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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving with Cakeable. Thank you!
Kaileen Willette, Production Manager and Instructor, is a graduate of Art Institute with experience in the kitchens of Napa on Providence, Napa at Kingsley, and The Pump House. Chef Kaileen brings tremendous expertise and professionalism to our program in which she oversees Cakeable’s production of delicious baked goods and contributes greatly to our students’ and employees’ baking knowledge and skills.
Tonya Mangum, Instructor, grew up in Ellijay, GA. Tonya holds a BS in Middle Grades Education, Math and Social Sciences. After college Tonya worked in the Hospitality and Travel Industry prompting her to move to Charlotte, NC in 1997. Tonya joined Carmel Baptist Church, met and married her husband Wes in 1999. They have two sons, William and Christopher, currently attending Weddington High School. Tonya decided to become a stay at home mom to support her husband and children. Tonya’s husband, Wes, is blind and her son, William, has Verbal Apraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Degenerative Myopia and these conditions have helped grow a heart and love to help all people reach their maximum potential and abilities. She has been volunteering at Carmel Baptist Church for many years in the Children, Women, and Student Ministries. She also volunteers at her sons TrailLife USA Troop NC-0413, a Church-Based, Christ-Centered, Boy-Focused mentoring and discipleship community. She became a Board Member and started volunteering at Cakeable Charlotte in 2021.
Renee Ratcliffe, Instructor, is a Charlotte native who holds a BA in Special Education and a MA in Counseling. Renee taught as an exceptional children’s educator in Charlotte schools for five years. In order to raise funds to serve in orphanges in Albania, Renee began baking and discovered that her hobby could have a meaningful impact. She 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. Now Renee is deeply grateful to volunteer for Cakeable, where she enjoys watching students and employees build their confidence, skills, and opportunities through baking.
Founders and Board of Directors
John and Renee Ratcliffe founded Cakeable Charlotte in 2019. For many years, they have been active in local and global ministries to individuals and 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.
Ashley Speight, Board Member, is a native Charlottean. Ashley holds a BA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, Ashley spent a year in the Training and Communication department of a NC based consulting firm. From there she joined Family Dollar Stores, Inc (another Charlotte Native) where she worked in Store Operations as the Director of Communications, overseeing the communication process and projects for 6500+ stores. During her time at Family Dollar, Ashley met and married her husband Chris.
Ashley and Chris joined Carmel Baptist Church in 2010. Once leaving Family Dollar in 2011 in obedience to God’s calling, Ashley began working part-time at Carmel. In 2016, Chris and Ashley’s family grew by 1 when they had their son, William. Ashley’s focus is caring for her family primarily as a stay at home mom, but also serving her church family part-time by using the gifts God has given her around planning, logistics and communication. Ashley has spent 8+ years volunteering with the Queen City Pregnancy Resource Center (formerly PRC). Her heart for all those created in the image of God to have life and life abundantly, to be seen and valued and to be encouraged to use their gifts and talents drew her to support Cakeable Charlotte. She became a Board Member and started volunteering at Cakeable Charlotte in 2021.
Timothy P. Flavin, Board Member, worked 30+ years in the corporate arena in consumer sales and marketing, rising to the level of VP of Sales and Marketing. For the past 12 years he has worked for non-profits in the capacity of Director and Executive Director, with most of his experience working with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In 2017, Tim started to work on the creation of Moji Coffee + More a nonprofit coffee shop in Winston-Salem NC. Moji opened in June 2019. Tim is the founding Board Chairman, and Executive. Today Moji Coffee + More is a thriving nonprofit training people with I/DD to be professional baristas.
Charles Reitz, Board Member, is a Senior Vice President in Global Procurement with Bank of America.