Our Board of Directors is made up of members of the Kingston community who bring diverse skills and backgrounds to the table, but who share a common passion for Loving Spoonful’s vision and mission.

Lisa

Lisa Wittur

Chair

Lisa is new to Kingston and Loving Spoonful but is delighted at the welcoming she and her family have received. Lisa’s career has been focused in the financial industry for almost 25 years but has always found time to give back to the community through women’s shelters, fundraising at school’s her son has attended or volunteering at Loving Spoonful summer event The Night Market and other local fundraisers. Other interests include travel, photography, knitting and gardening. Lisa joined the Loving Spoonful Board of Directors in June 2020.

Rachel Askett 2021

Rachel Askett

Vice-Chair

Rachel is a Health Promotion Specialist and a candidate for a Master’s in Public Health at Queen’s University. She has experience in facilitation, health education, program development and program evaluation. Rachel also serves on a variety of local advisory committees regarding the climate crisis and is an advocate for urban agriculture, food sovereignty and environmental stewardship. She loves exploring the Kingston area by bike and has been a Fresh Food Delivery Driver since 2017. Rachel is honoured to continue supporting the mission of Loving Spoonful as Vice-Chair.

Anne Finlay 2021

Anne Finlay

Secretary

Originally from Napanee, Anne has returned to the Kingston area with her husband to enjoy a hobby farm with a large garden, egg producing chickens and ducks, two adopted donkeys, bee hives and assorted dogs and cats.

Early in her career, Anne’s work in Canada’s far north convinced her that community health and the social determinants of health are what make the greatest difference in health outcomes and quality of life. Anne worked for the province of Ontario for many years, delivering programs and projects primarily for housing and health care. As an independent consultant she led and contributed to a number of provincial telemedicine and electronic health record initiatives, with a focus on supporting primary care. Anne is new to the Board in 2021.

Judy Petersen

Treasurer

To be closer to her family, Judy recently moved to Kingston from the Village of Newburgh where she was a member of a grassroots committee to enhance the economic and social aspects of the community.  Following a lengthy career in both Canada and overseas managing finance and administration for large Information and Technology Management Systems organizations and major projects, Judy is pleased to share her knowledge and experience in the role of Treasurer for Loving Spoonful.  Having just completed a six-year term as a Council Member for one of Ontario’s largest Colleges for self-regulated healthcare professionals, along with enjoying many volunteer and fundraising roles over the years, Judy brings enthusiasm and relevant experience for which she hopes to make a meaningful contribution.  Judy joined the Loving Spoonful Board of Directors in June 2023.

Cheri Dobbs

Member At Large

Cheri was born in Kingston and left the city for six years to work in Hamilton. She transferred back in 2011 with her position as a National Representative with the Canadian Union of Public Employees. She has volunteered for the past few years with Loving Spoonful with the GROW Project and as a helper with programs in Community Kitchens. Cheri loves being part of an organization that champions the need for food security and better health, and is pleased to taking on a larger role on Loving Spoonful’s Board of Directors.

James Robert (Bob) Chambers

Member At Large

Bob Chambers is a retired secondary school teacher after 23 years of service to the Limestone District School Board. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor with Queens University’s Faculty Of Education teaching Curriculum Development for Technological Education. His teaching career has led him down various pathways writing curriculum for the Ministry of Education, Queens University Continuing Teacher Education, the Ontario Council for Technological Education and the publication of two children’s books.
Bob and his wife Michelle have an organic farm outside of Kingston where they practice Permaculture Ethics and Principles.

Erika Beresford-Kroeger

Member At Large

Erika’s professional management experience spans roles in non-profit, education, and government sectors in Canadian and international settings. She grew up on a 160-acre farm north of Kingston. Her botanist mother, and father, both newcomers to Canada, taught her about plants, growing and
preserving food, and the centrality of food to health, community, and cultural identity. Having recently returned to Kingston after several years abroad, she is thrilled to serve Loving Spoonful’s important mandate as a nexus of her passion for supporting local food systems and her professional experience.
Erika hopes that her last day on earth be spent at a farmer’s market.

Rami Maassarani

Member At Large

Rami is a municipal engineer with a keen interest in sustainability, food security, and climate action. He moved to Kingston in 2008 to begin his studies at Queen’s University and has lived here since. In his spare time, Rami coaches the Queen’s University rowing team and enjoys spending time outdoors with his young family. Rami is thrilled to join the Loving Spoonful Board of Directors as a Member at Large and looks forward to learning from the organization and the people it serves.

Jeff Klug

Member At Large

Jeff Klug is the owner/operator of Roots Down Organic Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm located north of Gananoque.
He is a founding board member of the Memorial Centre Farmers Market and the Gananoque Farmers Market.