Ron Camacho’s writing career began as an art student at Buffalo State University where he assisted in the creation of a campus Fanzine, The Shakin’ Street Gazette. After a chance meeting with the Chicken Soup series creator, Mark Victor Hansen, Camacho co-authored the first book, Chicken Soup for the Country Soul. It became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, shipping 500,000 units. Since the early 90's, Camacho has been a culinary chef and caterer. He is the food behind events for Find The Children, Feed The Children, KISS, Unite for Pediatric AIDS, The TJ Martell Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation, and MADD.
Ellen Camacho received her degree in Fashion Design and Dress Making in 1994 and embarked on a career in fashion design, catering expertise, and table scaping - the art of making food beautiful. Ellen’s career has been spent developing an eye for the extraordinary and producing one-of-a-kind experiences. As a swimwear designer right out of Orange Coast College, she was thrust into the national limelight when her designs were chosen for Inside Sports Swimwear edition alongside icon designers Donna Karan and Michael Kors.
Her eye for detail, impeccable hospitality, and table scaping makes art out of the ordinary. Ellen has trainded over 500 people in the catering arena and has worked with many politicians, and the top Country Artists including Big Machine Label Group.
Bryan Williams is a restaurant executive who has proven experience in both turnaround and high-growth restaurant companies. Within the hospitality industry, Bryan is focused on team building and personal development within a team to drive a unified mission and purpose.
His broad restaurant and entertainment background combined with his demonstrated leadership qualities make Williams an ideal fit for Care Kitchen Outreach. He has demonstrated and managed the development of numerous new restaurant openings, programs, and processes that deliver strong, sustainable results. Outside of the restaurant industry, he also owns an independent record label, entertainment production company, and provides extensive volunteer work with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Bryan excels in the development of restaurant operations and methodology, people development, and enterprise-wide training. He has held numerous leadership positions with public and private companies such as Applebee’s, Darden, O’Charley’s and is currently the Director of Learning & Development for Logan’s Roadhouse. Bryan currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bonnie, and mini dachshund, Jack.
Marsha Sparkmon is a human resources manager with expertise in hospitality and manufacturing industries. Prior to her work with human resources, she worked for several non-profit organizations as district and reginal executive. This combination of work experiences has given her insight on the best ways for business and non-profits to work together to improve community.
Throughout her career, Marsha has assisted team members in developing their skill sets. She found that creating opportunities to work with non-profit organizations has been the best training ground for future company leaders.Several organizations she has worked with include: United Way, Donors Choose, Franklin Lions Club, Modest Needs, Graceworks fuel bag program, Williamson County Animal Shelter, and the Red Cross.
Betsy Tucker is a Nashville native who has a heart for children, passion for teaching, and a love for the outdoors. Betsy earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After becoming a classroom teacher, Betsy went back to school for her Masters Degree in English Language Learners. She graduated with her M.Ed. from Lipscomb University in May 2015.
She has been an elementary teacher for MNPS schools for seven years and has spent the past six years at Carter-Lawrence Elementary Magnet School in Nashville, TN. In 2015 she was named MNPS School Teacher of the Year.
Prior to working for MNPS, Betsy served as a missionary in Malawi, Africa where she helped empower local leadership to open an elementary school for over 500 AIDS and Malaria orphans. Teaching is a lifestyle for Betsy and there is no where she's rather be than serving her own community in Nashville by doing God's work.