Care Kitchen Outreach
Bryan Williams is a restaurant executive who has proven experience in both turnaround and high-growth restaurant companies. Within the hospitality industry, Bryan is focused on team building and personal development within a team to drive a unified mission and purpose.
His broad restaurant and entertainment background combined with his demonstrated leadership qualities make Williams an ideal fit for Care Kitchen Outreach. He has demonstrated and managed the development of numerous new restaurant openings, programs, and processes that deliver strong, sustainable results. Outside of the restaurant industry, he also owns an independent record label, entertainment production company, and provides extensive volunteer work with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Bryan excels in the development of restaurant operations and methodology, people development, and enterprise-wide training. He has held numerous leadership positions with public and private companies such as Applebee’s, Darden, O’Charley’s and is currently the Director of Learning & Development for Logan’s Roadhouse. Bryan currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bonnie, and mini dachshund, Jack.
Ron Camacho’s writing career began as an art student at Buffalo State University where he assisted in the creation of a campus Fanzine, The Shakin’ Street Gazette. The paper was responsible for connecting unsigned acts with Fred Heller Management and Columbia Records. He left college to pursue a 20-year career as a road manager with such bands as Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Plimsouls, Chaka Khan, Mr. Big, The Knack, George Michael, and Vince Neil.
After a chance meeting with the Chicken Soup series creator, Mark Victor Hansen, Camacho co-authored the first book, Chicken Soup for the Country Soul. It became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, shipping 500,000 units.
Camacho’s first self-published book was created in the same fashion. From the Heart of Racing, his second bestseller was co-authored and published with the founding Chaplain of the Motor Racing Outreach, Max Helton. It has been published in 13 countries and 11 languages. Camacho is currently working on The Last Dragon trilogy, his first love, an epic science fiction series.
Since the early 90's, Camacho has been a culinary chef and caterer. He is the food behind events for Find The Children, Feed The Children, KISS, Unite for Pediatric AIDS, The TJ Martell Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation, and MADD.
Jay’s career has been in communications, human resources, organizational development, and lean healthcare. He earned his degrees from Georgetown College and Louisiana State University. His higher education career included Carson Newman University, North Carolina State University and Middle Tennessee State University.
He was a corporate executive in the private sector for Ryder Truck Rental, The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and Crackerbarrel Old Country Stores.
For the past 21 years, he has served multiple organizations as a leadership and organizational development consultant. He is strongly commited to helping people develop and realize their potential through individual and group development opportunities.
Jay has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Campbellsville University since 2000. He served as Board Chair from 2009-2012. He is active at Brentwood Baptist Church and serves on the Worship Choir Leadership Team. He recently became part of the leadership team for Care Kitchen Outreach, a food rescue and food distribution non-profit in Williamson County.
Jay has been married to Alice for 49+ years and has lived in Brentwood since 1991. Jay and Alice have two grown children, Dan, who lives and works in Franklin, TN and Allyson, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Marsha Sparkmon is a human resources manager with expertise in hospitality and manufacturing industries. Prior to her work with human resources, she worked for several non-profit organizationsas district and reginal executive. This combination of work experiences has given her insight on the best ways for business and non-profits to work together to improve community.
Throughout her career, Marsha has assisted team members in developing their skill sets. She found that creating opportunities to work with non-profit organizations has been the best training ground for future company leaders.Several organizations she has worked with include: United Way, Donors Choose, Franklin Lions Club, Modest Needs, Graceworks fuel bag program, Williamson County Animal Shelter, and the Red Cross.
A resident of Middle Tennessee area for more than 20 years, she and her husband Bill are coming to terms with being empty nesters. Outside work she enjoys traveling and is working on improving her photography skills. Marsha and Bill have two grown sons, Drew, who lives in Washington, D.C. and Wesley who lives in Oxford. MS.
Ellen Camacho received her degree in Fashion Design and Dress Making in 1994 and embarked on a career in fashion design, catering expertise, and tablescaping - the art of making food beautiful.
Ellen’s career has been spent developing an eye for the extraordinary and producing one-of-a-kind experiences. As a swimwear designer right out of Orange Coast College, she was thrust into the national limelight when her designs were chosen for Inside Sports Swimwear edition alongside icon designers Donna Karan and Michael Kors. Her swimwear line would eventually be added to the Nordstrom line for the next 5 years.
Upon arriving in Nashville in 1996, she was featured in the Tennessean’s fashion section and opened a creative Boutique in Franklin’s Factory called Designs by Ellen Marie. She also began working for Chef’s Market as they were in the process of growing a catering company. In the last 15 years, Ellen has trained over 250 catering staff and management. Chef’s Market has been voted the #1 Caterer in Nashville by the Nashville Scene five years running. Her eye for detail, impeccable hospitality, and tablescaping makes art out of the ordinary. Ellen has worked with many politicians, including Meagan Barry, Phil Bredeson, Jeb Bush, Marsha Blackburn, and Bill Haslam. She caters for the CMA Awards, CMT Awards, and with such stars as Kenny Chesney, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Danny Gokey, and Matthew West. She continues to work with many celebrity and corporate giants such as Dave Ramsey and the Lampo Group, Vanderbilt, Intel, and Big Machine Label Group.