Our Team

Renée Martin
Director, Catalyst Kitchens

 
Renée got her entrepreneurial experience in the (insanely) fast moving digital media sector where she launched and developed several startups. After that she pivoted to be a leadership consultant to nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. As Director, Renée oversees Catalyst Kitchens as a whole. She is responsible for social enterprise sustainability and program impact for both membership and consulting. 
 

“There is nothing more inspiring than helping communities all over the country (and beyond) galvanize around food as a catalyst for change using our proven model to help individuals escape the cycle of poverty.”

 

James Hondros
Content and Resource Developer

As the former owner and operator of Eva Restaurant, James brings a wealth of experience as a business manager and culinary professional. He's spent time teaching job readiness and financial literacy classes to newly arrived refugees through the International Rescue Committee and is interested in learning more about workforce development through social enterprise. In his role as a AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, James will help to develop CK membership content and resources. 

 

Corinne Molz
Program Associate 

Corinne began at FareStart as a Catering Supervisor, where she learned the ins and outs of social enterprise operations. She later expanded her experience to Student Services, joining FareStart’s student outreach efforts in the Seattle community. She brings this dual knowledge to her role as Program Associate where she will support the membership and consulting teams, provide the administrative backbone for Catalyst Kitchens, and front-line customer service to our prospective clients. Corinne’s well-rounded knowledge of and established relationships within FareStart will make her an asset to the team. 

"I have witnessed my teammates work together to empower our students at FareStart and am ready to bring that energy to Catalyst Kitchens. We are a ripple effect that begins with a strong network of like-minded organizations working to uplift their communities. Together we can make a true impact through the power of collaboration."

 

Advisory Council

The Catalyst Kitchens Advisory Council includes Model Member and FareStart board representation and acts as a subcommittee under the governance of the FareStart board.  

Chair

Gregg Johnson

Members

Chris Alston

Chris Schenck

Kristi Marchbanks

Linda Nageotte

Megan Karch

Mike Curtin

Paul Fordham

Shawn DiGruccio

Tiffany Gathers
Program Development Manager
 

Tiffany brings strong firsthand experience within community outreach, student intake and food service business operations at FareStart to her role as Program Development Manager. Her academic and professional background in community development also inform her work supporting the incubation and launch of programs in communities across the country.
 

"I've seen the benefits of food service offering a second chance at life. To be able to share this knowledge with other likeminded organizations makes me optimistic about the future of our country."

 

Emily Olsen-Harbich
Member Engagement Manager

Emily is interested in challenging traditional community development norms to solve complex social issues at scale. She's worked at the grassroots level as a community extension agent in Peace Corps Cameroon and managed cross-sector initiatives while working at a boutique consulting firm based in Washington, DC. Emily's experience creating compelling communications tools, including an award winning documentary film, help her to support and enhance the inspiring work of Catalyst Kitchens members around the country. 

"It’s incredible to see so many diverse organizations joining together in this network to innovate, launch, and build capacity in their own communities. More than a network, Catalyst Kitchens is truly a movement."

 

Justin Smith
Program Development Manager

Justin has worked for years merging food, gardening, and the culinary arts with services for vulnerable populations in both Chicago and Seattle.  In his role as Program Development Manager, Justin draws on a wide range of experience with instruction, curriculum writing, program expansion, youth education, and over a decade of work in restaurants and hospitality.

“I believe in the transformational power of food to create and strengthen communities.  Catalyst Kitchens members provide pathways to a noble career, and empower people to know and choose happiness in their lives every day.”

 

David Carleton
Founder

David has a long history of incubating and launching food-service-based social enterprises including his founding of what would become Catalyst Kitchens in 2006. His work in the field has been so impactful that he was the recipient of a Social Enterprise Alliance Leadership Award in 2009. While David is no longer part of the day-to-day operations, he will remain involved with Catalyst Kitchens.

“The Catalyst Kitchens alliance members are some of the best social enterprises in the field, but, together, we are so much more. We are leading a social movement that is creating real solutions to joblessness, poverty and hunger in our communities.”