From the restaurant to case management, operations to development, the entire Café Momentum team works together to support, train and coach our interns. We surround our interns with an ecosystem of support, providing essential tools and resources, to create real change in these young lives.

Mandy Aguilar

Director of Development

Mandy has over 15 years of experience in the corporate sector and in nonprofit management. She worked in development and marketing for Dallas Theater Center for five seasons and served as General Manager of the Orchestra of New Spain. Mandy is on the board of Kitchen Dog Theater and is active with the Writer’s Garret. She holds a BA from the University of Arkansas.

Paige Litterer

Director of Service and Training Curriculum

Paige has been employed in the food and beverage industry for over 10 years. Along with her experience in the food and beverage industry, she has volunteered with numerous non-profits. While volunteering in Guatemala, she ran the FOH operations for KIDS Restaurant and ran several programs for cleft lip and palate babies. Most recently, Paige worked at Cane Rosso and left to follow her passion for working with the young men at Café Momentum. She has a BA with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.

Jennera Berry

Director of Research and Impact

Jennera Berry has worked for over a decade in Dallas fine-dining and hospitality. In high school, she began to volunteer with community organizations such as the Resource Center Dallas, Genesis Women’s Shelter, The North Texas Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.Jennera is active in a dual-degree program and pursing a BA in Sociology and an MS in Applied Sociology from the University of Texas at Dallas.



Michael, better know as “Shaggy” in the restaurant, has been in upscale dining for over 15 years.   He has worked in many Dallas restaurants setting the standard of service, at the King Estate Winery as a Wine Educator, and most recently, as a Beverage Manager in Maui.  He has a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and believes that kindness is infectious.  Michael lives in Oak Cliff with his wife, Carrie, and their three daughters.