Kate believes that everyone should have access to healthy food. Before moving to Kentucky, she started the Cooking Matters program at Second Harvest Feeding South Louisiana, and worked to create the food bank’s first nutrition department, nutrition policy, and nutritional rating system. Her work has been highlighted by Share Our Strength, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the American Public Health Association. She is passionate about being part of the community working to end the injustice of hunger and ensuring that all people have the opportunity to develop their full potential. Kate is as graduate of Tulane University and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Prior to AmeriCorps, Ashley Lauren served as a computer engineer at one of the nation’s largest healthcare companies where she led a multimillion dollar acquisition project. She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Austin Peay State University.