Founder, Board President, and Executive Director
Tamara is a business professional with over 25 years of experience developing and executing business growth strategies. She left a successful career at Hallmark to launch Pete's Garden after learning about the global problem of food waste and the gaps in Kansas City's approach to solving this growing environmental and social concern. Prior to Hallmark, Tamara worked as a strategy consultant with BCG in their Chicago office. She has an MBA from Kellogg and an undergrad in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Board Vice President & Treasurer
Resident District Manager, Bon Appetit Management Company
An executive with 30+ years of experience in food service and restaurant operations, Steve leads in-house dining operations for several local corporate clients and has established their food recovery programs.
Attorney, McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan
Jason represents clients in construction litigation and other complex civil litigation. He is active in the community, having served as Board President for EPEC (Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child).
Founder, Inspired Occasions Catering
In addition to operating his award-winning catering and event management firm, Lon has served as chairman of the International Caterers Association Educational Foundation. He received the Gillis Center Kansas City Spirit Award in 2012 and 2014.
Sr. Director, User Experience Design, Ascend Learning
Prior to joining Ascend, Chrys founded and led Useagility, a UX consulting firm recently acquired by First Tek, a leading IT services provider. Chrys received the 2015 Women Who Mean Business award from the Kansas City Business Journal.
Chief Operating Officer, Operation Breakthrough
Mike's career spans 30+ years managing both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Mike leads facilities and administrative management for Operation Breakthrough, a Kansas City social services organization serving over 500 local families.