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Our Team


Chef Ann Foundation Staff

Our dedicated staff is integral to running the day-to-day operations of CAF and delivering our mission by continuously growing our reach, capabilities, and available resources. Click on the images below to learn more about each team member.

Mara Fleishman

Chief Executive Officer

Leslie Stafford

Chief Operating Officer

Brandy Dreibelbis

Director of School Food Operations

Carolyn Booth

Director of Development

Danielle Eliser

Director of Online Programs

Emily Gallivan

Director of Programs

Allison Ildefonso

Marketing & Communications Manager

Messa

Strategic Integrations Coordinator

Rachel Waugh

Online Programs Coordinator

Sam Hahn

Administrative, Programs & Grant Writing Associate

Julia Barnes

Marketing & Communications Intern

Mabel Duffy

Director of Puppy Relations


Board of Directors

The Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) is a registered, tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, governed by a dedicated Board of Directors who share our mission. Our diverse board supports the growth of our foundation by offering guidance in key areas.


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Who We Are

The Chef Ann Foundation is dedicated to promoting whole-ingredient, scratch-cooking in schools. Scratch-cooking enables schools to serve the healthiest, tastiest meals so that kids are well-fed and ready to learn.

Our Mission

Ensure that school food professionals have the resources, funding and support they need to provide fresh, healthy, delicious, cook from scratch meals that support the health of children and our planet.

Why School Food Matters

American kids start their life-path in K–12 schools where they learn the skills necessary to thrive & meet their potential. While the country debates the best ways to teach math, science, and English, we spend little to no time on food & nutrition.

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