Regina joined as the Executive Director in 2015 and is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and fundraising efforts for Food Recovery Network. Regina works with the amazing team at national headquarters, stakeholders and partners around the country to achieve ambitious goals. Overall, FRN's goal is to support the higher education to be the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception. But Regina won't stop there. Businesses, events, public institutions also have a role in reducing food waste at the source. They also have a role to recover their surplus food and Regina wants to ensure they are integrated within the vibrant FRN network to make that happen. Most recently, Regina is tasked with implementing the three-year strategic plan for FRN and cannot wait to talk to all of YOU about how you can support FRN's goals.
For over a decade, Regina has worked in the nonprofit sector, committed to social justice issues because she believes it is in this sector that she can make the biggest difference and that people are the engines of positive change. 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. At Independent Sector and LIFT in Washington, DC, Regina worked to raise awareness of the nonprofit sector's abilities to solve our society's most complex issues. Regina loves to garden, hike, travel and cook meals with friends. she also loves to collaborate to make big ideas a reality!
Chief of Staff
Annie works closely with FRN’s Executive Director on strategic planning and initiatives to achieve FRN goals. These include improving internal processes and expanding and strengthening meaningful partnerships. Annie oversees the success of day-to-day office operations and manages numerous staff and working groups. She is building FRN’s professional development curriculum to meet the growing needs of FRN staff, and she is working on programmatic and fundraising initiatives in celebration of FRN’s five year anniversary. Previously, Annie worked as a project manager for an environmental start-up focusing on carbon sequestration in the fight to mitigate global warming. Prior to that, she worked in talent management and recruitment, leadership development, and direct client service in the anti-poverty space while at LIFT. Annie started her life in Washington, DC working in college counseling and substitute teaching at Thurgood Marshall academy in Anacostia, DC. She solidified her passion and commitment to civic engagement and social justice while an active participant in the Tufts University community, graduating with a BA in political science and living abroad in Rwanda and northern Uganda. Annie comes to FRN inspired to work alongside motivated and innovative problem solvers and committed changemakers. She loves animals of epic proportion (her mule sized pup is the friendliest of giants), she loves all things mandolin and fiddle, she looks for any opportunity for a good laugh, and is an aspiring bridge player – in case you’re up for the challenge!
Hannah Cather is the Program Manager at FRN, where she works with students and fellows to expand the breadth and capacity of the network. hc (as the team calls her) earned a journalism degree with a focus in print & photography from the University of Tennessee, which is in her home state. hc was involved with the FRN Chapter at UTK, and since graduating, she has served as an FRN Member Support Fellow and Program Associate before stepping into the manager role. She keeps herself busy through organizing various community activities, like FemEx and DC Zinefest. hc is quick to start conversations with those around her, be they strangers or not, and often invites friends to commune over food.
Finance and Operations Manager
Danielle King is a dynamic and resourceful individual who joined Food Recovery Network in 2016. Her main role is overseeing all of the administration and operation functions of the office. She received her education from Strayer University and brings more than 10+ years in administration and operations support. This has prepared her well for FRN's busy and exciting office environment. Her strong organizational and administrative background and her energetic creativity will make her a real asset to the organization! Her friendly and professional manner welcomes everyone. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and children, traveling, and exploring new food.
fellows & VISTAs
Data & Program Support VISTA
Emily Soderberg is originally from Tucson, AZ, where she recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments and a minor in Sustainable Plant Systems. During her time at the U of A she gained a tangible perspective of food waste through her work with UA Compost Cats, a student-run, commercial-scale compost operation. This work inspired her to dedicate her career to creating a sustainable food system for both the planet and its people, and couldn't be more excited to begin that journey with Food Recovery Network. In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to art museums, cooking, hiking, and learning about plants.
Partner Liaison VISTA
A native West-Coast-ian, Gaby grew up in California and lived in Oregon for four years. She studied at Lewis & Clark College, graduating in 2016 with a B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies. While in school Gaby spent a semester in Senegal, where she conducted research on ecotourism and helped implement a project to improve oyster farming methods among village women. Her experiences abroad and in Oregon influenced her beliefs about food, community, poverty and freedom. Gaby is so excited to help FRN reduce the nation's food waste footprint!
Program & Communications Fellow
Brandon is a 2016 graduate of Maryville College with a degree in biochemistry and a love for service. All four years of his undergraduate career were spent with the Bonner Scholars, a program dedicated to providing students with service opportunities within their respective communities. Through the Bonner scholarship, Brandon was able to connect with the Food Recovery Network in his senior year, founding Maryville College’s chapter of FRN in the summer of 2015. Today, Brandon is proud to be an FRN fellow and hopes to learn more about how art and science can contribute to reducing food waste. Outside of FRN, his hobbies include running, animation, and freestyle rapping.
Food Recovery Verified (FRV) VISTA
Kirby is new to the D.C. area from Fort Worth, Texas, and is recent graduate of a dual Master's program in Environmental Management & Sustainability from the University of Malta and Integrated Science & Technology from James Madison University. Last summer he completed his capstone project, Review of Agricultural Connections to Shenandoah River 2004-2007 Fish Kills. After completing internships in sustainability and completing a certification program to become a CDPM Level I - Advanced Certified Development Project Manager, he is beginning his career in food sustainability as an AmeriCorps Vista at Food Recovery Network.
His personal interests and areas of expertise are in fisheries, sustainable agriculture, water quality, ecotourism, and environmental policy. His favorite experience was having had the opportunity to study ecology in Ireland and complete his Master's degrees in Malta, one of the most water scarce nations in the world.
Special Event and Marketing Intern
Originally from the D.C. suburb of Arlington, VA, Kayla Thompson is a junior at the University of Mary Washington, studying Political Science with a minor in Economics. Kayla has been her chapter's co-leader since Spring 2016, where she organizes and executes recoveries from the campus's main dining hall kitchen. During her time as an intern at FRN, Kayla looks forward to working more the FRN in the fight against food waste and hunger in the United States.
In addition to being a co-leader of her school's FRN chapter, Kayla is also a member of UMW's COAR Council, and Women of Color organizations. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys hiking, visiting art museums, and trying new foods and restaurants in the D.C. area.
Board of Directors
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.