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.

Stefen Thompson, Director - Program Director

Stefen Thompson, once Regional Manager for Cooking Round the World San Diego, is now Director of all Cooking Round the World programs. She has a passion to live a life of service for our children and is grateful to serve the community. 

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

Andrea Cabral - Bookkeeper

Cooking Teachers


Hi! I’m Alex, a rising third-year Nutritional Sciences major at the University of California Berkeley. I have always loved food and eating right, and in my free time, I like to cook, exercise, be in nature, and read a good book or watch a good movie.


Hi! I'm Carly and I'm an educator who has jumped over to the cooking world! I have been cooking since I was a child and love sharing my knowledge, tips and tricks I've learned along the way! I specialize in healthy plant based diets rich with minerals and love to work with students to help grow their cooking skills as well as their healthy eating habits for the future!


Laurie Ildau (Ms.Laurie) is a seasoned credentialed teacher (preK-12+) and has worked with all ages over her 20 year career.  She hails from NYC, has a background in theatre and is a self proclaimed "foodie."  In her downtime, Ms.Laurie spends time with her two kids, three dogs, and enjoys cooking, crafts, gardening, and binge watching her favorite shows


Carolina spent a 25 year career as infant and preschool teacher, she enjoyed providing learning opportunities through cooking, and the language arts with children 2-12.  She has been an oakland resident for over 20 years. She is a creative thinker, who enjoys working in collaborative projects with children of all ages.


Serena Gibb is a mother of two school age children and loves creating meals with them. She grew up cooking and baking in the kitchen with her pastry chef mother and fireman chef father.  Serena also enjoys volunteering as the garden coordinator at her son's school where she has the opportunity to share fun ways on how to bring food from the garden to the dinner table.


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!  

Chef Bryt


Chef Bryt is an experienced Sous Chef, currently working in San Diego. She plays for a professional Women's Football League; she enjoys being extremely active. In her spare time, she loves to travel and participate with new cultural dishes from around the world. She graduated from Chico State with a Liberal Studies degree and 2 minors in child development and Special Education.



Jennifer started cooking as a child with a love for baking! From there, she expanded her skills into main courses and side dishes. She won’t waste her time cooking unless the end result is delicious! She has taught both of her kids to cook and they are amazing chefs!

Maureen Driggs

Maureen is an experienced teacher and coach having worked for over 25 years in classrooms and theaters throughout the Bay Area of Ca. As a trained scientist she is fascinated by the chemistry of cooking and how to make regular meals live up to her vision.

Kyle Dixon

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!

Carson McHaney

"Carson McHaney is a passionate educator and cook who has experience
working in restaurants, preparing and planning community meals for
100+ people, as a professional baker, and as an musician and music
teacher. Carson loves to explore new recipes, try diverse foods from
around the world, and share his love and excitement for cooking with


Cooking Round the World is a nut-free program. We use no peanuts or tree nuts in any recipe. 

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