Meet our Alumni Advisors!
Joanne graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in May 2015. Shortly after graduation, Joanne became an AmeriCorps VISTA and served as one of the founders for the Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech. After her service year ended, Joanne decided to further her education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. In her spare time, Joanne enjoys playing music, hiking, and eating her way through Atlanta.
Sarah Benedict graduated from William and Mary with degrees in Economics and Environmental Policy in 2012 and then worked as a Client Manager for a major insurance brokerage firm for several years. She decided to leave the corporate world to apply herself to her passion for food justice and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern University from 2016-2017. While at CKNU she focused on developing nutrition education, SNAP outreach resources and volunteer recruitment. Sarah is thrilled to continue working with CKP as an Alumni Advisor as she pursues her master’s degree in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy at Vermont Law School. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys practicing calligraphy, playing the ukulele, and hiking with her border collie.
Amanda Bevington received her Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from Kent State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel at Kent State University. Her passions include service work, traveling and working with college students. Amanda’s dream career is to work on a college campus on issues surrounding food insecurity, service learning or student leadership development. Amanda has been volunteering with CKKent for over five years and says that this organization is ultimately what allowed her to find her passion and purpose. She loves the great outdoors, sunshine, anything adventurous, trying new things and visiting new places! A fun fact is that she has bungee jumped over the Nile River in Uganda, Africa.
Kate Brown volunteered with the Campus Kitchen at St. Lawrence University for all four years as an undergraduate, eventually serving as President during her senior year. Since graduating from SLU in 2015, she has been working as an Admission Counselor at Hiram College, a small liberal arts school in Northeast Ohio. While working as an Alumni Advisor, Kate will simultaneously be pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is thrilled to once again be working with this amazing organization!
Jenny Davidson has a ten year history with CKP. She began volunteering her junior year at the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University, joined the leadership team her senior year and became coordinator of CKWL after graduation. When she’s not working, Jenny is spending time with her husband, Joel, their two children and their two dogs.
Gracelyn served with the Campus Kitchen at UGA for the past three years, as a shift captain for the first year, and president for the remaining two years. Throughout these three years, Gracelyn’s passion for service and food took root, and pushed her toward even more opportunities to work with food insecure communities. This year, Gracelyn will serve as FoodCorps service member in Jackson County, GA in addition to her role as an Alumni Corps member.
After growing up in Grand Haven, MI, Natalie Myers completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University. She then completed her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with an emphasis in Public Health at Saint Louis University. Natalie is the Registered Dietitian at Food Outreach, the only St. Louis-area organization providing free nutritional support to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. She served as a shift leader during her last year as an undergraduate and spent two summers as CKSLU’s AmeriCorps VISTA, supporting the summer programs there. Her time in these roles influenced her decision to dedicate her career to supporting under-resourced people in their pursuit of health and well-being.
Margot Nitschke has just completed her time as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, working at the Alliance to End Hunger. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2016 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Sociology. While at St. Lawrence University she was a part of the St. Lawrence Campus Kitchen’s leadership team and had roles of President, Kitchen Manager, Shift Captain and Summer intern. In her free time, Margot enjoys running and printmaking.
Lekisha Pittman is from High Point, NC and graduated from East Carolina University in December 2016! She volunteers at the Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University for 2 and a half years where served in many capacities, including as Shift Leader, Event Manager, Secretary, Ameriprise Fellow, Program Coordinator and Intern. Lekisha loves being a hunger fighter and volunteering in ways that empower and educate people to help themselves. Her favorite color is red; although she is a pirate, so she bleeds purple and gold!
Eric Pritt graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN in 2015 with a degree in pastoral ministry where he worked with the CKLee. After graduation, he served a one-year term as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the role of Campus Kitchen Coordinator at Baylor University. After his time at Baylor, Eric moved back to Chattanooga, TN, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He loves shopping for and listening to rock and roll records, has recently begun playing disc golf and enjoys attending baseball games. His passion is blending faith with economic and community development to address hunger and poverty, which he hopes to do in his role as an Alumni Advisor.