The Cooking Enthusiasts

Katie Murwin

Katie Murwin

Founder & CEO

Katie is the mother of three children. Her second child was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism when he was four. She began working with special-needs adults 30 years ago when managing a restaurant that embraced the idea of incorporating all members of the community into its staff. She has shared her joy and knowledge of cooking by teaching students at a small private school where children are encouraged to learn in a way that works well for them.
Todd Murwin

Todd Murwin

Treasurer

Todd is active in his children’s lives, regardless of how they learn and participate in our world. He actively encourages fathers of Autistic children to engage and experience their child’s life in a new way. He recommends that each father take the time to enjoy the things that are special to their child.

Nicholas Murwin

Nicholas Murwin

Videographer & Photographer

Nicholas graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Filmmaking Practices in 2018. He has always been interested in food. In fact, the Food Network is one of his favorite channels to watch on TV, particularly the show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”. So making videos for Sensory Cooking has proved to be a perfect combination of his top two interests, movies and food.

Bret Edson

Bret Edson

Videographer, Photographer, Social Media Manager

Bret graduated with a BA degree in Film from Grand Canyon University. Ever since he was young, Bret loved creating and telling stories. He has followed this passion of storytelling into his adulthood, where he has started his own company that works with small businesses and nonprofits to tell their stories through photos, videos, and social media content. Bret is passionate about helping others with their dreams and is thankful for this opportunity to help teach kids with Autism how to cook.

Janet Morrow

Janet Morrow

Speech Language Pathologist

Janet is a speech-language pathologist in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She is a wife and mother of three young adults. When Janet is not working, she is often gardening in her backyard vegetable garden or cooking. Katie’s vision to support families with children on the Autism Spectrum has always intrigued and impressed Janet. It can be hard to find meaningful, positive, social experiences for children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Combining the fun, creative, social experience of cooking and eating together with learning new life skills is such an exciting idea. She is thrilled to be a part of Katie’s new venture!

Karen Roessler

Karen Roessler

Occupational Therapist

She has worked most of her career in the area of Pediatrics (infants through teen years). Before moving to Arizona, she worked in a pediatric hospital. In Arizona, she worked in private therapy clinics; providing sensory experiences along with developmental activities and enjoyed seeing the impact it had on the children’s overall development and interaction with their world. She is excited to be invited to join this Sensory Cooking group and share with everyone the many sensory experiences one will have while making delicious and nutritious meals.