OUR DEDICATED Staff
LISA KINGERY, MS, RDN, Founder & CEO
Lisa developed her love for cooking and appreciation for local, seasonal eating in rural Japan, where she lived for 6 years. Inspired by the Japanese diet and lifestyle, she moved to New York to earn her credential as a Registered Dietitian and her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University.
While in New York, she managed the Food Bank of NYC’s CookShop Program, a city-wide cooking-based nutrition education program for elementary school children. After moving to Milwaukee, she worked at the Fondy Food Center where she developed programs with food system solutions to hunger and obesity.
In 2014, she launched FoodRight, Inc. to empower youth and their families to choose foods that sustain life-long health through gardening and culinary nutrition education. Lisa loves exploring ethnic food stores, gardening with edibles, canning and pickling, and traveling with her family.
STEPHANIE MEYER, RDN, Program Manager
Stephanie has called Milwaukee home for 10 years. During that time she received her credentials as a Registered Dietitian from Mount Mary's dietetic coordinated program. Stephanie interned for FoodRight in 2018, which would lead her to join the team full-time as Program Manager due to her exceptional talents.
While developing FoodRight's programs, Stephanie has been inspired through working closely with children - whose habits are easier to impact than those of adults. In her multifaceted role, Stephanie combines her passions for social justice, food equity, and the culinary arts to teach children and their families how to nourish themselves for life-long health.
Stephanie enjoys cooking on her own time and finds joy in trying new foods. When she's not in the kitchen, she spends her free time outdoors, playing board games, cuddling with her two cats, and traveling the world.
MOLLY HIGGINS, Program Assistant
Molly is FoodRight's Program Assistant. She graduated in May 2020 from Central Michigan University with a degree in Public Health.
With her experience with FoodRight as a solid foundation, Molly hopes to gain exposure to educating in a classroom setting and opportunities for developing leadership skills. She is excited to work on the Youth Chef Academy Primary program curriculum and wants to spread the message that you are never too young to learn about health and nutrition, and never too old to begin new, healthy habits!
In Molly’s free time, she is in the kitchen cooking new recipes or going on hikes with her dog, Seamus.
LESLIE KRUEGER, RDN, CD, Community Relations Manager
Leslie is a registered dietitian (RD) and a graduate of Mount Mary University. Her previous position as a family care dietitian allowed her to provide in-home nutrition education to family care members living in Milwaukee, address individual member food access concerns, and actively work on clinical department process improvement. Her favorite part of being a community dietitian is the connection that grows from working together to reach a common goal.
As a former intern with FoodRight, Leslie is familiar with its mission and curriculum, has had the pleasure of teaching FoodRight students during the school year and alongside the Teens Grow Greens program in summer months.
Outside of work, Leslie leads a busy family life with her husband and 5 kiddos. She enjoys baking, attending her kids sporting events and loves spending time outdoors camping, hiking, kayaking and exploring what she describes as the "hidden beauty of Wisconsin.” In the winter months, she stays active by snowshoeing and skiing (which her kids taught her how to do).
CANDACE RAINES, MS, RD, AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist
Candace is a registered dietitian and has worked in hospitals for the last 7 years. While she loves her clinical work, she also has a growing passion for community nutrition, gardening, and culinary education. These interests have led her to take on a new role this year as an AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist.
She is eager to take on projects and learn skills that differ from her clinical dietetics work and hopes to deepen her connection with the Milwaukee community.
In Candace’s free time, she is hiking/camping, gardening, or cooking.
MAIRE CAIT MULLEN, AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist
Maire Cait is an AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist with a focus in social media and marketing. After graduating from UW-Madison in 2019 with a BS in Community and Environmental Sociology, she returned to Milwaukee, where she was born and raised.
While no one anticipated working in a pandemic, she is making the most of her year of service with Milwaukee’s youth. Her gardening background with Allen Centennial Garden has prepared her to dive headfirst into the school gardens and harvest healthy habits and more accessible programming.
Maire Cait also has a background in scientific illustration and comics and hopes to expand her portfolio by creating original artwork and content for FoodRight and our students. In addition to the arts, she loves reading, swimming, and snuggling with her dog, Bailey.