CKC Good Food employs amazing people! We want you to meet our team members, most of whom are behind-the-scenes and never met by our clients. We want to give them a moment in the spotlight to recognize their hard work and many contributions to our clients' successful food service programs.
Finance Coordinator Steve Schnaser has gained a wealth of knowledge about CKC Good Food and our operations in his 20+ years with the company. Since 2002, he has held several mostly behind-the-scenes positions, including: Offsite Kitchen Manager, Co-Director (with Nancy Close) of Menu Planning, Director of Administration, Client Service Manager and now, Finance Coordinator. His current position is his favorite so far because it has structured responsibilities that help provide a regular rhythm to his days.
As Finance Coordinator, Steve handles accounts payable, accounts receivable and processing payroll. He took over the responsibilities from Katie Fairbanks, who was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Integrator following her return from parental leave in 2022. He appreciates the systems Katie previously put in place to help streamline his day-to-day responsibilities. It made the transition a bit easier on him!
Outside of work, Steve enjoys being outside and cycling. He often rides his bike to work when the weather allows, logging 10 miles roundtrip between home and work. He and his wife Christine have been married 26 years and actually met at Caravan Serai, Nancy Close’s restaurant that launched CKC Good Food. The have two children, daughter Avery, 25, who is currently a Tae Kwon Do instructor, and Ethan, 22, a computer programmer. Ozzy, their dog of many breeds is 10, and Ginger the cat is 11.
Shannon Lilga was hired as our HR Generalist in September, taking over duties from Katie Fairbanks and Steve Schnaser. Shannon was attracted to CKC for the opportunity to work with a team providing a great service to children in the metro area.
“I am excited to come to work each day to hire staff and help them start their careers with CKC,” she said. “I get to work with managers to help give their teams a great place to work.”
Prior to CKC, she spent several years working in senior living. With the challenges in the health care industry the past several years, Shannon wanted a change. She came across the CKC job post and thought it could be a good fit, since she went to school for hospitality management.
“School lunch is so important to children and being part of the team that provides them with healthy and delicious meals sounded like a great place to work,” she said.
She chose hospitality management for her career because she wanted to work for a large hotel chain and work anywhere in the country. She managed an office and staff for the first several years of her career before transitioning into human resources. She enjoyed working with employees and found it rewarding to help them.
Outside of work, Shannon loves to read, travel and spend time with friends and family. She and her husband Eric have been married for 27 years! They have two sons: Michael, 25, who is a chef, and Evan, 22, who is a college senior studying computer engineering and playing lacrosse. They also have a sweet little one-year-old Shih Tzu-Bichon mix.