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Cathryn Couch

Chief Executive Officer

Cathryn Couch is an entrepreneur, chef and activist committed to creating healthy, just and sustainable communities. She has worked in the corporate and non-profit worlds, including four years as Director of Communications for The Hunger Project’s US operations from 1987 to 1991. From 1993 to 2003 she founded and ran one of the first gourmet organic and vegetarian home delivered meal services.

She launched Ceres Community Project in 2007 as a one day a week volunteer project. Awards for her work include: CNN Hero (2016); California Northwest Red Cross Real Hero Award (2015); finalist for the James Irvine Leadership Award (2015); Leader in Sustainability Award from the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy (2013); Silver Jefferson Award for Public Service (2012); national finalist for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leaders Award, and the Nonprofit Leadership Award (2012).

Cathryn is a founding member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance, a founding member and Vice Chair for the California Food is Medicine Coalition, and sits on the leadership team for Hearts of Sonoma County, a clinical-community collaborative working to prevent heart attacks and stroke. Ceres also participates on the Marin Food Now collaborative, the national Food is Medicine Coalition and The Root Cause Coalition. Cathryn received her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1980.


Jenny Belforte

Chief Operating Officer

A Bay Area native, Jenny Belforte comes to Ceres after a long career in public health. Most recently, Jenny worked with hospitals, health systems, public health departments and large collaboratives to further their community health improvement work. Additionally, she assisted hospitals and health systems with completing their Affordable Care Act requirements of Community Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Strategies, most notably with the Healthcare Association of Hawaii for two cycles of reports. Before this, Jenny worked in “guerilla” public health programs such `as needle exchanges and brought health screenings to underserved communities via mobile clinics.

Jenny received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles. She performed her public health internship at CDC in Atlanta, GA in the Division of Epidemiology.


Deborah Ramelli

Communications Director

Deborah is grateful to be involved in an organization that speaks so directly to her life's passions: food, well-being, community and kids. She has a diverse background which includes working for corporations and not-for-profits in addition to running her own small business. Deborah holds a BA in Political Science, is a yoga teacher, and a Nutrition Educator. She is also an enthusiastic gardener and cook, and loves bringing people together over a table of great, healthy food.


Tina Green

Program Director

Tina Green started at Ceres as a volunteer kitchen mentor in 2013, and she came on to staff in 2014 as an Associate Chef & Teen Program Coordinator at Ceres’ Sebastopol site. In 2016, she opened Ceres’ now-thriving Santa Rosa site and served as the Chef and Program Manager. In 2018, she began to also oversee Ceres' San Rafael site, adding structure and consistency to prepare for growth. Over her time at Ceres, Tina has been deeply involved with all of Ceres’ program sites as well as holding relationships with many youth and adult volunteers along the way. Tina brings to Ceres a Natural Chef certification from Bauman College and 12 years of experience running large-scale financial technology projects as a Managing Director of BlackRock. In her role as Program Director, Tina joyfully brings all this skill and knowledge together to oversee Ceres Healing Meals and Youth Programs.

Tina believes that food is a great catalyst to bring people together, and she is passionate about building community, teaching and empowering others using this principle. She is deeply committed to the Ceres mission and thrilled to dedicate her passion, skills and expertise to making a positive impact on our community and our world. Tina lives with her husband and two daughters in Sebastopol, California.


Laura J. Giacomini

Development Director

Laura J. Giacomini has over 20 years of experience as a Development Director in the nonprofit field. She has a track record of demonstrated fundraising success at such agencies as Conservation Corps North Bay, West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, Habitat for Humanity East Bay, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, and Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Laura specializes in building infrastructure and putting policies, systems and procedures in place in support of organizational development and growth. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Business Administration from the American Jewish University.

Laura believes passionately in Ceres’ mission. Early on in her career, she worked for the Shanti Project, which provides emotional and practical support for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. At Conservation Corps North Bay, she was an integral part of the launch of the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, which allows students to pursue their higher education while working on the Farm. Her position at Ceres gives her the opportunity to intersect of all of those interests and she is excited to continue this important work.




