The Team


Katie Strickland: Owner & Creator

Katie Strickland is a Culinary Nutrition professional with a passion for catering and nutrition education (and of course all things food!). She believes that nutrition should be the most important aspect of a person's life, and she is dedicated to educating people, while creating a love of food in their hearts.

 Katie obtained a Food & Nutrition degree from Mississippi State University. She thought that her passion would be working in the hospital as a dietitian, but throughout the years in college, she discovered that her true passion was cooking and the science of food. 

 Katie worked as a nanny during the summers throughout college for Amanda LeBlanc of The Amandas, and she was in charge of cooking a healthy dinner each night for the children. While most kids will turn down healthy food, Katie found a way to make it delicious for adults and children! Dinner became the favorite part of Katie and the kids' day! She realized that she had a talent of creating a dinner that even the pickiest of eaters will love. Amanda LeBlanc was the inspiration for Katie to start Katie's Plates.

 "Between work, soccer practice, dance class, etc., I know that most parents or even couples without children do not have the time to cook. I've created this business for people that want to keep their family healthy, while still keeping up with their busy lifestyle. These days, time is the main hindrance to staying healthy. Many people have to choose between making a healthy, home-cooked meal and spending time with their kids or getting in some rest after a long day at work. A lot of families turn to eating out most nights of the week. Eating out not only burns a hole in your wallet, it's a sacrifice to you and your family's health. I want people to have the opportunity to get a home-cooked meal designed by a Dietitian. Having a healthy dinner is a small price to pay when it comes to your health, and when you calculate eating out costs (dinner, tip, gas, & time), it really is a small price to pay for me to deliver a meal!"

Fun Facts About Katie:

  1. She has a Vizsla (Hungarian Bird Dog) named Wrigley. He is the most wonderful dog in the world, and you may see him on deliveries on occasion. He is also the sweetest dog, and will give you tons of kisses!
  2. Katie grew up showing horses, and she now has 2 horses that she gets to ride when she has the chance.
  3. Katie is a huge Mississippi State fan! Go Dawgs!

 

 

Sherry Greek: Registered Dietitian/Branch Manager (Nashville)

 Sherry Greek completed her dietetic internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center and went on to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she completed her undergraduate coursework in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Sherry met Katie during her dietetic internship and instantly knew she wanted to be a part of this successful and fun business! While she found it difficult to say goodbye to her home, "the 'Burgh", Sherry is very excited to join the team in Birmingham and help run Katie's Plates first branch location in Nashville, TN! What she loves most about the business is the close relationships that form with the customers and being able to provide consistently healthy and fun meals for them.

Fun facts about Sherry:
1. I absolutely love traveling in and out of the US. I've been to 3 continents (North America, Europe, and Australia) and 8 countries, with future plans to see more of the world!
2. I created a food blog and ran a cupcake business while I was in high school.
3. I taught myself to play guitar several years ago and love to sing and write music.

  

 

Sharon Yarbrough: Birmingham Manager
Hi all!  I'm Sharon Yarbrough.  I grew up in southern California but Birmingham has been my home now for quite a while.  I have two awesome sons and one very dear to my heart grandson.  I discovered Katie's Plates after recently moving to the area not far from her kitchen location.  I wanted to find out what Katie's Plates was all about and after reviewing the website was very impressed with everything Katie has accomplished with her business.  Not long after that I was very excited to learn she wanted to add to her staff.  I have learned so much about nutrition from Katie and she has passed along some amazing food preparation skills!  Working with the rest of the team is an incredible experience.  I have also enjoyed being able to meet some of you when I have delivered your meals in the afternoon and really look forward to meeting more clients in the future!
 
Fun Facts:
1. One of my favorite places to be is at the beach.
2. I have a passion for animals and love to volunteer for various fundraisers.
3. I enjoy utilizing my creative side by refinishing and re-purposing vintage furniture.
 
