Jeffery Passerotti, Board President
Jeffrey is a long-time restaurateur and wine industry professional. Over thirty years he has built and operated a wide variety of food and wine establishments, specializing in local sustainable products and nurturing newcomers to the industry. He is an owner of the Eugene based Rye Restaurant and has always been that much sought after “behind-the-scenes” advisor and organizer of countless community events that make Eugene a great place to live and enjoy. Reality Kitchen is most grateful for his involvement, guidance and support.
Sheila Thomas, Board Member/Vice President
Sheila has earned a BS in Education with a Handicapped Learner Endorsement and a MS in Developmental Disabilities from the University of Oregon. She taught as a licensed special education teacher for over 20 years for Lane Educational Service District and school district Eugene 4J. Sheila has primarily taught Life Skills at the 3rd-5th grade level and kindergarten through high school as lead teacher for 4j’s summer program. Sheila currently teaches summer school each year, and through her business, ‘Let’s Go Learn’, she takes individuals on high interest and social outings. She strongly believes that people can greatly increase their ability to have a healthy, happy, life by having friends, social fun, and meaningful work. She also believes in the benefits of good food and exercise and is currently a Special Olympics coach for a basketball and a track and field team.
Sheila has specialized skills in developing one page profiles and person centered plans. She also works as a behavior specialist and was part of the pilot program when Positive Behavior Support was developed at the University of Oregon. She has been a developer and facilitator for PBS at her school sites.
Committed to supporting non-profits, agencies, and businesses to work together for the good of all people in our community, Sheila has served on the boards of the Arc of Lane County, Rideable, and currently on the board of KindTree-Autism Rocks. She looks for ways to networks with local support agencies, arts programs and businesses in Lane County toward a goal of equity and well-being for all citizens.
Before her work as a special education teacher, Sheila grew up and worked in the San Francisco bay area in the computer industry boom of Silicon Valley, for an insurance company, and for BASS tickets. Beginning through 4H opportunities at a young age, Sheila has had a lifelong passion and appreciation for volunteering and people working together to serve a need and we are grateful for her expertise and service to our organization and community
Lynn Egli, Board Member/ Treasurer
Lynn is an experienced senior manager with a track record of building highly effective cross-functional teams across organizational and geographic boundaries. He brings proven experience in helping his teams set and achieve measureable goals in large, complex organizations. He also brings deep financial management, planning and accounting experience in a number of demanding settings including public accounting, high tech research and development, new business start-up and university fund accounting. He has significant experience in working with diverse cultures having managed staff and worked on teams from Singapore, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Spain, Israel and across the Americas.
Lynn is currently serving as the Director of Operations for the University of Oregon American English Institute as well as working part-time as an independent high tech consultant with the Innovation Catalyst Group. In the non-profit arena, Lynn serves as the Treasurer for Jackson Street Youth Shelter Inc., Chair of the Location and Building Committee for the Crater Lake District of the United Methodist Church, grant writer and marketing publications coordinator for the Eugene Gleemen and a strategic planning consultant for various nonprofits across Oregon.
Catherine Pickup, Program Director/Board Member
Catherine has worked closely with students of all abilities in a variety of workplace settings. A native of Vancouver, B.C. Catherine worked with children in the Squamish Nation program, as well as for the North Vancouver Outdoor School and North Vancouver School District, supporting students with extreme behaviors and disabilities. While in B.C. she took the pilot Special Education program, and since moving to Oregon, she has worked for eight years as a classroom educational assistant for Lane Education School District and for Autism Support Services. Catherine co-founded Reality Kitchen Nonprofit and serves on the Board, as well as the Academic Program Director. She coordinates curriculum development and Supported Staff kitchen, baking and customer service activities.