Nutrition Education Staff

Emily Kanally- Director of Nutrition and Kitchen Programs 

Emily Kanally is a long time employee with Second Harvest. 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 Wallis - Nutrition 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. 

Todd Kennedy - Mobile Market Coordinator

Todd has been with Second Harvest for six years. He has done everything from building orders for our Grocery Rescue Program to driving fleet trucks for pick-ups and deliveries. Todd is now part of the Nutrition Education team as our Mobile Market Coordinator.  This means he will drive our Mobile Market Kraft truck and our upcoming Mobile Market Bus, as well as facilitate all food distributions with each vehicle. Todd has a passion for feeding those in need and has tons of energy to get the job done.  If you ever see him out on the road give him a wave! Welcome to the team Todd!

Melissa Johnson - Nutrition Education Coordinator

Melissa joined The Kitchen as a volunteer in 2016, and now works with volunteers and the Kitchen team to coordinate training opportunities and programming to put into action what we aim to do – cook delicious, healthy food in our communities! 

She believes in the power of scratch cooking, meal planning, and gathering for a shared meal to create not only empowered, resilient communities, but also a healthy food culture centered around local and seasonal foods.  Using experiential learning methods, Melissa has led trainings in areas she is passionate about, including food preservation, composting, traditional soapmaking, and language learning.

Melissa holds a MA in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate institute in Vermont, and a BA in Anthropology from WSU.

Maria Schmid - Nutrition Educator with Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Northwest

Maria is a JVC NW Member serving with other Nutrition Education team members to educate the Spokane community on healthy eating and cooking.  She is passionate about providing access to nutritious foods and making the healthy choice the easy choice.  Maria graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Communications and Global Health.  In her free time she enjoys running and exploring the outdoors.

Faida Hussein - Nutrition Educator with Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps

Hello, my name is Faida Hussein and I love working with others. Helping people has always been an interest of mine since I was a child. I attended Eastern Kentucky University and graduated with a degree in general dietetics. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to work with the community. I was happy to get the opportunity to be a WSC nutrition educator and work with second harvest to expand people’s knowledge of nutrition. I am looking forward to making a difference in the lives of the people I will be serving.

Audrey Curtis - Nutrition Educator with Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps

My name is Audrey, and I’m part of the Washington Service Corps serving as a Nutrition Educator in the Kitchen at Second Harvest. I recently graduated from high school and community college at the same time through the Running Start program. I’ve always had a passion for helping others. Working with Second Harvest will give me the opportunity to give back to my community, which is very fulfilling for me. I’m excited to be able to guide others as they learn about nutrition. I think nutrition plays an important role in our health--physically and emotionally. My goal is to support and encourage others with nutrition education.

Tammy Siddle - Nutrition Educator with Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps

Hello, my name is Tammy. I have a degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. My background includes working in Elderly services, Retail, and Corrections.  I am also a US Army veteran. I decided to serve in Washington Service Corps/AmeriCorps to serve my community, meet a variety of people, and learn new skills. I am excited about being at Second Harvest as a Nutrition Educator.  My hope for my service is that I can make an impact in promoting healthy eating recipes/tips to others in a fun, friendly, easy, and comfortable way so that they will use them often and eat with nutrition in mind.

Julie Beamon - Nutrition Educator with Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps

Julie joined The Kitchen in 2018.  She is passionate about educating the community of Spokane and surrounding communities about proper food preparation techniques, nutrition facts, and helpful tips to enable others to feel comfortable and capable of cooking in the kitchen.  

Julie graduated from the University of Georgia in 2018 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics.  While attending UGA, she, along with 2 classmates, organized a nutrition club called Optimal Nutrition Education Association (ONEA).  This club provided support and general nutrition education to students struggling with eating disorders, various dietary restrictions from food allergies, and how to eat healthy on a college student’s income.   Julie believes the experiences she had while being an active member of ONEA will provide the compassion, determination, and skills to afford the community of Spokane with optimal nutrition education. 

Julie is a NPC bodybuilder who loves to eat and cook! She enjoys going on hikes with her husband and dog, but can spend an evening relaxing on the couch watching their favorite tv show “The Office”.