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 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).
MAIRE CAIT MULLEN, Communications Assistant
Maire Cait is FoodRight's new Communications Assistant. 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.
Maire Cait is thrilled to stay on the FoodRight team, as she was one of our 2020-2021 AmeriCorps Farm to School members. Her service background with AmeriCorps and gardening experience with Allen Centennial Garden has prepared her to dive headfirst into the 2021-2022 school year.
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.
CANDACE RAINES, MS, RD, AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist
Candace is a registered dietitian and has worked in hospitals for the last 8 years. While she loves her clinical work, she also has a growing passion for community nutrition, gardening, and culinary education. She has already served 1 year as an AmeriCorps member for FoodRight, and is looking forward to serving in year #2. She hopes to continue making connections with the Milwaukee community and youth through creative and tasty education projects.
In Candace’s free time, she is hiking/camping, traveling, gardening, or cooking.
LISA RAMIREZ, RDN, AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist
With a first degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish, Lisa has worked in various educational and student advising roles until her husband’s job relocated them to Washington DC in 2011. Prior to moving, Lisa decided to switch career fields from advising to organic farming, which she always had a passion for, and embarked on a 3-month farming and food journey in Tuscany, Italy through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF).
While living in D.C., Lisa was an Assistant Manager of an organic farm doing everything from growing to harvesting to selling at market. At market, she loved talking with people about the produce, ways it can be prepared and nutritional benefits. After working on farms, selling organic produce at markets, and helping people make shifts in their buying power and eating habits, Lisa became passionate about the connections between nutrition, wellness, community and sustainability. Once back in Milwaukee, Lisa completed her dietetics degree from Mount Mary University and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in 2021.
In Lisa’s spare time, you can find her outdoors in the garden, hiking, doing yoga and spending quality time with her husband, kiddo, and pup.
ALLISON HOWELL, AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialist
Allison is one of our new AmeriCorps Farm to School Specialists for the 2021-2022 school year. She is new to the Milwaukee area and is currently working on her BS in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
As she explores all that the Milwaukee community has to offer, she is thrilled to gain more insight to the ever changing world of nutrition. She is encouraged to teach and learn more about children and their families' life-long sustainability when it comes to health. Allison is all about being an advocate for positive change, improving individual health and well-being, and motivated by new ideas and choices surrounding relationships with food.
In Allison’s free time she loves anything outdoors, cooking and throwing together new recipes, playing the sport of curling, traveling, and boating.