Lisa Scarpinato is the Chief Executive Office and co-founder of Kitchen on the Street. Her community involvement includes volunteer work at homeless shelters and food banks like Phoenix Rescue Mission, as well as churches and outreach programs locally and abroad. Attending grade school and high school in the Valley, she feels a great sense of urgency to improve the lives of impoverished children in Arizona. Lisa is a recipient of the POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD in recognition of her community service and involvement in co-founding Kitchen on the Street. In 2010 she received the Women Doing Good Award presented by Self Magazine and L’Oreal and appeared on the Today Show. She is a member of the President’s Circle, an Advisory Committee of Paradise Valley Community College and is a Class 34 Graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute and was awarded the Leader with Distinction Award from ONE in 2019.
Vince Scarpinato is a co-founder of Kitchen on the Street, Inc. He has served people in need in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Arizona. During his culinary career on the east coast, Vince provided personal assistance to those in need, as well as through associations with various organizations. After his relocation to AZ, he became involved with Sojourner Center, lending his expertise in the kitchen remodel project. He has also been involved with Phoenix Rescue Mission and United Way. He lends his entrepreneurial knowledge and leadership to the organization and recently earned his MBA to better serve KOS in the areas of finance and accounting. Vince also serves as an adjunct Professor at Arizona Christian University and is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association.
Rick Grimaud is the Vice President – Private Client Group at RBC Wealth Management, a husband and father of two sons. Rick’s servant’s heart is apparent to all; he has been a faithful volunteer within his church community for years, a small group leader opening his home weekly to encourage others and a Kitchen on the Street volunteer offering hope to families in crises. He lends his gentle spirit and kind nature to further KOS’ mission of turning hunger into hope…one child at a time.
Aaron's passion for the hungry derives from his humble upbringing and experiences with food insecurity as a child. While Aaron lacked monetary possessions as a child, he is grateful that he always had God and a loving family. The federally funded breakfast and lunch program provided Aaron and his siblings with food his family’s limited budget did not allow for. Aaron is currently a Senior Insurance Advisor for USAA, a Veteran of the United States Air Force, and a recent graduate of Arizona Christian University. Servant leadership is not new to Aaron, he has been volunteering in various lay positions for a number of years. Aaron is in his last year of the MBA program at Liberty with cognate in Executive Leadership and is newly married to Kathleen, a school teacher in the Madison District.
Pattie is a senior relationship manager for CBIZ, working with employers of all sizes to manage the legal and regulatory aspects of the retirement plans offered to their employees. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the national CBIZ Women’s Advantage program, working to attract, retain and promote female associates through mentoring and networking activities. In the local community, Pattie volunteers with Paradise Valley Girls Softball League as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Having a son and daughter of her own, Pattie feels strongly about working with programs that assist children, whether in providing meals for families struggling with food insecurity or supporting athletic programs that assist young people with character building and growth in their faith, as well as improving their athletic skills.
Mike is a Brooklyn native who relocated to Arizona in 1996. He and his wife Carol Lee have been together for 21 years. Michael is a father and step-father to two children. Michael is a founding partner of Shamrock Ready Mix, a family run business created in 1998. Today Michael is a meat cutter at Costco Wholesale in Scottsdale. He has been serving at Impact Church (formerly Desert Life) since 2003. Now Michael wants to focus on meeting the needs of the community. Michael and his family and are delighted to be partnering with Kitchen on the Street. Michael’s food handling experience, as well as his business experience, are great assets to Kitchen on the Street.
John is a native to Arizona, graduating from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Management. He is currently an Insurance Underwriter with USAA as well as a Head volleyball coach with Revolution Volleyball Academy where he has worked with children for over 15 years. John began volunteering with Kitchen on the Street in 2010 after meeting Co-founder Vince Scarpinato and hearing about his passion for helping serve hungry children in the very community he grew up in. John is a very proud Uncle and Volleyball coach and considers his players to be his children. John is excited to be a part of Kitchen on the Street and hopes to one day win the fight against childhood hunger.
Isaac's passion for childhood hunger stems from his understanding and dedication to nutrition. After a doctor told him about the dangers of his weight, he dove into fitness and nutrition, and managed to lose over 100 lbs. Promoting a healthy life, both physically and nutritionally, is personal for him. Isaac is a longtime volunteer with KOS with his wife and son. He currently works for USAA and is pursuing a degree in Information Technology with Grand Canyon University. Stemming form this passion, Isaac also plans to pursue a degree in Nutrition. Isaac is excited to be part of Kitchen on the Street in a larger capacity to fight childhood hunger while promoting the importance of physical fitness and nutrition.
