Food Recovery Network National
Senior Leadership | Fellows | VISTAs | Co-Founders
For over a decade, Regina has worked in the nonprofit sector, committed to social justice issues. At the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh, she worked with employers in all sectors to establish internship programs and to match talented individuals with those opportunities. Regina believes that people are the engines of positive change, and worked at Independent Sector and LIFT in Washington, DC to raise awareness of the nonprofit sector's abilities to solve our society's most complex issues, as well as to support individuals in their abilities to manage toward success. Regina recently joined the FRN team and is committed to supporting colleges and businesses in working collaboratively with their communities to feed families. Regina loves to garden, hike, travel and cook meals with friends.
Director of Expansion
As Director of Expansion, Stephen leads the 4-person Expansion Team that works one-on-one with some 100 student teams at a time to create new FRN chapters at schools across the nation. He also works with all of the major dining providers as well as other non-profit organizations with similar missions to cultivate partnerships and expand FRN's footprint. Additionally Stephen works directly with FRN's Executive Director to develop new programs and policies to advance Food Recovery Network's mission.
Stephen is a Boston University alum, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Honduras, ‘10- ‘12). He has five years of experience working on local and international development in the private, non-profit, and public sectors and is fluent in Spanish. In his free time he likes to play softball and go to local music shows.
Director of Member Support and Communications
As Food Recovery Network's Director of Member Support and Communications, Sara leads the team that works to provide official FRN chapters with resources and advice to expand their capacity and impact, and brings to life the most important word in FRN's name, "Network," by organizing virtual and in-person movement building opportunities. She also manages FRN's social media accounts. Sara has presented about Food Recovery Network at conferences across the country and via webinar, and is FRN's resident expert on food recovery through the lens of sustainability in higher education.
Sara graduated in 2012 from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Studies, specializing in public participation. Sara interned with National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program before joining the FRN team. She enjoys bicycling, baking, snail mail, live music and the great outdoors.
Director of Innovation and Operations
Cam Pascual is a Co-Founder and the Director of Innovation & Operations at Food Recovery Network. She ensures that FRN is at the forefront of the broader food recovery movement by exploring initiatives that take FRN beyond higher education, including Food Recovery Certified, consulting to start food recovery programs for food businesses, and anything else that keeps FRN a pioneer in food recovery. While co-founding FRN at the University of Maryland, Cam received a B.S. in Biology and a minor in International Development and Conflict Management.
Previously, Cam worked for the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State thanks to the Global Semester program, studied bees thanks to the National Science Foundation, and was the Program Coordinator of Health Leads, a national nonprofit focused on addressing the social determinants of health for low-income families. Cam also loves to dance any chance she gets and has seen every episode of Survivor. Above all, she can’t stand good food going to waste while so many people are food insecure.
Director of Development
Mia co-founded Food Recovery Network as a University of Maryland student back in 2011 because she hated the sight of good food going to waste. She now serves as the Director of Development, ensuring FRN's growth and long-term success. As an undergraduate, Mia studied Anthropology - minoring in Sustainability, but spent the majority of her time going from dining halls to football games to basketball games collecting extra food to make sure it didn't end up in a trash can. She is passionate about creating sustainable food systems to feed a growing global population and believes food recovery is part of the answer. When she's not talking or thinking about food and food recovery, Mia likes playing with her one-eyed kitten named Cyclops, practicing yoga and meditation, reading, and writing "poetry".
Member Support VISTA
Erin graduated in 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in History and Writing, and a certificate in Women's Studies. While at Pitt she gained experience in student leadership and outreach through her involvement with several activist groups, as well as in her internship with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Erin spent the past year in Ireland, living and working in an intentional, farm-based community for adults with special needs, where food was central to the community and to her work. She is looking forward to applying her newfound love for sustainability and her lifelong love for activism and food to her work at FRN!
Member Support Fellow
Hannah Cather is a recent alum of the University of Tennessee where she earned a journalism degree and wrote stories about food for the newspaper. Hannah is excited to begin nonprofit work, especially with an organization that's devoted to fighting waste and feeding people. Hannah loves drinking coffee, reading books, taking photos and talking to strangers. The kitchen is her happy place and she loves sharing whatever she's cooking.
Member Support Fellow
Hailing from Ann Arbor, MI, Hannah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. As a Graham Undergraduate Sustainability Scholar, she focused her studies on environmental activism, urban planning, and sustainable food systems. While at U-M, she traveled to Cuba to study their unique food system and served as a leader for a number of organizations, including the U-M Sustainable Food Program and Food Recovery Network at Michigan. Hannah also interned in Boston, MA, with Haley House, a non-profit organization that uses food and the power of community to make positive social change. In her free time, Hannah loves to travel, cook, make music, and get outdoors. Hannah believes wholeheartedly in the power of community-based change and is excited to help students around the country fight waste and feed people!
Member Support Fellow
Raised in Claremont, CA, Hannah graduated from the University of San Francisco in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She expanded her education globally, traveling to Colombia and Southeast Asia as well as studying abroad in Norway and South Africa. During her time at USF she was a volunteer with community dinners, sustainability committee member and examined environmental justice issues using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. Hannah loves hiking, trying new recipes and listening to podcasts.
