The initial management team consists of the director of the Chambers School and the school's culinary arts instructor. A part-time business manager will also be hired who is able to instruct an afternoon shift of students in culinary arts and who will manage the Catering For Kids business. Additional staff will come from the culinary arts programs itself, consisting of five to ten trained high school age students with food handler's cards and a sincere interest in the food and hospitality services industry. A board of advisory volunteers will assist the management team in making decisions regarding the operation of the business.
Our organization is led by the director with the instructor(s) reporting directly to this director. A volunteer advisory board offers a broad range social services expertise and years of business experience to the team.
Christy Smith, the director of the Chambers School and Career Center, holds an MS in counseling from the University of Ohio and has been employed with Bright Future for the past 24 years. She has over 30 years experience in working with at-risk youth and 16 years in program management including: personnel, grant writing, fiscal management, contract compliance, public relations and daily operations.
Monica Kraft, the head of the culinary arts program at the Chambers School and Career Center has over 23 years of restaurant business ownership experience. While she currently owns La Pequena Taqueria, a successful food booth that has been serving the Eugene Saturday Market for 23 years, she has also owned a catering business and cafe and was a founding member of the Keystone Restaurant, a fixture in Eugene since 1981. She received her teaching credentials at Kansas State University in 1977 and has been teaching the curriculum she developed for the Chambers School since January 2002.
The Volunteer Steering Committee consists of seven talented members of the Eugene/Springfield business and education communities. Combined, they bring years over 55 years of business experience, including two MBAs, to the table. These volunteers are dedicated to the success of the Catering For Kids and to ensuring that our area youth get the opportunities they deserve.
The remaining position is that of business manager/culinary arts instructor for the Catering For Kids. This part-time position will be funded by a grant and has not yet been filled. Beginning in August, we will begin accepting applications for this position. Like other instructors in culinary arts at the Chambers School, the ideal candidate will have experience teaching youth and successfully operating an entrepreneurial venture from start-up to expansion, demonstrating an ability to manage growth in a competitive environment.
The director of the Catering For Kids is employed by the Chambers School and Career Center and therefore, her salary is not included in our budget. Likewise, the head of the culinary arts program is also employed under the auspices of Chambers School and her salary is also omitted.
The student workers, on the other hand, are paid through the Catering For Kids and their wages are included in this budget. However, as these workers are students who are receiving high school credit for their work, their wages are partially offset by public school district reimbursement.
Finally, the only position that is fully included in the Catering For Kids budget is that of the part-time business manager/culinary arts instructor. This position is responsible for teaching approximately three youths in the afternoon shift and in the remaining hours of their shift, in managing the finances, marketing, menus and inventory related to Catering For Kids. It is the goal of the Catering For Kids to include this salary in its budget and still become a self-sustaining enterprise.