Staff

BrentCraneBrent 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.

BrendaEBrenda E. (Residential Manager) 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.”

HeatherHHeather 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 and is currently studying Spanish at UVU.  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.”

JackRJack R. (Case Manager) 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.”

KennethLKenneth 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.”


courtney-picCourtney 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.”

AmandaDAmanda 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.”

Dave DaveBB. (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.”

MarcyRMarcy 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)

MarkMMark 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.”

ClaudiaBClaudia 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)

blankprofilepic-logoSkyler C. (Residential Manager) 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.

 

blankprofilepic-logoJasi L. (Receptionist) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2016.   One of her favorite things about working at the Food and Care Coalition is, “to go and see those who come in with nothing and to not only watch them get back on their feet but get back the hope of living again.” In 2015, Jasi became certified as a Nursing Assistant and is in the process of finding the right nursing program to get her RN. For over 5 1/2 years Jasi has worked for those who suffer from Addiction and Alcoholism as a Psychiatric Technician. She felt an immense amount of accomplishment by being an advocate for them and their recovery through sharing her experiences, strength and hope with them.  Her favorite quotes are  “Even after all this time the Sun never says to the Earth, ‘you owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.” – Hafiz, and “Trust your struggle.” -Anonymous

 

blankprofilepic-logoJennifer B. (Houseparent) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2014.  Jennifer supervises on-site residents and helps provide for needs that arise on weekends.  Her favorite thing about working at Food & Care is interacting with the different clients.  She says, “everyone has a story.”  Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Studies with an emphasis in Sociology.  She lists her unusual accomplishments as riding a bike with no hands, standing up. She also says, “I play a mean guitar sometimes.”  Her favorite quote is “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure” by Henry Kissinger.

 

blankprofilepic-logoEmily W. (Kitchen Staff) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2016.  Emily assists with meal prep and cooking and helps receive donations.  She was introduced to the Food and Care Coalition by volunteering with her culinary arts group.  She is a National Knowledge bowl champion, wrote her first novel at 15, and received a bronze medal in a pastry competition.  Her favorite quote is “Live for a cause, not for applause.  Live life to express, not to impress.”  Her favorite thing about working at Food and Care is “being able to give people a good, hot meal each day.”

 

blankprofilepic-logoJames C. (Residential Manager) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2016.   James helps oversee the transitional housing program, completes client intakes, and helps with other client services.  James was introduced to the Food and Care Coalition as a social media volunteer for Bowls for Humanity.  He is on a full-tuition scholarship to Brigham Young University and is a nationally-ranked speech competitor in Business Professionals of America.  James is a published author with a successful online blog, and served as a full-time missionary in Arkansas.  One of his favorite quotes is “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ~Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

 

 

blankprofilepic-logoLinda M (Kitchen Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2016.   Linda was previously a volunteer at Food and Care cutting hair.  She has been a hairstylist for 28 years.  She is passionate about the work that she does here and loves working in the kitchen.  Linda is most proud of her children, and says “they are teenagers and are respectful, amazing people.  Always helpful.  Always loving.”  Her favorite quote is “Pursue your passion…it will take you far and make you happy.”

 

 

blankprofilepic-logoMitchell C. (House Parent) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2016.   Mitchell provides after-hours supervision for the transitional housing program.  Mitchell has volunteered with the Food and Care Coalition many times throughout his life, and enjoys seeing people get back on their feet from difficulties they may have had in the past.  He says, “I also enjoy getting to know many different kinds of people.”  He has been awarded his Eagle Scout, served as a full-time missionary in Nicaragua, and has his MATC certification in automotive.

 

 

blankprofilepic-logoDrew R. (Receptionist) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2016.   Drew assists clients when they come in for services, and helps direct them to resources that they are in need of.  She became involved with the Food and Care Coalition because she has always been interested in the issues of homelessness and finding ways to combat homelessness.  Her favorite thing about her work here is “getting to know each client individually and seeing how we are able to help them.”  Drew graduated in June 2016 with a Bachelor of English and a French minor.  She was the editor of poetry for BYU’s Inscape magazine during her studies.  Her favorite quote is “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4