Michelle Katz , Co-Owner of The White Butterfly
Michelle is an attorney and The White Butterfly is her passionate hobby. It is a dream come true for her. Michelle loves to find new and exciting products to bring to the store thereby creating her vision of a wonderful shopping experience. Michelle lives in Freehold Township with her husband, 4 daughters and her Goldendoodle, Lily.
Michael Kafton , Co-Owner of The White Butterfly
Mike oversees all aspects of the business operations at The White Butterfly and was very instrumental in the re-model construction project. He seeks out many of the unique products that ultimately find their way to the shelves at The White Butterfly. Mike was born and raised in Jackson and is now raising his three sons here.
Kat Schadt, General Manager
Kat joined the White Butterfly shortly after moving to New Jersey in October of 2013. Starting out behind the scenes in Social Media and Marketing, she grew into managing the business when once the cafe opened it’s ‘gates.’ Kat has a passion for food & delivering top notch customer service.
Before moving to New Jersey, Kat was a puppeteer, actress and voice over artist. If you’re lucky, you may get to catch a glimpse of her moonlighting as Marilyn Monroe & entertaining the men while they shop during the holidays!
In July of 2015 she married the love of her life on a mountain top in Western Maryland and now lives in Brick with their new puppy, Cider.
Wendy Kern, White Butterfly Assistant Manager
Wendy Kern came on board at The White Butterfly in time for the Holiday rush of 2013 and quickly became a valued part of our family. A true Jersey Girl, Wendy loves (and looks fabulous in) all things leopard. She has a passion and a knack for home decorating and believes that finding unique pieces to add to any house brings a personality and a life that will take a house and make it a home.
Her favorite thing to help people shop for is accessories!! The right jewelry, purse or scarf can transform any outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. You will always find Wendy wearing something she has purchased from The White Butterfly. From Gingersnaps to Lottie Dottie’s to Brighton & Alex and Ani, when it comes to The White Butterfly Collection she is not only an employee but a loyal customer. She lives in Jackson with her husband and their two beautiful daughters.
Gabrielle Ritzer, Sales Associate
Gabby love working at The White Butterfly – she even calls it her ‘home away from home!’ She loves meeting new customers and getting to know everyone who come in to shop. Her favorite thing is when new products come in that she gets to explore and merchandise.
Our resident florist, she even owns her own special events company specializing in floral design & event planning called ‘La Bella Panse.’ Find her on Facebook here.
Eddie Lopez, Chef
Eddie joined our kitchen team shortly after the cafe opened but this isn’t his first rodeo! He’s been making magic happen with food for over 15 years. He got an early start at the tender age of 12 working at his Grandfather’s restaurant in Patterson, NJ & quickly discovered his passion and talent in the industry. Specializing in Italian cuisine, he worked for the Hilton for 3 years where he gained experience catering weddings & other events. He lives in Jackson with is beautiful wife & three young children.