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.
PHYLLIS ENLOE - Board Vice Chair Term: 2017-2019
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 opened her own artisan bakery café, Village Bakery Café in 1994 and has been a member of The Guild since 2000.
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: 2015-2017
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: 2015-2017
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.
SANDY KIM-BERNARDS - Board Member Term: 2016-2018
Sandy is Director of Baking at Chabaso Bakery in New Haven, CT. She was formerly a Chef Instructor at the Art Institute of California
in Santa Ana, CA. In 2013 she was the Grand Prize winner in the commercial category in America’s Best Raisin Bread Contest. She volunteered as The Guild’s Associate Formula Editor for four years.
LESLIE MACKIE - Board Member Term: 2015-2017
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.
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.
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