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.
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.
Manager of External Partnerships
Cassie Olovsson joined the FRN team in 2018 as Manager of External Partnerships to expand FRN’s network in communities across the U.S. Now living on the East Coast, Cassie dreams of the familiar West Coast beaches of Hawaii and Southern California but is excited to explore the green, rich urban area of the DMV. Cassie earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Economics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. During her time at school, Cassie’s passion for environmental sustainability and education flourished in her experience teaching environmental science to elementary students. With a background in event planning and program management, Cassie strongly believes in creating and building relationships with community partners. She is excited to root her passion for relationship building into growing various programs at FRN. As her mom likes to say, she is the perfect blend of head in the clouds and firmly planted feet on the ground. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys day-dreaming, thrifting, attempting DIY projects, and working her hardest to not let her houseplants die.