MEET THE TEAM

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Making Dreams Come True

Ashley Shepherd grew up in Mapleton, Utah where her love for food began with simply taking cookies to friends and neighbors every Sunday. She continued her education at Brigham Young University where she received a Bachelor's degree in family home and consumer science. She then went on to teach Culinary classes and successfully implemented the Pro Start Program at multiple schools. In 2012, Ashley launched Shep's Culinary Creations, a full-service caterer located in Spanish Fork, Utah. She is passionate about creating delicious food that brings people together for any occasion. She is the author of a book called Blissful Bites that has many of her favorite recipes. More of her work is showcased at www.shepsculinarycreations.com

Ashley Shepherd

Co-Founder of River Bridge and Sheps Culinary Creations

Turning a Vision into Reality

Natalie Mabey grew up in South Jordan, Utah. She spent many years in the entertainment industry as a recording artist and is passionate about  working with people. She is the mother to 4 children and enjoys horseback riding, singing, and working on their family farm. She also enjoys raising Australian Shepherds and running Mabey Family Ranch. Natalie has a passion for marketing, and has proven herself valuable in her ability to build social pages. especially  on social media and looks forward to bringing The River Bridge Event Center a fun engaged  community.

Natalie Mabey

Co-Founder of River Bridge Event Center

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A Perfectionist for Every Detail 

JC’s passion for cooking was inspired when he saw that people’s moods could be changed by simply eating great food.
His culinary career began in Texas while attending San Angelo University.
A local restaurant, Cork and Pig, is where he found his first kitchen prep job. JC fell in love with the restaurant lifestyle and worked his way up the ranks to Lead Sauté.
It became a goal to be educated in all styles and stages of cooking. The following few years he cooked between a food truck and country club. Fast finger food with tight working spaces on the truck to large catering events with eloquent dishes at the country club, JC found himself comfortable in any cooking environment.
In 2018, JC’s career moved to Colorado Springs where he began working for the former mayor of Woodland Park Colorado, Neil Levy. Neil owned two of the top restaurants in the area and hired JC on in both of them.
The Peppertree was known for their tuxedo table side cooking. JC suited up, prepared food and entertained the guests with his cooking and witty banter.
The Swiss Chalet was the second restaurant where JC became the Sous Chef. His responsibilities included creating new menu items and running the kitchen which he enjoyed.
A few years later, JC wanted to be nearer to family. Upon returning to Utah, he became a butcher as he wanted to learn more about the preparation of an animal.
JC has truly excelled and loved his journey as a chef and is bringing new knowledge and zest to Sheps!
You will LOVE his cookin!

JC Snyder

Executive Chef

Creating once in a life time dishes

The first job Jake ever had was as a dishwasher, so proving that you can do whatever you set your mind to, Jake has excelled at his talent of working with food through hard work. Jake has been cooking professionally for 4 years now. Cooking has become his way of self expression. He loves being able to create unique and creative dishes that surprise and satisfy. Jake is loving our team here at Sheps. 

Jake Jansma

Sous Chef

Baking is my passion

 Michelle Hardman was born and raised in Payson, Utah. Michelle graduated from the Culinary Arts Institute at Utah Valley University! Her favorite things are her husband Zac, baking sweets and trying new foods! Michelle loves working for Sheps and is so excited to be a part of the Sheps/ River Bridge family.

Michelle Hardman

Pastry Chef

Hard work is the key to success

Camille Brown was raised on a farm here in Utah County with her 5 siblings. She has been taught the importance of hard work.  Camille graduated from high school with high honors as well as graduating with a cosmetology license. Camille had recently been working at The Oaks Event Center where her passion for this industry grew.  She loves working as a manager for Sheps Culinary Creations. Camille has always had ambitions to work hard and improve herself and others around her. Her goal is to help build Sheps and work with the amazing clients to create a food experience perfectly fitted to their event. 

Camille Brown

Sheps Culinary Creations Office Manager

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Elevate the experience

Kelsey is currently a student at BYU majoring in Experience Design and management. She is passionate about creating memories and strengthening human connection. Kelsey's goal is to ensure that everyone who comes to River Bridge leaves with positive memories that will last them a lifetime. She is so excited to be apart of this special business and help clients bring their dreams to life. 

Kelsey Smith

River Bridge Event Center Office Manager