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 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 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 President

Leonard is a regulatory consultant and president of FDA Connect, inc., and independent consulting company which assists small pharmaceutical manufacturers and marketers of OTC medications, homeopathic remedies, dietary supplements and cosmetics to comply with US Food and Drug Administration regulations.

In the non-profit world, he has served on numerous boards over the last 30 years in various capacities. His areas of interest are education, the arts, promotion of community mental health, conflict resolution, sustainability, and human development. His focus has been on non-profit corporate governance, financial oversight, and fundraising.

In the realm of fundraising, in 2007 he organized a successful event in Eugene on behalf of the Oregon Ballet Foundation to break the Guinness World Record for largest indoor ballet class. On behalf of the Eugene Rotary club, he was a co-creator and designer of the Inspirational Invocation book to raise funds for the organization’s community programs. The book was subsequently adopted by the national Rotary organization.

Leonard was enthusiastic and honored to have been invited to join the board of Reality Kitchen. He had been following the progress of the organization over the years through his long-time friendship with its founder, Jim Evangelista. According to Leonard, “Reality Kitchen is a vital resource not only for our community; but it also has the potential of becoming a model for the entire country. Its practical approach and hands-on curriculum is an excellent way to provide real-world work-skills and life-skills to the developmentally disabled community. I have seen with my own eyes the joy and dignity in its students when they have the ability to express themselves through the pride of work.” 

Leonard is an avid vegetable gardener, loves to dance and ski, and can often be found on weekends at the top of Spencer Butte.


K Daniels       Board Secretary

As the mother of two adults with special needs, K is acutely aware of the need for workplace training. While searching for such a program for her daughter, she discovered Reality Kitchen—and has been a fan every since!

Armed with a masters degree in Special Education, K spent several years working with neurodivergent students. She focused on helping these students find and keep a job and quickly realized that the educational system does not provide the skills these students require to be successful with employment.

Hence, she is delighted to serve on the Board of an organization that addresses this training issue. The staff of Reality Kitchen is dedicated, patient, and practiced at developing and implementing programs that build and reinforce employment skills.

K enjoys hiking the Buttes in Eugene, reading British mysteries, and eating scones baked at Reality Kitchen!

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