Staff

BrentCrane

Brent Crane (Executive Director) has served as the Executive Director of the Friends of the Coalition since 1993.  He graduated from Brigham Young University and has served on many civic and community boards and committees, including the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, Springville City Volunteer Commission and the Provo Downtown Alliance. His leadership and vision has directly led to the overall growth and success of the organization. His greatest satisfaction is knowing that individually and collectively, we can greatly improve the lives of those less fortunate. He and his wife Shellie reside in Mapleton with their 4 children.

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Nancy W. (Administrative Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 1997.  Nancy assists the Executive Director with many professional tasks. She also coordinates court-ordered community services candidates and Eagle Scout projects. Nancy has worked in social services for 24 years and earned a B.S. in Education. She was presented with a Child Abuse Prevention Award for previous work in a social service agency. She says the following about her work with Food & Care: “It’s rewarding to meet people in many walks of life-volunteers from the community, clients, and interested people of many ages. It’s a great opportunity to both learn and teach others.” Nancy is the proud mother of one and grandmother of two. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and gardening.

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Brenda E. (Client Services Director) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 1998. Brenda conducts all new client intakes, takes care of requests for shelter, clothing vouchers, rental assistance, bus tokens, and many other monetary services. Brenda was a licensed nurse for 22 years and received many trainings and certifications in this capacity.  She was also chosen as a volunteer of the year for her work in the mentoring program. Brenda said the following about her work at Food & Care: “My favorite thing about my work here is the clients. Given the time to talk with you, some of them are just like you and me. It is heart-warming the gratitude some of them express when given only the basics-such as coats, meals, showers, or laundry. It reminds me every day that only by the grace of God there go I.”

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Heather H. (Storehouse Director) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2008. Heather manages professional community partnerships, such as the dental program, glasses program, and chiropractic program. She is also the data manager for the state-required data system, ClientTrack, and is responsible for data quality. Heather also plans Food & Care’s fundraising events, such as Bowls for Humanity. Heather studied English and Music at BYU.  She is the Executive Director for the Share a Smile program and enjoys helping bring together dental volunteers and patients who need care.  Her favorite thing about her work is “making a difference in someone’s life every day.” She says, “Every day brings new challenges and new personal triumphs for our clients and I love being a part of it.”

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Jack R. (Mentoring and Work Training Director) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2006. Jack provides outreach and advocacy on a daily basis for clients and connects them with appropriate community resources. He assists in writing resumes, letters of recommendation, and finding positive ways to enhance a job search. Jack spent thirty years working for the state as a Job Interviewer, Job Developer, Employer Representative, Veteran Representative, Information Specialist, and Eligibility Specialist. He also taught bicycle repair classes in the Alpine and Nebo School Districts. He says, “I love advocating for people in need. I like to open doors and explore the many possibilities open to people. I enjoy helping people find answers, solutions, and good information.”

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Kenneth L. (Kitchen Manager) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2007. When asked about how he became involved with the Food & Care Coalition, Ken stated, “As a child of a single mom with nine kids, I had visited and used places like the Coalition and now it is my turn to give back.” Ken is a certified chef and a former chef of the BYU Skyroom. Ken’s proudest personal accomplishment is the raising of his children. When asked about his work at Food & Care, Ken said, “My favorite thing is the chance to brighten people’s life, whether through my meals or through my genuine care for others.  Everyone has something special inside if you take time to find it.”

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Courtney F. (Director of Volunteers) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2015. Courtney communicates with the community about the many opportunities for service and schedules each person for a volunteer opportunity that best fits their skills and talents.   When asked about her favorite thing about her work, Courtney said, “I love interacting with the people that I work with. All of the clients are so nice and it really warms my heart when I speak with them. You can tell they are on this earth for a purpose and I love seeing their improvements each day.”  Courtney is finishing a degree in Hospitality Management and will be graduating in 2016.  She hopes to continue her education and receive her real estate license.  She will be graduating with Honors Recognition.  Her favorite saying is “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”

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Amanda D. (Case Manager) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2011.  As a case manager, Amanda works one-on-one with clients who needs some help with finding employment, applying for benefits, or addressing barriers that have led to homelessness.  Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in social work and completed her internship at an addiction recovery center.  She is currently working towards her SSW license.  When asked about her favorite part of her work here, she said, “Being able to reach out and help people on a personal level.  There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the look of relief on someone’s face as they get their most basic needs met and to see them overcome difficult situations.”

