Shaleiah Fox (Founder) has used her personal experience with the foster care system to inform her years as a volunteer and advocate for children who are involved in the foster care system. She has a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Public Administration and Policy and much of her graduate research addressed the Florida Independent Living Program (akin to Texas’ Preparation for Adult Living Program) and the gaps in services for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
Elizabeth Winslow (President) is a writer, educator, entrepreneur and local food advocate. She is a co-founder of local food delivery service Farmhouse Delivery, worked as Communications Manager at Sustainable Food Center, and a frequent contributor to Edible Austin. She is the mother of two teenagers and loves reading, travel, and cooking at home.
Candace Clarkson (Treasurer) is a seasoned marketing manager who brings over 10 years of strategic leadership experience developing and managing complex programs and budgets for brands such as Dell, AT&T, Masterfoods, and Sara Lee. She is a native Austinite who is passionate about empowering the youth in our community. Candace enjoys running, going to live concerts, traveling and experimenting with new appetizer recipes.
Rachael Garbowski (Secretary) is the Corporate Relations Manager at The Contemporary Austin. Previously, she served as the Development Director for Texas Land Conservancy, a statewide non-profit land trust. Prior to moving to Texas, she was the Programs Director of a community arts center and theater on an island in Maine. She received her B.A. in Theater and Art History from Bates College in 2009 and originally hails from an 80-acre vegetable farm in Door County, Wisconsin.
Claudette Kazzoun is the owner, chef, and event manager of local catering company, Bespoke Food Austin. Claudette has loved food, hospitality and entertaining since growing up in her family’s restaurant, at her Mum’s apron strings. In addition to having a catering business throughout her school years, she has managed and consulted with high-end restaurants and worked with the Four Seasons. During her years in New York, her food-styling work appeared in cover articles of many different magazines including Food and Wine and Gourmet along with many cookbooks.
Lauren Nottingham was born and raised in New Orleans and considers her most prized possession to be a cast iron skillet from her grandmother’s kitchen. Whether it was learning how to make gumbo, or watching her grandparents feed everyone seated at their table, she learned early on about the nurturing role food can play. Lauren welcomes the opportunity to help bring positive food experiences to youth in the foster care system. With a Masters in Public Affairs, she works as a state level policy associate to improve the health and nutrition of kids in Texas.
Meredith Takahashi is an attorney and pastry chef in the Austin area. She has her own practice focusing in Family and Entertainment Law and she founded Mère Made Sweets, a catering group. Meredith obtained her diploma in baking and pastry arts at the Institute of Culinary Education, New York, NY. Meredith holds her BA from Boston College and her JD from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. After working in Washington, DC on human rights issues, she spent the majority of her law career as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of NYC representing children in and out of foster care. As an Ambassador for the Miracle Foundation, a local nonprofit working to elevate the care of children living in orphanages in India, Meredith also worked in development.