Meet Our Board Members

Everyone brings their strengths and passion to help support the Fit and Food mission. 

 
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LaWanda Burns

Involvement in Fit and Food: Board Chair

About LaWanda:  I have worked for PepsiCo Foodservice Nutrition Department for the past 7 years.  I have been married to my amazing husband for 22 years and am a proud mother of four kids.  I have a Bachelor of Communication from Truman State University, a Master of Education from Central Methodist University and Doctor of Education from Missouri Baptist University.

Why I Volunteer: I think it is critically important to take time to give back to the community, and the Fit and Food Organization is a great way to accomplish that.  So many people underestimate the importance of both physical and nutritional components and how as a pair than can impact overall wellness. I love that FAFC does a great job addressing the needs of the “whole self” and providing those services to the community.

Favorite Quote: “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Fun Fact: I was once a weekend weather anchor.

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Shanté Smith-Daniels

Involvement in Fit and Food: Development Committee

About Shanté: Shanté works at The Economist. She is a longtime volunteer at One Family Church and is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter. She is the mom of 3 amazing kids and has been married for 3 years to one of the coolest guys she knows.

Why I Volunteer: The Fit and Food Connection’s vision is dear to my heart. “We envision a world where people in under-served communities all have strong minds and healthy bodies.” There was a time during my life when I needed assistance, I was able to have a few basic needs met. But I cannot imagine how different it would be if I encountered the Fit and Food Connection during that time.

Favorite Quote: “If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ― Martin Luther King Jr

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Reshaunda Thornton

Involvement in Fit and Food: Marketing, Community engagement

About Reshaunda: Health and Wellness enthusiast.  Reshaunda has a son, John Edwards and the number #1 easiest going pup, Cress.  She loves exercising, running, crafting healthy meals, reading, volunteering at her church, and spending time with close friends.

Occupation: Registered & Licensed Dietitian

Why I Volunteer: My passion & expertise lies in using nutrition as a vehicle to help people live healthy and happy lives!

Favorite Quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae Wes

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Bridget Cunningham

Involvement in Fit and Food: Finance Committee Head, Treasurer

Why I Volunteer: I was looking for an opportunity to use my finance and organizational skills to help support a local non-profit. I found the Fit and Food Connection to be a perfect fit!  By handling all financial matters, the leaders of the organization can focus their efforts where they matter most - helping our clients!

Favorite Quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

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Rodneca Skinner

Involvement in Fit and Food:  Finance Committee, Events Planning Committee, Volunteer Coordinator

Why I Volunteer:  I have always wanted to give back to the community, and the Fit and Food Connection is a great fit to do so.  I have recognized the importance of health and wellness in my life, so it's amazing to know that our clients are benefitting from the programs are offered to them. Not only does The Fit and Food Connection encourage our clients, but I am encouraged as well!

Favorite Quote: "The best things in life are on the other side of fear." - Will Smith

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Cameron Murkey

Involvement in Fit and Food: Development Committee

About Cameron: Quincy University, Class of 2008, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, currently Director of Quality Assurance at Save A Lot. Originally from St. Louis, MO. I have been married for 11 years to my beautiful wife and we have four awesome children.

Why I Volunteer: Giving back and improving the lives of people within our community is important to me. It is my personal display of love and I believe that it makes a direct and lasting impact.

Favorite Quote: “Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given. – Unknown

Fun Fact: I have visited Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Danny Profumo

Involvement in Fit and Food: Development Committee, Food Assistance

Education: Saint Louis University, class of 2014, Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics. Washington University in St. Louis, class of 2019, Master of Business Administration

Why I Volunteer: Since High School, I’ve been attending Jesuit schools and I have learned to always try to live as a man for others. After I finished my MBA, I found Fit and Food Connection, which perfectly incorporates a few passions of my life. I love giving back to the community, love cooking, and love staying active.

Favorite Quote: “If you can’t feed one hundred people, then feed just one.” - Mother Theresa

Fun Fact: I modeled for a Super Soaker Box when I was a kid.

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Madt Mallinckrodt

Involvement with Fit and Food: Finance Committee

About Madt: Washington University, 1979 BA, Urban Studies & Teacher Education, currently retired but retaining several clients for bookkeeping and payroll processing, have owned a few small businesses in the area including Café Balaban (with partners) from 1986 through 1996.

Why I Volunteer: Joy and Gabi have started something wonderful here, and I am delighted to contribute a small part toward nurturing their dream. My wife worked for the St. Louis Area Food Bank early in our marriage, I became aware of the challenges to providing nutritious food to the community. I love the idea of combining fitness with nutrition.

Favorite Quote: “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” - Goethe

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Lei Deng

Involvement with Fit and Food: Development Committee

 

About Lei: I am a fee only Certified Financial Planner® and Principal at Core Planning. I came to the United States to pursue my master's at Washington University in St. Louis and have stayed in this beautiful city ever since. My husband and I have two beautiful children. We’re a family of foodies that enjoy exploring different cultures through food.

Why I volunteer: I really love Fit and Food's mission of healthy living. A lot of communities don’t access to fresh produce, not to mention the luxury of fitness classes to take care of their bodies. Fit and Food provides these types of valuable resources that also serve as first step to stop the downward spiral: unhealthy food - chronic illness – loss of employment and/or unaffordable medical bills that further pushes people into poverty. The benefit of Fit and Food’s work really compounds and will have ripple effects for generations to come. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to help serve this cause.

Favorite quote:  “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford.

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Dean Mutter

Involvement in Fit and Food: Marketing & Communications (helping to tell the story) and volunteering with whatever needs to be done.

Occupation: After 40+ years in Radio/TV management, I am currently Chief Revenue Officer of Luxe Incentives, an Incentive and Engagement solution provider for businesses of all sizes.

Why I volunteer: I have been involved with non-profit organizations for the past 15+ years. I am grateful and blessed for all I have and the health of my family, and feel compelled to try and give back, especially to others who don’t have many of the basics of life… from good health to a healthy lifestyle and opportunities.  I want to leave the world in a better shape than I found it.

Favorite quote:  “It wasn’t always like this… and it won’t always be like this.”  - I'm not sure if this an official quote… but I say it a lot, so it might become one.

Fun Fact:  I play congas (and percussion) in a few different bands around the St. Louis area.

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