Meet Matt Abel

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Matt is a master’s student at Teachers College, Columbia University, studying Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. 

His broad range of education experience includes working as a private tutor for many age groups and subjects, including classroom experience abroad in Madrid, Spain. 

Matt has a deep passion for all aspects of nutrition and nutrition education. He plans to focus his work as a future Registered Dietitian Nutritionist on community nutrition and nutritional ecology. 

When Matt isn’t training NYC’s burgeoning ranks of Food Detectives, he enjoys outdoor activities, including snowboarding, cycling, hiking, and ultimate frisbee.

Meet Sara Kay

Sara has worked in food and nutrition education with all age groups for the last five years. Before starting at Pure Food Kids Foundation, she developed and taught a mentorship-based, after school cooking program for high-school students in Bedford-Stuyvasant, Brooklyn. As a current Food Studies masters student at New York University, her academic focus is on authenticity rhetoric in ethnic cuisines in New York City. 

In her free time, Sara enjoys big cooking projects and sharing food detective fun facts with her friends!

Meet Sara Morris

Sara Morris joined the Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation as President in March of 2017, bringing 25 years’ experience as an organizational leader in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

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Prior to joining Pure Food Kids, Sara was President and CEO of the Alliance for Education from 2010 to 2016. The Alliance is Seattle’s local education fund and one of the city’s largest education non-profits. In this role, Sara reported to a 30-member Board of Directors and managed a 15-member staff and $5 million annual budget. Bringing together the charitable resources of Seattle’s business and philanthropic community to support more than 53,000 students in Seattle’s public schools, Sara stewarded the organization as an independent voice and external catalyst for change in urban public education. Of note was Sara’s role as co-founder of the nationally recognized Seattle Teacher Residency, a unique partnership between labor, academia, schools and community supporting the selective recruitment and preparation of exceptional teachers dedicated to serving Seattle’s highest poverty students.

Sara began her career as a communications aide in the White House during the Clinton Administration and subsequently held leadership positions in the public and private sectors, including Group Marketing Manager at Amazon.com; Director of Marketing at OVP Venture Partners; Executive Director of TechNet Northwest; and Executive Staff Director to the Superintendent’s Committee for Excellence at Seattle Public Schools.

Sara received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1993 and her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1999. She was named one of Seattle’s "40 Under 40” by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2003.

From 2007 to 2010 Sara served on the Board of Directors of the Technology Access Foundation and was elected Board President. In 2017 she became a founding board member of Impact Public Schools, a charter management organization serving high-poverty students in Washington State.

Sara lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys hiking, running, cross country skiing, travel, photography and eating real food – and doing all those things with her family.

Meet Lizzie Diehl

After graduating from college Lizzie bicycled across the United States. She found bike touring such a tremendous pleasure, she became a tour guide, and led cycling trips throughout the US and Canada. Traveling, Lizzie observed a wide range of beliefs and practices regarding food and health, and she became curious about the age-old expression “you are what you eat!”

Lizzie earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, and is excited to share her expertise and love of food with local students. In addition to teaching, cooking, and bicycling, Lizzie loves learning about wild food plants and exploring local forests and beaches.

 

Meet Chuck McKeever

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Chuck has been an educator for more than four years, doing everything from elementary school ESL in the Marshall Islands to Adult Basic Education in Seattle's low-income communities. When he's not helping turn kids into Food Detectives through the Beecher's Foundation Workshop, he teaches GED prep classes through Seattle Vocational Institute's Learning Center Seattle program.

Chuck became interested in food and nutrition programs in 2016 when he was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, where he discovered just how strong the relationship between input (food) and output (energy) really is in the human body. He and his fiancee are native East Coasters who are going to have an awfully hard time ever leaving Washington.

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