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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.

Michelle Argueta

Director of Recruitment
Los Angeles, CA

Melissa Aune

Senior Program Coordinator of the School Food Institute
Broomfield, CO

Byron Batchelor

Senior Coordinator of Research & Evaluation
Baltimore, MD

Emily Bonenfant 

CA Apprenticeship Coordinator
Whitefish, MT

Sadie Briggs

Development Intern
River Forest, IL

Sarah Burns

Senior Program Coordinator of California Assessments
San Diego, CA

Alejandro Castillo

Associate of Pre-Apprenticeship
Oakland, CA

Melissa Cipollone

Senior Director of Marketing 
Laughlintown, PA

Dani Chandler

Senior Marketing Coordinator
Golden, CO

Vanessa Cordeiro

Senior Technology Coordinator
Watsonville, CA

Brandy Dreibelbis

Executive Director of Culinary
Mifflintown, PA

Danielle Eliser

Senior Director of Technology
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

Brenna Gilmartin

Coordinator of Specialized Programs
Quincy, MA

Kelsey Glass

Director of Workforce Planning
Lafayette, CO

Sara Glenn

Senior Coordinator of Healthy School Food Pathways Planning
Raleigh, NC

Amy Glodde 

Senior School Food Operations Specialist 
Benicia, CA

Eriko Greeson

Senior Coordinator of CA Workforce Programs
Denver, CO

Ayanna Harris

Program Associate of CA Workforce Programs
Los Angeles, CA

Lea Howe

PLANTS Project Director
Takoma Park, MD

Allison Johnson

Director of Grant & Online Programs
Cape Cod, MA

Jessica Keene

Senior Director of Assessment & Research
Jacksonville, FL

MJ Kepner

Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy
Chicago, IL

Michael Langevin

Senior Technology Coordinator

Jessica Lawrence

Director of Specialized Programming
Smithville, MO

Mona Lindsey

Director of Accounting
Hollywood, FL

Stephanie Lip

Senior School Food Operations Specialist
Los Angeles, CA

Cindy Loayza

CA Pre-Apprenticeship Program Coordinator
Palmdale, CA

Abigail McCrea

Coordinator of Assessment (CA)
Philadelphia, PA

Madi Mainman

Program Administrative Associate
Denver, CO

Josh Mathiasmeier

Senior Operations Specialist
Shawnee, KS

Martina Motley 

Accounting Coordinator 
Kennesaw, GA 

Tiffany Myers

Senior Director of Human Resources
Boulder, CO

Lori Nelson

Executive Director of School Food Operations
Austin, TX

Sylvia Ng

Senior Coordinator of the School Food Institute (TA)
Boulder, CO

Tracey O’Donohue

Foundation Relationship Manager 
Longmont, CO
 

Redeem Pettaway

Associate of Assessment
Woodstock, GA

Rachel Reed-Sanow

School Food Operations Specialist
Golden, CO

Kim Rosenbarger

Executive Assistant to the CEO
Denver, CO

Eli Seidman

California School Food Ops Specialists (HSFP)
Los Angeles, CA

Arneisha Smallwood

Engagement Marketing Coordinator
North Carolina

Laura Smith

Executive Director of Programs
Erie, CO

Leslie Stafford

Chief Operating Officer
Boulder, CO

Andrea Vaage

Senior Specialist of Government Funding
Des Moines, IA

Eliana Valenzuela

Intern
Boulder, CO

Natalie Vandenburgh

Senior Coordinator of Fellowship
St. Paul, MN

Dustin Walker

Senior School Food Operations Specialist
Gilbert, AZ

Imari Whalen

Programs Marketing Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA

Brittany Wilder

Business Services Coordinator 
Westminster, CO
 

Courtney Williams

Coordinator of Specialized Programs
Athens, GA

Vanessa Zajfen

Senior Procurement Specialist
Ojai, CA


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

Charles Dukes

Director of Social Responsibility

Kevin Emore

Oregon22 (Track and Field World Championships)

Smitha Haneef

Harvard University Dining Services

Nathan Irons

Bluestone Life

Amy Shipley

Sterling Rice Group

Eric Span

Sweetwater Union High School District

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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