About Cakeable

Our Vision:

A Joyfully Inclusive Community

Cakeable is a nonprofit workforce development program for adults who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We offer vocational training opportunities in our bakery and the Cakeable Cafe (coming 2024!)

We envision joyfully inclusive communities where EVERY PERSON has the opportunity to experience their God-given value and express their abilities and purpose!

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower people, businesses, and communities to achieve their fullest potential through inclusive work environments.

In The Media

Carolina Impact Feature
by WTVI Charlotte:

The Unmistakable Joy of Cakeable Charlotte

Our Team

Cakeable equips our employees to become self-advocates as they build bridges across the disability employment gap in Charlotte.

In our bakery program and cafe program, employees learn specific and transferable job skills as they create high-quality products, provide customer service, and train for successful, integrated employment in the community.

Leadership Team

John and Renee Ratcliffe

Founders

John & Renee created Cakeable Charlotte, INC in 2019. For many years, they have been active in local and global ministries to individuals and families affected by disability. John is a Client Executive at Marsh & McLennan Agency and brings broad industry plus general business and finance knowledge. A Charlotte native, Renee holds a BA in Special Education and a MA in Counseling and taught as an exceptional children’s educator in Charlotte schools.

Board

Timothy P. Flavin

Timothy has worked for non-profits in the capacity of Director and Executive Director, with most of his experience working with organizations championing individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In 2017, Tim launched the creation of Moji Coffee and More, a nonprofit, full-service coffee shop in Winston-Salem. Tim brings to bear his wealth of knowledge and experience in developing a nonprofit, retail-based mission operated by I/DD individuals, from the ground up.

Christi Floyd

Christi was born in Virginia and has lived in the Charlotte area since 1998. With a Masters in Public Administration, Christi began working for the City of Charlotte in 2000 and has had various roles during that time relating to small business development. Christi leverages her community networking depth and broad-scope business acumen in bringing awareness and support to the Cakeable Mission.

Ashley Speight

Ashley is a native Charlottean. Ashley holds a BA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ashley is a leader in the Cakeable Marketing and Communications Committee helping drive our brand identity and community awareness initiatives.

Rick Johnston

Rick is a longtime resident of Matthews NC. Rick is a former journalist who is now a procedure writer at Wells Fargo. In addition to Cakeable, he also serves the special-needs community as the head coach of the Bambino Buddy-Ball baseball program at the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association.

Charles Reitz

Charles is a Senior Vice President within Global Procurement at Bank of America. He is also a co-founder and former Board of Directors Chair of Moji Coffee and More. Charles brings a broad organizational, legal, and management skill-set to the Board to draw focus and drive forward organizational development and initiatives pursuant to best practices. Charles is the father of two special needs teens and is passionate about the societal need to embrace neuro-diversity within business as well as our daily living.

Michael McDowell

Founding Member

Deena McDowell

Founding Member

Molly Foy

Founding Member

Nonprofit Partnerships

Cakeable partners with nonprofit networks to raise awareness of our mission, collaborate with like-minded organizations, and increase our community engagement.

Cakeable is a proud member of SHARE Charlotte and the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

“As the parents of a post high school graduate with special needs, we know first-hand how few opportunities exist for our daughter for community, social development, work-skill development, and employment. Cakeable has taught our daughter that she is significant, that she is a part of something greater than herself, and that she is ABLE.”

Cakeable parents