Kevin Mullins

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Kevin started rock bands and pastored churches in various parts of the country before helping found Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) in 2011. He is a professional musician, loves public speaking and leadership and working with and helping people more than anything. He was inspired on his journey to becoming consumed with American hunger by his children, who joined with their friends at school, pooling their lunches to send home food for dinner for other friends in need. Kevin and his family live in Norwalk, CT.

Melissa Spiesman

National Site Director

Being in the kitchen is therapeutic for me (and way cheaper than actual therapy). I like good food, and I especially like to share good food with good people. That is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Community Plates (now Food Rescue US). My background is in both hospitality and nutrition, and my involvement in CP brings out the best of both. I’m especially drawn to the real impact I can have in ending U.S. food-insecurity through the Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) platform.

I live in Stamford with my husband and 2 daughters. Together we spend time engaging in a healthy lifestyle...and are fueled by health, exercise, travel, the outdoors, and of course food!!

Laurie Jones

Program Advisor

Why Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) for me?  I love the idea, I love the people.  I’m obsessed with organization and logic, and red licorice.  My background is in marketing and product development (at SAIL magazine, Reebok and Rockport) and I’ve loved every job I’ve had because I’ve believed in the product.  My interests?  All outdoor sports.  My true passion?  Our two boys.

Alison Sherman

Communications Director

I grew up in Europe, which gave me a unique perspective of the world and a passion for the many different people in it.

Returning to the US for college, I graduated from Lesley University with a BS in Education. After teaching for just one year, I moved to New York City and began a PR career at a boutique agency, working with some of the best performing arts groups in the world. After moving into the music world with another small agency, I took over as Director of Communications for VH1 (that was back when VH1 was still in the music business). I left VH1 to stay home with my kids, and started my own company, Rooftop Communications.

During my career, I have been involved with many non-profits, but none has fired me up more to do something than Community Plates (now Food Rescue US).

I’m married and have two grown children living in LA in the entertainment business, in my defense, I did try to talk them out of it.

Christina Knudsen

Christina Knudsen

Director of Development

Christina's background in nonprofit development and passion for hunger-related issues led her to join Community Plates (now Food Rescue US), where she's thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team. She has a BA in Religious Studies from Connecticut College, an MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner, and has worked for a range of nonprofit organizations. Christina hails from CT and loves to travel to any place where there's cheese. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, daughter, and very spoiled hound mix. 

Ginny O’Brien

National Site Administrator

Ginny built her career in the Human Resources profession for various companies throughout New York and Connecticut. She enjoys building teams of interesting, passionate people and helping them achieve a common goal. After being introduced to Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) and learning about the issues of food waste and hunger, she joined the team as National Site Administrator to help build its foundation. While away from Community Plates (now Food Rescue US), she enjoys running, traveling and living with her family in Fairfield, CT.