Co-founder, Board Member
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!
Student activist turned garbage guru, Claire Cummings is the first-ever Waste Programs Manager for Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the food service pioneer that operates more than 650-plus cafés in 33 states for universities, corporations, and museums. Claire has doubled Bon Appétit’s food-recovery programs, developed implementation guides for launching reusable to-go container initiatives, supported the development of a new kitchen-waste-tracking system, and helped launch Imperfectly Delicious Produce, a program that has rescued over half a million pounds of produce from going to waste. Claire is one of Food Tank’s 30 Women Under 30 Changing Food, she recently received Saveur’s “Activist” Good Taste Award, and her work has been featured in Bloomberg News, Sunset Magazine, and The New York Times. Claire’s passion for sustainable waste management began when she was a student dining at Bon Appétit's café at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.
Ernie Minor is Vice President, Senior Executive in Business Development in the Southeast US. Previously he was Senior Vice President, Operations for Higher Education in the mid-Atlantic states. Ernie has been involved with Stop Hunger efforts through Sodexo Foundation for several years, and previously served on a VA Governors’ Task Force for eliminating childhood hunger. Ernie brings more than 30 years’ experience in collegiate dining services, and is especially excited about FRN’s model that connects the dots – making sure food does not go to waste but is picked up and delivered to agencies that can serve to those in need.
Jeremy Kugel brings nearly twenty years of foodservice, entrepreneurial, and non-profit experience to the FRN board. He has worked as Director of Marketing for Caribou Coffee and Managing Director of Let’s Dish Mid-Atlantic, and co-founded Jasmere.com – one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Brilliant Companies” of 2011. Jeremy currently serves as CFO and COO of Landon, a boys’ preparatory school in Bethesda, Maryland.
Jessica Felix-Romero, PhD. is the communications director at Farmworker Justice, a national advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of farmworkers in the United States. She has more than 7 years of strategic communication and messaging experience about the food system and is enthusiastic to support the Food Recovery Network in being the leading organization fighting food waste and feeding communities. Her doctorate is in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University where she developed her research expertise in food systems and conflict. Her research using the sustainable agriculture model of permaculture as a peacebuilding and community development tool continues inspire her to explore the interconnections between food and social justice.
Kelly Moler brings her years of experience in finance and law to her role on the Board. As the Chief Financial Officer for MOM’s Organic Market for a decade, Kelly has worked to achieve MOM’s Purpose, to protect and restore the environment, in a for-profit setting. Prior to joining MOM’s, Kelly got her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and practiced finance law. Her passion for helping those in need coupled with a pragmatic view about food waste and climate change make helping to advance the mission of FRN a great fit for Kelly.
Kristine Young is the Manager, Sustainability, Darden Restaurants, Inc., currently leading the sustainability program at Darden Restaurants, where she collaborates with over 1,500 restaurants and food suppliers to tackle today’s challenges around sustainable food systems. She brings over 7 years of experience working in corporate sustainability, including with The Coca-Cola Company and Ocean Spray Cranberries, and also holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University. She sees the best solutions support healthy communities and vital ecosystems, and is honored to support the work of Food Recovery Network in feeding people and eliminating food waste.
Nosheen is currently managing FHI 360’s Nigeria portfolio, valued over $400 million. She is involved with projects addressing HIV, Malaria, and Education and most recently provided programmatic and management support to the END in Africa Project, which works towards the elimination of neglected tropical diseases in West Africa. Nosheen has over 7 years of experience with non-profit management, focusing on capacity building, budgeting, working with diverse donors, and developing the strategic direction of programs. Nosheen holds a Masters in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh. She is excited to support Food Recovery Network and join the movement against hunger and food waste.
Co-founder, Board Member
Rebecca Kagan is the Renewal Manager at Ashoka U, working with colleges and universities all over the world that 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 was 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. Rebecca is a co-founder of Food Recovery Network and is delighted to now be a member of the board.
Robert T. Grimm, Jr. is the Director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. Before that, Grimm served as Director of Research and Policy Development at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) from 2004-2010. He was also appointed Senior Counselor to the CEO of CNCS in 2006. CNCS is an independent, federal grant-making agency with an annual budget of over one billion dollars and administrator of programs such as AmeriCorps.