Our Mission

We use food as the foundation to change lives and strengthen communities.

 
 
 
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Our primary mission activity is culinary training and job placement services for adults experiencing barriers to employment. 

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CKP History

Community Kitchen Pittsburgh was launched in July 2013 with the strong support of the local funding community. We launched in response to an identified need to increase access to high quality, healthy food in institutional settings (such as schools); and a need for pathways to living wage jobs; and a belief that these goals could be closely integrated through our regional food system.

 

 
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Our Dedicated Staff

 
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Jennifer Flanagan
Executive Director / Founder

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Mark Panichella
Career Services Manager

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Judith Pechunka
Culinary Director / Executive Chef

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Jesse Sharrard
Training & Education Director

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John Bixler
Operations Director

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Travis Torsell
Chef Trainer / Catering Chef

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Darryl Coaston
Lead Chef Trainer / EIC Kitchen Manager

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John Peck
Sales Manager

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Rikki Rabbin
Nutrition / Compliance Specialist

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Keith Holt
Production Chef

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Markeya Lowry
Case Manager

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Robert Masey
Career Services Coordinator

  Keith Holt  / Production Chef

Norina Espinosa
Catering & Events Coordinator

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Ryan Joseph
Inventory Manager

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Andrew Leslie
Purchasing Manager

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*To be Hired
Administrative Assistant

 
 

Our Partners

We have over 80 employer partners hiring our graduates. We are also proud members of Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, and Catalyst Kitchens and we are a United Way Partner Agency.

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Our key community partners include:

 
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Board of Directors

 

Mimi Falbo
Chair
Falbo Consulting & Owner, Market Café

 

Susan Dudley
International Systems Project Manager, Fisher Scientific

 

John Howey
Exec. Chef, UPMC Presbyterian

Robert Delach
CFO & Treasurer
Managing Director/CFO, AGSM Private Equity Firm

 

Michael Wilson
Glen Hazel Community Resident Management Corporation

 

Joan Kimmel
Owner, The Urban Gardener

Frances O’Connor Magovern
Secretary
Attorney, Blank Rome LLP

 

Eddie Yongo
Chief Development & External Relations Officer, Pressley Ridge

 

Bill Fuller
Corporate Chef, bigBurrito Group

 

Annette Mich
Systems Consultant & Co-Owner, Prantl’s Bakery

 

Mark DeSantis
CEO, Roadbotics

 
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How We Make Change

 
 
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