Sandy recently semi-retired from a 34 year career with a Fortune 500 company to follow her passion to serve both children and the elderly. She achieves this by volunteering at Phoenix Children's Hospital in the outpatient oncology clinic one day a week along with any other volunteer opportunities she can fit in at PCH. She is also the primary care giver for her elderly aunt, taking her to doctor appointments, handling her finances, grocery shopping, and just being there for her. She came to KOS by serving at the monthly food distributions and any other time there was need at KOS. She has two daughters that also have giving hearts and love to serve others by volunteering in their community.
Taylor Scarpinato's community involvement began at a young age, participating in outreaches to Native Americans on reservations around Arizona. She has had the pleasure of performing in dramas, serving food, performing cleanup operations and distributing Christmas gifts to children in need. Taylor has worked vigorously serving meals at homeless shelters, packing food boxes at food banks and doing missions in Mexico. Taylor is dedicated to involving the youth of Arizona in the fight against hunger. Taylor is a field claims adjuster for USAA. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Business and Public administration in 2015 and uses this to advocate for the fight against childhood hunger at every opportunity.
Christy Alvarado has a passion for serving those with the littlest of voices; children and the elderly. She achieves this through her many commitments to organizations like the Miracle League of Arizona, the Mission One team and children’s ministry at Northern Hills Community Church. Christy began her journey with feeding the hungry by prayer and selling her baked goods at a local farmer’s market. When the farmer’s market season concluded, her volunteerism came to Kitchen on the Street. She is a wife and mother of 2 who works in the multi-family housing real estate industry. Christy has a servant’s heart that is evident in everything she does.
Brandi Schumacher is deeply invested in the health and well-being of children. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on nutrition and physical activity in school settings. Brandi has held various positions as an educator and she has volunteered as a yoga instructor and as a childcare provider in schools and churches in Arizona, California, Illinois, and Missouri. Brandi currently teaches teacher preparation courses at Arizona State University and she is a special education advocate and educational consultant.
Michael Rassas was born in Mesa and grew up in Gilbert; he currently lives in Phoenix with my wife and three daughters. Michael attended Arizona State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, in 2004 he graduated from Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor’s College of Law. His career includes 8 years with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, primarily as a gang prosecutor; as well as an administrative law judge at the executive hearing office at ADOT. Michael currently works at the Attorney General’s Office where he serves as agency counsel for DPS. He is a volunteer soccer coach for his daughter’s teams, volunteers at their school as well as St. Vincent De Paul at his church where he helps deliver food and assist with rent and utilities for families who need it.
Janice Snow recently graduated from the Dietary Tech Program at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). The internship requirements included a semester of community nutrition. She fell in love with serving the community through nutrition and has decided to direct her career goals toward community nutrition. She will continue her studies at ASU, expecting to graduate in 2020 with a degree in Healthy Lifestyle Coaching. Her love for food and nutrition was her motivation to return to school and complete her degree. “There is a definite need to teach and show others that nutrition and a choosing a healthy lifestyle does not have to be completed and it can even be fun!”
Hannah Kemp is an Arizona native and graduate of Northern Arizona University. In 2018, she began her teaching career in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Hannah comes from a long line of teachers, as her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were teachers. From a young age Hannah has had a heart for children, she started volunteering with Kitchen on the Street when she was in 4th grade! She was a Difference Maker at Street Café, while earning her degree. In addition, Hannah has been a Young Life Leader and served in various ministry roles at Desert Springs Bible Church.
Monica Traynor is a well-rounded, proven Mortgage Loan Officer with 25 years of service to others in the financial industry. She has lived in the Valley for decades and is truly passionate about serving the community. Monica was the President of the Bosom Buddies Board of Directors, walked in the Susan G Komen Race for Cure 6 years in a row and has served at Kitchen on the Street since 2011. When not working or volunteering she enjoys spending time with her two amazing kids, golfing, reading or just sitting by the pool.
Cindy Sanchez is an accomplished teacher with more than twenty-two years of experience in a variety of settings. Her career includes education in the public and private sector as well as The Arizona Science Center and currently, the Arizona Department of Corrections. Cindy attends Desert Springs Bible Church where she is a Greeter, she has been volunteering with Kitchen on the Street since 2016. She believes working on committees, planning events and helping others succeed are key ingredients in her professional life and her ministry. Cindy is married and has 3 adult children.
Tim Cobb is currently an Officer with the Phoenix Police Department. Tim is perhaps best known for his 20 plus years of experience in the Arizona culinary scene; he and his wife Kim Cobb created United Lunchadores Street Gourmet (formerly Luncha Libre), revolutionizing the food truck scene in Phoenix. Tim attended Manhattan Christian College where he earned a BS in Biblical Studies. Tim and his wife Kim have two daughters and one son.
Christian Beck is a California native, but has spent much of his adult life in Arizona. His career in the hospitality industry has allowed him to meet lots of people over the years, something he very much enjoys. He currently works as a mixologist at Buck & Rider in the Financial District and does construction side jobs. Christian attends Bell Road Assembly of God and volunteers his time and talent to further the mission of Kitchen on the Street whenever and wherever possible.