Nutrition Education Staff

Emily- Director of Nutrition and 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 - 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 - Americorps VISTA Community Kitchen 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.

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.

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.  

Ben Prez - Nutrition Educator with Washington Service Corps.

Ben is an Americorps member and Second Harvest at Schools Coordinator.  He also assists with Senior Mobile Markets and provides nutrition education, cooking demonstrations and a variety of other work.  Ben studied journalism at the University of Montana and since then he has played mandolin in a band out of Missoula, MT, cooked in a number of restaurants, worked at assisting individuals with disabilities, and completed a year of Americorps service in a Brooklyn, NY food pantry and soup kitchen.  He is ready to bring his love of food, people, and community development together at Second Harvest.  

Karina Dautenhahn- Nutrition Educator with Washington Service Corps.

Karina is an Americorps member, helping with mobile markets at senior homes and schools. She graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in Community Health and is passionate about gardening, access to healthy food, and public health.

Milena Pointer – Nutrition Educator with Washington Service Corps.

Milena has been volunteering at The Kitchen since 2016. She joined the Second Harvest’s AmeriCorps Team in October 2017, helping with the Senior and School Mobile Markets. Milena currently attends Whitworth University and will graduate with a Health Science Major and Business Minor in December 2017. She is excited to share her love for healthy food and nutrition education with the Spokane community. Her other passions include reading, cooking and adventuring in the outdoors.