Jay Gilbertson - Director
Jay has been working for Loaves & Fishes as the Director of the Tigard Senior Center since August of 2008, following positions in downtown and NW Portland. He has enjoyed developing programs and partnerships with various entities in Tigard, such as Portland Community College and Rotary, of which he is an active member. Non-profit enterprises have the focus of his work, including time working as a teacher and associate pastor. Music is a big interest as well, and was the focus of his previous jobs. Jay currently enjoys working with a small group of string students which play at the Tigard Senior Center occasionally. Goals for the center include reaching more seniors in need of the Meals on Wheels program, starting a Meals on 2 Wheels Bike Route, launching a Wii Bowling league, and continuing our tradition of great meals in a warm and inviting atmosphere. All are welcome…come and join us!
Theresa Thornton - Kitchen Coordinator / Program Assistant
Theresa began working for the senior nutrition program in September 2006 and has put her own twist on the meals that are served at the center and delivered as Meals-On-Wheels to homebound seniors in the Tigard area.
Theresa has spent most of her career in food service and has worked as both a sous chef and a caterer. She has a passion for both quality and presentation and prefers to use fresh, organic herbs and vegetables in her cooking. In fact, she grows most of the fresh herbs she uses in her home garden. Since joining Tigard Loaves & Fishes Center, Theresa has taken the basic menu and incorporated additional herbs, vegetables and garnishes. In addition, she roasts turkeys at the center and has developed a number of specialty entrees for the seniors at Tigard. She has improved both the flavor and the presentation and the seniors can see and taste the difference.
Theresa has taught cooking classes to women in transition at the Oregon Food Bank and includes soups, gourmet salads, Mexican and Asian cuisine among her specialties.