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Reality Kitchen offers employment path experiences designed to nourish and inspire all learners, with and without disabilities, to thrive personally and professionally with support and resources in a community inclusive setting.

Board of Directors

Reality Kitchen Nonprofit Board of Directors

It is important to note that the Reality Kitchen Nonprofit Board of Directors are drawn from the community based on the diverse skill sets that are needed to guide our unique organization.  A deep knowledge of finance, business and nonprofit governance, food service management and, of course, the perspectives and practical experiences gained from classroom and life skills training in the field of Special Education.

100% of the Board of Directors each contributes financially, as well as through their commitment of time and vision, expertise and skills, goods, items and in kind services to the organization.

The co-founders, Jim Evangelista and Catherine Pickup, made a significant investment in the startup of Reality Kitchen Nonprofit. Both volunteer their work and 100% of their time on behalf of the nonprofit organization and each serves as Executive Director and Program Director respectively. This evidences their commitment to the Mission and goals for success of the each individual Supported Staff member and community inclusive spirit of this organization.

Lynn Egli   Board President

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 measurable 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 for Hewlett Packard from Singapore, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Spain, Israel and across the Americas.

Lynn is currently a self-employed non-profit consultant for various nonprofits across Oregon. In the non-profit arena, Lynn currently serves as the Treasurer for Jackson Street Youth Services Inc., Chair of the Location and Building Committee for the Crater Lake District of the United Methodist Church, Board Secretary and grant writer The Eugene Gleemen and Business Manager for Messy Church USA.

Leonard Krause    Board Treasurer

Kerry O’Connor  Board Secretary

 

Before moving to Eugene in the Fall of 2018 to pursue a Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) and concurrent Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Oregon, Kerry earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology at Gannon University in Erie, PA. While earning her BS Kerry worked part-time as a direct support professional (DSP) in the Supportive Living Department at the Gertrude Barber Center, one of Erie’s largest nonprofit organizations. During this work, she gained a full understanding of the unique circumstances those with disabilities face and the barriers created by our society that they are forced to overcome. After recognizing the widespread need to improve and increase the creation of equal opportunities for everyone, of every ability, to reach their fullest potential, Kerry decided to pursue graduate school to further her ability to influence large scale positive change in the disability rights movement.

Throughout her graduate school career, Kerry has been fortunate to work with a wide variety of local nonprofit organizations. Currently, she is involved in projects with FOOD for Lane County, the Homes for Good Foundation, HIV Alliance, Diabetes Community Care Team, and the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene.

“Upon hearing Jim and Catherine’s journey and the mission of Reality Kitchen, I instantly knew I needed to be involved in some way. Their enthusiasm and dedication to changing the lives of every individual who crosses Reality Kitchen’s path is genuinely inspiring. They truly have created a family at Reality Kitchen, which I am extraordinarily honored and grateful to be apart of.”

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