Employees of the organization are hired and directed by the executive director. The executive director has the dual role of lead administrative staff while also serving on the board ex-officio (non-voting member). Employees are trained in their roles, carry out mission activities, and help execute the day-to-day operations of the organization. Effective nonprofits require that board and staff understand their differing roles while also communicating clearly with one another.
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 and is enjoying the new world of grand-parenting.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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 lives, whether through my meals or through my genuine care for others. Everyone has something special inside if you take time to find it.”
Has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since January 2017. Milliece connects volunteers to service opportunities and service opportunities to volunteers. When asked about her work here, she said, “I love to watch the volunteers come in and glow with the spirit of charity as they serve those who cannot compensate them.” Milliece has an Associates in Administrative Assisting from John A. Logan College and a Bachelors’ Degree in the Home and Family Living Program at Brigham Young University. She plays the harp and enjoys sharing her talents with others. She says, “‘To love another person is to see the face of God’, said Jean Valjean, and I believe we are able to see God’s face in every individual we serve and extend love to here at the Food and Care Coalition.”
Has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2011. As a case manager, Amanda works one-on-one with clients who need 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 recently earned 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.”
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)
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 getting the building completed and ready for operation. Mark enjoys helping wherever he can and oversees maintenance, repair, and custodial in the building. His favorite quote is “Try a little harder to be a little better.”
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)
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.”
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).