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Dellene G. (Weekend Cook) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 1993.  Dellene chooses the menu for Saturday lunch and dinner, cooks and manages the meals on Saturday, and fills in during the week as needed.   She earned her degree from LDS Business College and is the proud mother of six, grandmother of twenty-six, and great-grandmother of twelve.  Dellene says her favorite thing about her work here is “the challenge of taking miscellaneous items and turning them into an eye-appealing, tasty meal.  I also like seeing the clients enjoy the meal and hearing them expressing their appreciation.”

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Sabrina S. (Kitchen Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2005.  Sabrina assists with meal preparation, receiving donations, cleaning, and working with volunteers.  Sabrina has a BFA in Painting from BYU and has had many pieces featured in National and International painting competitions.  Sabrina is a regular contributor for local and state art shows, and routinely earns recognition for the quality and innovation of her work.  She also dances with a local community ballet company.  She is currently earning her certification in Art Teaching.  Sabrina says, “I love to be involved with coordinating donations and volunteer tasks for mealtime.  I love the social aspect-working with donors, volunteers, and clients.”  Her favorite quote is “Happiness is not what happens outside of you; it’s what happens within.”

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Dave B. (Kitchen Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2008.  Dave works in the mornings and cooks breakfast, helps receive donations, and helps prepare the lunch meal.  He was introduced to the Food & Care Coalition through Ken, who he had previously worked with.  Dave has been working in the food industry for ten years.  About his work here, he stated, “The most heart-touching thing I get to see is little kids have a giving spirit by sharing their food with those who don’t have any.”  Dave’s favorite quote is “Enjoy life, but especially enjoy service.”

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Joseph G. (Kitchen Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2013.  Joseph was introduced to the Food & Care Coalition through Ken (our head chef) and assists with processing donations, meal preparation and services, and other kitchen tasks.  His favorite things about his work here are the great people and the great food.  Joseph is an A+ Certified Computer Technician.  He is the proud father of three children and his favorite quote is “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

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Marcy R. (Houseparent) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2014.  Marcy supervises on-site residents and helps provide for needs that arise on weekends.  Her favorite thing about working at Food & Care is “having the opportunity to help others and knowing that I’m making a difference, even if it’s just by bringing a smile to someone’s face.”  Marcy studied Communications at Brigham Young University and worked at the Daily Universe as a student intern.  She has an accounting certification from MATC and has volunteered for American Indian Services (AIS) raising money for higher education. She says that her children are her greatest accomplishment and her favorite quotes are “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody” (Kid President) and “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” (Bob Marley)

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Mark M. (Facility Manager) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2009.  Mark was introduced to the Food and Care Coalition when the new facility was being constructed.  One of his first major projects was helping tie up loose ends on construction and get the building completed and ready for operation.  Mark enjoys helping wherever he can and oversees maintenance, repair, and custodial in the building.  He’s certified in many different areas, including as an electrician, plumber, carpenter, tile setter, welder, electronics tech, HVAC tech, private pilot, EPA certified, RMGA certified, satellite tech, heavy equipment, sprinkler tech, alternate fuel, firearms, OSHA, and more.  His proudest achievements are being a husband, father, and grandfather.  His favorite quote is “Try a little harder to be a little better.”

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Claudia B. (Custodial) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2011.  Claudia maintains the cleanliness of the entire facility.  Her favorite thing about her work at Food & Care is “maintaining a clean environment for staff and clients and receiving compliments on doing such a good job.”  Claudia has received her professional certification in Executive Office, and has also earned her Associates Degree in Behavior Science.  She is certified in CPR training and self defense.  Claudia’s proudest accomplishments are her three children and her three grandchildren.  Her favorite quote is “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” (Deepak Chopra)

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Shaunese L. (Receptionist) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2014.  She is one of the first contacts that clients have with Food & Care’s services, and helps direct inquiries to the appropriate resources and schedule appointments.  She was introduced to the Food & Care Coalition through her friend, Ken Larsen (Chef Ken.)  Her favorite thing about her work here is “helping people and getting to know people.”  She completed her high school degree and is currently in progress of her college degree.  She received her Young Womanhood Recognition Award and her Honor Bee award.  Her favorite quote is “Today’s test is tomorrow’s testimony.”

 

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Skyler C. (Houseparent) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2015.  Skyler provides on-site supervision and aid for residents in our Transitional Housing program.  His favorite thing about his work is that he has “really enjoyed meeting all kinds of different people as well as being able to see different success stories of residents coming in off the streets and being able to turn things around and leave the transitional housing program {with} a job and a place to live.”  Skyler recently finished his associates degree at Utah Valley University and is working on a Bachelors degree in web design and development.  He is most proud of finishing his associates degree and furthering his education, serving a full-time LDS mission, his humanitarian service to China and convincing his wife to marry him.