Our Team

Patrick Persons

Patrick Persons

President and CEO

Patrick is an accomplished executive within the middle market sector, including food services, manufacturing, business services and oil & gas.

Shane Barber

Shane Barber

Vice President of Operations

Shane Barber is a high performing dynamic leader who possesses an uncommon passion for excellence.

Flora Mckay

Flora Mckay

Director of Community and Nutrition

Flora comes to the Butter Beans team with a background in sustainable development, and a great passion for nutrition and wellness education.

Janelle Mitchell

Janelle Mitchell

School Manager

Janelle Mitchell brings over 15 years of food service experience to the Butter Beans team.

Nadya Purdy

Nadya Purdy

Office Manager

Nadya joins Butter Beans with a bachelor degree in Education from ASPU and Brooklyn College School of Continuing Education.

Martha Persons

Martha Persons

Vice President

Martha is an experienced executive in the technology and business services sectors.

Susie Cover

Susie Cover

Vice President of Operations

A skilled chef with extensive experience in catering and food service, Susie has worked for Butter Beans since 2016 overseeing school operations in NYC and New Jersey.

Kristina Graeber

Kristina Graeber

Director Of Operations and Campliance

A California native, Kristina grew up snacking on her mom’s home-made granola and farm-fresh produce.

Ryan Kahl

Ryan Kahl

Purchasing Manager

Ryan Kahl was born in Honolulu, and began bartending in college at Syracuse, NY.

Elena Fomenko

Elena Fomenko

Administrative Manager

Elena provides administrative support to the Butter Beans team and successfully manages the back office.

Jason Wong

Jason Wong

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Growing up as a chef and manager in his family’s food establishments, Jason mastered the hospitality trade prior to opening several more restaurants throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Dan Spirk

Dan Spirk

Sous Chef

With over 20 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Dan stands for quality.

Miguel Espindola

Miguel Espindola

Sous Chef

Miguel has considerable experience within the foodservice and hospitality sectors. This would include leading a large team within a commissary kitchen environment.

Robson Demattos

Robson Demattos

Transportation Manager

Born and raised in Brazil, Robson grew up helping his father in the family’s hotel and restaurant business where he always was involved in transportation, operations, and logistics.