Nutrition Education Staff

Emily- Director of Kitchen Programs 

Second Harvest is proud to welcome long-time employee Emily Kanally as the new director of Kitchen programs. Her experience in the Volunteer Center and years working at a 5-star hotel make her an excellent fit for our growing nutrition education program. She’s excited to combine her customer service skills and culinary background to teach scratch cooking, meal planning and more to Spokane families.

Emily on why food equity, volunteerism and Second Harvest matter to her:  “I’ve always had a passion for food and feeding people, and I wanted to turn that passion into a career. From a young age my parents taught me the importance of cooking and growing my own food.  I feel it’s my responsibility to serve others in any way I can and I hope to use the knowledge and skills I have cultivated in the Volunteer Center to further the progress of The Kitchen at Second Harvest. 

We are excited to introduce Spokane to The Kitchen as the source for learning cooking skills, nutrition and even corporate team building, all while allowing us to provide good food to those in need.”

Jandyl - Kitchen Manager

Jandyl has been with Second Harvest as a supporter, board member and employee for over 20 years. She is excited about coaching clients in the kitchen and teaching them about the fun and health benefits of creating wholesome, scratch cooked meals in their own kitchens. Jandyl is an avid gardener, food preserver and certified Master Composter. She is also a retired Ironman triathlete and very proud Grandma. 

Mindy - SNAP Education Manager

Mindy joined the nutrition team in 2016 to help create and implement nutrition education plans for partner agencies. She also supervises Second Harvest’s Washington Service Corps team and the school Mobile Food Bank program. Most recently, Wallis worked as an educator with Food $ense at Washington State University Extension, and as a healthy living coordinator at YMCA of the Inland Northwest, overseeing and assisting with community programs such as diabetes prevention, youth obesity prevention, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, cardiac rehab, and other nutrition and health-related initiatives. Wallis, a registered dietician, earned her Bachelors of Science in exercise physiology and nutrition from Washington State University in 2009. 

Allie - Americorps VISTA Community Kitchen Coordinator

Allie has been part of the Second Harvest team since November 2015. In her role as Community Kitchen Coordinator, she has worked to build capacity for The Kitchen's volunteer program through volunteer recruitment and engagement. Allie graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Community Health, and is motivated by her passions for food, public health, and advocacy.

Emily Franko – Nutrition Educator with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Emily is an Americorps member and Jesuit Volunteer with JVC Northwest.  She started her service at Second Harvest in August 2017.  As the Nutrition Educator, she coordinates and leads cooking classes and nutrition lessons both in The Kitchen and in the Spokane community.  Emily graduated from Boston College with a degree in sociology and is excited to address food justice issues through her role with Second Harvest.

Christina - Nutrition Education Outreach Coordinator

Christina is a Nutrition Education Outreach Coordinator and has been with Second Harvest since May 2017. She has been working with rural food pantries in our region promoting the Healthy Pantry Initiative and implementation of healthy nudging. Christina attended Washington State University-Spokane where she completed her Master of Science Degree in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology. Christina is passionate about health and nutrition as it pertains to disease prevention and enjoys reading, cooking, cycling, hiking, and spending time with her dogs and family. 

Lia Verduzco - Nutrition Educator with Washington Service Corps.

Lia is an AmeriCorps member that joined Second Harvest September 2017. She helps to assist mobile distributions to schools and senior homes in the Spokane area. She currently attends Eastern Washington University where she is studying Social Work. She has always had a passion for food and is very excited about sharing all the new knowledge about healthy foods Second Harvest is teaching her with the rest of the community.