Reilly Briggs

Administrative Assistant to the CEO & Policy Coordinator

Born and raised in Sonoma County, Reilly first joined Ceres Community Project as an intern during the summer of 2019 to complete her Bachelors of Public Health degree from Northern Arizona University. After serving as a Peace Corps public health volunteer in Zambia, Africa, she returned home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and came onto staff as the Administrative Assistant to the CEO & Policy Coordinator. Reilly is passionate about empowerment, healthcare access, equity, and social justice. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family, and soaking in the beauty of Sonoma County.


Susan Bryer-Shelton

Grants & Corporate Outreach Coordinator

Susan Bryer Shelton has called Sonoma County home for 37 years. She was first moved to engage with Ceres as a kitchen volunteer in 2013, during her mother’s course of treatment for pancreatic cancer, in recognition of the critical role nutritional support plays for people facing serious illness. Susan started as a Wednesday prep volunteer and soon became an adult mentor chef in the Sebastopol kitchen. She holds a deep and daily commitment to organic, whole foods and along with her husband, Ernie, owned and operated Shelton’s Market Garden, a three-acre certified organic vegetable farm in Sebastopol from 2011 – 2015. Susan’s passion for fundraising for the common good dates back to anti-nuclear, pro-solar activism in the 1980s and includes recent development work for the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, where she helped launch the “Funky Fridays at the Hood” music series. She has also worked as a journalist, an electric vehicle advocate, and a Realtor. Susan has two adult sons, both of whom were born and raised in Forestville.


Jeff Casino

Associate Chef

Bio Coming Soon.


Matt Cadigan

Volunteer Coordinator, Sonoma County

Matt has been working in visual design and education for six years and is the co-founder of a non-profit, Fire Circle Theater, where he works to bring arts curriculum and performance to communities typically underserved and under-resourced. He has successfully brought programs into High Schools, college programs and adult programs to resounding success. He is excited to join Ceres and continue to create an impact for his community and help students find pathways towards enriching their lives.


Lindsay Challoner

Site Manager & Associate Chef, Santa Rosa

Lindsay was raised in Santa Rosa and comes to the Ceres project after over a decade of working in the culinary industry in Sonoma County. From a young age she has always been interested in the culinary arts, gardening, the earth, the lives and stories of other people, travel and educational experience. These passions ultimately lead her to getting her degree in the Culinary Arts.

She has been fortunate to work for some wonderful restaurants, farms, wineries and volunteer organizations in Sonoma County. With the help and guidance of inspiring mentors and teachers along the way she learned about the importance of land, food, community and how they are all interconnected.

She is very excited and grateful to be a part of the Ceres team and feels this is the perfect position for her to use her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm towards a wonderful cause. She looks forward to educating teens and adult volunteers about the healing power of healthy food, what we can create from the land and how much we are able to give back to our community.


Felicity Crush

Graphic Designer

Felicity comes to Ceres with many years of experience working in communications and graphic design for environmental and social action non-profits. She worked for many years with Greenpeace International, as a sailor and in communications, highlighting and protesting environmental destruction worldwide. After landing in Northern California, she began working with the Mainstreet Moms, a grassroots social action group, working on campaigns such as the Leave My Child Alone campaign, the successful adoption of Marin Clean Energy and the creation of Transition West Marin. She recently worked as the graphic designer at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and serves as a mentor on an online meditation course. She also works as an artist, most recently an installation “Beach Plastic Mandala for Ocean Healing”, was co-created with public participation at the Marine Mammal Center. She lives in West Marin where she has raised a daughter, grows a garden and counts her blessings.


Evie Facendini

Grants and Corporate Outreach Manager

After more than a decade as a corporate instructional designer, Evie found herself on a mission to change her work life and apply her skills as a writer to something more meaningful, so she set out to become a grant writer. Her work in the nonprofit arena began when her intention manifested into a position at a local hunger-relief organization. After three successful, learning-packed years, the stars re-aligned and she made her way to Ceres Community Project. Evie is excited to be part of a caring, heart-centered group committed to creating healthy communities for all.

