Our Staff


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


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.


Stefen is a dedicated employee of Cooking round the world of 5 years. She enjoys traveling with her 4 kids and Military husband. Loves to roll up her sleeves and cook for the homeless in her spare time. 

Stefen Thompson -Southern California Regional Manager
/ Company Researcher

Cooking Teachers


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.


Pooja Damani

Pooja is an avid home chef. Until recently, she has been a preschool teacher for many years. She collects cookbooks, loves different kinds of cuisine, and has an intense desire to try and make new dishes. Food is her way of making friends. She loves to make coconut cakes and salted chocolate chip cookies for dessert. In her free time, as a mom of two, (what free time??), she is often seen hanging out with her cats, cooking with her kids (mostly for), reading a good book  with a cup of tea, or laughing with her husband, (who is also kept around by his desire for good food.)


Leila Fogel

Leila is a 2022 graduate planning on attending a 2 month internship in Fiji studying marine biology and conservation. She loves to read, travel, play guitar, and of course, cook!


Brittany Humphrey

My name is Brittany, I’m a mom of two and have a 1 year old dog, named Bruce. I love to cook, paint and draw in my free time. 


Deborah Pellegrino

Born and raised in the SF East Bay, Deborah is a mom of three boys and two golden retrievers.  She has a passion for for baking and has spent the last 30 years working in Bay Area restaurants as a Pastry Chef. 


Tululah Pickering

Tululah Pickering is a graduating high senior at Encinal High School with some experience teaching music. She enjoys road trips through California and hiking in the Oakland Hills.


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!  


Milton Higgins, chef educator

Milton Higgins, chef educator

Milton has worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for 45 years. He loves teaching and cooking with children, especially their honesty and curiosity. The experience of teaching a child about food, it's cultural history, the importance of great nutrition, and the organizational skills is something they will value through adulthood. 


Mark Waters

Mark Waters is a third generation native San Diegan, who loves cooking and teaching kids in an inclusive and diverse environment. Mark is compassionate and understanding and knows that ALL lives matter equally.


Laura Marenger

My name is Laura I have three beautiful daughters I have two wonderful grandchildren soon to be three I love working with kids and I also love cooking I am both excited and privileged to be a part of cooking round the world and to have this opportunity to be a part of a child’s journey as they explore the  world of cooking.


Hope Brennan

Hope Brennan is a veteran, she served two active years in the U.S. Army. In her junior year of high school, Hope was an exchange student. She spent her time in France. Learning the language and indulging on the pastries her host mom baked for her. She now spends her time cooking/baking and being a full-time cat mom to her kitten Arlo. 


Christina Rivas

Fun-loving girl from Wisconsin who moved to California for school. Looks forward to teaching and learning from the kids!


Alassandra Marquez

Alassandra is a Bay Area native with a background working as an advocate for at-risk youth in Santa Clara County, currently studying traditional Chinese medicine in San Diego. Aside from cooking and baking, her other hobbies include traveling, painting, bicycle riding, and spending time with her nieces.


Alma Bogarin

Born and raised in North County San Diego, Alma has worked in restaurants and within the mental health field working with both adults and children. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, roller blading, cooking with/for family and friends and has a cat named Lapis. Alma enjoys and makes the effort of creating a friendly, safe and welcoming environment anywhere she goes


Serenity Mcguire

Serenity is a San Diego local who loves cooking and is happy to be able to share that passion with the kids she works with.  She is a phlebotomy student and child development major at Mira Costa College, plus an avid Padres fan.