Ted's extensive background in the restaurant business - combined with his early experience growing up on a fruit and vegetable farm in Michigan - serve as a solid foundation for his commitment to teaching kids to create healthy meals in an era of fast-food, childhood obesity and poor physical conditioning. Personal achievements, entrepreneurial skills, business leadership, mentoring and educational ventures have marked each step of his career and community contributions. Ted was on the boards of the Chicago and Illinois Restaurant Association (10 years as Chairman, Governmental Affairs Committee), Illinois Employers Association, Chicago chapters of the Young Presidents Organization and the World's Presidents Organization amongst others.
Jennifer Silva is an experienced CEO and entrepreneur with a strong background in product development, digital marketing, ecommerce and marketplaces. She has served as the CEO for several successful businesses and founder of an online marketplace for parents to find summer camps and activities for their children. Jennifer is advising and coordinating the incorporation process as Kids Cooking For Life becomes an independent 501c3 organization. She is a big believer in the mission of Kids Cooking For Life, and would like all kids to learn how to cook healthy food.
Steven H. Shakin is dedicated to charitable work enriching the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children. Mr Shakin has been a strong advocate of KCL since its inception in 2009 as strategic advisor and a generous supporter. He’s currently a member of The Guardsman, a charitable organization. Following a life long career devoted to real estate partnership projects and creating new investment opportunities, today he is the principal partner in a portfolio of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. Mr. Shakin is a graduate of San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelor Arts degree in marketing. Mr. Shakin resides in Corte Madera, California with his wife, son and two dogs.
Marion McGovern as advisor Marion is an entrepreneur who founded two companies in the human capital arena, M Squared Consulting and Collabrus Inc. Currently, she serves on the board of CPP Inc., the publisher of the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, where she is chair of the Audit Committee. She is Chair of ReSurge International, a humanitarian agency that provides reconstructive plastic surgery to the poor around the world and builds medical capacity in the areas served through the Global Training Program. In addition, she served as an adjunct professor (Human Resources and and Management Communications) at the University of San Francisco School of Management. She brings her expertise in independent consulting, employment law, branding, and entrepreneurship and will help take Kids Cooking For Life to the next level.
Saeri has 20 years of experience in strategic development with start-up companies. With an economics degree from Wellesley College, she offered corporate strategies to a major retail bank and a publicly listed investment fund, where she managed a portfolio of young companies ready for strong growth. She was a founding member of an early online city guide in the 90’s and led national marketing campaigns for an international media company. Aside from her dedication to healthy eating and home cooked meals with her family, her other passion is to utilize her private sector vigor in small to medium size non-profit companies who are ready to take their organization to another level.
Lara is an experienced nonprofit professional with a Masters in Nonprofit Administration and over twenty years of experience in the political, economic, legal and social environments of nonprofit organizations, ranging from community centers to museums to social justice organizations. She founded a nonprofit organization that taught low-income public high school students the importance of community service and leadership skills. In addition, she taught special education at the local elementary school. At Kids Cooking for Life, she develops programs, collaborates with other organizations and forms partnerships, and oversees fundraising campaigns, marketing and communications.