Outside of work, Evie enjoys sharing time with her favorite people and beloved pets, playing in the dirt at her home garden, exploring new places and cultures as often as possible, eating gourmet chocolate and fancy desserts, or seeking new ways to understand people and life. She feels blessed to put her talents to work for something much larger than herself.


Lee Foster

Santa Rosa Garden Coordinator

Lee is an educator at heart and a naturalist-at-play in the world.She came to the garden from a decade of guiding teens on multi-day backpacking, sea kayaking and white-water river excursions in California and Utah.,In addition to her work with youth, Lee spent 7 years as a co-owner of Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, the nation’s largest worker-owned cooperative natural foods store. Recognizing the importance that nutritious food plays in community and land health, Lee began her education 5 years ago in regenerative land education and practices. She attended 2 years of study at the California School of Herbal Studies followed by a year as a garden intern at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. For the past two years, she worked as the program associate and communications lead of the Permaculture Skills Center, an educational start-up focused on ecological landscaping and farming.Lee is passionate about building collaborative, equitable communities that thrive from the inside, out. When she isn’t in the garden, she is managing her video production business, Taproot Media.


Lili Gunter

Client Manager

Lili Gunter comes to Ceres with 17 years of Medical Social Work experience and a M.S.W. from Portland State University in Oregon. She relocated to Sebastopol from her beloved Pacific Northwest where she was the Community Liaison for hospice. Lili has a deep love and appreciation for the outdoors, including camping, hiking and gardening. She is thrilled to be a part of the Ceres Community Project where she can cultivate and share her passion for food and nutrition, while following her life mission to provide compassionate support to people experiencing a life challenging illness or health crisis. "Joining the Ceres Community Project is such a privilege. I feel absolutely blessed to be a member of such a visionary team and dynamic community".


Sherry Huckabay


Sherry came to Ceres after working as a bookkeeper, administrative assistant, and human resources coordinator. She was first attracted to Ceres because of their work with teen volunteers. She volunteered as a teen leader with a youth organization for 13 years and it was one of the most rewarding things in her life. Some of those “kids” are still friends today with teens of their own.

After spending her working life in a high stress work environment, she was drawn to Ceres because of the positive, empowering culture. Workers treat each other with respect and encouragement. They go out of their way to help strengthen the team, not break it down. Her goal is to be a valuable part of that team and contribute to spreading the message that youth are our future. Creating healing foods and helping others will give them tools they can use to shape that future into a better place.


Lindsay Katz

Site Manager & Associate Chef, San Rafael

Lindsay began her culinary career after spending two years in Brazil where she experienced slow food as a way of life. Working with youth and in local kitchens and gardens, she realized how powerfully food connected people to their environment and to each other.

Upon graduating from culinary school in Texas, she promptly moved to California, to learn more about food in this region of agricultural bounty. Lindsay has worked in fine dining kitchens in Napa and Sonoma including Terra in St. Helena, but ultimately found her home in Sonoma County, making wildly-fermented artisan bread as a mixer and head baker for Della Fattoria in Petaluma.

Lindsay’s interest in nutrition and fermentation created a new path for her in 2016. She started exploring gluten-free sourdough and plant-based cuisine and ended up with a small business participating in local farmer’s markets.

Lindsay began as a volunteer during fire relief efforts and felt the fullest expression of what Ceres was, is, and will be. She became a kitchen mentor, knowing from day one, she wanted to deepen her commitment to Ceres and its mission.


Kim Lampi

Digital Marketing Specialist

Kim comes from a diverse digital media background, previously working as a graphic designer, database assistant for a national geographic photographer and copywriter for medical professionals. She hopes to use her creativity to express Ceres story on social media and provide followers with unique content. She is grateful to work at an organization that gives back to the community. Having volunteered for the Luther Burbank Experiment Farm, she enjoys gardening, and in her spare time, she enjoys cooking, drawing and making jewelry.


