (Specialty Channel Sales)

Note from Jan: “Just about anywhere else, I would be considered moderately athletic, but not in Teton Valley, and nowhere near that definition in Jackson Hole. And certainly not in the Kate’s Real Food world! But, I am a champion eater…Think I’m kidding? A few years back a friend and I had the same day off. Her usual day off consisted of biking up Teton Pass, then running it again later that day as a cool down. I suggested that we do something where I could at least ‘ try’ to keep up with her. She paused a second and said, ‘let’s do lunch!’ “

Wild Woman of Sales (Specialty Channel Sales)

Note from Jan: “Just about anywhere else, I would be considered moderately athletic, but not in Teton Valley, and nowhere near that definition in Jackson Hole. And certainly not in the Kate’s Real Food world! But, I am a champion eater…Think I’m kidding? A few years back a friend and I had the same day off. Her usual day off consisted of biking up Teton Pass, then running it again later that day as a cool down. I suggested that we do something where I could at least ‘ try’ to keep up with her. She paused a second and said, ‘let’s do lunch!’ “

Jaycene Olmstead

Lick-and-Stick Bar Packager (just kidding!)

Jaycene is the fastest bar packager in the West! And, boy, do we need her when the orders start stacking up. She has three children and seven, yes seven, grandchildren (she had her kids when she was just a baby, which explains why she’s still so young)! Jaycene lived most of her life in Oregon and moved to Teton Valley four years ago with her husband of twenty-three years, Blake. They both enjoy snowmobiling, ATVing and motorcycling around the Tetons. But when she’s just chillin’, you can find Jaycene reading, gardening, and cross stitching.

Lick-and-Stick Bar Packager (just kidding!)

Jaycene is the fastest bar packager in the West! And, boy, do we need her when the orders start stacking up. She has three children and seven, yes seven, grandchildren (she had her kids when she was just a baby, which explains why she’s still so young)! Jaycene lived most of her life in Oregon and moved to Teton Valley four years ago with her husband of twenty-three years, Blake. They both enjoy snowmobiling, ATVing and motorcycling around the Tetons. But when she’s just chillin’, you can find Jaycene reading, gardening, and cross stitching.

Tibby Plasse

Edible Enthusiast & Good Energy Junkie (Marketing Director)

Severing her ties to the east coast, Tibby landed in Idaho in search of sugar sweet powder. Nearly a decade later, she’s declared herself a lifer in the Big Holes. Her car is a mess of dairy farm equipment, other farm matter, smelly hockey equipment, bike parts, poetry books, her son’s discarded toys…the list goes on. She and her husband own and operate Paradise Springs Farm, one of four certified biodynamic dairies in the US. She’s tries her best to keep up with her writing at Trading Diamonds for Dairy but the chores get in the way of the poetry most days.

Edible Enthusiast & Good Energy Junkie (Marketing Director)

Severing her ties to the east coast, Tibby landed in Idaho in search of sugar sweet powder. Nearly a decade later, she’s declared herself a lifer in the Big Holes. Her car is a mess of dairy farm equipment, other farm matter, smelly hockey equipment, bike parts, poetry books, her son’s discarded toys…the list goes on. She and her husband own and operate Paradise Springs Farm, one of four certified biodynamic dairies in the US. She’s tries her best to keep up with her writing at Trading Diamonds for Dairy but the chores get in the way of the poetry most days.

John Lansdale

National Sales Director

With over 30 years in food sales management, John has a broad experience in selling /marketing consumer packaged goods to all classes of trade both retail branded and private label. Starting as a Carnation grocery sales representative, John’s grocery career has progressed into sales management over the last several decades with such companies as R.W. Knudsen (div. of Smuckers) and Cascadian Farm (div. of General Mills) holding positions ranging from Regional to National to Vice President of Sales.Combining a solid background in P&L, volume forecasting, and budgeting responsibilities with strong sales management skills, both direct and broker sales force,John is a valuable asset to Kate’s Real Food future business development.

National Sales Director

With over 30 years in food sales management, John has a broad experience in selling /marketing consumer packaged goods to all classes of trade both retail branded and private label. Starting as a Carnation grocery sales representative, John’s grocery career has progressed into sales management over the last several decades with such companies as R.W. Knudsen (div. of Smuckers) and Cascadian Farm (div. of General Mills) holding positions ranging from Regional to National to Vice President of Sales.Combining a solid background in P&L, volume forecasting, and budgeting responsibilities with strong sales management skills, both direct and broker sales force,John is a valuable asset to Kate’s Real Food future business development.