Executive Director:

Alberto Cortés

Over 25 years management experience in HIV & AIDS services with nonprofit organizations. Has broad experience in cross-cultural and bilingual service delivery. Served on our board for two years, one of them as treasurer. As executive director of Mama’s Kitchen since 2002, has responsibility for staff, program success, and fiscal integrity. Has an MBA from San Diego State University and is a Navy veteran.

Executive Chef:

Anne R. Garger

With 20 years of experience in the United States Navy as chief petty officer responsible for preparation of four meals daily for a crew of 750, Chef Garger was nominated for the Ney Award for Outstanding Food Service. Joining Mama’s Kitchen in 1996, her responsibilities include menu planning, purchasing and preparation of all food items to meet specific dietary guidelines for all clients.

Director of Development

Ben Coyle

Joining Mama’s Kitchen in 2012, Ben and the Development Team are responsible for a diversified fundraising plan that includes individual giving, corporate and foundation grants, government support, and Mama’s Kitchen’s signature fundraising events. A graduate of San Diego State University, Ben has nearly a decade of experience fundraising for nutrition-focused nonprofit organizations.

Director of Programs:

Gigi Cantin

Responsible for supervision of the Home Delivered Meal and Pantry Programs, Gigi also coordinates the Volunteer Program and Client Services. With over 25 years experience in marketing, operations and fundraising, she joined the staff in 2012 as the Capital Campaign Manager. Interacting with volunteers, donors and clients is what she enjoys most about her job.

Director of Administration and Finance:

Kelly Sherlock

With over 20 years of experience, Kelly manages the financial and human resource functions of the organization, policy implementation and governance support.  She joined Mama’s Kitchen in 2005 as a volunteer, as staff in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.

Staff Roster

Stephanie Boyd, Registered Dietitian
Gigi Cantin, Director of Programs
Alberto Cortés, Executive Director
JD Damon, Distribution Coordinator
Tim Dominic, Food Drive Coordinator
Haley Durr, Development Assistant
Anne R. Garger, Executive Chef
Kristine Jansen, Community Outreach & Program Manager
Vickie Randle, Bilingual Meal Services Administrator
Kelly Sherlock, Director of Administration & Finance
Frances Weekley, Bookkeeper
Geraldine Zamora, Marketing & Events Coordinator