Victor Walker: Right Hand Man/Jack of all Trades/Cleaner-Upper of our Messes (Birmingham)
Victor is Katie's Plates longest employee! He has teamed with Katie since the days Katie's Plates was cooked out of her Downtown home! Victor has never called in sick, he's dependable, and pretty much can do anything around the kitchen! It's nice for us girls to have a man around the kitchen to do the heavy-lifting and to watch after us! Victor is so dedicated to his job, and has a transit-bus time of 2 hours to and from work. If you ever see him when stopping by the kitchen, be sure to give him a HUGE hug! We love him!
 
Kristin Gunderson (Catering Chef/Delivery Driver/Nutrition Apprentice)

Hey everyone! My name is Kristin Gunderson and I am a junior Nutrition and Dietetics major with a Biology minor at Samford University! I grew up here in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Spain Park High School in 2015. I have always loved cooking and have a passion for making new healthy, delicious recipes! I found out about Katie’s Plates when I met her mom in yoga class and I could not stay away from this dream job. I love being in the kitchen working with Katie and her team and preparing (and eating) her amazing meals!

Fun Facts:

  1. I became a certified yoga teacher during my senior year of high school. I LOVE yoga!
  2. I read nutrition books… for fun!
  3. I am the proud momma of a sweet black and white mini golden doodle named Reece!

 

 

Kim McMeekin: Delivery Driver/Mom of the Group (Birmingham)

 Hi! I’m Kim McMeekin.  I grew up in Fultondale, but now live in Birmingham. I work full time for SD Myers as a Diagnostic Analytical Coordinator. I was introduced to Katie’s Plates in April of this year by my daughter Cassidy. My family fell in love with the wonderful nutritious meals.  I have learned so much about clean eating and it is amazing at how much better you feel when you fuel your body with good food from fresh ingredients.

1. I have 4 wonderful children and two grandchildren.
2. We have a precious lab puppy named Cassie.
3. I homeschool my 8 year old son who has special needs.
 
Matt Wood: Delivery Driver (Birmingham)

Hey everyone! My name is Matthew Escar Ross Wood and I'm a delivery driver. I was born in Birmingham and have lived here my whole life. I went to Briarwood high school and I am now attending Jeff State as a business major. I like working for Katie's Plates because I like being around food and giving people their meals.
1. I played soccer all my life and travelled all around the southeast with my club team. I was also captain for my high school team.
2. I love to travel and camp! I like to go out west most of all. I also like to be outdoors as much as I can.
3. I really like food and trying new types of food. I like being in Birmingham because there are so many great places to eat here.
4. My job before this was being a carpentry apprentice.
 
Christina Camp: Catering Chef/Delivery Driver (Birmingham)
Hey everyone! I'm Christina Camp. I was born and raised in Birmingham and moved back here after graduating from Furman University in 2013 with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. I have a wonderful husband, Nathan and the world's best dog, Sparky. I recently heard about Katie's Plates and jumped at the opportunity to join the team because I love cooking nutritious and delicious meals! Being able to help provide healthy meals for people is such a rewarding experience, and I'm thankful for the opportunity.
Fun Facts:
1. I enjoy traveling and spent a year abroad on a mission trip called the World Race, where I went to 11 countries in 11 months
2. I love music! I play the guitar, ukelele and am currently attempting to learn the mandolin.
3. Spanish is one of my passions, and I love to speak and read books in Spanish.
 
Misty Davis: Catering Chef/Delivery Driver (Birmingham)


Hi, I am Misty Davis.  I was born and raised in Birmingham.  I was a fulltime mom until I found out about Katie’s Plates through Facebook via a friend, and now I deliver wonderful, healthy meals to Katie’s customers.  Being with Katie has introduced me to new and delicious meals.

I have 2 beautiful daughters.

We have 2 additional furry family members – a Chihuahua named Precious and a Yorkie named Tuffy.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

 

Emily Loggins: Catering Chef/Delivery Driver (Nashville)

Hi! My name is Emily Loggins. I’m a senior Commercial Voice major at Belmont University. I love working for Katie’s Plates because of the variety of recipes that we get to make! It’s fun because no two days are exactly the same, which keeps it interesting. And I LOVE my coworkers!

1. I’m in an improv/sketch comedy troupe in Nashville
2. I’ve seen every Dr. Phil episode ever aired
3. My first time trying spaghetti squash was 5 days ago, it’s pretty good

 

 

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