Building foundations and removing barriers to food business ownership through experiential education and access to commercial kitchen facilities
and other resources


Lucy Dilley

Executive Director

Lucy founded the Can-Do Kitchen as a program of Fair Food Matters in 2008 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.


Sheena Foster

Director of Operations

Sheena has been with the Can-Do Kitchen since 2011. 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.


Susma Mahato

Facility & Volunteer Coordinator

Susma joined the Can-Do Kitchen in 2018. Her background is rich in helping and empowering at-risk mothers, children, young women, and seniors in Nepal, India, Northern Michigan, and Texas. She moved to the United States from Nepal when she was 19 and received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication. Susma is pursuing her Master's in Public Administration, with the goal of obtaining her Doctorate and eliminating classism, racism, and sexism in our community.

(left to right): meka phillips, clarence lloyd, Rachel Bair, jessica hermann-wilmarth, rob peterson), hether frayer), janice scott

(left to right): meka phillips, clarence lloyd, Rachel Bair, jessica hermann-wilmarth, rob peterson), hether frayer), janice scott

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is committed to the vision of Can-Do Kitchen:
As a result of Can-Do Kitchen, a diverse group of empowered, financially independent, entrepreneurs receive support and resources grounded in anti-racist values, contributing to Kalamazoo's economically vital community of diverse, locally-produced food options and thriving local employers.

Current board members: Hether Frayer (chair), Rachel Bair (secretary), Rob Peterson (treasurer), Clarence Lloyd, Janice Scott, Jessica Hermann-Wilmarth, and Meka Phillips

2018 Annual Report

In 2018, we awarded 3 more Business Builder Scholarships and supported 27 aspiring business owners with valuable step-by-step food business startup support.

Click here to read our full 2018 Annual Report.