Cooking with Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1995. We work with thousands of school children all over Santa Fe, New Mexico, and provide resources to families and educators across the globe.
Like all non-profits, we are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The CWK Advisory Board is comprised of former board directors and other community members and experts. Cooking with Kids staff share their love of cooking and healthy food with thousands of children each year. We are grateful to our staff, boards, farmers, chefs and thousands of family volunteers for bringing to life the mission of Cooking with Kids!
Cooking with Kids Board of Directors
Gloria Zamora, Chair
Since retiring in 2011, from a 31 year career at Sandia National Laboratories as a government affairs manager, Gloria Zamora has found new interests and activities. She is one of the Founders of a new non profit in Santa Fe, the Women’s International Study Center and serves on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of this groups’ Academic Advisory Council. Gloria continues to be active in the library and information community, and was named to the Special Libraries Association Hall of Fame in 2013. When she is not working hard at retirement she enjoys cooking, wine education and she indulges her passion for movies and classical music.
Matt has over 15 years of experience in the investment world having worked in venture capital, investment banking and trading for one of the largest hedge funds in Europe. His work has taken him overseas where he has lived in four different countries on three continents, but Matt now calls Santa Fe home where he is partners on a wealth management team managing investments for families and a few non-profits. In addition to serving on the board of Cooking with Kids, he is also actively involved with the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Envision Fund as well as serving on the board of the Santa Fe Estate Planning Council. Matt also serves on the Alumni Association Executive Board for his alma mater (Kalamazoo College) as well as the Treasurer of the Santa Fe chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs (the world’s oldest food & wine society).
Jodi L. Vevoda, Secretary/Treasurer
Publishing veteran with over 31 years’ experience in the industry, Jodi has led advertising sales operations for a number of prestigious media companies including Conde Nast, Time Inc., USA Today, USA Weekend, Parade and Playboy. With extensive travels, as well an Italian mother and Czech father, Jodi’s passion, and appreciation, for all things culinary began at an early age.
Food Marketing Consultant Susan’s career focus has been on working with food manufacturers to market their products to the foodservice industry. With a master’s degree in nutrition, her early work life was in the areas of nutrition education and communications. Although Susan is currently retired, she continues to follow her passions of food, cooking, wine and travel.
Alison Brushaber, Director
Active in the food industry with over 40 years’ experience as a Chef, Restaurant executive, and founding partner of a healthy snack food company; Hail Merry, Chef Ali as she is known by her industry friends, now works as an independent contractor. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Food Science and completing further studies at the Culinary Institute of America where she serves as a Fellow, she semi-retired and moved to Santa Fe in 2016. Her culinary focus in the past few years has been to bring simple, healthy foods to everyone. Cooking is not just a passion, it is a way of life. As a mom of three kids (not really kids anymore) she also has a passion for teaching children many things including how to prepare great foods.
Tim Foster, Director
Tim loves to bake and cook with family and friends, so he is happy to be a part of Cooking with Kids, and to help grow the healthy community that takes strong root in cooking and eating healthy food together. During the day, Tim works as an attorney, focusing on estate planning and pro bono representation of non-profit organizations here in town. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he settled in Santa Fe in 2012 with his wife, Clarissa, who was raised here.
Jennifer Fresquez, Director
Jennifer’s love and interest in food and agriculture began with her family business, Monte Vista Organic Farm, in Espanola. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and the University of New Mexico. She has worked as a personal chef, food marketer and currently works in her family business as a farmer.
Tony Gerlicz, Director
Tony Gerlicz has had a 35 year career in education as a teacher and administrator. He was the Founder and Head Learner of the Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, then Director of the American School of Warsaw. He returned to Santa Fe in 2012 and took a position in the Public Education Department as Director of the Options for Parents, which oversees all the state’s charter schools, home schools and non-public schools. Tony is now very excited to birth an internationally-focused IB school in Santa Fe.
