In My Father’s Kitchen :: Our Team

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Our Team

John Tumino

Executive Director

John Tumino is the Executive Director for In My Father’s Kitchen. John is from Syracuse, NY and is a graduate of Fowler High School. His background is as a restaurant owner and chef. He has been married to his beautiful wife Leigh-Ann since 1996 and Co-Founded IMFK with her in 2011. John’s favorite pastime is socializing with people.

Leigh-Ann Tumino


Leigh-Ann Tumino is the Administrator for In My Father’s Kitchen. She is originally from Denver, Colorado and came to Syracuse in 1991. She served as the Children’s/Youth Pastor at Abundant Life Christian Center in Syracuse, NY for 10 years. Her favorite pastime is to read books and write curriculum. Together with her husband they Co-founded IMFK in 2011 and reside in Syracuse, NY with their daughter Abigail.

Kathleen Schofield

Care Manager / Street Outreach

Kathleen (Kat) Schofield is a Care Manager for Street Outreach at In My Father’s Kitchen. Kat is originally from Syracuse but spent many years in Michigan as a horse trainer for disabled individuals. She returned to Syracuse in 2015 to care for her parents and has been on the IMFK team since 2017. Kat’s favorite pastime is to be outdoors with her son walking their several acres of wooded property.

Kevin Batsford

Supervisor/Van Driver

Kevin Batsford is a Supervisor/Van Driver for Hire Ground at In My Father’s Kitchen and is from Syracuse, NY. He spent 15 years homeless on the streets of Syracuse, addicted to drugs and alcohol. He broke free from that life in October of 2014 with the help of IMFK. He has been on the IMFK team since 2019. Kevin is married to Terry and his favorite pastime is watching football.

George Edwards

Care Manager / Street Outreach

George Edwards came to Syracuse from Philadelphia several years ago to assist his mother in transforming her home to be wheelchair accessible. He has remained in Syracuse since, working many jobs serving others in some way. He raised 3 children alongside his wife Phyllis of 22 years.  When not working, George serves his neighbors through yard work or just being available to help when needed.  He enjoys spending time with his dog Myra, riding motorcycles, and viewing classic cars. He loves spending time with his family, increasing his education, and having a sense of humor in serving the community for the greater good.

John DiDomenico

Care Manager / Hire Ground - Street Outreach

As a graduate of Henninger High School, John has spent most of his life as a resident of Syracuse, NY. He comes to IMFK with a diverse work experience across several different industries. For John, the common thread throughout these experiences has been a desire to serve people. He and his wife Gabrielle, have been married since 2015 and enjoy anything that gets them both into nature. Hiking, paddling, and most recently, fly fishing!

Mary Anderson

Care Manager / Life House

Mary Anderson grew up in Clinton New York on a dairy farm and moved to Syracuse in 2010. She is an ordained pastor and has served several churches and various ministries over the years.  She has been married to her husband Garrett for 25 years, and they have a teenage son, Sam.  The Andersons love outdoor activities such as camping, boating, and gardening. They also enjoy entertaining and hosting friends and family.

Benjamin-Ariel Charles

Care Manager / Hire Ground - Street Outreach

Benjamin-Ariel Charles was born in Pakistan. He and his family relocated to the USA in 2006. He is married to his beautiful wife, Alexis and they have two wonderful boys, Hezekiah Joseph, and Nehemiah Benjamin. Ben has led and served in the not-for-profit sector for several years. Most recently, serving as the Syracuse Area Director at Hopeprint, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors at Vera House, Inc. and volunteers regularly at his church. He and his wife are passionate about the community of Syracuse and are hopeful to one day turn their passion for specialty coffee and urban farming into a community-based organization.

Together we are building hope and changing lives.