Student-Powered Hunger Relief

Staff Directory

 

Michael F. Curtin, Jr. 
Chief Executive Officer
mcurtin@dccentralkitchen.org

Mike Curtin, Jr. joined DC Central Kitchen and The Campus Kitchens Project in 2004 after a career owning and operating restaurants. He is a graduate of Williams College, where he studied religion and played rugby. After college, Mike lived and worked in Osaka, Japan, before returning to the United States and immersing himself in the hospitality industry. Under his leadership, The Campus Kitchens Project has grown from 4 to more than 60 locations nationwide, while DC Central Kitchen has built a $9 million social enterprise portfolio and created 150 living wage jobs. Mike is especially proud of the 60th Campus Kitchen to join our network, his alma mater Williams College. Williams also awarded him its highest honor, the Bicentennial Medal, in 2016.

Kimberly Brown 
Chief Program Officer
kbrown@dccentralkitchen.org

Kimberly Brown joined DC Central Kitchen and The Campus Kitchens Project in 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Montana and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland. Kim began her career as a faculty member at Montana State University teaching immigrants and English language learners. At Montgomery Community College (Maryland), she developed specialized employment-focused curricula and programs for immigrants, refugees and other underserved and marginalized populations including victims of human trafficking, and survivors of torture and trauma.

Alexander Moore
Chief Development Officer
amoore@dccentralkitchen.org

Alexander Moore joined DC Central Kitchen and The Campus Kitchens Project in 2006 as an undergraduate grant writing intern from Ithaca College. He returned to the organization in 2010 after earning a master’s degree from Georgetown University. Alex is the author of “The Food Fighters: DC Central Kitchen’s First Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines of Hunger and Poverty.” and was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to the inaugural DC Food Policy Council in 2016.

Annie Wheeler
Community Engagement Coordinator
awheeler@campuskitchens.org
202.847.0225

Annie was first introduced to The Campus Kitchen Project while attending St. Lawrence University where she volunteered with the Campus Kitchen during all four years, eventually joining the leadership team. Her favorite part about her Campus Kitchen experience was sitting down and sharing a meal with all the community members who attended weekly dinners in Canton. After graduating, Annie worked with her family business where she managed marketing and social media before returning to work for The Campus Kitchens Project in December 2016. She is excited to be back with the organization that sparked her interest in working with hunger relief efforts. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and trying new foods.

emily_smEmily Banick
Program Manager/Campus Kitchen Coordinator, Gonzaga University
epaulson@campuskitchens.org
509.313.6939

From the original operation size of 500-800 meals per month, Emily has grown the Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga University to provide roughly 3,000 meals a month to people in the Spokane community. Under her leadership, students took on a weekly community dinner where they interact with homeless individuals and outreach is provided by Spokane Mental Health, the CHAS Clinic, and Gonzaga Nursing Students. In 2010, they broadened our reach into the community by building Gonzaga’s first on-campus community garden. In addition to healthy produce for meals, the garden provides programming opportunities for the elementary and middle school students that the Campus Kitchen feeds on a daily basis. In addition to running the Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga University, Emily serves as a program manager for Campus Kitchens across the country.

Jenny Bird jenny
Program Manager, Saint Louis University
jbird@campuskitchens.org
314.977.3881

Jenny is a national program manager for the Campus Kitchens Project. She resides in St. Louis and is a graduate of St. Louis University. She has professional experience in the publishing and the non-profit sectors. She also worked in the culinary field, primarily as a baker. Her favorite things about her job at Campus Kitchen are working with students to help them realize their potential and bringing hungry people food.

amanda_smAmanda Parrell Kaczmarek
Campus Kitchen Coordinator, Marquette University
aparrellkaczmarek@campuskitchens.org
414.288.0342

As a two-time Marquette grad, Amanda loves the opportunity to lead current students in service to the city she calls home and to teach them about cooking (like how to make something more than frozen pizza). Under her leadership, CKMU has expanded both campus and community partnerships, including building an on-campus garden with two MU student groups and serving the families of children battling cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Amanda is an avid gardener, home canner, needle crafter and would like to one day grow up to be Suzy Homemaker. She also enjoys running and loves cheese.

Samantha Warren samantha
Campus Kitchen Coordinator, Northwestern University
swarren@campuskitchens.org
847.491.6925

Samantha joined the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern in August 2014, after completing her Masters of Public Health degree at the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Science in engineering degree at Tulane University. Prior to joining the Campus Kitchens team, Samantha worked with multiple community groups providing nutrition education and community outreach program development. She is a Health Education Specialist and is looking forward to using that experience to help expand the programming opportunities and amazing work the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern is doing in Evanston and surrounding communities. In her free time, Samantha enjoys cooking, baking and running.

Rossi Anastopoulo Me in Croatia
AmeriCorps VISTA, Assistant Program Coordinator
The Campus Kitchen at Marquette University
ranastopoulo@campuskitchens.org

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Rossi graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar in 2017 before joining Campus Kitchens. At UNC, she led an on-campus student food venture that sold fresh, local, and affordable produce to increase local food access and connect students with their food system. She is passionate about issues of food insecurity and inequality, and she is looking forward to tackling these problems in Milwaukee this year while at Marquette (that is, if her thin Southern blood can survive a Wisconsin winter).

Deanna NappiDeanna_staffpic
AmeriCorps VISTA, Program Coordinator
The Campus Kitchen at UMass Boston
dnappi@campuskitchens.org

Deanna graduated in 2015 from Hamilton College with a degree in Geology and dreams of backpacking around the world, studying the earth’s most beautiful rocks. Before joining the Campus Kitchens team, Deanna worked in Special Education at various Boston charter schools where she developed a food donation program with the leftover school lunches. She is excited to now be focusing primarily on anti-hunger programming with the Campus Kitchen Project. In her free time, you can find Deanna running along the Charles River or experimenting with new recipes in her tiny kitchen.

Heather Parrie Heather
AmeriCorps VISTA, Community and Partnerships Coordinator
The Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University
hparrie@campuskitchens.org

Heather recently graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in sociology, where she specialized in social economics and policy. She was first introduced to issues surrounding food insecurity through Mizzou’s on-campus food bank, Tiger Pantry, where she volunteered regularly and worked to increase student SNAP participation. From there, she worked as a SNAP outreach intern for Feeding Missouri, where she traveled rural Missouri assisting individuals with SNAP applications. Her experiences and studies in undergrad fostered a passion for fighting food insecurity and led her to The Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University. Heather is most passionate about the intersection of food policy and food justice, and empowering students to lead the way in both.

Alex Peterson
AmeriCorps VISTA, Program Innovation Associate
National Office, Washington, DC
apeterson@campuskitchens.org

Alex joined the CKP team as a VISTA after earning her master’s degree at American University in nutrition education. Before that, Alex attended the University of Maryland College Park where she studied dietetics with a focus in community nutrition and psychology. Outside of work, her interests include her dog, yoga, and eating as much yummy food as possible.

 

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