Vallie Gilley, Founder and CEO
Vallie Gilley was born and raised in Oceanside and has been the proud owner and operator of Jitters Coffee pub for 18+ years. She is also CEO and Founder of Feeding the Soul Foundation which is a local nonprofit that raises funding and creates awareness for other local nonprofit causes by putting on concerts/events. Vallie is Chef and produces fresh baked goods and innovative, organic daily menu items daily for Jitters while keeping to seasonal and local produce, when possible. She also has a successful catering business and frequently hosts cooking classes and workshops.
With a background and training in vegetarian food, Vallie has a wide range of talents in the kitchen and in her community. From being a private chef to doing large farm to table events and concerts, Vallie works side by side with some of the best local farmers and many restaurants in the Oceanside and San Diego area. Her commitment to her community is relentless and her drive to serve is immeasurable. Her knowledge and understanding the needs of the Oceanside were further enhanced by her nine years of service with the City of Oceanside’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Heather Sorgine, Director of Operations
An expert in building administrative infrastructure for local small business and nonprofits, Heather has 15 years experience in the corporate world. Her proven skills include office and project management, employee supervision, logistics and vendor management, information technology, and implementation of systems and procedures.
Heather is currently pursuing a degree at MiraCosta College, where she is the recipient of a research fellowship aimed at designing sustainable social justice solutions for economically disadvantaged students. Her work features ongoing interactions with disadvantaged community members and college administrators alike, with the intent to address homelessness and food insecurity among the student population.
Heather’s humanist values and sense of duty to serve her community were inspired by her early experiences and reinforced by her family. A community builder and regular volunteer with several local nonprofits, Heather sits on the board of Feeding the Soul Foundation as their Director of Operations.
Cat Bramhall, Director of Administration
Cat specializes in administration of small to mid-size businesses — managing the internal operations of a business so the operations team can focus on providing outstanding service to customers and the community. Before her retirement, Cat worked extensively on identification and communication of Best Practices at Russell Reynolds Associates, a global professional services firm. Her experience includes budgeting, financial planning and analysis, systems and procedures training, internal communications, client feedback procedures, help desks / customer support, management reporting, vendor contract negotiation, and more. Currently, she serves on the board of Feeding the Soul Foundation, as the Director of Administration. A resident of Oceanside since 2010 and graduate of Princeton University, she will support the O’side Kitchen Collaborative project as an ad hoc consultant.
Kathy Manuel-Shippen, Director of Marketing and Staffing
Kathy is a lifelong resident of Oceanside, California. Kathy is co-owner and operator of Brew Squad, North County’s first mobile craft brew beverage van. Additionally, she worked for Adecco Staffing, global employment leader for over two decades. Her Staffing and Marketing experience ranges from recruiting and training where she began her career, to strategic compensation planning and employee retention, boosting employer brand, culture and improving overall employee experience.
Kathy has strong community involvement, helping to grow Donate Don’t Dump, a youth run nonprofit working to change the paradigm of commercial food ways and draw attention to the issue of hunger and the environment. Her passion for the environment and local community includes monthly family gleanings with local non profit ProduceGood, volunteering at Feeding the Soul Foundation and Oceanside School District. Kathy attended San Diego State University and most recently earned her BS degree in Holistic Health from the University of Natural Health.
Jen Ayres, Creative Director
Green before it was hip, Jennifer naturally learned gardening, reusing, recycling, upcycling, and zero waste in her grandparents frugal and delicious kitchen. Where jars of jam from backyard fruit became coveted neighborhood gifts bringing together food and community. Jennifer learned the art of food preservation surrounded by pots of bubbling fig jam in the kitchen of her depression era grandparents.
Jennifer worked her way through college studying holistic health and business in many LA area restaurants. Discovering her passion as an entrepreneur, Jennifer opened her first wellness practice in 1997. Moving to Oceanside in 1999, Jennifer continued to grow her wellness business, while planting her roots and garden in her new Oceanside home and community.
Billy Galewood, Comedian, Writer, Performer
Jody Guada, Ascent Real Estate
Kristen O’Donnell, Operations Manager, Impact Investors
Wendy Starling, Owner, The Twisted Tongue
Ben Varela, Production Management
Josh Weigel, Owner, Living Tea Brewing Co.