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 received her MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and her BA in English Literature from the University of Maine at Augusta. Regina loves to garden, hike, travel and cook meals with friends. she also loves to collaborate to make big ideas a reality!
Katie moved to Maryland from South Florida to join the FRN team in 2018, and is excited to merge her love of all things food-related with her work at FRN. As FRN’s Operations Coordinator, Katie keeps FRN’s national office running smoothly. She is working to strengthen and streamline FRN’s practices and create new strategies for supporting the organization’s mission to fight waste and feed people. Katie loves to engage with food and environmental justice initiatives and connect with people through food. When she’s not at work, Katie can be found experimenting in the kitchen (with various success), working her way through her movie watchlist, daydreaming about her next adventure, and soaking up the sun any way she can. Katie believes access to healthy, delicious food is a basic human right, and she’s excited to work with FRN to create a more just, sustainable food system!
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.
fellows & VISTAs
Program and Evaluation Fellow
Sarah Bellaire is working to analyze FRN’s food tracking data to better understand the trends of our organization and how to increase our capacity to recover more food. Sarah earned her B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Political Science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. After graduation, she researched the effects of climate change on different ecosystems at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Sarah is very excited to dive into the non-profit world of food issues, and to fully explore the intersection of environmental and social issues.
Communications & Partner Engagement Fellow
Hayley Brundige is working to develop FRN’s communications strategy and support external partnerships as a Communications & Partner Engagement Fellow. Hayley is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee, where she studied Journalism and Public Policy through the College Scholars Program. During her time at UT, Hayley explored her passion for journalism by writing for outlets like Inverse and Scalawag Magazine, worked as a student leader with the Roosevelt Institute, and organized in her community around issues like reproductive justice and the privatization of public services. Hayley spends her days drinking copious amounts of iced coffee, arguing about TV shows, and planning her next adventure. She strongly believes in the power of young leaders to effect change and is so excited to add her voice to the FRN team!
Surveys & Program Evaluation VISTA
Robert Hopp is working to collect data for FRN through surveys, as well as analyze trends in that data. A native of Baltimore, MD, Robert attended University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he majored in Environmental Studies and played on the school’s baseball team. Upon graduating from UMBC, he earned his MA in Environmental Resource Policy from The George Washington University, which is where he became interested in food-related issues. In his spare time, Robert likes to cook, play sports, and attend Orioles and Ravens games.
Program and Outreach Fellow
Dominique McMillan is a Connecticut native that found herself all over the eastern seaboard. After establishing an FRN chapter at her alma mater, Barry University, she set out to work for the groundbreaking organization. Dominique has a passion for history and plans to write books that will be taught in university and college settings. In her free time, you can find her binging on the latest show on Netflix, or heading into Washington, D.C. for mass at St. Dominic's Church. Her favorite quote is, “Be who God meant you to be, and you’ll set the world on fire” by Saint Catherine of Siena.
Verification Program Expansion Fellow ~ Americorps VISTA
Paloma Sisneros-Lobato is excited to be joining the FRN National team after founding a chapter at Santa Clara University during her undergraduate career. In addition to a passion for alleviating food waste, she loves to travel to experience other cultures. She sees traveling as an opportunity to expand her understanding of the way the world interacts with food. At FRN National, she will be working as the Food Recovery Verified (FRV) VISTA. This role will entail building relationships with food businesses and event planners and engaging them with the FRV program. This means getting more businesses verified along with adding value and name recognition to Food Recovery Verified.
Research & Outreach VISTA
A native of West Virginia, Samantha Yates recently graduated from McDaniel College with a B.A. in English and minors in Writing and Economics. During her time as an undergraduate student, Samantha served as President of Green Terror Programs, the campus programming board, and worked to improve and expand student leadership opportunities in the Office of Student Engagement. In between jobs and academics, she channeled her passion for environmental issues and belief in the power of students to facilitate meaningful change into co-founding a composting initiative on her campus. She is delighted to be exploring a different side of food sustainability at FRN as the Research and Outreach VISTA. Samantha enjoys spending her free time reading, quoting movies, and singing along to musicals.
