Alumni Spotlights

FRN’s Alumni Spotlight highlights 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 FRN community and fight against hunger continues after graduation.

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Emily Vebrosky - Lycoming College ‘14

Petra Rack - Texas Christian University ‘18

Tom Straus - University of Illinois at Chicago ‘18

Shewa Shwani - SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry ‘18

Katie Crombez - Madonna University ‘17

Emily Vebrosky

School: Lycoming College

Major: Chemistry

Graduate and Doctoral: Environmental Sciences

Job: Louisiana State University Research Associate

FRN Experience: Emily joined the sustainability committee at Lycoming College as a freshman with her interest in environmental studies. In 2013, she attended the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) Conference where a student presented about FRN and was inspired to bring this to Lycoming College.


Petra Rack

School: Texas Christian University

Major: Dietetics

Masters: Kinesiology

Job: KIND Snacks Ambassador and Graduate Assistant for the TCU Department of Kinesiology

FRN Experience: The senior class before her started the chapter as a service project with Dietetics Program which requires 2,000 hours of experience in order to take the exam. She interviewed for the Vice President position once the chapter was established and assisted in both chapter operations, food recovering and helping serve at their Partner Agency.


Tom Straus

School: University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)

Masters: Urban Planning & Policy - Environmental Policy & Economic Development Specializations

Job: Administrator for the Compost Club at The Urban Canopy

FRN Experience: Tom joined as a member due to its alignment with his studies and interest. During his time at UIC, he was elected as vice president and then later president. Before graduating, he expanded their food donors to 30 restaurants in the Chicago French Market and the University hospital cafeteria. He also helped write a proposal to have UIC have a permanent intern position that assisted with recoveries.


Shewa Shwani

School: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Major: Environmental Science

Job: Administrative Program Coordinator with Catholic Charities

FRN Experience: Started as a volunteer driving the recoveries to the partner agency and then became president, a position she held for 3 years.


Katie Crombez

School: Madonna University

Major: Biochemistry & Piano Performance

FRN Experience: Founder & President of the Madonna Food Recovery Network Chapter 2015-2016, Executive Chair of the FRN Student & Alumni Advisory Board 2017-present