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.
STEPHANI MEYER, RDN, Program Manager
Stephani 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. Stephani 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, Stephani has been inspired through working closely with children - whose habits are easier to impact than those of adults. In her multifaceted role, Stephani 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.
Stephani 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 Specialist
Molly is FoodRight's Program Specialist. She graduated in May 2020 from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in Public Health Education.
Molly began as an intern with FoodRight, which gave her a solid foundation to take on the role of Program Assistant. With a passion for food and cooking, Molly has developed new recipes for FoodRight. She also has a large hand in planning, implementing, and assisting programs.
In Molly’s free time, she is out and about thrifting or in her maker's space at home sewing a new garment and knitting.
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).
MAIRE CAIT MULLEN, Communications Specialist
After graduating from UW-Madison in 2019 with a BS in Community and Environmental Sociology, Maire Cait returned to Milwaukee and served as an AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist with FoodRight for a year before being hired on to the team.
Now having served and worked with FoodRight for over two years, Maire Cait is thrilled to dive headfirst into each school year. In addition to managing FoodRight's online presence, she teaches and assists in multiple YCAE and Growing Chefs classrooms.
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.
BRIA THOMAS, Program Assistant
Bria graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Stout with a BS in Food Science and received a MS in Food Science from Mount Mary this past year. Food equity and urban agriculture have always interested Bria. Her background in the food industry began when she pursued culinary school right out of high school. Her journey continued working in food production plants that produced cheese, chocolate, and snack foods.
Bria has wanted to combine giving back to her community with her career, and FoodRight gives her the tools to do so!
When Bria isn't working, she loves to travel and cook. Her favorite vacations involve beaches and 80 degree weather.