Elisa Landauro

Client Care Coordinator

Elisa has been involved with local non-profits since 2003. Prior to Ceres she was a senior Intake Coordinator for the ReStart program in Marin County. At ReStart she was the first point of contact for teens struggling with substance abuse, welcoming these youth and their families with her calm and inviting demeanor, helping them navigate through difficult times. Elisa also has extensive experience as a state certified housing, credit and debt counselor working to instill confidence through education while guiding her clients along the path to financial independence. Elisa has focused her career on working with families and individuals from both English and Spanish speaking communities throughout the Bay Area as well as across the country. Elisa graduated from Law School at San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru. Elisa is very thankful to be part of the Ceres family, an amazing organization whose mission and values of caring for one another, compassion, strong sense of community and respect for the environment, are very close to her heart.


John Littlewood

Executive Chef

Chef John Littlewood has been working in kitchens for over 30 years. Educated at the California Culinary Academy, John has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in France, luxury hotels in the Caribbean, on sailboats and in private homes, and has also taught cooking in the California Gold Country. Chef John’s work has been featured in Bon Appétit and Cooking Light magazines, and he has demonstrated his recipes at wineries and special events such as the Chefs’ holidays at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. His first book, Celebrating the Seasons at Westerbeke Ranch, was published in 2006. John lives in Santa Rosa, California.


Analise Lofaro

Associate Chef

Analise’s passion for food is deeply rooted in her Italian family, whose focus has always been cooking and eating delicious, local, seasonal meals together. She grew up with the belief and understanding that eating healthfully creates happiness and it has always been her intention to expand her community by sharing that belief with others. In 2010, Analise attended Bauman College in Berkeley Ca, where she gained a deeper knowledge of diverse nutrition and learned to meal plan around illness and wellness. After graduating from Bauman College, Analise became inspired to combine her traditional cooking background with a holistic influence and applied it to the next 7 years of being a holistic private chef.

At Ceres, Analise continues to apply her experience of prevention by educating young people with knowledge and respectful ways to promote healthy living. Analise was seeking a new opportunity to share her passion and dedication to health and the environment with her community and she found it!


Barbara Martinez

Client Care Coordinator, Sebastopol
Barbara first became aware of Ceres and its mission in 2013, when she inquired about services for a dear friend. She attended Ceres volunteer training in 2017 while working in the wine industry as a technical support analyst. A proud alum of Chico State University, Barbara began her career in Silicon Valley as a software developer working with hi-tech companies. She also completed a Nutrition Educator certificate with Bauman College following her interests in health and wellness. In 2018, volunteering and employment were put on hold while taking care of her elderly mother. She is excited to begin her new chapter in the non-profit world with Ceres, and believes it to be synchronistic that the opportunity presented itself at the time she was seeking more meaning in her work life.

A native Northern Californian, she lives in Petaluma with her husband, two children, dog and cat. She is a member of the Petaluma Woman’s Club, active in her faith community, loves exploring new food and wine, and is always up for an adventure with friends!


Patricia McAvoy

Accounting Administrator
Patricia retired from a career in the private accounting sector a few years ago. She worked in various accounting functions for publically held manufacturing companies over the past 25 years in Sonoma County.

According to Patricia, “switching to working part-time in the non-profit sector has been the most rewarding decision of my life”. Although she appreciates the excellent discipline provided by the for-profit manufacturing sector, she feels that she has come full circle and can apply her skills directly to the local community.

Patricia joined us as a contract accountant in early 2019 and in May 2020 became a part-time employee. She was raised on a small dairy farm in northern NY. The family always had a large family garden. One of her favorite meals was fresh sweet corn and home-grown tomatoes. She has a small permaculture garden in her back yard here in Sonoma County. In addition to ‘puttering’ in her garden, she has a regular workout practice of Infernal Hot Pilates.


Sara McCamant

Garden Program Manager

With over 25 years of experience, Sara specializes in connecting gardens with kitchens and creating gardens that are educational, beautiful and productive. Sara ran the gardens at the Shenoa Retreat Center and the Boonville Hotel and is a local food activist who founded the West County Seed Bank and is active with iGROW Sonoma and Transition Sebastopol. When she left her last garden at Lynmar Estate Sara knew it was time to make one of her dreams come true. She approached Ceres and said "I'm ready to start the Ceres Garden". A few weeks later the land and initial funding came together and the vision was planted.


