The Advisory Council serves as a critical community champion of SuperFood Drive and consists of thoughtful leaders who advise the SuperFood Drive board of directors and staff. If you are interested in being a part of the council, please contact the executive director.
Executive Director, Mama’s Kitchen
Alberto Cortés is currently serving his 10th year as Executive Director of Mama’s Kitchen. A 29-year resident of San Diego, he has work in the nonprofit arena for close to 25 years. Prior employment experiences include San Ysidro Health Center, Family Health Centers of San Diego and The San Diego Council of Community Clinics.
He served on the board of directors of The Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, a Washington DC-based national membership organization for 8 years until June 2012. Alberto is a member of the LGBT Community Leadership Council. For four years he served as an advisory board member for the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at University of San Diego. Over the years he has served on numerous local nonprofit boards, including McAlister Institute, San Diego Men’s Chorus, San Diego Latino Film Festival, and Being Alive San Diego.
Alberto holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (with a minor in healthcare administration) from National University and a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University, is a veteran of the United States Navy Submarine Force, and sings with the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.
Karen brings over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development to her work with non-profits. As a corporate executive and then a consultant to a wide range of businesses, she has developed and managed global distribution and partnership programs for many leading high tech companies around the world.
Karen has been passionately involved with non-profit organizations in her community. Much of her work has centered on developing programs supporting youth. She has served as a Girl Scout leader, and on the board of several organizations including Big Brother / Big Sister of San Francisco, Interplast and the Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto where she was honored as Volunteer of the Year.
Moving to San Diego in 2003, Karen served as Co-Chair of Community Service Programs on the PTA Board at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School in Encinitas, CA. As a result, the school was selected in 2009 as one of 11 schools statewide when California created the Service Learning Leader School Awards. She is currently co-chairing a fundraising team for micro-grants supporting community service and global engagement at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, CA and tutoring low-income children at Capri Elementary School in Encinitas.
Karen has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Bowdoin College.
Sadie Sponsler-Clements, RD
Sadie is the Regional Food System Manger for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), a farmer member non profit organization that advocates for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture. Sadie oversees Farm to School and Farm to Market programs in the Central Coast and Santa Clara Valley region including Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. Sadie is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in the Lemon Grove School District as a Community Health Representative. She also worked with the San Diego Hunger Coalition, managing their Anti-Hunger Network. In this role, Sadie was responsible for increasing low-income student access to local fresh fruits and vegetables across the county through the Federal Nutrition Programs, such as Provision 2, Breakfast in the Classroom, School Supper Program, Lunch program, After School Snack Program, and Farm to School.
Nutrition Services Manager, Sweetwater Union High School District
Eric Span is a graduate of Washburne Trade School’s culinary arts program in Chicago, Illinois. He brings with him over 27 years working in the food service industry, including extensive experience in hotels and restaurants and the past 11 years in school food service. Eric’s passion is making sure students are served great tasting and nutritious food. A result of Eric’s commitment to the health and happiness of his students and to creating an environment that focuses on student meal satisfaction, Sweetwater Union High School District currently serves 350,000 meals more than last year and the revamped school menus feature numerous items made from scratch. Sweetwater was the recipient of the USDA Farm to School Grant with 6 school sites committed to starting or expanding gardens.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with his wife, 2 sons, and new daughter.
Dr. Steven G. Pratt
M.D., FACS, A.B.H.M.
Dr. Steven Pratt, the first physician to identify the nutrient and mineral rich foods now popularly known as SuperFoods, is a world-renowned authority on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention of disease and optimization of health. As author of several books including SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods that Will Change Your Life, SuperFoods HealthStyle: Simple changes to get the most out of life for the rest of your life, SuperFoods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients, and SuperHealth: 6 Simple Steps, 6 Easy Weeks, 1 Longer, Healthier Life. Dr. Pratt teaches that if your “tank” is filled with the right foods, you can increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life.
Dr. Pratt also stresses that while diet and exercise are important, total health is achieved by a network of efforts, sleep and stress management can have just as much impact on one’s daily health and functioning.
Dr. Pratt is currently a senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. He has practiced medicine since 1981. Dr. Pratt received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1975, served his internship specializing in Internal Medicine and did his residency specializing in ophthalmology at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. He did his ophthalmology fellowship at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and he was Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1981. Dr. Pratt received his board certification by the American Board of Holistic Medicine in 2007.
Dr. Pratt loves the outdoors and he enjoys playing tennis, horseback riding, hiking and gardening.
Graphic Designer and Branding Specialist
Jeff Silva loves the challenge of making sense in the complex world that exists today and the important problems that need to be addressed. He considers himself an insatiable designer when he’s involved with design that really matters; design that touches humanity in any positive direction. He is currently a Senior Designer for Johnson & Johnson’s Global Strategic Design Office based in NYC, the first internal design and strategy group in the one hundred plus years that Johnson & Johnson has existed. He’s responsible for OTC (over-the-counter) brands such as Tylenol, Motrin, Pepcid, and Imodium. His day-to-day job at JNJ involves collaboration between cross functional teams such as marketing, innovation, project management, engineering and R&D. His role involves integrating the value and competitive advantage of design into the business model of the company.
Jeff holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Packaging from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he also serves as the NYC Art Center Alumni Co-Chair. When he’s not designing, you can find him spending quality time with his two precious kitties Tyler and Munchkin.
Maureen has worked in the non-profit arena for more than 20 years. Working for organizations such as Second Chance, Volunteer San Diego, the San Diego Hunger Coalition, the San Diego Food Bank, and The Salvation Army, her roles and responsibilities have included: volunteer management, coordination of special events, social media, grant writing, corporate partnerships, major gifts and community outreach. Maureen is a founding board member of SuperFood Drive and is a former board member of the Friends of San Diego Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Maureen enjoys the gym, reading Stephen King, happy hour with her college gal pals, and spending time with family