Our Staff

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Mindy Myers, Founder, Director

Miss Mindy has dedicated her life to helping children embrace that which is different. Through exposure to cooking and eating international foods,  learning about cultural nuances, and understanding world-wide celebrations and practices, children leave a Cooking Round the World experience with a broadened palette, and a desire to explore the world.

Karl Vonmecklenburg - Director of Technology

I have twenty five years experience working as an IT professional.

In my free time I love cooking and trying new recipes.

I am passionate about all things related to coffee.

I enjoy the outdoors and I like camping.

I value sustainable farming and the local farmers markets and I like to support  small local businesses

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Ryann Hai - Program Director

Ryann is a mom of two teenaged boys and two very active French bulldogs. She has a passion for animals and children, and in her spare time she likes to cook and garden.

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Kathryn Cords, Chef Educator

Chef Kathryn has years of experience working with children in several different capacities. As a young adult in the classroom, a camp counselor, and most recently, volunteering with her daughter. She has been a personal chef and is most comfortable in the kitchen creating meals for friends and family. She is a mom of a grown daughter and has three pups that keep her very busy.

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Emina Sahovic, Executive Assistant

Emina Sahovic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and moved to America when she was just 6 years old.  She has lived almost her whole life here in the Bay Area. In her free time she loves to be outdoors, try new coffee shops, shop, attend concerts and travel.  She is excited to be part of the Cooking Round the World team and involved in a program that centers around Bay Area schools which she was enrolled in all her life.

Cooking Teachers

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Valeska Schultz - Lafayette

I’m currently a Spanish Language teacher and Academic Instructional Assistant for the Orinda School District, Orinda, CA. I have worked with students  TK- High School for 20+ years, including my own children (ages 24 and 26 years old) and their friends. I have also worked for Cooking Round the World as a Chef Educator teaching and sharing the history, wonders and joy of cooking with youth!  

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Kyle Dixon - Substitute

Chef Kyle Dixon has over a decade of kitchen experience and has cooked in four different countries around the world. His knowledge of the culinary arts runs deep, and his teaching style makes learning easy and fun!

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Caitlyn Juarez, Chef Educator

Caitlyn Juarez, Chef Educator

Caitlin loves to spend her free time drawing, writing and cooking. She also loves anything animated! When she isn't working with kids of all ages she spends her days off with her furry children (her cats and dogs) as well as caring for her parents. Her most favorite thing to make in the kitchen are sweets!