"A gentle breeze blowing in the right direction is better than a pair of strong oars."- Canary Island Proverb
Brent Crane (Executive Director) has served as the Executive Director of the Friends of the Coalition since 1993. He graduated from Brigham Young University and has served on many civic and community boards and committees, including the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, Springville City Volunteer Commission and the Provo Downtown Alliance. His leadership and vision has directly led to the overall growth and success of the organization. His greatest satisfaction is knowing that individually and collectively, we can greatly improve the lives of those less fortunate. He and his wife Shellie reside in Mapleton with their 4 children.
Nancy W. (Administrative Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 1997. Nancy assists the Executive Director with many professional tasks. She also coordinates court-ordered community services candidates and Eagle Scout projects. Nancy has worked in social services for 24 years and earned a B.S. in Education. She was presented with a Child Abuse Prevention Award for previous work in a social service agency. She says the following about her work with Food & Care: "It's rewarding to meet people in many walks of life-volunteers from the community, clients, and interested people of many ages. It's a great opportunity to both learn and teach others." Nancy is the proud mother of one and grandmother of two. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and gardening.
Brenda E. (Client Services Director) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 1998. Brenda conducts all new client intakes, takes care of requests for shelter, clothing vouchers, rental assistance, bus tokens, and many other monetary services. Brenda was a licensed nurse for 22 years and received many trainings and certifications in this capacity. She was also chosen as a volunteer of the year for her work in the mentoring program. Brenda said the following about her work at Food & Care: "My favorite thing about my work here is the clients. Given the time to talk with you, some of them are just like you and me. It is heart-warming the gratitude some of them express when given only the basics-such as coats, meals, showers, or laundry. It reminds me every day that only by the grace of God there go I."
Jack R. (Mentoring and Work Training Director) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2006. Jack provides outreach and advocacy on a daily basis for clients and connects them with appropriate community resources. He assists in writing resumes, letters of recommendation, and finding positive ways to enhance a job search. Jack spent thirty years working for the state as a Job Interviewer, Job Developer, Employer Representative, Veteran Representative, Information Specialist, and Eligibility Specialist. He also taught bicycle repair classes in the Alpine and Nebo School Districts. He says, "I love advocating for people in need. I like to open doors and explore the many possibilities open to people. I enjoy helping people find answers, solutions, and good information."
Heather H. (Storehouse Director) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2008. Heather manages professional community partnerships, such as the dental program, glasses program, and chiropractic program. She is also the data manager for the state-required data system, ClientTrack, and is responsible for data quality. Heather also plans Food & Care's fundraising events, such as Bowls for Humanity. Heather studied English, Music, and Russian at BYU and is currently studying Spanish and Applied Technology at UVU. Her favorite thing about her work is "making a difference in someone's life every day." She says, "I find it immensely rewarding to serve this population. Every day brings new challenges and new personal triumphs for our clients and I love being a part of it."
Mark M. (Facilities Manager) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2009. Mark is responsible for building care and maintenance. He is certified in the following: Electrician, Plumber, Carpenter, Tile Setter, Welder, Electronics Tech, HVAC Tech, Private Pilot, Certified Diver, EPA, Satellite Tech, Heavy Equipment, Sprinkler Tech, Alternate Fuel certification, Firearms certification, OSHA and many more. Mark was also instrumental in finishing the construction on our new building, performing much of the labor himself and managing volunteer groups to help where needed. Mark is a proud husband, father, and grandfather and strives to live up to his favorite saying "Try a little harder to be a little better." Mark says his favorite part of his work here is "helping out where I can, and that the job has a spiritual side to it."
Kenneth L. (Kitchen Manager) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2007. When asked about how he became involved with the Food & Care Coalition, Ken stated, "As a child of a single mom with nine kids, I had visited and used places like the Coalition and now it is my turn to give back." Ken is a certified chef and a former chef of the BYU Skyroom. Ken's proudest personal accomplishment is the raising of his children. When asked about his work at Food & Care, Ken said, "My favorite thing is the chance to brighten people's life, whether through my meals or through my genuine care for others. Everyone has something special inside if you take time to find it."
Treva C. (Director of Volunteers) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2010. Treva coordinates, recruits, and manages volunteer schedules and duties. She also connects with the community to relay crucial or emergency needs of the Food & Care Coalition. Treva has a certification in accounting and studied Psychology and Sociology at Portland Community College. She was previously employed with Intel, Novell, and Omniture. When asked about her work at Food & Care, Treva said, "I see the work of the Food & Care Coalition as a great purpose and that it fills a deep need in the community for both receiver and giver." Treva is a gifted performer, and has been the lead vocalist in two professional rock bands, actor in radio commercials, and an avid participant in community theater.
Amanda D. (Case Manager) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2011. As a front desk receptionist, she is the first point of contact for clients and volunteer. She refers clients and incoming calls to the appropriate channels and assists with client needs, such as appointments, hygiene kits, and information. Amanda earned her Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in social work and completed her internship at an addiction recovery center. She is currently working towards her SSW license. When asked about her favorite part of her work here, she said, "Being able to reach out and help people on a personal level. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the look of relief on someone's face as they get their most basic needs met and to see them overcome difficult situations."
Dellene G. (Weekend Cook) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 1993. Dellene chooses the menu for Saturday lunch and dinner, cooks and manages the meals on Saturday, and fills in during the week as needed. She earned her degree from LDS Business College and is the proud mother of six, grandmother of twenty-six, and great-grandmother of twelve. Dellene says her favorite thing about her work here is "the challenge of taking miscellaneous items and turning them into an eye-appealing, tasty meal. I also like seeing the clients enjoy the meal and hearing them expressing their appreciation."
Sabrina S. (Kitchen Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2005. Sabrina assists with meal preparation, receiving donations, cleaning, and working with volunteers. Sabrina has a BFA in Painting from BYU and has had many pieces featured in National and International painting competitions. Sabrina is a regular contributor for local and state art shows, and routinely earns recognition for the quality and innovation of her work. She also dances with a local community ballet company. She is currently earning her certification in Art Teaching. Sabrina says, "I love to be involved with coordinating donations and volunteer tasks for mealtime. I love the social aspect-working with donors, volunteers, and clients." Her favorite quote is "Happiness is not what happens outside of you; it's what happens within."
Dave B. (Kitchen Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2008. Dave works in the mornings and cooks breakfast, helps receive donations, and helps prepare the lunch meal. He was introduced to the Food & Care Coalition through Ken, who he had previously worked with. Dave has been working in the food industry for ten years. About his work here, he stated, "The most heart-touching thing I get to see is little kids have a giving spirit by sharing their food with those who don't have any." Dave's favorite quote is "Enjoy life, but especially enjoy service."
Joseph G. (Kitchen Assistant) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2013. Joseph was introduced to the Food & Care Coalition through Ken (our head chef) and assists with processing donations, meal preparation and services, and other kitchen tasks. His favorite things about his work here are the great people and the great food. Joseph is an A+ Certified Computer Technician. He is the proud father of three children and his favorite quote is "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
Claudia B. (Custodial) has worked with the Food & Care Coalition since 2011. Claudia cleans and sanitizes the building on a daily basis, including the restrooms, front reception area, laundry room, doors, windows, and more. Claudia has training and a diploma in Executive Office and an Associates Degree in Behavioral Science. She is also trained in CPR and self-defense. Her favorite thing about working here is "maintaining a clean environment for staff and clients and receiving compliments on doing such a good job." Claudia is the proud mother of three and grandmother of six.