Our Team

Meet Melissa

Kitchen Crew

Melissa is a member of our kitchen team, but during the holidays, she also stepped up to learn fulfillment! She is a hard worker and is always willing to learn new tasks in order to help out + hop in when needed.

Meet Mandy

Kitchen Crew

You can find Mandy mixing, roasting coconut, lidding jars, and happily hopping in wherever they're needed. We're so grateful for their upbeat, positive attitude and the way they are always lifting others up - in true Ground Up spirit!

Meet Cian

Labeling Supervisor

Cian is a master at labeling and a core member of our kitchen crew! She always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face, despite what life throws her way.

Lifting Womxn Up

Our team is comprised of womxn from all backgrounds and walks of life. We are proud to be a part of this inspiring team of capable, motivated and smart womxn. Womxn who are getting back on their feet, thanks to you.

Meet Judy

Fulfillment Associate

Judy mastered our filling machine (which she lovingly nicknamed "Babe") and was an asset to our kitchen team. She has now graduated from our training program and is working doing order fulfillment!

Meet Bonnie

Production + Fulfillment Associate

Bonnie joined our team in the last stages of her pregnancy, and hustled harder than anyone. Now, she has an adorable baby girl and is back on the team - still working hard.

Meet Sam

Sam's main goal is to spread more awareness about Ground Up and get our nut butters in as many stores as possible. We're grateful for her passion to spread the nut butter love and get it into all of your hands!

Meet Erika

Kitchen Lead + Marketing Intern

Erika is our Lead Filler, meaning she puts together and takes apart our filling machine (which is a very impressive task)! She's also learning marketing and social media at Ground Up—and is likely the one replying to your DM's!

Meet Sarah

Community Coordinator

If you've ever contacted us via phone or email, Sarah's probably the lovely soul you got to speak with! She handles all customer care, social media, marketing and community management. (OH, and she runs our Butterbassador program, too!)

Meet Sam

Kitchen Crew

Sam is not only one of our kitchen crew members, but she is also a talented artist! We appreciate her hard work, positive attitude and willingness to jump in wherever she's needed.


Meet Molly

Production Manager

Molly oversees our entire kitchen operation (aka she's responsible for every jar of nut butter that we produce!). She also manages our employment training program—and does it all with a bright smile on her face and endless energy!

Meet Staci

Sales + Demo Extraordinaire

Staci is one of our top sales reps! She says, "I am driven by the importance of advocating for someone who can’t advocate for themselves; everyone deserves to have a voice."

Meet Rachel

Employee Support Manager

Rachel supports the womxn at Ground Up by aiding in professional skill development, resource referral, monthly educational sessions and connecting them with mentorship opportunities. She also brings the fun—making sure everyone's birthday and big milestones are properly celebrated!

Meet Melanie

Kitchen Crew

Melanie has quickly become a pro in all aspects of the kitchen... You can find her mixing nut butter, lidding, tampering jars + more! We are grateful for her positive energy and willingness to try new things—including jumping in on fulfillment during our busy holiday season!

Meet Carolyn


Carolyn is the creative mastermind behind Ground Up's delicious and unique nut butter flavors, and oversees marketing, ecommerce and finance at Ground Up.


Meet Julie


Julie leads sales and partnerships at Ground Up, and as an avid athlete, nut butter is an easy sell for her! Julie also oversees Ground Up's employment training program.


Program Graduates

Meet Gabrielle

Program Graduate

In the kitchen, Gabrielle’s favorite job was mixing nut butter. She's now moved on from Ground Up to work in security and continue to the next step on her career path!

Meet Sandra

Program Graduate

When asked about the community at Ground Up, Sandra says, “We respect each other, love each other, help each other through not just work but personal issues too. You can always trust that you have someone there for you.”

Meet J

Program Graduate

J could label for hours on end, with a smile on her face and music blasting in her headphones. She has now graduated from our training program and moved into full time employment at Transition Projects!

Meet Jessica

Kitchen Crew

Jessica is a creative, bright and energetic part of our kitchen crew! She loves coming up with clever "questions of the day" to ask at our morning team meetings, and she has quickly become a pro in the kitchen!

Meet Shawna

Kitchen Crew

Shawna is a pro in the kitchen... You can find her roasting coconut, filling jars or mixing nut butter. She is a huge fan of 2000's R&B and loves encouraging the team to take much needed dance breaks in the kitchen!

Meet Tiffany

Warehouse Manager

The first person to master our filling machine, Tiffany was a crucial member of our kitchen team. She has done nearly every role at Ground Up, and we are proud too have her as our Warehouse Manager (and lead forklift operator)!