What makes Jane Hammond Events unique is our genuine love for what we do and the working relationships we develop. We pride ourselves in treating our clients, as well as our venue contacts, vendors and staff with personal attention and respect.  Many of our dedicated employees have worked with us for over 15 years, demonstrating their long term commitment and loyalty. As most of our chefs and service staff have worked with us for such a long time, we have created a close knit and cooperative dynamic that adds to the professional and friendly feel of your event.  Additionally, we have built partnerships with many well loved and trusted Bay Area vendors to complement our event planning services.

Our Staff

Jane Hammond, Owner and Planner Extraordinaire

Jane grew up in England and has a background in the sciences. She went on to train at the Cordon Bleu in London, and started her catering career in England before moving to America in 1975. Jane taught cooking in the U.S. for several years, and then began her professional catering career. Jane Hammond Events has been growing ever since and under her kind and careful direction has expanded into the highly respected full service company it is today.

Amy Trapp, Senior Event Manager

Amy has worked for JHE for over 20 years and is involved in every aspect of running the company. Prior to joining JHE, she graduated from St. Lawrence University, traveled extensively and worked in the political arena. Amy began working in our kitchen and serving at events and has evolved into our senior events coordinator and manager. Amy brings incredible attention to detail and personal warmth to all our events and clients.

Naomi Ages, Senior Event Manager

Naomi is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and has lived abroad in Central America and Chile.  She loves speaking Spanish, volunteering as a doula, and hiking the East Bay hills. She joined the JHE team in 2005, initially as the staffing manager, and soon made herself indispensible to every aspect of the business.  Naomi considers JHE to be like her family; she is proud to be part of a team that provides warm and personalized attention to each client. She currently serves as an Event Planner and Manager.

Ceanna Stephens, Senior Event Manager

Ceanna joined the JHE team in 2006. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Studies. Ceanna spent many years working in the non-profit educational field and traveled extensively internationally. It was her love of trying foods around the world and taking many cooking courses along the way that led her to the catering industry. Ceanna manages many of our corporate events and weddings.

Olivia Rick, Event Manager

Olivia grew up cooking with her mother but fell in love with food while studying sustainable food ideologies and movements in Italy.  After receiving her B.A in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, she decided to get hands on culinary training, which included Gather Restaurant, in Berkeley.  She first joined the JHE team in 2010. In her free time, she volunteers teaching cooking and nutrition classes to children and families.

James Timpanaro, Staffing Manager and Event Designer

James originally hails from the East Coast, but has been a San Francisco denizen for the last 13 years. He joined the JHE team in 2016 and brought in fresh energy to our event design, as well as taking over the role of staffing manager. James is known for his incredible attention to detail and eye for  creative design. Outside of work he is a dog enthusiast and world traveler. 

Our Chefs

Jason Echols, Executive Chef

Jason has been professionally cooking for 20 years, both in restaurants and the catering industry.  Outside work he enjoys live music and spending time with his son Milo. 

Kent K.

Kent graduated on the Dean's list from both the California Culinary Academy ('95) and Johnson and Wales University ('00.)  His experience is in fine dining, including the Cypress Club, Carnelian Room and the St. Regis Hotel.  Kent has competed in and received several awards from various culinary competitions.  His love for food brought his travels to over 15 countries, which helped to shape his palate and cuisine.

Yolanda and Beatriz

Yolanda and her daughter Beatriz have been a part of the JHE team for over 25 years, keeping our kitchen organized and sparkling for every event



Dan Rosenbach

Dan Rosenbach is our in-house DJ, lighting designer and electronics guru. Dan also serves as the Emcee for many of our events, and additionally runs our photobooth operation. He has worked with JHE since 2011. Dan graduated from Rutgers University in 2000 with a BS in Management.