Meet Our Team
Max Kaniger – Founder, Executive Director
Max Kaniger grew up in a household surrounded by food. His father was a chef, his parents met in a restaurant, and there was always ample food around the house growing up— barbecues and meals were the things that brought people together, especially in Kansas City. But when he rode his bike around town, it was apparent some neighborhoods had plenty while others did not. Similarly while attending college at the University of Missouri, he began to notice that for some of his peers, the dining hall represented, for the first time, a truly plentiful and well-balanced opportunity to eat. He took time off to work for a tour company in Maui and was exposed to an entirely new food culture, but also saw how difficult it was for some to provide for a family on a single paycheck. Believing that reliable, affordable, and healthy food options should be available to everyone, regardless of background, Max returned to Kansas City with an idea.
Kanbe’s Markets first program, the Healthy Corner Store, aims to solve food insecurity in Kansas City through small-scale, sustainable, and affordable produce stands set up in corner stores across the city. At first, Max largely maintained and funded the project himself, but after the initial pilot locations saw immediate success, he led Kanbe’s expansion to an organization with five full-time staff, a growing team of delivery drivers and over 28 locations across Kansas City. He is driven by the belief that everyone benefits from living in a more just world, and the best way to create one is to start from the beginning–– making sure everyone has access to fresh, healthy, affordable food.
Keith Mulloy – Program Manager, Healthy Corner Stores
Keith was born and raised in Kansas City and after attending Pittsburg State University and UMKC, spent a decade working in the retail grocery industry before joining Kanbe’s. While working in retail, Keith often confronted the reality of food access and affordability, and the particular challenges faced by families as a result of high-cost or inaccessible fresh food in addition to the food waste this system elicits. With a naturally quantitative mind, Keith serves as the program director for Healthy Corner Stores, overseeing all components of the flow of fresh produce procured and sold in corner stores around the city, and is dedicated to making a healthy meal accessible to everyone in the city he loves.
Keith played competitive rugby in college and is now a zealous Royals fan.
Carmen Hatten – Development Manager
As Development Manager, Carmen oversees Kanbe’s fundraising development, volunteer services, marketing and communications. Early on, Carmen witnessed many sides of life, and from this diversity of experiences developed a passion for storytelling. While studying at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she developed her talent for understanding and communicating complex, multifaceted topics with clarity and perspective. She brings these skills to meet the urgent needs of our food system, driven by the belief that nourishment is an essential cornerstone to our ability to thrive — something everyone deserves.
Carmen enjoys eating their way through Kansas City, traveling she can, and snuggling her dog Lady always.
Brandi Schoen – Procurement Manager
Brandi is the Procurement Manager, where she focuses on sourcing fresh and local food for Kanbe’s programs to distribute. This culture of food stewardship has been in Brandi’s family for the past five generations— since they first settled in rural Colorado— and from an early age, she’s deeply understood the full story behind the food on our plates. After managing an agricultural nonprofit for 8 years, Brandi brings extensive experience in organizational administration as well as familiarity with the local food supply chain. Through strong partnerships with local growers, she balances sustainability, trust, fair compensation, and community support in meeting Kansas City’s produce supply needs. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado and served as executive director of Kansas City Food Circle prior to joining Kanbe’s team.
Brandi lives with her husband, two children, and three cats, and maintains a personal garden in her free time.