Leaders

Volunteer Community Kitchen Leaders
Community Kitchens is fortunate to have a long list of dedicated, volunteer kitchen coordinators. To learn more about an individual kitchen, please contact the kitchen coordinator directly. If youre unsure who to contact, email info@communitykitchensnw.org and well point you in the right direction.

Kate Farmer Rainier Vista Community Kitchen

Kate Farmer is the Site Manager at Neighborhood House Rainier Vista Center. Located in the heart of Rainier Vista, the Center offers services, support and resources for low income people living in the community. Rainier Vista is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country with over 14 languages spoken. Kate currently leads a monthly community kitchen on-site which local residents attend and learn new cooking skills, share recipes and prepare food to take home. Kate has been with the Center for 2 years, prior to that she worked at the Archdiocesan Housing Authority in Seattle for 3 years as a Resident Services Coordinator.

Leika Suzumura Rainier Community Kitchen

Leika has been cooking and studying nutrition since the age of 13. These early experiences were impressionable and led her to pursue a career in nutrition. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition at Bastyr University and is currently a nutrition educator for PCC Natural Markets. She is passionate about food justice and the pursuit of making quality foods accessible to all people. Her strategy is founded on come-unity networks and empowering people with knowledge and the skills necessary to take charge of their health for the greatest quality of life.

Diana Vergis Vinh Downtown Community Kitchen

Diana is a Public Health Nurse with Public Health Seattle & King County where she works doing healthy eating, active living programs. She has been part of Community Kitchens Northwest since its start three years ago.

Dorothy Sager Unity Church Community Kitchen
As a single person I am aware of the challenges of preparing food for one. I was looking for a way to combine my healthy lifestyle training with people having fun together when I discovered community kitchens. The community kitchen provides social support, creativity, fun and incredibly delicious food. I learn ways to support local, organic food growers and discover environmental resources while I teach healthy nutrition tips and kitchen skills every time we have an evening in the kitchen. Dorothy Sager, Synergy Wellness Coach and Raw Food Chef, Unity Seattle Community Kitchen.

Kala Mayer Rainier Community Kitchen
Kala is a Registered Nurse. In 2007, Kala entered her studies at the University of Washington as a Nursing doctoral student with an interest in nutrition-related chronic disease. As a child growing up with a mother with Celiac disease Kala knew she wanted to pursue a career making a positive difference for those living with chronic disease. In addition to nursing, over the last 3 years Kala has worked hard to make a difference through her involvement in the grassroots Community Kitchen Project as a participant, administrator and as an active member of the CommunityKitchensNW Coalition, serving on the steering committee.