Board Vice President
Board Member & Fundraising Lead
After a twenty-year career as business
owner and Executive Recruiter, Kim focused on raising her family and volunteer work. Most of her time was centered around education fundraising as well as hands on work in the career center at South Eugene.
Serving on the Board for the Eugene Public Library Foundation for 6 years was meaningful but Kim was attracted to the start up nature of Positive Community Kitchen and the focus on healthy eating, teen education and support to the critically ill; a mission statement that mirrored her personal values.
As chair of the Friends of PCK, she has organized direct donor campaigns, created a fund raising platform called “Stock the Shelves” and served as co-chair for the “Under the Harvest Moon” dinner/auction in fall of 2015 & 2016.
Dr. Gemmell, grew up in Bluegene, OR. She started her career within her family’s business, Imperial Floors.
“Surrounded by music as a child with musical parents, I started formal piano study at age 4, added violin at 8, guitar at
10. Music is a major unifying theme of my life.”
After high school at both Sheldon and South Eugene, Dr. Gemmell received her college degree from Stanford, majoring in Music (Piano Performance) and Psychology, with a minor in German. Junior year she studied abroad in Vienna, Austria.
After Stanford, she received a Master’s in Clinical Psychology at University of Oregon and medical school beckoned…
She moved back to San Francisco and received a Medical Degree at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gemmell completed residency in Radiation Oncology in Portland at OHSU. She returned back to work in Eugene, along with her husband and sons, Connor and Dillon and daughter Brooke.
In 2005, Dr. Gemmell together with surgeon, Dr. Charlie Stanton, planted Stanton Vineyard. “We love sharing our pinot wines with everyone! Our kids are now 22, 24, 26, 27 and 29. All 5 of them live in Oregon and visit us often. They are truly a blessing.”
“I loved working in oncology for 25 years, retiring from Willamette Valley Cancer Institute in Dec. 2015. Guiding cancer patients through their many challenges has given me the greatest fulfillment imaginable.”
Today Dr. Gemmell gets to enjoy time with her husband working in their vineyard and serves on the boards of the Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Cancer Foundation and Food For Lane County. They continue to play music every day.
Board Member & Food Procurement Lead
Sherie is passionate about individuals and families living in the best possible homes and care situations for their well-being.
She is owner and Principal Broker of the Eugene-based real estate company
Hawley and Associates.
Sherie is also a nutrition educator & holds a Master’s in Nutrition Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and worked as a community nutritionist in both the Philippines and Portland.
Sherie’s background includes directing emergency food and shelter programs in Oregon. She has volunteered in numerous youth and community development activities.
Shanna’s love for bringing family and friends together through food was fostered early in life in the kitchen of her grandfather, a chef and restaurateur in Colorado.
Graduating college with the intent on
becoming a special needs educator, her career path quickly led her in various directions, from marketing and advertising, to investments and finance, to building her own company, Portable Parentools, LLC, designing products to make traveling with young children more enjoyable.
She and her family are avid travelers, and she believes that exploring your world, the near and the far, keeps your mind open to new perspectives from new communities and cultures. Each culture she has visited has offered its own insight, but the common theme across most cultures is the sharing of food as a way to communicate, heal, and love.
She finds home in her husband, Dr. Daniel Hutton, and her two young daughters, Sara and Eliana. She is grateful for each day.
Board Member & Treasurer
Laurie joined the PCK Board in 2017. She works seasonally for a local CPA firm and has her own bookkeeping practice.
Laurie grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and is a graduate of Beaverton High School.
She received her Accounting degree from Oregon State University. Laurie has been volunteering with PCK for the last three years as the “number cruncher”.
When the opening came up on the board for Treasurer, she was honored to serve. She is a firm believer in the power of nutrition in healing.
Laurie enjoys spending time hiking, cooking healthy meals for her family and reading.
Board Member & Community Outreach Lead
Sincere kindness and the grace of humanity can inspire us all to truly live. A life harnessed with clarity, perspective and magic.
Growing up on a small farm in Southwest Eugene, Andrea spent time
planting, weeding, stemming beans, picking berries, digging up potatoes and husking corn. “I didn’t always enjoy stemming beans or weeding but I’m so happy I grew up with a garden and experienced the beauty of growing our own food.
Nothing tastes better than something picked fresh out of the garden! Standing in the carrot row, leaning over to the tomatoes, snacking on whatever is ready to eat. Favorite. I have many memories connected to dirt. One of my most treasured, my dad toasting before meals, ‘We grew everything on our plates!’”
Andrea believes Positive Community Kitchen can create this same farm to table collection of memories she has, for our community and our youth.
While she is over the moon for PCK’s passion for growing and creating inspired meals!, working lovingly with our community volunteers and teens; Andrea ‘s PCK clients.
Cancer dropped in to Andrea’s life 4 years ago and she experienced an overwhelming sense of gratitude – for everything. After completing her cancer treatment at Willamette Valley Cancer Center Institute, she pursued her passion for finding magic and meaning in her career – refusing to settle for “it’s just a job.” Life’s too short. After surgery and during treatment she received home cooked meals from friends, family and friends of friends and knows how moving it is to be the recipient of such kindness.
“Delivering love to someone’s door nurtures the soul. And it tastes really good, too. I entertained starting my own non-profit delivering meals to cancer patients but I didn’t have to…”
In her pursuit, she connected (by an amazing act of serendipity) with the founders of Positive Community Kitchen just months after PCK was established. She volunteered initially, joined the board and ultimately worked part time as Program Coordinator. The stars aligned again in late August of 2016 when Willamette Valley Cancer Institute hired Andrea full time as a Patient Navigator – she had to leave one love for another. Andrea returned to the PCK board in April of 2017 and continues her role as a Patient Navigator at WVCI, helping guide and support cancer patients through their cancer journey.
This recipe: navigating, volunteering and connecting our community with an amazing local resource like Positive Community Kitchen, definitely feels like magic and meaning.
Andrea graduated from Linfield College with a BA in Public Relations.
We rely on the support of our community in the form of committees. Each of the 3 committees ask for a monthly or bi-monthly commitment to attend meetings as well as helping with events, outreach, etc as needed.
Bringing the community together through the food we secure and prepare
The Friends of PCK provide fundraisings strategy and support through various avenues to help implement its mission
The outreach committee’s primary purpose is to promote PCK throughout our community by increasing client access to our program, cultivating volunteer recruitment, strengthening name recognition and utilizing social media to promote all things PCK.