Meg Mizutani

Program Assistant

Although she was born and raised in Japan, Meg considers Sebastopol her hometown and has been active in the community since she moved to Sebastopol in 1996. With her background in counseling, social work, education, and community activism, she feels passionate about what Ceres strives for: youth empowerment, civic engagement, and client advocacy. She particularly enjoys the community building aspect of Ceres and is thrilled to be part of the Ceres team.

She holds a BA in International Relations from Sophia University in Japan and a MS in Educational Psychology from Cal State, East Bay. Her previous work experience includes global finance in Tokyo, London, and New York.

Meg is an advocate of citizen diplomacy. She organizes and leads cultural exchange groups for youths between Sebastopol and its sister city Takeo, Japan. She also teaches Japanese language, culture and taiko drumming in the community. Meg’s other non-profit experiences include Sebastopol Education Foundation, Sonoma County Matsuri Festival, Japanese American Citizens League, and Sister Cities International.

Dori Moore

Delivery and Database Coordinator, Sonoma County

Dori Moore is extremely happy to be at Ceres! After two years in the commercial insurance world, she decided a significant and immediate career path change was in order. When the Ceres Volunteer Coordinator position popped up on the job search screen, it was a eureka moment. She is now Sebastopol volunteers' go-to person for scheduling, onboarding, and questions about the volunteer program.

Dori holds a BA in English from Andrews University, and has roots in Southwestern Michigan. She is passionate about organic, sustainable, and biodynamic agriculture systems and enjoys cooking and gardening at home.


Deserie Myers

Administrative Assistant to
the Leadership Team

Deserie Myers has over 20 years of experience in the field of Project Management, Human resources, Recruiting and Training. Her experience includes working with managers, directors and C-Suite executives for Fortune 500 companies. After obtaining a M.A. in Organization Development, Deserie longed to work for a locally owned business or a non-profit organization. Although her career path took a different direction working in the corporate arena for many years, Deserie found an opportunity to become a part of the Ceres Community Project family. Deserie is motivated by the fact that Ceres works with teen volunteers who make medically tailored meals for low-income people struggling with serious health challenges. Deserie is excited to be a part of the team and to help Ceres grow to be able to assist more people in need.

Amanda Newman-Crutcher

Nutrition Services & Education Manager

BioAmanda has had a life-long interest in food catalyzed by her Easy Bake Oven. Cultural and culinary roots valuing nutrition and gathering around the dining table came from her Belgian mother, and European relatives. Woven into that was a family appreciation of Asian medicine and cuisine. Amanda found her way to working in a natural foods market as a young teen in New York City, which began a journey of functional medicine and healing foods. Amanda received a BS from Reed College where she did clinical research on nutrition and wellness. Her graduate studies were in Traditional Oriental Medicine at the New England School of Medicine and in Asia. While studying and working in Asia Amanda began a life- long practice of Vipassana meditation. Meditation centers have been a great training ground for serving others with kindness, education and healthy foods; Amanda feels blessed to work in the Ceres community where those practices can continue to grow. Amanda is currently completing a masters degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine at the University of Western States. The work of redirecting the food and medical system is enormous, Amanda is delighted to contribute to the valuable work Ceres is pioneering.

When not at her desk Amanda can be found creating recipes and meals, practicing yoga and meditation, rock climbing, cycling, playing in the wilderness with her dog, or relaxing with a knitting project.


Danielle Orthwein

Youth Program Manager &
Associate Chef

Danielle comes to Ceres with a lifelong passion for healthy eating and nutritive cooking. She is a certified chef with a focus on making delicious, nourishing meals from whole food, naturally-produced ingredients.

Danielle trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute, specializing in whole foods, vegetarian, vegan, and health-supportive diets. She has worked in five-star restaurants in New York City, run a catering business, been commissioned to make wedding cakes, and is a personal chef. She has spent 20 years exploring health-supportive cooking techniques, international cuisine, local, organic sourcing, and restorative diet methodologies. With family histories of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and heart disease, she has a specific interest in the restorative and healing power of diet. She seeks to find the most fortifying diet for the individual while creating delicious and delightful food to eat.

