Chief Executive Officer:

Alberto Cortés

Alberto has been in the nonprofit arena for over 32 years and has broad experience in organizational management and governance. He has been leading Mama’s Kitchen since 2002. Alberto has a BA from National University and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is a veteran of the US Navy Submarine Force and sings second tenor with the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.

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Director of Nutrition Services:

Chris Nolan

Chris Nolan has over seven years of experience implementing and coordinating programs for underserved communities in San Diego, USA, and throughout México. Chris holds a master’s degree in Peace and Justice from the University of San Diego as well as a Communications degree from Universidad Iberoamericana. Chris joined Mama’s Kitchen in 2020 and currently is director of the Nutrition Services Department.

Director of Volunteer Engagement:

Mark Maddox

With over 12 years of skills and experience in customer service and volunteer support. Mark’s background includes employment with Birch Aquarium and volunteer management for San Diego Pride. Mark’s skills include volunteer database management, volunteer recruitment, training and placement, and coordination of large numbers of volunteers for events. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Lambda Archives of San Diego and Parade Co-Manager for San Diego Pride.

Executive Chef:

Jason Martin

With an education in human nutrition and public health and classical training from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Jason has over 10 years’ experience as an executive chef spanning across non-profits, multi-outlet hotels, a high-volume catering company as well as his own personal chef business, focusing on fresh, local, healthful choices.

Director of Development:

Jenna Novotny

With over 10 years of experience in nonprofit development and marketing, Jenna has previously led development for nonprofits including San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and Challenged Athletes Foundation. Jenna oversees development initiatives including annual giving campaigns, institutional giving, the Bread & Butter Club, and fundraising events.

Director of Administration and Finance:

Kelly Sherlock

With over 25 years of experience, Kelly manages the financial and human resource functions of the organization, policy implementation, and advocacy and governance support.  She joined Mama’s Kitchen in 2005 as a volunteer, as staff in 2013, and has an M.A. in Non-Profit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

Director of Strategic Initiatives: Vacant

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Staff Roster

Gustavo Aburto, Bilingual Client Services Specialist
Paul Barnard, Donor Database Administrator
Stephanie Boyd, Registered Dietitian
Philip Chao, Bilingual Volunteer Engagement Assistant
Alberto Cortés, Chief Executive Officer
Olga Cortés, Executive Assistant
JD Damon, Operations and Facilities Coordinator
Tim Dominic, Meal Services Specialist
Silvia Dominguez, Senior Events Coordinator
Tim Edwards, Production Cook
Suzette Jimenez, Marketing Coordinator
Maggie Lengyel, Donor Stewardship and Government Relations Manager
Faye Levy, Human Resources Manager
Alma Lopez, Bilingual Registered Dietitian
Spencer Luster, Operations & Staging Specialist
Mark Maddox, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Jason Martin, Executive Chef
Noemi Martinez, Bilingual Meal Services Administrator
Jonathan Moreno, Sous Chef
Chris Nolan, Director of Nutrition Services
Jenna Novotny, Director of Development
Brett Serwalt, Driver
Kelly Sherlock, Director of Administration & Finance
DeAndre Simmons, Operations & Staging Specialist
Tiffany Smith, Grants and Institutional Coordinator
Lexi Striler, Registered Dietitian
Zach Striler, Driver
Tyler Thomas, Cook and Dishwasher