Board

Jennifer Denson, Director

I’m Jennifer Denson. I have lived in Eugene most of my life. I got involved after seeing Facebook request for more volunteers when Burrito Brigade was in a home in the Whit(June 2014) I have always wanted to help others and this is a great way to give back. Bonus is I get to share this wonderful project with my brothers Charles and Steve.

Kathy Calise, President

I live in Eugene with my husband Chris. We first heard about the Burrito Brigade when a group of folks were making burritos out of a house in the Whit and they were looking for donations. We have supported the Burrito Brigade almost from the beginning.. We believe in the mission of the organization and the impact it can and has had on the community. Burrito Brigade brings people together for a better Eugene/Springfield. People helping people.

Charles Denson, Vice President

I was born in Eugene but grew up in New Mexico. I first heard about Burrito Brigade from my sister and brother (Jennifer and Steve) as soon as I moved back to Eugene in December 2014 I started volunteering! I’ve cared about inequality for a long time but having an opportunity to volunteer and hang out with my siblings was a big motivation to get involved.  My first time volunteering with Burrito Brigade was deeply impactful because everyone we interacted with was so grateful to receive a warm meal and I immediately knew I would be coming back every weekend to help. Burrito Brigade has made an impact for so many people not only by giving away fresh & healthy meals but in giving people an opportunity to come together and take direct action to address problems.

Asher Kramerberry, Secretary

I am Asher Kramerberry, a Eugene Oregon native and avid animal lover. I joined Burrito Brigade in 2017 with my family. As a young person, I appreciated that Burrito Brigade valued my participation. I wanted to become involved because I felt that it was important to work towards the changes that I wanted to see in our community, one of which being food insecurity. I think that organizations like Burrito Brigade are fundamental to creating a positive and equitable future by helping to provide those in need with a basic human necessity; food.

Ashleigh Brantingham

I’m Ashleigh from Portland Burrito Brigade, but I grew up in Nevada. I found out about BB when it was still just a Eugene operation, and after watching from afar for a couple years I was super excited to get involved with the Portland chapter! I was drawn to Burrito Brigade because it’s a tangible way to address a problem that I see in the community every day, and I still think that’s our primary strength as an organization is that we empower people to build the kinds of communities that they want to live in. In my free time I pursue a career in digital marketing, but I never stop thinking about burritos.

Liz Hurkes

I’ve been in the PNW for 16 years, but am originally from North Dakota. I became a Burrito Brigade dabbler during a time when I was obsessed with burritos and couldn’t believe that there was an organization in Eugene that was obsessed with burritos, too, and in a really great way. I finally became a regular last fall after moving back to Eugene. Making hundreds of burritos with a group of people is a great social activity, but handing them out with dignity and connecting to the community is even better. And now it’s gone beyond with food rescue efforts and pantries. I’m excited to be here, and to see what is in our future.

Kathy Jordan 

I am Kathy Jordan.  I retired after a career in research focused on disadvantaged people and learned about Burrito Brigade on the Eugene Foodies Facebook page (thank you Kathy and Chris Calise!) almost 5 years ago.  I have been deeply gratified ever since to be able to participate in their ever expanding efforts at outreach to our underserved communities.

Katy McGuire

I’m Katy McGuire from Las Vegas, NV. I have lived in Eugene for three years and love the community spirit in this town. Shortly after getting here, I was talking with a traveling friend passing through our city. He told me he woke up at the bus station with a warm burrito beside him and how meaningful that was to him. Later I was looking through the Eugene Weekly and saw a Burrito Brigade call out for volunteers. Why not? I showed up one Saturday morning, greeted by friendly faces and delicious ingredients. I’ve been rolling with the B.B. crew ever since.

Donna Savitz

Donna Savitz began their work in food justice in the 1990’s sharing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at a local park in Honolulu. After more than a decade with Orlando Food Not Bombs, Donna found Burrito Brigade a natural fit. When not cooking or gardening, Donna enjoys walking through the South Hills and cycling.