National and New York Program Contact Info:
505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1400
New York, NY 10018
Main: (212) 974-7111
Fax: (212) 974-7117

Karen Welch
Chief Administrative Officer
(646) 790-4509
Karen is responsible for financial management and administration at C-CAP and plays a central role in directing and overseeing its national operations. Ask her about vendor relationships, contracts, billing, and human resource support.

Jill Lloyd
Director of Development
(646) 790-4513
Jill oversees the fundraising for C-CAP. Ask her how you can make a donation to support C-CAP’s mission to transform lives through the culinary arts.


Sikeea Graham
Executive/Administrative Assistant
(646) 790-4517
Sikeea assists the New York and National staff, and makes sure that C-CAP headquarters doesn’t run out of coffee. Ask her about general information regarding C-CAP.

Katie Lane
Operations Manager
(646) 790-4514
Katie oversees operations for C-CAP’s national office, works with the Chief Administrative Officer on administration, and liaises with the Board of Directors.

Sara Pattiz
Director of Special Events & Digital Fundraising
(646) 790-4504
Sara handles fundraising and event planning for C-CAP and serves as the liaison for the C-CAP Junior Board. Ask her about getting involved with a C-CAP event or donating.

Christine Lee
Director of Program Development & Implementation
(646) 790-4508
Christine contributes to C-CAP’s mission to empower youth through culinary arts by developing career-readiness programs to increase our reach in our six locations. She seeks to build lasting partnerships to better serve our community of students and alumni. Ask her about exploring synergies with C-CAP to provide high quality programs nationally.

Rebecca Travis
Director of Scholarships & College Advisement
(646) 790-4507
Rebecca manages the national scholarship program and, working with her colleagues in all C-CAP locations, provides college advisement to C-CAP students nationally. Ask her about C-CAP’s scholarship programs or to reach out if you would like to support C-CAP students and alumni by providing life-changing scholarship opportunities.

Michelle Wider
(646) 790-4503
Michelle is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Ask her for assistance with any accounting or financial issues you may encounter.

Pam Marino
Accounting Clerk
(646) 790-4510
Pam works closely with the Chief Administrative Officer and Accounting Specialist on C-CAP’s accounting and finances.



3824 E. Indian School Road, #5
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Jill Smith
Program Director
(623) 606-6213
Jill Smith directs and facilitates the state-wide Arizona program and develops relationships in our communities.  Ask her about how you or your business can get involved with our program.

Leslie Gennaro
Program Coordinator
Leslie works with Arizona students and teachers to help facilitate culinary-related programs, including the annual application process, soft-skills development, and donation and event tracking. Ask her about our soft-skills training.

Jelani Port
Culinary Coordinator
Jelani is a C-CAP alum from 2009 who now works with our current student population on culinary skills training, alumni relations, and competition processes. Ask him about alumni opportunities in your area.

Ashley Holian
Culinary Program Support
Ashley is a C-CAP alum from 2007 who works with our student interns participating in the Uptown Farmers Market’s Veggie Valet program. Students have the opportunity to work on their knife skills and hone soft skills in a work-place setting. Ask her how you can get involved with our internship programs.

1440 W. Taylor Street, #411
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 815-2227

Anthony McPhee
Program Director
Anthony assists with creating, developing, and identifying culinary education-focused programs in the Chicago region. He also supports and increases engagement of C-CAP’s constituents, while growing external relationships with industry and education partners. Ask him how you or your organization get involved with C-CAP Chicago.

Kala Cuerington
Program Coordinator
Kala supports C-CAP program implementation in Chicago. Through relationships with students, school communities, and businesses, she facilitates training and generates educational and occupational opportunities for Chicago’s young culinary students. Please reach out to her with any inquiries about collaboration or supporting the Chicago program.

Marcel Taylor
Marcel works with our Chicago students to prepare them for careers in the industry.



202 West 1st Street, Suite 6-0410
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 542-1941

Lisa Fontanesi
Program Director
(323) 371-9269
Lisa manages the day-to-day programming of C-CAP’s Los Angeles program, working with students, teachers, administrators, chefs, foundations, and supporters to make sure the program runs smoothly and continues to grow. Ask her about how you, your company, or foundation can support C-CAP.

Gail Carney
Culinary Coordinator
(805) 630-9948
Gail works with LA students, teachers and alumni and oversees the coordination of culinary-related programs along with managing the administrative activities to support the Los Angeles program.  Ask her how your LA-area high school can participate in C-CAP.

Lorri Wressell
Career Advisor and Event Planner
Lorri comes with 25 years of catering experience and wrangles our Los Angeles program participating chefs who mentor, hire, and support our students and alumni in the Los Angeles area. Ask her about internships, job placements, volunteering, and all things hospitality.

505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1400
New York, NY 10018
(212) 974-7111

Tristan Shippen
Program Coordinator
(646) 790-4511
Tristan works with our New York City students, industry professionals, post secondary partners and teachers to coordinate our culinary programs and annual cooking competition for scholarships. Ask him how you or your New York City culinary student can get involved.

P.O. Box 28805
Philadelphia, PA 19151
Fax: (732) 654-8154

Keri Fisher
Program Director
(610) 888-0754
Keri manages the Philadelphia location, working  to develop programming and fundraising opportunities. Ask her how you or your organization can get involved with C-CAP in the Philadelphia region.

Alyssa Termini
Associate Program Director
Alyssa works with Philadelphia students, alumni, and teachers, creating and executing culinary programs related to career readiness, teacher professional development, and industry exposure. Ask her how your business or restaurant can work with our students or teachers to enhance their culinary education.

P.O. Box 1243
Brandywine, MD 20613
Fax: (301) 782-4361

Yvette Williams
Program Director
(240) 691-9125
Yvette mentors, nurtures, and educates C-CAP students in the Washington, D.C. region, as well as working with teachers, local chefs, and supporters. Ask her about how your high school can participate in C-CAP, or how you, your company, or foundation can support our work.

Troy Williams
Chef Coordinator
(240) 508-7459
Chef Troy instructs, mentors and nurtures C-CAP students in the Washington, D.C. region, as well as working with local chefs, teachers, food purveyors and supporters. Ask him about how your high school can participate in C-CAP, or how you, your company, or foundation can support our work.