Building foundations and removing barriers to food business ownership through experiential education and access to commercial kitchen facilities
and other resources
Lucy founded the Can-Do Kitchen as a program of Fair Food Matters nine years ago when she noticed the need for a shared-use kitchen in Kalamazoo. Her years of experience in natural foods retail, managing a production kitchen, farmers' market vending, and non-profit programming and administration led her to this work. Her passion for health, opportunity, and equity is the fuel that drives her.
Director of Operations
Sheena has been with the Can-Do Kitchen for six years. She has many years of experience in event planning, fundraising, customer service, and project management. Her passion for good food paired with the opportunity to empower local business owners lured Sheena to the food business incubator world in 2011. When she isn't at work, you'll find her on stage in a play or experimenting in her own kitchen with her husband and two kids.
Board of Directors
Our founding members have all been part of the Can-Do Kitchen as former clients, partners, collaborators, or advisory group members. Now they bring their board leadership, nonprofit experience, and community connections to their new roles as Directors as the Can-Do Kitchen embarks upon a new journey. We will be seeking additional board members this year.
Current board members: Hether Frayer (chair), Rachel Bair (secretary), Rob Peterson (treasurer), Jessica Hermann-Wilmarth, Clarence Lloyd, Meka Phillips, and
This group of dedicated volunteers meets each month to do strategic planning and improve the operations of the Can-Do Kitchen. Since 2009 they have been bringing valuable industry experience and perspective and have been enormously supportive of staff members. Current members: Deborah Harsha, Eileen Krimer, John Schmitt, Judy Sarkozy, Natalie Fuller, and Ralph Jones.