Contact her about: Fundraising, donations, and partnerships.
Lucy founded the Can-Do Kitchen in 2008 when she noticed the need for a shared-use kitchen in Kalamazoo. She brings years of experience in natural foods retail and extensive experience in managing a production kitchen, farmers’ market vending, non-profit programming, and administration. Her skillset drives the vision of the company forward. Passion for opportunity and equity is the fuel that keeps her going. She believes that small business owners can scale and grow with the right tools and a supportive environment. Her drive and knowledge inspires the people around her and results in key partnerships with the local community.
Contact her about: Facility operations, grants, and compliance.
Deleon Dyson is the Operations Director at Can-Do Kalamazoo, bringing over 8 years of experience in public health and community engagement. With a deep understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, she is dedicated to fostering positive cultural change and equitable paths to business success.
With her extensive experience and expertise, Deleon plays a vital role in Can-Do Kalamazoo’s success by streamlining operations, maintaining financial stability, and supporting the organization’s mission of promoting inclusion in the business community.
Contact him about: Marketing, social media, and event coordination.
Jarrett Blackmon is an experienced marketing and communications professional who brings a wealth of expertise to his role as Communications Director at CDK. As a former member and entrepreneur himself, he understands the importance of access to resources and support for small business owners in the Kalamazoo community.
With a strong background in executing successful marketing campaigns, managing social media, organizing events, and engaging with media outlets, Jarrett is committed to supporting small businesses through effective marketing and communication strategies.
Contact him about: Food safety certification, licensing, and kitchen policies.
Scott joins us with a strong background, having previously served as a General Manager at a major coffee chain and a certified MIFMA (Michigan Farmers Market Association) Manager, he plays a key role in our kitchen operations.
In his role, Scott serves as a vital link between our kitchen clients and our facility. Managing schedules, maintaining records, troubleshooting issues, and ensuring kitchen cleanliness are just a few aspects of his pivotal role.
Scott also guides kitchen users through food safety certification, coordinates licensing, and upholds kitchen policies. His dedication and qualifications align seamlessly, providing CDK with the opportunity to support our food entrepreneurs.
Business Program Manager
Contact her about: Information about our offerings, Can-Do Camp and outreach.
Sheena started with us in 2011, coming from a fundraising background. Her experience with event planning, customer service, and project management helps small business owners bring their ideas to fruition and create the lives they want. During her many years at Can-Do she has worked alongside numerous entrepreneurs, with a specialization in the food industry. Her work focuses on fostering a nurturing learning environment that will help business incubates flourish.
When she isn’t working, Sheena enjoys listening to music, acting in theater productions, and spending time with her family and friends.
Can-Do Kalamazoo is growing and has an exciting opportunity to add a Program and Partnership Director to the organization.
This person will make a difference by facilitating effective entrepreneur and small business support offerings and coordinating resource partners.
Can-Do Kalamazoo is growing and has an exciting opportunity to add a Welcome Coordinator to the organization. This person will make a difference by welcoming the community into our space, getting entrepreneurs off to a strong start.
board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is in tune with the entrepreneurial ecosystem and sets the Ends, otherwise known as our work’s ultimate future outcome or guiding star. As a result of Can-Do Kalamazoo’s work, all entrepreneurs will have a pathway to business success that is clear, equitable, and attainable.
Current board members:
Pictured left to right: Hether Frayer, Maddie Isch (Chair), Jill Parsons, Drew Duncan (Vice-Chair), Katherine Kemp, Erik Schultz (Treasurer), Jessica Hermann-Wilmarth (Secretary) (not shown), Janice Scott (not shown), and Kevin Crittenden (not shown).