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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.

Jacob Painter    Board Treasurer

My name is Jacob Painter. When I was first introduced to Reality Kitchen I immediately fell in love with the organization’s mission. I’ve been looking for an opportunity to join a nonprofit to be more involved in the community and to offer my services and this was the perfect fit.

First and foremost I am a family man. I have three kids and have been married since 2008. I moved away from Oregon in 2006 to serve in the United States Marine Corps. After 5 years of an honorable service I pursued an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a focus in finance from the University of Oregon. I chose to study finance because I believe it’s one of the most important and integral functions of a successful business.

While pursuing a finance degree, I found banking was the greatest career path to have a significant impact on multiple businesses and the community. I’ve been a commercial banker since 2016 and currently work for Summit Bank as a Commercial Lender as it has provided the opportunity I have been looking for with having the ability to give back to my community.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family. We love to go on bike rides, extended camping trips, hiking, barbequeing/cooking and spending time with friends and extended family. I get great joy and satisfaction watching my children learn and grow through being active and involved.

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