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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.

James Arens

Senior Coordinator, CA Workforce Programs
San Diego, CA

Byron Batchelor

Senior Coordinator, Research & Evaluation
Baltimore, MD

Alejandro Castillo

Participant Experience Associate, CA Workforce Programs
Oakland, CA

Dani Chandler

Senior Marketing Coordinator
Golden, CO

Vanessa Cordeiro

Senior Technology Coordinator
Watsonville, CA

Coleen Donnelly

Senior School Food Operations Specialist
San Francisco, CA

Brandy Dreibelbis

Executive Director of Culinary
Mifflintown, PA

Danielle Eliser

Senior Director of Technology & Marketing
Huntsville, AL

Juni Elston

Coordinator of Assessment
Austin, TX

Mara Fleishman

Chief Executive Officer
Boulder, CO

Alison “Ali” Friduss

Senior Director of Development
Chicago, IL

Emily Gallivan

Senior Director of CA Workforce Programs
Wheat Ridge, CO

Eriko Greeson

Program Coordinator, CA Healthy School Food Pathway
Denver, CO

Shania Hess

Senior Director of Human Resources
Derwood, Maryland

Katherine Hoffman

Senior Coordinator, Government Relations
Brooklyn, NY

Allison Johnson

Director of Grant & Online Programs
Cape Cod, MA

Jessica Keene

Senior Director, Assessment & Research
Jacksonville, FL

Jessica Lawrence

Senior Program Coordinator of Operator Support Programs


Salesforce Administrator
Jamestown, CO

Tracey O’Donohue

Foundation & Development Coordinator
Longmont, CO

Kim Rosenbarger

Executive Assistant, Project Manager
Denver, CO

Rachel Reed-Sanow

School Food Operations Specialist
Golden, CO

Arneisha Smallwood

Marketing Coordinator
Edenton, NC

Laura Smith

Executive Director of Programs
Erie, CO

Leslie Stafford

Chief Operating Officer
Boulder, CO

Anneliese Tanner

Executive Director of School Food Operations
Austin, TX

Eliana Valenzuela

Boulder, CO

Imari Whalen

Programs Marketing Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA

Brittany Wilder

Administrative Associate, Business Services

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.

Chef Ann Cooper

President & Founder

David De La Rosa

Brava Management

Kevin Emore

Oregon22 (Track and Field World Championships)

Einav Gefen

Restaurant Associates

Smitha Haneef

Harvard University Dining Services

Nathan Irons

Bluestone Life

Amy Shipley

Sterling Rice Group

Tom Spier

Boulder Food Group

Helene York

Culinary Institute of America

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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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