Meet The team
Founder, Co-Director (Culinary, Strategy & Ops)
Our culinary director, kitchen manager and co-director of strategy & operations. Founded MCK as a mutual aid project in April 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and was a team of one throughout MCK's first year of operation. Casper went to Oregon Culinary Institute over 10 years ago and has worked as a line cook and an executive chef in various food establishments in the greater Portland area. His menu planning is inspired by his Southern upbringing, experience preparing meals to accommodate certain dietary and health needs, and by what he craves. When the pandemic hit, he pivoted to cooking for mutual aid and grassroots founded nonprofit organizations. In addition to working as a full-time kitchen manager and chef for MCK, he is also a fulltime kitchen manager and chef at one of the largest emergency houseless shelters in Oregon. Ask him about his former jobs and Netflix :-) He calls Portland his adopted home.
Co-Director (Strategy & Ops, Programs, Development)
Board Vice President
Our co-director of programs, development, strategy & operations, and planning. First person to organize a community fundraiser for MCK joined in May of 2021 as a volunteer. Sherielyn comes from the corporate world of Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business Administration, Sales & Marketing. She pivoted from working in for-profits to the nonprofit sector. Her industry areas include working in humanitarian agencies, food rescue, biotech-pharmaceuticals, acupuncture & integrative medicine, and banking. Her interpersonal skills, love for sharing resources, and community-centric approach to helping has been described by many as the glue that keeps MCK together. Before calling Portland her home, she moved from Sweden after living in California for 18 years. She is a Filipino-American who loves food and traveling, thinking about learning a fourth language.
Volunteer Board Secretary
A long time volunteer walking alongside MCK since July 2021. She was drawn to this project because it’s different from other community food programs. She believes that in a country so rich, we should never be faced with such a high percentage of people that do not have access to healthy food. Khristi became an integral part of MCK’s 2023 growth. Khristi helped in areas such as deliveries, communications, events logistics, fundraising, promotions, marketing, and business partnerships. She comes from a diverse background of [including but not limited to] events planning, hospitality and catering industry, personal assistant, and working as a private chef. In her past travels, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Thailand. Khristi loves to travel. She is a Washington native who now calls Portland home. When Khristi is not working, she is hiking, making healthy meals, doing yoga, and planning her next trip.
Volunteer Grant Writer & Administration
A volunteer walking alongside MCK since July 2022. Meridith runs her own consulting business in grant writing and management. She started volunteering as a delivery driver with MCK and soon after started helping Sherielyn with grants. Meridith's experience is in environmental justice and is quick to learn about the local food justice systems and the areas that MCK works in. Very organized and detail oriented, Meridith has been a great addition to the team. When not working, Meridith can be found playing soccer, hiking, and baking.
Join the board
We believe that the best way to get to know the people you want to represent and help starts with becoming a volunteer. When you see first hand what we do and how we operate, it helps you understand our real needs as an organization. If you are interested in joining our board, we encourage you to send us an email. We would love to meet you!