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Meet our staff

Loaves and Fishes is a 501C3 nonprofit founded in 1983. The mission of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa is to provide community based food programs and partner services that focus on basic needs. We are the largest provider of hot meals to the hungry in Contra Costa County, serving over 251,000 hot meals this fiscal year in five dining rooms.

Administrative staff

Joleen Lafayette
Executive Director

Karen Olson
Operations and Volunteer Manager

Janette Kennedy
Development Director

Lisa Guadagna
Development Associate

Mary Stark
Administrative Assistant

Kitchen Staff

James Porter
Chef/Kitchen Manager Catering

Carissa Crader
Sous Chef

Juan Andazola
Driver/Kitchen Assistant

David O’Callaghan
Driver/Kitchen Assistant

Dining Room Managers

Marlene O’Connell
Martinez
Dining Room Manager

Cynthia Linquist
Martinez
Dining Room Manager

Deborah Robertson
Oakley
Dining Room Manager

Christina Loyola Cabral
Antioch
Dining Room Manager

Vincent Cabral
Antioch
Dining Room Assistant

Julie Protich
Pittsburg
Dining Room Manager

David Armstrong
Pittsburg
Dining Room Assistant

Bayardo Ruiz
Walnut Creek
Dining Room Manager

Weekend Staff

Carissa Crader
Martinez Weekend Program

Theresa Castro
Weekend Assistant Manager

Culinary Staff

Ted Elsner
Culinary Training
Program Director