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.

Director of Client Services:

Aaron Heier

Aaron has spent 20+ years in non-profit leadership specifically in program development and implementation, service delivery and sexual health & wellness. Prior to finding his passion in social services, he spent a decade working in public relations, communications and client development for several top-tier lifestyle brands that had him stationed in locations across the globe including Los Angeles, London and Sydney, Australia. A passionate advocate for the unhoused, Aaron serves as Board Vice President of Street Bundles Inc., an all-volunteer non-profit organization that distributes three-day sustenance and care packages along with other essentials and supplies to those experiencing homelessness in San Diego County.

Executive Chef:

Jason Martini

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.

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Director of Strategic Initiatives:

Chris Nolan

Chris Nolan has over nine 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 the director of Strategic Initiatives.

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.

Chief Operating Officer:

Andrew W. Picard

Andrew has over 18-years in senior leadership serving non-profits, government agencies, private consulting sectors. He has provided strategic leadership for initiatives on the national, state and regional level. Andrew has expertise in directing operations and program design for public programs, particularly focused on human-centered design for vulnerable populations and under-served communities.  He studied Political Science and Public Policy at UC Santa Barbara, is on the Board of Directors for San Diego Pride.

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.

Staff Roster

Gustavo Avila, Bilingual Community Outreach Coordinator
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, Marketing and Events Manager
Tim Edwards, Production Cook
Aaron Heier, Director of Client Services
Noemi Huerta, Bilingual Meal Services Administrator
Suzette Jimenez, Marketing Coordinator
Patti Lazard, Volunteer Operations Coordinator & Driver
Maggie Lengyel, Donor Stewardship and Government Relations Manager
Faye Levy, Human Resources Manager
Alma Lopez, Bilingual Registered Dietitian
Jason Martini, Executive Chef
Carolina Martinez, Bilingual Intake Specialist
Jonathan Moreno, Sous Chef
Chris Nolan, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Jenna Novotny, Director of Development
Andrew W. Picard, Chief Operating Officer
Frank Pulido, Delivery Driver
Lorenzo Ricardo, Cook and Dishwasher
Sandra Sanchez, Bilingual Client Services Assistant
Kelly Sherlock, Director of Administration & Finance
DeAndre Simmons, Operations & Staging Specialist
TD Smith, Grants and Institutional Coordinator
Lexi Striler, Registered Dietitian
Scott Tarvin, Driver
Tyler Thomas, Cook and Dishwasher
Ben Ward, Driver
Jimmy Whittenburge, Staff Accountant