Dr. Ken Butters joined the Board of Directors after a 35-year career as an orthopedic surgeon in Eugene. Dr. Butters was partner at Slocum Orthopedics as medical director and term as Chief of Surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital.
He married Laura Efron, nurse and artist who shares many food interests. Together they enjoy baking pizza in their backyard oven, making wine in their basement, gardening and tending the backyard vineyard, baking artisan sourdough bread nearly every weekend with our friends as “customers”, and Italian cooking. Pasta making with two young granddaughters is a family tradition. “Laura and I have attended many week long education courses at the San Francisco Bread Institute and the Culinary Institute of America both in Napa Valley and San Antonio Campus. On our travels, we often make arrangements to attend a cooking course to learn about the local cuisine. Other favorite activities are cycling, watching basketball and importantly a PCK interest in helping teens learn cooking skills!”
Board Member & Client Manager
“To sum it up it’s been a lifetime of work as an educator and in the helping profession. At Positive Community Kitchen, I find myself again combining these two efforts, working with teens in the area of cooking and nutrition and providing the most awesome, nutritional and healing foods to people with cancer and their families. It is incredibly rewarding and inspiring to meet these families and to know what a difference this food, so lovingly prepared and delivered is providing to our Positive Community families.”
Board Member & Fundraising Lead
Food has been a foundational connection for Kim, whether creating a family meal, nurturing a friend through sickness or exploring a new culture. “Sharing a meal creates a bond, creating a meal together creates community.”
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.
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.
The Willamette Valley provides an abundance of nutritious and wholesome food. The unfortunate reality, however, is that not everyone is able to equitably share in its bounty. Nathan’s passion for ensuring all people have access to food began as a teenager when he started volunteering with his parents at a food pantry (where they are now the pantry managers), and has led to his current work at FOOD for Lane County. At FFLC, he collaborates with a broad network of partner agencies to achieve a shared mission of alleviating hunger in Lane County while seeking to improve access to healthy food for people in need. His professional background has been mostly in non-profit work, with an enjoyable stint working in a wine cellar. He is honored to bring his ambition for advocacy, social justice, and sharing the nurturing power of healthful (and local) food to Positive Community Kitchen.
Nathan also serves on HACSA’s Family Self-Sufficiency Advisory Board, and the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council’s Community Engagement Committee. He is originally from western Pennsylvania, and studied at Ohio University. Outside of work, he can be found cycling, backpacking, gardening, experimenting with fermentation, or playing Ultimate frisbee.
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
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.