Catherine "Katie" Crombez is a Madonna University graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance, also from Madonna University. She founded the FRN chapter at Madonna in 2015 and "has been dedicated to the mission ever since!"
According to Katie, free time is a miracle for her, but enjoys spending it at the Detroit Opera, riding her unicycle, and going on spontaneous adventures with friends. She is honored to be a part of the first Student & Alumni Advisory Board and is "excited to continue to work with FRN to strengthen this movement across the country!"
External Communication and Growth Committee Chair
Jennifer Campbell is a graduate of the University of Tampa, where she studied Political Science, History and Economics. She was a co-founder of The University of Tampa’s Food Recovery Chapter in the Fall of 2016. Jennifer spends her free time coordinating events, leading volunteer projects, and putting on education programs about sustainability.
Alumni Committee Co-Chair
Brian Cheuh is an alumnus of Villanova University. He was first involved with Villanova's FRN chapter as a general member and schedule coordinator, but culminated his time at the university as President of the chapter. Brian states that he is, "extremely passionate about FRN, since [combating hunger] is one of the biggest issues in the world paired with the most cost-effective solution to it."
Brian found his time at FRN significant, as he witnessed the Villanova chapter "directly combat the demand of hunger with creative solutions to maximize the food recovery supply." Brian states that his business background helped build the chapter's capacity, and he's excited to continue his work with FRN on the Student-Alumni Advisory Board.
Alumni Committee Member
Yash Desai is student at the University of the Incarnate Word school of Osteopathic Medicine. Yash founded the chapter at the University of Houston when he was a freshman. Starting with a team of just three students doing one recovery a week, the team has expanded to 16 officers, more than 250 volunteers, and doing 18 recoveries a week. Yash is passionate about advocating for and helping prevent food waste in his community and in our own households. Outside of FRN, Yash's hobbies include playing sports, hiking, and watching Netflix. Yash looks forward to working with FRN on a national level and being more involved with food waste advocacy.
Alumni Committee Co-Chair
Kirsty Hessing is a Graduate of Wagner College in New York, where she earned a degree in Behavioral Economics and minor in Sociology. In the fall of 2016, she worked with Food Recovery Network as an intern helping with their Food Recovery Verified program. She became passionate about food recovery after hearing about many athletes who struggled to find food. This led her to be a founding member of her school’s FRN chapter. She was actively involved in Civic Engagement on campus as a Bonner Scholar Leader which led her to be awarded the Thomas Carroll Award for Environmental Sustainability and the Periclean Student Award. Currently, Kirsty lives in Columbus, Ohio where she works and spends time with her two chocolate lab puppies.
Alumni Committee Member
Zeel Vora's involvement with FRN began in 2015, when she was a freshman at the University of Houston. She filled the roles of Outreach Officer, Vice President, and then eventually President during her senior year! She graduated in May 2018 and is currently the AmeriCorps Policy Analyst VISTA at Habitat for Humanity Texas, where she researches current policies, programs, and data, writes grants, and works with legislators to further affordable housing initiatives. She hopes to go to law school after her AmeriCorps year and wants to use her education to continue fighting the good fight. She studied Public Health and Biology, has been a vegan for almost two years and grew up in Toronto, Canada!
External Communications & Growth Committee Member
Dominique McMillan is a Barry University alumna and chapter founder. The food recovery seed was planted by her manager during her internship with Chartwells on campus. Using her platform as Student Government Vice President and as a Barry Service Corps Fellow, she was able to integrate FRN with service-learning and the program took off. Her drive for food recovery comes from her faith and belief that there should be no hungry people if there is food going to waste. She is currently the Program and Outreach Fellow for FRN National.
Resource Committee Member
Tom Wrede is a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas (UST) in St. Paul, MN. He double majored in GIS-Geography and Environmental Studies; is currently employed as a GIS Analyst at Houston Engineering in the Twin Cities. He’s been involved with FRN since early 2017. He served as a co-president of the UST FRN chapter during the 2017-2018 academic year helping oversee the recovery and donation of more than 6,000 pounds of wholesome food. He also served as a co-president of UST’s Sustainability Club during that same year. Some of his interests and hobbies include: playing and watching sports, cribbage, traveling, enjoying nature and a variety of sustainable initiatives.
FRN’s Alumni Spotlight is to highlight a previous FRN member’s experience and contribution to our mission. We hope that you enjoy getting to know members and find inspiration from our Alumni Network. The fight against hunger and the FRN community continues after graduation.