Partnership and Development Fellow
Kareal is a sophomore at Tufts University, and plans to study biopsychology and/or community health, with a minor in food systems and nutrition. Kareal is passionate about dietetics, food production and distribution sustainability, reducing food waste, and the overall improvement of food systems. She is excited to learn more about non-profit management, partnership, and project development as it is related to improving food systems and enabling FRN to expand its impact. In her free time, Kareal enjoys hanging out with friends, exploring D.C. and Boston, reading, and carefully curating her Spotify playlists and Pinterest boards.
Food Recovery Verified Intern
Varia Garon made her way to D.C. from California, having grown up in San Diego and attended college in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has fond memories of cacti and redwoods, but is fascinated by her new natural and urban settings in the DMV. Varia developed an interest in environmental sustainability and food justice while completing her Master’s degree in Philosophy at San Francisco State University. She is excited to work on the Food Recovery Verified program as a way of building community ties that reduce food waste. She is passionate about working towards systemic changes that sustain thriving communities. When she isn’t trying to turn her apartment into a greenhouse (emphasis on trying), she is reading or taking walks that conveniently lead to an ice cream shop.
Board of Directors
Ernie Minor is Vice President for Business Development, Education Division AVI Foodsystems Inc. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Kunin is a social entrepreneur and the CEO of GreaterGood, which operates www.TheHungerSite.com; the first “Click-to-Give” website. GreaterGood has over 40 million Facebook fans, and has contributed over $30 million in cash to charity partners since 1999. Among other things, GreaterGood is focused on impacting intergenerational poverty by increasing the income and education of women in the developing world; and is one of the United States’ largest importers and resellers of artisan products made by rural women.
Tim has traveled to over 40 countries as part of his work, and enjoys wilderness canoeing and backpacking with his wife Sue Guzmich and their two grown children Mara and Daniel.
Bill McConagha is a partner in the Food and Drug practice at Sidley Austin LLP. He is a nationally-recognized lawyer in Food and Drug law who has a unique combination of experience with regulatory, enforcement, and legislative matters. He worked for more than 17 years at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in a variety of capacities including as an Assistant Commissioner, a Senior Attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel, and a Health Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). While at HELP, Bill helped negotiate the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA), which modernized federal regulation of the nation’s food supply. Before joining FDA, Bill worked as a criminal defense attorney at the Office of the Public Defender for the State of Maryland. He is a graduate of Carleton College and the Georgetown University Law Center.
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.
Ted Monk is the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Sodexo North America, and oversees the Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments around health and wellness, sustainable sourcing, and water, waste and energy management, as well as sponsoring Sodexo’s initiative PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality). Ted has a background in operations with more than 25 years of experience in Corporate Services, Health Care and Schools, both in the US and in the UK. He earned his degree in hospitality from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland and attended graduate classes at Cranfield Business School. Born in the UK, Ted moved to the US in 1995 and lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife Jacqueline.
Jennifer Schmitt is the program director and lead scientist for the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Jennifer’s research focuses on tracing environmental impacts through supply chains, circulating byproducts back into production systems, sustainable agriculture and conservation outcomes in Tanzania. As part of this research, Jennifer studies the environmental impacts of food waste, using food waste for animal feed as well as the social and environmental intersection of food waste. She has also been engaged in local food waste awareness events, including www.OpenFeasts.org. Jennifer has an M.S. in applied economics and Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in biology and international relations from Beloit College.
Perteet is an accomplished food industry professional, bringing years of sales and marketing experience and a passion for making an impact on food waste to her role on FRN's Board of Directors. In her role as Principal, Brand Growth Solutions, Perteet supports SPINS’ corporate mission of increasing the presence and accessibility of natural and organic products by developing winning brand renovation and innovation strategies across a wide range of clients. Prior to joining SPINS, Perteet held leadership roles at LEGO and General Mills. Perteet holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Regional Outreach Coordinators
Regional Outreach Coordinators (ROCs) is a program that provides FRN student leaders with the opportunity to engage meaningfully with FRN National and FRN chapters in their geographic region through a regional summit. Meet the 2018 ROCs by following the link below!
Student and Alumni Advisory Board
The Student and Alumni Board (SAAB) is a group of thirteen passionate and dedicated student and alumni leaders lending the perspective of students on the ground to the overall mission and direction of Food Recovery Network. Follow the link to learn more.