Born in Canada, Danielle has lived and worked in Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Today she lives in Petaluma, California with her husband and three children.


Susan Parnes

Volunteer Coordinator, San Rafael
Susan has been volunteering in her community for over twelve years. Her professional background includes restaurant management as well as HR management. She have a BS in Business Management. After staying home with her children she returned to school and received my K-8 teaching credential. She taught pre-school for 5 years at the Osher Marin JCC in Tiburon. Most recently, she's volunteered at Wildcare of Marin, Guide Dogs for the Blind and her local synaguage’s Mitzvah Kitchen. Susan is thrilled to be part of the Ceres community and support the volunteer community of Marin.

Gabriella Salomon

Associate Chef

Gabriella came to Ceres with a steadfast mission to “volunteer until they hire me”. Her enthusiasm and passion were palpable and she quickly made her way onto the Ceres staff. Gabriella feels truly blessed to be working with such a dynamic organization that brings together her love of food and her hunger to create positive social change in powerful and meaningful ways. Her greatest hope is that she is making a difference and helping to empower the next generation of leaders.

Gabriella started her food career after getting typhoid fever in Mexico, which sent her on a healing journey in Hawaii where she lived at a Naturopathic retreat and learned about Raw Foods. This led her to the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona to apprentice as a “Spiritual Live Foods Instructor” under Gabriel Cousens. With her culinary skills rooted in the principles of “food is medicine” she joined the La Vie Pure Foods Collective in Santa Cruz and developed her business, Raw Mama. After some years working the farmers’ market scene in the South Bay, Gabriella took at job working with the Metabolic Studio in Los Angeles, where she was part of a team helping to rehabilitate Veterans through job training and healing food. Eventually she made her way back up to Santa Cruz to expand her culinary skill set by completing the Natural Chef Program at Bauman College. From there she worked for a nonprofit dedicated to teaching kids about healthy food and nutrition. Right before making the move up to Sebastopol, she volunteered with Ceres Affiliate Partner, the Teen Kitchen Project, which is how she learned about Ceres.

In her spare time, Gabriella loves to gather with friends over beautiful food, music and dance, adventure in nature, travel, craft, and is cultivating her green thumb.


Maile Shubin

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Bio Coming Soon


Annie Simmons

Site Manager & Associate Chef, Sebastopol

Annie is a Bay Area native, chef-instructor and entrepreneur. She began cooking from a young age, expressing her love for family and friends through food. After earning her journalism degree in Oregon she served three years in the US Air Force. She was deployed six months in Mogadishu, Somalia, where she witnessed the effects of famine, malnutrition and severe food instability up close. She completed her Culinary Arts degree in Vermont and trained at fine establishments in Tokyo, Puerto Rico, Miami and Boston. She moved back to the North Bay area where she started her family, taught culinary classes and opened her restaurant in Petaluma. She continues to teach in Sonoma and Napa and volunteers as an emergency response chef for World Central Kitchen. Annie began volunteering at Ceres in 2019. She immediately fell in love with its mission of empowerment and compassion, life-saving nutrition through healing foods, and education, particularly youth education and mentorship. She is grateful to contribute to and participate in an organization that impacts lives in such a kind, positive and meaningful way.

When not at work, Annie enjoys travel, time with friends and family, hiking, yoga, baking at home and building her extensive book collection.


Kendra Stanley

Associate Chef

Kendra Stanley has been living in the bay area for 25 years. She spent ten years working in every facet of the restaurant industry and got her start on the business side working in Human Resources at the California Culinary Academy in the mid 90's, she then obtained a degree in Non-Profit Business Administration from University of San Francisco. She is the founder of City Bag Trade and Healthy Organizing which focus on sustainability, health and wellness. She served on the board of  directors Hunters Point Family in San Francisco which focuses on underserved youth. She recently moved to West Marin and was searching for a new organization to become a part of and found her way to Ceres as a volunteer and realized the Associate Chef position spoke to her passion about the food as medicine movement as well as the desire to continue working with teens. 


