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Meet our instructor!

These folks are the ones that do the heavy lifting, planning classes, pulling the supplies together, scheduling and more. Many do this around their other full-time job too. They have taken time out of their schedule to participate and interact with you, letting their education, experience and knowledge help you in the future and to just plain have fun doing it. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us. We are always looking for new classes that are fun and/or educational.


Jordan Szala has been professionally baking for 5 years, and finds the most enjoyment in baking and decorating pastries! Though she has many crafts and hobbies she enjoys, sharing her skills and knowledge with others is one of her favorite parts. 


Sara Flanders, MS RDN

Sara is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from Kalamazoo. She specializes in practical strategies to improve health through food selection, preparation, preservation, gardening, while pursuing a larger curiosity about food’s central role in our lives. She is alumna of Michigan State University, Lake Superior State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. A longtime fan of Alton Brown’s Good Eats, Sara’s interest in the science of cooking started long before she changed careers to pursue it professionally, and she holds a similar fun food-nerd approach to class instruction. Sara is also an avid outdoors person, participating year-round in hobbies such as gardening, camping, hiking, hunting, and snowshoeing. 

Julianne Downes is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator with expertise in plant based eating, nutrigenomics, weight management and supplementation.

A professional speaker and instructor/cook, Julianne is able to relay effective nutrition information to her audiences.

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