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Our Leadership Team

Student Director

Bailey Weirens, a senior at the College of Saint Benedict, is a Nutrition-Dietetics major and a Psychology minor.  Her favorite foods include anything with potatoes and chicken, along with fresh fruit and vegetables! Some of her hobbies include spending time outdoors, singing, traveling and going on adventures with her friends. Bailey joined Community Kitchen first as a volunteer and then a Operations Leader before becoming the Volunteer Coordinator, and now the first Student Director for the program. She felt that this program was a great aid to food insecurity in the Saint Joseph area and rural communities, and wanted to help however she could while reducing food waste.

Volunteer Coordinator

Gabbie Harvey is a junior English major. Her favorite foods are those with which you can eat buffalo sauce. She believes buffalo sauce is actually a food group in and of itself and any food on which it is placed is actually just an instrument with which to eat buffalo sauce. She is passionate about art, science, and literature, and believes firmly in the importance of social justice and community involvement. Gabbie was the Operations Manager for CK last year, and is involved this year as the Volunteer Coordinator. 


Operations Manager 

Sara Goranowski, is a sophomore at the College of St. Benedict.  Her major is currently undecided.  She is from the small town of Welch which is right next to Red Wing.  Her hobbies include volunteering, reading, and spending time with friends and family.  Her favorite foods include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza, and cheese tortellini.  She is also involved in the Bonner Leader Program at CSB/SJU.  She joined Community Kitchen because she loved the dual component of reducing food waste while also helping community members facing food insecurity.  She hopes to gain an even greater passion for serving others and some awesome new experiences and opportunities.  


Campus Relations Coordinator  

 Pete Johnson is a sophomore student at St. John's University and is a political science major. His favorite food is a Minnesotan classic, the Juicy Lucy, or anything that has to do with meat. Some of his hobbies include fishing, fantasy sports leagues, and anything outdoors. He is also a member of the Johnnie football team and the Bonner Leader Program at CSB/SJU. He joined Community Kitchen because he believes everyone deserves to have access to sustainable food, and that we must help other members in our community. He hopes to make great connections with the community and to gain a better understanding of those living around us.



  Operations Leaders 

 Cassi Roline is from St. Francis, MN.  She is a senior and is double majoring in Math and Gender Studies and hopefully minoring in Psychology. It is very hard for her to choose a favorite food, but she would probably have to say burgers!  She is a member of the service sorority Alpha Kappa Sigma on campus, but she also volunteers at the women's shelter in St. Cloud.  She wants to be a part of Community Kitchen, because she loves to volunteer. Helping others makes her so happy!  She also thinks that this is a great program that promotes service, community, and sustainability.  She is hoping to gain better leadership skills and get more involved in the community.


 Ryan Kuester is a senior from the small town of Glencoe, Minnesota.  He currently is a double major in both the psychology and environmental studies programs, with a minor in exercise sports science.  His favorite food is macaroni and cheese with cut up hot dogs mixed in.  He is a short sprinter on the St. John’s track and field team.  He also just started participating in the Marketing Club this year as well.  He is involved with Community Kitchen to help others and give back to the community.  He has too much free time on my hands, so he felt the best way to fill that time is by providing for others.  He also enjoys the strong bond that the surrounding local communities in this area have.  First and foremost, he hopes to become a better person through Community Kitchen, and he would also like to gain friendships that continue past when his time with Community Kitchen is up.  


              Niesha Ford is from a small town called Hayward in California near San Franscico and Oakland.  She is a senior majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Psychology; Pre-med focus.  Her favorite foods are any type of pasta and almost anything with grilled chicken.  She would eat pasta for every meal.  She is the Pre-med club treasure, a Big Sister in the Big Brothers, Big Sister organization, an Eco-Rep, and an active member in BenCo Swimming.  She got involved in Community Kitchen because she has a passion for helping others in need and loved the mission of reducing food waste- especially when so many people go hungry every day.  She hopes to gain a greater appreciation for the food she is provided with and connect with the St. Joseph community.


 Skylar is a junior environmental studies major, biology minor with a passion to make a difference. A professional napper by trade, she also has a love for the outdoors, Netflix, and service. Being OL for Community Kitchen is a big deal to her because she sees a huge connection between sustainability and social justice with the program. By taking uneaten food and redistributing it, she believes we are not only limiting our footprint at CSB but also helping  to make a difference in the local community. 


Jamie McCarthy is a junior English major excited to finally be on campus! Her favorite food is the glamorous potato, especially curly fries. She is a hopeless Netflix devotee, and not overly bothered by the amount of shows she's watched. Okay, maybe a little bothered. Besides spending her time watching Tangled for the millionth time, there is nothing she loves to do more than meet people. She picked Community Kitchen as a way to connect with people who both share her love of service and who each have an incredibly interesting story that she would like to hear. 



Erin Boggs is a junior, Psychology major and Nutrition minor.  Her favorite foods are Sesame Chicken and anything Italian. She enjoys traveling, doing volunteer work, and her dog. The reason she decided to be an Operations Leader for Community Kitchen is to help make a difference with hunger in our St. Joseph community.  She hopes to bring a smile to the faces she meets in the community and help Community Kitchen grow and serve more people.




 Alexandria Daggett is a junior Hispanic Studies major and Pre-med student.  She is a bit of an obsessive studier but when she finds some free time, she loves being active, she plays on the CSB club Ultimate Frisbee team and also loves to rollerblade (She finally did the Wobegon Trail for the first time this fall).  She is excited for the new school year and the chance to make new friends and continue finding ways to get involved in the CSB/SJU community.  She loves being a part of Community Kitchen because it gives her a chance to serve with fellow Bennies and Johnnies while also interacting with those in the local community.



 Hosanna Fortmeyer is from Fairview, Kansas.  She is a junior majoring in Nutrition-Dietetics, and she loves anything related to food and nutrition! There are so many delicious foods and recipes out there, that she is unable to pick a favorite… she loves anything her mom makes!  Some CSB/SJU activities that she is a part of include Nutrition Club, Global Health Affairs, Students for Life, volleyball intramurals, Benedictine Friends, Companions on a Journey, and now Community Kitchen as an OL!  She is really looking forward to helping with Community Kitchen in this capacity because she thinks it’s an awesome effort and she wants to help ensure that it continues.  CK is able to effectively address two very important issues, food insecurity and food waste, at the same time and that’s super cool! She can’t wait to begin!



Chelsea Schwarzkopf is a junior. Her hometown is Geneseo, Illinois near the border of Iowa.  She is a double major in Communication and Oboe Performance. My favorite food is sushi and fried rice.  On campus she is involved in Orchestra, Communication Club, HR Club, and she occasionally writes for The Record. Community Kitchen is a way for her to volunteer while spending time with people. As an Orientation Leader, she hopes to gain skills such as leadership and volunteering. 



Aaron Schwietz is a sophomore Johnnie from Mendota Heights, Minnesota.  He is currently majoring in Global Business and Hispanic Studies. His favorite foods include but are not limited to calzones, lasagna, pizza, and Chicken in a Biskit. He works as a Technical Aide in the Fine Arts Programming and is involved in Nordic Skiing and Climbing clubs. He sees Community Kitchen as a great opportunity to serve the community effectively. He hopes to help take a stand against the food waste in our area while helping to support those who do not have access to sufficient food.