Partner Liaison VISTA
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Cassidy graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Global Sustainability. In school, Cassidy balanced her time between cashiering at Whole Foods Market, interning at her school's organic student farm and writing a thesis on the social-ecological resilience of rice production in China. She loves learning about the various aspects of food systems and is thrilled to be fighting hunger and food waste at Food Recovery Network this year. In a few years, Cassidy plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master's in either environmental studies or non-profit management. When not studying, thinking about or eating food, she enjoys traveling, seeing live music, exercising and hanging in her hammock with a good book.
Jamie graduated from Miami University in 2014 with degrees in Geography and Sustainability. She is currently finishing her master’s in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Communications. During grad school Jamie worked on a service project for the City of Hamilton, Ohio where she helped research and develop a plan to expand the local food movement there by connecting local producers with local restaurants. She is so excited to join the FRN National Team! In her free time Jamie enjoys reading, watching The Real Housewives, finding new trails to run and bike and, as a former gymnast, generally being upside down.
Maddie graduated from Centre College in 2015 with an anthropology/sociology degree and minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She loves to travel and spent time studying abroad in Mexico, Thailand, and Cambodia. In college, she served as an executive member of Centre's social justice and service clubs. In her spare time, she loves to run, read novels, and play music. Maddie is thrilled to have a chance to help other young activists do great things as a part of the FRN team!
Leyla is a Rochester, NY native who recently graduated from Florida State University with a double major in Communications and Creative Writing and a minor in religion. While in school, Leyla wrote for FSU’s school newspaper, worked as an anchor for the college radio station, and acted as a creative writing mentor for elementary school children before joining Food Recovery Network’s FSU chapter. Previously, she spent a summer interning for Nike at their world headquarters in Oregon. She loves exploring new cities, drowning herself in iced coffee, and binge-watching Netflix. Leyla is excited to help Food Recovery Network fight waste and hunger!
Development Consultant VISTA
Karen graduated from the University of Maryland in 2015 with a degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish – though she contends a majority of her learning happened outside the classroom through service-learning and leadership-development activities. During college, she participated in Alternative Breaks trips focused on socioeconomic equity and environmental conservation and co-led a trip centered on rural poverty. Karen volunteered with Food Recovery Network all four years of undergrad through co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, and she is thrilled to be joining the FRN National team. Prior to joining FRN, Karen interned with a variety of media outlets and nonprofit organizations. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time outdoors, running while listening to audiobooks, and playing the piano.
Ben founded Food Recovery Network in 2011 while he was a student at University of Maryland, College Park. He served as FRN's Executive Director for its first 4 years. Under Ben’s leadership, FRN became the largest student movement against hunger with chapters at over 150 colleges. Ben is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and won a Do Something Award on VH1. Today, Ben is still involved in FRN's certification and consulting work. He is based in Oakland, CA where he is CEO at Imperfect, America's leading consumer brand for ugly produce. Imperfect is on a mission to find a home for the 6 billion pounds per year of produce that is currently wasted because of looks.
Lauren Behgam is from Plano, Texas. She graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her passion for food was sparked while growing up in her family's Tex-Mex restaurant, and she hopes to cultivate a career in building a more equitable and just food system. Working with Food Recovery Network has been an incredibly fruitful experience, and she looks forward to the movement's continued growth.
Andrew was involved with the early stages of FRN at the University of Maryland and within FRN National, participating with Ben Simon in several pitch competitions that gained FRN its first national coverage. He also coached students at other campuses through the process of starting an FRN chapter. Andrew graduated from UMD in May 2014 and served for a year as an AmeriCorps Team Leader with the Watershed Stewards Program.
Today, Andrew is an aspiring software developer. He is passionate about environmental science, Effective Altruism, and non-profits. He hopes to use software development to build a more sustainable future and maximize his impact in the world.
Ben Chesler has been involved with FRN from its inception as a pie-in-the-sky dream in 2011. He was the founder of FRN@Brown and one of the original members of the FRN National team. Now he sits back and watches all the amazing staff and students run FRN!
Dana graduated from University of Michigan with a Bachelors Degree in Middle Eastern Studies. While at University of Michigan, Dana started the university's FRN chapter, was heavily involved in a Palestinian activist club and attended weekly bible studies. She also volunteered at a shelter for women and children affected by domestic violence. After she studied abroad in Israel and Jordan, Dana decided to move to Jordan to work at a refugee NGO or nonprofit. Dana is currently teaching life skills to Jordanian children. In the future, she hopes to start a small nonprofit that gives Jordanian youth community service and leadership opportunities. In her spare time, Dana loves volunteering, reducing food waste, biking, visiting new cities and practicing her Arabic.
Rebecca is the Changemaker Campus Associate Director at Ashoka U, working with colleges and universities all over the world who are interested in advancing social innovation education and bridging the divide between academia and action. Before joining the Ashoka U team in 2013, Rebecca received a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a focus on the nonprofit sector from Brown University. As an undergraduate student, she highly involved in social enterprise startups, including helping to run Rainwater for Humanity, a startup building rainwater harvesting structures in a village in rural India, as well as several others. She also was a co-founder of the Food Recovery Network and is delighted to now be a member of the board.
Nick (Pomona College, ’13) started coordinating the Food Rescue program at Pomona College as a sophomore, taking over from Tammy Zhu, ’10, who started the program in 2008 with funds from a Strauss Public Service Grant and the support of the Draper Center for Community Partnerships at Pomona. Food Rescue became a founding chapter of Food Recovery Network in January 2012. After graduating from Pomona with a major in Molecular Biology, Nick completed an MPhil in Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge studying the parasite which causes African Sleeping Sickness. He now attends medical school at UCSF with an interest in homeless health.