FRN selected thirteen passionate student leaders from across the country for our Student and Alumni Advisory Board (SAAB). Our SAAB was established as a response to students' requests to be more involved with FRN on the national level. SAAB is working on resource development, external affairs, and further connecting FRN National with the students on the frontlines of the food recovery movement. With representation from across the country, these individuals are helping to pave the way for a truly student-centered food recovery movement.
Jennifer Campbell '20 will be a junior at The University of Tampa in the Fall of 2017. She is a Political Science major with minors in History and Economics. She was a founder of The University of Tampa’s Food Recovery Chapter in the Fall of 2016 and continues to lead the chapter with her co-founder. In addition to her roles at FRN, she is the Vice President of two campus sustainability organizations, UT’s Roots & Shoots chapter and the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC). Jennifer spends her free time coordinating events, leading volunteer projects, and putting on education programs about sustainability.
Meryl Davis began her involvement with Food Recovery Network in Fall 2016 when she and her friends founded the Knox College chapter. Her high school senior project focused on food waste and redistribution; a field of study in which she did not expect to pursue, but has resulted in an exciting crossover between her current studies as an Anthropology and Sociology major with an Environmental Studies minor.
Kirsty Hessing '18 is a senior at Wagner College in New York, where she’s currently working towards a degree in Behavioral Economics with minors in Civic Engagement and Sociology. In the fall of 2016, she worked with Food Recovery Network as an intern helping with their Food Recovery Verified program. She became passionate about food recovery after hearing about many athletes who struggled to find food. This lead her to be a founding member of her school’s FRN chapter.She is actively involved in Civic Engagement on campus as a Bonner Scholar Leader which lead her to be awarded the Thomas Carroll Award for Environmental Sustainability and the Periclean Student Award. Outside of FRN, Kirsty swims for her school and is a member of the concert band.
Jaime Renman '19 is the current President of FRN Chapter at University of Delaware. Her interest in FRN began because of her work experience at a local grocer, as well as an Alternative Spring Break experience focused on urban hunger in Baltimore. She states that she is "passionate about building the chapter at UD, as well as being a part of the movement to build awareness about food waste issues across the nation. I am hopeful that we can start to better educate others about food waste so that this initiative turns into proactive work from reactive work."
Amanda Rivas ‘20 is a first generation American citizen, born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Amanda comes from a family of Cuban immigrants and that is what inspired her to help eradicate the food waste dilemma. She currently attends Oxford College of Emory University and will be a sophomore starting in the fall. She will be the service and events coordinator for her FRN chapter, and was one of the founding members of an FRN chapter at another Oxford College.
Outside of her role as an FRN leader, she is President of Olé, a Hispanic cultural society, and also serves as a Vice President of the campus photography club.
Allison Blakeley is a Rochester Institute of Technology graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Environmental Sustainability Health and Safety Management. While in school, she participated in RIT's FRN chapter, Recover Rochester, where she held the positions of Secretary, Fundraising Committee Head, Vice President and President. Allison is also a former FRN Regional Outreach Coordinator and was tasked with bridging communication between New York's chapters. Allison is very excited to be working with FRN again on the SAAB program and is looking forward to helping the organization continue to grow.
Brian Cheuh is an alumnus of Villanova University. He was first involved with Villanova's FRN chapter as a general member and schedule coordinator, but culminated his time at the university as President of the chapter. Brian states that he is, "extremely passionate about FRN, since [combating hunger] is one of the biggest issues in the world paired with the most cost-effective solution to it."
Brian found his time at FRN significant, as he witnessed the Villanova chapter "directly combat the demand of hunger with creative solutions to maximize the food recovery supply." Brian states that his business background helped build the chapter's capacity, and he's excited to continue his work with FRN on the Student-Alumni Advisory Board.
Catherine "Katie" Crombez '16 is a Madonna University graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance, also from Madonna University. She founded the FRN chapter at Madonna in 2015 and "has been dedicated to the mission ever since!"
According to Katie, free time is a miracle for her, but enjoys spending it at the Detroit Opera, riding her unicycle, and going on spontaneous adventures with friends. She is honored to be a part of the first Student & Alumni Advisory Board and is "excited to continue to work with FRN to strengthen this movement across the country!"
Yash Desai is a recent graduate from the University of Houston, completing a degree in Biology with a minor in Kinesiology. In the future, he plans to pursue an M.D. Yash became involved with FRN when he started a chapter at the University of Houston during his freshman year. Starting with a team of just 3 students doing 1 recovery a week, the team has expanded to 16 officers, over 250 volunteers, and doing 18 recoveries a week. Yash is passionate about advocating for and helping prevent food waste in his community and in our own households.
Outside of FRN, Yash's hobbies include playing sports, hiking, and watching Netflix. Yash was also involved on his campus as a Resident Adviser, Teaching Assistant for Introductory Physics and Biology, and doing research in an ecology lab.
Heather Fucini is a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa, and received her degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Her studies led her to become passionate about diverting all unsold surplus food to find it’s way to the individuals who need it the most. Since founding the chapter in January 2016, their team successfully donated over 5,000 pounds of food.
In April 2016, she presented at the National Food Recovery Dialogue's Lobby Day, speaking on behalf of her research regarding food scarcity and homeless populations on Oahu. In addition to NFRD, she has presented her research at the Leaders of Southeast Asia conference.
Her interests and accomplishments include, but are not limited to: crafting educational events about food waste and sustainability, and aiding Special Education students in developing technical and life skills that would prepare them to enter the work force.
Susan Pagano is currently graduating with her Master's degree in Public Policy from Monmouth University, and received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Monmouth University in May 2015. Susan first became involved with the Food Recovery Network in the summer of 2015, where she served as the Chapter Founder and President of FRN at Monmouth. In their first year of recoveries, they were able to recover and donate 5,000 pounds of food. The environmental and social impacts of food recovery are what drew her to the Food Recovery Network, and she hopes to continue helping those in need in her future.
Lianna Tilton is a second-year Master’s Candidate in the department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California in Davis, graduating in summer 2017. She received a Bachelors of Science in Food Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
As a member of the student board, Lianna brings experience from two chapters. She started as a volunteer in the chapter at UMass Amherst and then continued to work with FRN at UC Davis and became the chapter President. She has worked to grow and expand the UC Davis chapter in both number of volunteers and pounds of food recovered. Lianna is from Boston Massachusetts and when she is not studying she loves to garden, hike and play volleyball. After graduation, Lianna hopes to work in the food industry and continue to learn about and improve the global food system.