Board of Directors
Left to right: Jory Downer, Leslie Mackie, Jeff Yankellow, Connie Cox, Melina Kelson-Podolsky, Andy Clark, Catherine Trujillo, Sandy Kim-Bernards, Richard Sperry. Not pictured: Phyllis Enloe.
JEFF YANKELLOW - Board Chair Term: 2016 - 2018
Jeff has been a member of The Guild since 2000 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. He was a member of Bread Bakers Guild Team USA 2005, which won a gold medal at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie. Jeff is proud to be a product of The Guild in the sense that his baking career was directly affected by Guild-sponsored education, starting with a 6-month internship at the National Baking Center. It is his wish to continually strengthen The Guild and provide the same benefits he received to current and future members.
STANLEY GINSBERG - Board Vice Chair
Term: July 12, 2018 - December 31, 2019
Stanley Ginsberg, award-winning author of Inside the Jewish Bakery and The Rye Baker, is proprietor of The New York Bakers, an online purveyor of professional baking ingredients, supplies, and smallwares to home and hobbyist bakers. A native New Yorker, he learned to bake from his grandmother. After retiring from a career in finance and financial communications, he resumed his love affair with dough (the sticky kind). He and his wife live in San Diego.
RICHARD SPERRY - Board Treasurer Term: 2017-2019
Richard Sperry is an M.D.and a serious home baker in Utah who has been a member of The Guild since 2005. He also holds a PhD in higher education administration and is a professor at the University of Utah. He is the author of two textbooks and teaches university classes on anesthesiology, economics, political science, and public health.
CONNIE COX - Board Member Term: 2016-2018
Connie Cox is a serious home baker and the owner of Back Door Baker in Camden, AR. A Guild member since 2004, dhe has volunteered for The Guild at national events like IBIE and WheatStalk and is president of Camden Connections Foundation, a non-profit working with the City of Camden.
JORY DOWNER - Board Member Term: 2018-2020
Jory Downer, a Certified Master Baker, has been a professional baker for more than 35 years. He is the owner of Bennison's Bakeries in Evanston, IL, in the Chicago area. He was a member of Bread Bakers Guild Team USA 2005, which won the gold medal in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, and he coached the 2008 and 2012 teams.
MELINA KELSON - Board Member Term: 2018-2020
Born into a food family, Melina Kelson has been baking all of her life. She is Assistant Professor of Baking and Pastry Arts at the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College, where she is in her 15th year of teaching. An edible landscape surrounds her wood-fired oven,where she operates a micro-bakery, Bootleg Bâtard, just outside of Chicago.
LESLIE MACKIE - Board Member Term: 2018--2020
Leslie Mackie's career started at the California Culinary Academy where she discovered her love of baking. She had the great pleasure of working as the head baker at Grand Central Bakery in Seattle for four years before opening her own artisan bakery, Macrina Bakery & Café, in 1993. Her company has grown to three retail cafes and a wholesale business delivering hearth baked breads and pastries all over the greater Seattle area. She has been a Guild member since 1994.
MITCH STAMM - Board Member Term: 2018
Mitch Stamm, named one of the “Top 10 Bread Bakers of 2011" by Dessert Professional, trained at the French Pastry School, San Francisco Baking Institute, and L'école Lenotre in Plasir, France. He is the author of The Pastry Chef's Apprentice and teaches at the International Baking & Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. He has been a Guild member since 2003.
CATHERINE TRUJILLO - Board Member Term: 2017-2019
Catherine Trujillo is Vice President for Business Development at Rubicon Bakers in Richmond, CA. She earned a Certificate of Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America- Greystone and serves on the advisory committee for La Cocina, a non-profit providing business support for low-income food entrepreneurs. . She is a Managing Editor for the Guild quarterly magazine, Bread Lines.
PHYLLIS ENLOE - Advisory Board Member
Retired Board Member (Term: January 1,2017- July 12,2018)
Phyllis Enloe is a native of Amarillo, Texas. After an accomplished career as a surgical nurse, she trained as a baker at the National Baking Center, the San Francisco Baking Institute, and the French Pastry School. She owned an artisan bakery café, Village Bakery Café in Amarillo and has been a member of The Guild since 2000. She was Vice Chair of The Guild's Board of Directors for seven years.
NANCY CAREY - Advisory Board Member
Nancy Carey owned a successful artisan bakery, Red Hen Bread, in Chicago from 1997 to 2005 but left to pursue a career in education. She taught at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago for eight years and is currently Assistant Professor of Baking and Pastry Arts at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. She has been a Guild member since 2007.
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