MEET THE TEAM

Sean & rebecca gafner

Owners

Raised on a farm and cattle ranch in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Executive Chef Sean Gafner was born into a great appreciation for high quality food. Serving tables in Sacramento as a young adult, Sean quickly realized that he loved the creative, high-energy restaurant industry. Upon graduating from Golden State Culinary Institute in 2000 with honors his mission was to work in a wide variety of cuisines to broaden his palette and expertise and he did so at The Country Club of Mobile AL, PF Chang’s China Bistro, City Treasure French-Italian Cuisine, Celestine’s Caribbean Restaurant and Bella Bru European Café. As Executive Chef of Sacramento landmark restaurants Celestine’s and Bella Bru, Sean made several appearances on TV show’s such as Good Day Sacramento, Chef’s Challenge, and Breakfast at Your Place. In 2006 the love of the North State led Sean to accept both the position of Executive Chef at Tierra Oaks Country Club and Instructor of Culinary Arts at Shasta College in Redding, CA. As a passionate restaurant designer and consultant he opened the Stirring Café in 2011, Wrapped Inc. in 2012 before taking over as the Executive Chef & Partner of Redding’s finest restaurant View 202. Sean and his wife Rebecca have also owned a high-end catering business since 2000, while managing to have four beautiful children Skylar, Caleb, Ryder and Hailey.

After their first visit, the Gafners quickly fell in love with the city of Longmont and couldn’t be more excited to put some roots down in the beautiful state of Colorado!

Alishia Moore

Director of Operations

Alishia is a Boulder County native and wouldn’t want to call anywhere else home. While earning her Humanities degree at CU Boulder, she got tired of working in medical offices and decided to make a change. Unsure of what to do next, she started waiting tables nights and weekends because it fit well with class schedules. It didn’t take her long to realize that this was exactly where she belonged. Over 20 years later, Alishia has extensive experience in the bar and restaurant industry, having spent the majority of that time in small, independent, and Colorado-grown concepts.

Alishia is passionate about people and art, and she believes that a great meal might just be the best expression of bringing those two together. She’s proud to be a part of this Longmont community that so strongly supports independent businesses and all things local. When she’s not working alongside her restaurant family, Alishia can be found hiking, paddleboarding, and camping, or planning her next travel adventure with her kids, Liam and Fiona, and their dog Ziggy.

Matt Grimes

Beverage Director

Growing up in Maryland, Matt, at a young age realized his love for the outdoors and adventure. While attending college in western Maryland he had an opportunity to learn the craft of bartending at a local tavern that incorporated great beer and live music. Upon graduating with a degree in adventure sports and management he quickly decided that Colorado was where he should be. Chasing big rapids and steep mountains he ended up in Crested Butte, Colorado. It was here he that continued pursuing his passions, the outdoors and craft spirits. While living in small town Crested Butte he started realizing the importance of local goods. Whether it be local beer, crops, or cattle he knew this was the sustainable way.

Today he focuses on providing guests with the highest quality craft spirits, beer and wine at The Roost. When he isn’t at The Roost you can probably find him kayaking, snowboarding, or camping with his fiance, Heather.

Leslie White

Culinary Director

After graduating Le Cordon Bleu, Leslie landed at Emeril’s Fish House at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. He also held positions at the high profile Lake Las Vegas Como’s under Chef Stephen Romeo and Joseph Keller and at the Sugarbrook Bakery & Café and Havasu Skybox in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Driven by a passion for organic, local, GMO-free food and for a desire to bring his family to a close-knit community, Leslie moved to Longmont and worked in Boulder as the Sous Chef at The Greenbriar Inn for 3 years before becoming the Executive Chef at Zeal on Pearl Street for the last four years. While in Longmont, he and his fiancé Ali also added two beautiful daughters, Evelyn and Delilah, to their family, joining siblings Alyssa and Conor. Leslie is excited to bring his experience back to his home and Longmont community at The Roost.

Colton Ceplina

General Manager

Growing up in Wisconsin, Colton is no stranger to the outdoor lifestyle, or cold, snowy winters. While on a snowboarding trip to Colorado in 2009, Colton decided that the “hills” of Wisconsin were no longer large enough to satisfy his shredding appetite. Upon returning home, he vowed that after college he would make the move west. While attending college at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Colton began to polish his skills behind the bar as well as in the kitchen. From preparing fillet mignon for the Green Bay Packers, to making cocktails in Green Bay’s growing “Titletown district”, Colton has always been in or around the industry.

When Colton isn’t crafting cocktails or slingin’ steaks, you can find him playing hockey, or somewhere in the mountains, 4x4ing, snowboarding, camping, or fishing, with his pup, Pepper. He is also frequently found jamming along to some tunes at Red Rocks. Whether he’s in the kitchen or behind the bar, he brings an optimistic, can-do attitude wherever he goes.

Mave Taylor

Assistant General Manager

Mave is a Colorado native who’s excited to bring the chill beach vibe close to home. She was born and raised in Mead with nothing but cows and corn fields in sight. Now she’s a crazy cow lady, and gets her yearly cow cuddles at Buckner Farm. Growing up, her and her family traveled to the beach often. California has her heart and she hopes to one day live on the beach of San Diego. When she’s not at work, Mave enjoys spending her time playing volleyball or trying new hobbies. She recently picked up Disc golf and went 3 for 3 in the nearest river! Her two pups Marlie and Koda love getting out on walks and both seem to think they are 90 pound lap dogs.

Mave has been working for the Gafner Hospitality group since 2015 and has worked every position in the restaurant. She started as a hostess at the Roost, and soon after trained to serve, bartend, cook, and manage. She later helped to open Jefes and was the General Manager of Smokin Bowls. Her most recent summer was spent making tiki cocktails and jammin to reggae behind the Tiki Bar outside the Roost. Now her bubbly personality fills the room as the Assistant General Manager of Swaylo’s!

Jordan Dunehew

Assistant Manager

Jordan has spent most of her life in Longmont, Colorado, but is a California girl at heart. She started in the service industry when she was only thirteen years old. Jordan quickly developed a love for customer service. Throughout the years this industry has been a home to her. On top of serving tables, she has extensive experience with catering and coordinating events.

When Jordan isn’t at Swaylo’s, she is spending time with her boyfriend, Dillon, and their two dogs Kona and Beau. Jordan loves enjoying a glass of malbec or pinot grigio, reading books, baking delicious desserts, petting baby cows, and anything related to true crime. You might spot her frolicking around town with those closest to her. She loves to entertain guests whether it’s at work or in her own home. No matter what, she is always putting her loved ones first. If you’re lucky, she might even bake you your favorite treat!

Cody Wherli

Bar Manager

Born and raised on the Front Range, Cody has art and adventure flowing through his veins. After many years of traveling and experiencing random jungles, corn fields, and cities of the wold, both stateside and worldwide, he landed back in his hometown of Longmont, CO.

Through his travels he has experienced vast amounts of culinary delights along with incredible people to share them with. As he always says “I’ll try pretty much anything you put on the plate”. Pairing this with his love for the arts, craft beverage and the enlightenment you can get by sharing a beer with someone, he found a huge heart for the massively growing restaurant scene on the Front Range of Colorado. Bartending quickly became a passion and he immediately started honing his skills.

Out from behind the bar, Cody is still an avid traveler and foodie, always on the lookout for new adventures to top the last.