Kristina Martinez, Director
Kristina Martinez was born and raised in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she attended public elementary school but unfortunately missed Cooking with Kids by just a few years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico. Kristina has practiced law in Santa Fe for the past decade, and recently started her own firm, Coberly & Martinez, LLLP, where she focuses her practice in the areas of civil rights, general civil litigation, and family law. She serves on the Ethics & Campaign Review Board for the City of Santa Fe as well as the boards of the St. Michael’s High School Foundation and WildEarth Guardians. She loves the Santa Fe community and she loves food – cooking it, eating it, and sharing it. Kristina is excited to cultivate her love of both by serving on the Cooking with Kids board, which she joined in 2016.
Cooking with Kids Advisory Board
Long time resident of Santa Fe, Kate has spent her career in the New Mexico hospitality industry primarily in the selling and promoting of fine wine and spirits. She is a founder and continuing board member of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, and a board member of local non-profit ARTsmart. She continues consulting and coordinating special events, helping turn on people’s food and wine lights.
Pam G. De La O
Educator and recently retired Santa Fe Public School principal, has been in public education for 30 years as an elementary teacher, middle school assistant principal, and elementary school principal. Four years ago she was appointed principal of Amy Biehl Community School at Rancho Viejo, and was part of building and developing Santa Fe Public Schools only LEED certified school.
Veronica C. García, Ed.D.
Dr. Garcia currently serves as Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director for New Mexico Voices for Children and served as New Mexico’s first Cabinet Secretary of Education. She has received numerous awards and recognitions including: the National Governor’s Association Award for Excellence in State Government, New Mexico Superintendent of the Year, and the Life Time Achievement Award in Education from Hispanic Magazine.
Diana Gonzales-Pacheco, DCN, RD
Bionutritionist Diana Gonzales-Pacheco is the Research Nutrition Manager for the CTSC Exercise Lab and the Metabolic Kitchen at the University of New Mexico Clinical and Translational Science Center. Diana became involved with Cooking with Kids as a parent volunteer when her children were at Nava Elementary school.
Nutrition Educator and Retired Dietitian Blanche Harrison has worked to support and facilitate nutritious school meals that children will eat and also volunteers in the areas of arts and culture in New Mexico.
Cheryl Alters Jamison
Author and Culinary Consultant Four-time James Beard award-winning author Cheryl Alters Jamison has written more than a dozen books on food and travel. She also consults on culinary tourism and outdoor kitchen design. www.excitedaboutfood.com
Food Advocate Events Planner, School Food FOCUS, one of the leading progressive organizations working on school food change. Co-Founder, National Farm to School Network. www.schoolfoodfocus.org
Community activist and organizer in the fields of law, environment, Native American and Chicano-specific issues, schools, and health, Carla Lopez also served on the Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education.
Carl Luff, CPA
Carl Luff is co-founder and co-owner of White & Luff Financial Inc./Raymond James Financial. He currently serves on several non-profit boards in Santa Fe and has been an advocate for education for many years.
Deborah Madison is the founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco, the author of some 12 cookbooks, and the recipient of James Beard and other awards. She moved to Santa Fe in l988, helped open Cafe Escalera and served on the SF Farmers Market Board. Deborah now lives in Galisteo where she gardens and writes and teaches cooking. www.deborahmadison.com
Jan Poppendieck is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York., and Policy Director at the New York City food Policy Center at the Hunter College School of Public Health. She is the author of a number of books, including Free For All: Fixing School Food in America, (University of California Press, 2010), which received the 2010 Book of the Year award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Jan is a recipient of a 2011 James Beard Foundation leadership award. www.janetpoppendieck.com
Entrepreneur Founder and former president of CleanAIR Systems, Michael Roach received the City of Santa Fe’s 2011 Innovative Entrepreneur Award. Mr. Roach currently advises and volunteers in the areas of green technologies and economic development.
Cooking with Kids Staff
Linda Apodaca, Educator
Deborah Barbe, Educator
Bernadette Bartlett, Educator
Anna Farrier, Executive Director
Cathy Rey Montoya, Educator
Bethany Muller, Educator
Rachel Shreve, Operations Coordinator
Jane Stacey, Program Director
Lynn Walters, Founder
CWK Americorps Members
Site Credits: Photography by Jennifer Davidson, Kitty Leaken, Genevieve Russell, Kate Russell, Lynn Walters and CWK staff. Drawings by Santa Fe Public Schools students.
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