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 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 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 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 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)