Our Team

Lindsey Blankenhorn   ,  Executive Director    North Carolina native and Raleigh nonprofit pro Lindsey Blankenhorn brings years of leadership experience to our team, formerly the director of operations at Mission Increase where she consulted with dozens of area organizations on their mission and growth. As a Meredith College graduate and champion for women, Lindsey is excited to move Carroll’s Kitchen into our next phase of growth as we run and operate two locations and pursue a commissary kitchen space. Lindsey and her family live in downtown Raleigh where they enjoy discovering new restaurants and exploring the City of Oaks.

Lindsey Blankenhorn, Executive Director

North Carolina native and Raleigh nonprofit pro Lindsey Blankenhorn brings years of leadership experience to our team, formerly the director of operations at Mission Increase where she consulted with dozens of area organizations on their mission and growth. As a Meredith College graduate and champion for women, Lindsey is excited to move Carroll’s Kitchen into our next phase of growth as we run and operate two locations and pursue a commissary kitchen space. Lindsey and her family live in downtown Raleigh where they enjoy discovering new restaurants and exploring the City of Oaks.

Sara Acosta   ,  Director of Programs    Sara’s AmeriCorps and nonprofit experience landed her in downtown Raleigh where she served a local homelessness advocacy organization for three year before joining the team at Carroll’s Kitchen. When she’s not taking pictures of food at Carroll’s Kitchen or downing a cup of chicken velvet, she and her husband, a fellow Campbell University alum, run the food blog  eatRaleigh  and chase dinosaurs with their young son.

Sara Acosta, Director of Programs

Sara’s AmeriCorps and nonprofit experience landed her in downtown Raleigh where she served a local homelessness advocacy organization for three year before joining the team at Carroll’s Kitchen. When she’s not taking pictures of food at Carroll’s Kitchen or downing a cup of chicken velvet, she and her husband, a fellow Campbell University alum, run the food blog eatRaleigh and chase dinosaurs with their young son.

Ryan Piper   ,  Executive Chef    Chef Ryan Piper’s number one ingredient is passion, and you’ll taste it in every bite on our menu. Ryan made his way from Manchester, New Hampshire to train at the award winning Highgrove Estate in Fuquay Varina where he quickly rose to the top. When Ryan isn’t developing new recipes for Carroll’s Kitchen or teaching culinary skills to our job training team, he enjoys exploring new foods and spending time with his wife and children.

Ryan Piper, Executive Chef

Chef Ryan Piper’s number one ingredient is passion, and you’ll taste it in every bite on our menu. Ryan made his way from Manchester, New Hampshire to train at the award winning Highgrove Estate in Fuquay Varina where he quickly rose to the top. When Ryan isn’t developing new recipes for Carroll’s Kitchen or teaching culinary skills to our job training team, he enjoys exploring new foods and spending time with his wife and children.

Anna DeBoy Parnell   ,  Sales + Marketing Coordinator    Anna has a passion for strong brands and effective marketing, and loves using these skills in the nonprofit realm to better her community. She has a degree in graphic design from NC State University and has worked in nonprofit marketing for 3 years. Photography, hand lettering and beautiful design give her life, as well as tacos and cold brew coffee. She and her fiancé are getting married this year and will be living in downtown Raleigh, constantly searching for the best food and coffee around.

Anna DeBoy Parnell, Sales + Marketing Coordinator

Anna has a passion for strong brands and effective marketing, and loves using these skills in the nonprofit realm to better her community. She has a degree in graphic design from NC State University and has worked in nonprofit marketing for 3 years. Photography, hand lettering and beautiful design give her life, as well as tacos and cold brew coffee. She and her fiancé are getting married this year and will be living in downtown Raleigh, constantly searching for the best food and coffee around.