Our Team


Currently, Cakeable has three employees who have unique and extraordinary abilities. They are employed as production assistants, market assistants, and public relations assistants and add so much value to our team!


We have four amazing students who are learning vocational skills in our kitchen. Our students also use their skills to benefit other baking businesses by helping with packaging and other hands-on projects. These opportunities allow our students to practice the valuable soft skills of holding a job and transfer skills into other settings.


Our volunteers are the best! Currently, Cakeable has a waiting list for kitchen volunteers. As we grow, we hope to add opportunities for volunteers who want to bake with us.

We also need volunteers to help with administrative tasks, driving deliveries, and fundraising. Please email hello@cakeablecharlotte.com if you are interested in serving with Cakeable. Thank you!

Founders and Board of Directors

John and Renee Ratcliffe founded Cakeable Charlotte in 2019. Renee is a Charlotte native who holds a BA in Special Education and a MA in Counseling. In addition to her years of experience baking for friends, family and large events, Renee formally received her ServSafe Manager Certification, completed a course in Bakery Business Fundamentals from Central Piedmont Community College, and received a People’s Choice Award from the North Carolina chapter of the International Cake Exploration Society.  John and Renee have been active in local and global ministries which serve families affected by disability.  John and Renee’s daughter, Caroline, is a student majoring in early childhood education at Anderson University and is active in Cakeable classes and events when she is home. 

Michael McDowell, Board Member, is a Charlotte, NC native and a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College and Montreat College. He is a member of Carmel Baptist Church and has worked as a painting contractor for 35 years. Michael has been married to Deena for 27 years, and they have two children, Joseph and Deveny. Serving people with disabilities and their families is one of Michael’s passions, and he has worked with the Joni and Friends Ministry in North Carolina and Tennessee for 11 years.

Deena McDowell, Board Member, grew up in West Palm Beach, Fl and moved with her family to North Carolina in 1985. She is a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College and has worked as a physical therapist assistant for 33 years. Deena is a longtime member of Carmel Baptist Church and has been married to Michael for 27 years. They have two children, Joseph and Deveny. Deena has a heart for missions and people with disabilities, and she has served with the Joni and Friends ministry for 11 years in the Dominican Republic, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Molly Foy, Board Member, was born and raised in Waynesville, NC, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway. She has lived in the Charlotte area for close to 35 years and spent the majority of her career in banking, working in several roles within Private Wealth Management including Tax Compliance and Personal Trust Administration. She has spent the rest of her career in Public Accounting as a Personal, Small Business, and Charitable income tax specialist. Molly’s passions are faith, family, food, and music. She loves going on mission in her home community and abroad. She is currently an active member of the church planting team at Redeemer Church of Weddington, NC. 

Christi Floyd, Board Member, was born in Virginia and has lived in the Charlotte area since 1998.  She attended Elon University and then UNC Charlotte where she earned her Masters in Public Administration.  Christi began working for the City of Charlotte in 2000 and has had various roles during that time relating to small business development. She is a longtime member of Carmel Baptist Church and has served in the children and student ministries for many years.  Christi has been married to Kevin for 17 years, and they have a 15 year old son, Luke. 

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