Julie Stuffelbeam

Kitchen Procurement Manager, Sebastopol

Julie's interest in nutrition, food and herbs has been an evolving journey. Beginning with organizing food coops in the midwest to feed her family healthy organic food, she moved through being a vegetarian and vegan to now learning about traditional diets that include fermented foods, sprouted grains and organ meats. It's been quite a journey. She brings her love of learning about food and her organizational skills to the job of Kitchen Manager for the Ceres Project.


Andrea Stupka

Program Assistant

Andrea has been employed in the natural and organic food industry for 13 years. She first became aware of Ceres in its early days while employed at Annie’s, a natural and organic food company mostly known for their mac & cheese and bunny-shaped snack crackers. Ceres entered her life again when a woman in Andrea’s Taoist Tai Chi class told her she was thankfully receiving Ceres meals while undergoing cancer treatment. At that point, Andrea did a little research and decided to become involved as a Kale Club member and later as a volunteer, allowing her to keep up-to-date on Ceres amazing growth and accomplishments.

Andrea is grateful to have a seat at the Ceres table as a Program Assistant supporting the simply amazing Santa Rosa culinary team and the community of dedicated volunteers. Being part of Ceres aligns with Andrea’s values surrounding organic food, health and community, so every day at Ceres brings her joy.

Andrea is also involved with a volunteer-based organic garden that raises produce for the local food bank. She also enjoys cycling, hiking and art museums.


Nadine Suto

Database Manager & National Affiliate Coordinator

Nadine has enjoyed many years volunteering and working with schools and nonprofits. As a breast cancer survivor, the mission of Ceres speaks to her heart, having experienced what is like to receive nourishing meals made by friends throughout her illness. Upon finishing chemotherapy and radiation in 2013, she enrolled at SF State to complete a program in Nonprofit Management, and has since worked with several local nonprofits in fundraising, organization, and data management to help support their missions.

Prior to this, she worked for 15 years in the software industry. Her educational path includes a BS in Instructional Technology from Cal State Long Beach, and an MS in Educational Psychology and Technology from USC.


Dana Walter

Volunteer Relations Manager

Dana Walter is a bay area native growing up in San Francisco and has spent most of her adult years living in Santa Cruz before relocating to Sonoma County to be closer to family. Dana has over twenty years’ experience in the nonprofit world. Working as a director of volunteer support, program and resident camp she has worked with youth and adult volunteers within many diverse communities. She is very passionate about helping others and seeing them do great things in their own communities.

Dana has spent many years as a volunteer and working in her community to help youth become the next generation of leaders. She is very passionate about being in the community and the outdoors, bringing people together to do amazing things, she is also an enthusiastic gardener who likes to cook, and loves getting together over a table of great food.

Dana is very excited to be joining the Ceres Community Project.

“I feel so blessed to be a team member of such a visionary group and dynamic community".


Shannon Wesley

Development Associate

Shannon is a lifelong resident and 3rd generation of Forestville, Sonoma County. She graduated from El Molino High School and attended Empire Business College. She is also an ongoing student at SRJC. Much of her career has been in marketing and administrative management at local wineries as well as in development, events and management at non-profit organizations such as Russian Riverkeeper, Point Blue Conservation Science and Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association. She is excited to apply her skills in the role of Development Associate at Ceres Community Project and is very proud to be working for an organization that creates health for people, communities and the planet through love, healing food and empowering the next generation. Shannon lives in Santa Rosa with her teenage son and partner along with two dogs and two cats and is also a volunteer Board member for a local horse rescue. She enjoys gardening, horses/animals, photography, baseball, cooking and fishing and she can’t wait to try out some of the Ceres recipes at home!


Kim Stuffelbeam

December 20, 1953 - August 3, 2019

Founding Creative Director, Ceres Community Project, 2007 – 2019

As our founding Creative Director, Kim was instrumental in Ceres’ success. While his death leaves a big hole, his legacy will always be with us. Learn more about Kim and his work here....



Kim Stuffelbeam