Behind The Rescue
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
While Carol’s career includes work in the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sectors, her passion is helping mission-driven organizations do more and do it better. For thirteen years beginning in 2001, she worked at AmeriCares, the global health and emergency response organization where she held senior leadership positions. In 2015 she joined Military Adaptive Sports Inc., the nonprofit set up to plan and execute the Orlando 2016 Invictus Game, an international competition for wounded active and retired service men and women. Founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the Games raise awareness for the power of sports in recovery. Carol joined Food Rescue US as a director in 2015. She became CEO in April 2018. She is committed to working alongside all our stakeholders to reduce widespread hunger and food waste in the U.S. She believes fervently in the Food Rescue US “simple and smart solution” to these two serious crises.
VICE PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SITE DIRECTOR
Melissa is a hospitality and nutrition professional who was drawn to Food Rescue US because of the strong impact the work is having on reducing food insecurity and mitigating the impact food waste has on the environment. Being in the kitchen is therapeutic for her (and way cheaper than actual therapy) and believes that all people should have access to the highest quality food. She has grown with the organization and continues her commitment to using her experience to strengthen and grow Food Rescue US. Melissa has built strong relationships within the food waste and hunger space that are used to inform the direction of the organization. She enjoys spending time engaging in a healthy lifestyle...and is fueled by health, exercise, travel, the outdoors, and of course food!
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Jim is an experienced Chief Technology Officer (CTO)/Vice President of Engineering (VPE) with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He has more than 30 years of experience across a range of industries and product categories (web, mobile, desktop, embedded systems). Leading organizations ranging from small VC-backed startups to public companies, he has been responsible for small single-product teams of five, as well as global teams of more than 100 engineers building a portfolio of products. He was formerly VPE at DivX and Clarifai, and CTO at HyperScience. Jim received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and his Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University.
DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING DIRECTOR
With a passion for helping others, Jennifer has dedicated her career to providing communications and development support to numerous nonprofit organizations in Florida, New Jersey, and now Connecticut. Previously, Jennifer served as Managing Director for the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Enzian Theater & Florida Film Festival, and Marketing Manager for the Orlando Repertory Theatre. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys theater, traveling, trying new foods and restaurants, and skiing with her family.
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
Laurie has been involved at Food Rescue US since its inception, rescuing food and working as an independent consultant on special projects. She brings a strong background in marketing, writing and product development from her careers at SAIL Magazine, Reebok and Rockport. Passionate about serving her community, Laurie has been actively engaged with numerous area non-profits including Stepping Stones Museum for Children and AmeriCares, and has most recently served on the boards of the Rowayton Civic Association and The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. Laurie is a firm believer in the capability of technology to change the face of hunger.
With a passion for service, Alena has built her career in the nonprofit arena working for various local and national organizations supporting the environment, the arts, and education. She brings organizational skills as well as experience with ground-level foundation building to Food Rescue US during this current phase of strategic, nationwide growth. Alena is proud to be part of a team working toward effecting change on a national level by providing needed services locally. In her spare time Alena helps plant food at a local farm, and enjoys traveling and encaustic painting.
DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING ASSOCIATE
Bethany comes to Food Rescue US from a nonprofit community health center in Los Angeles where she worked in development, marketing, communications, events, and volunteer management. She brings with her strong organizational and communication skills. Bethany is honored to join our team and to work for an organization that is supporting families and benefiting the environment.
NATIONAL PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
Victoria comes to Food Rescue US with over a decade of Executive support in top financial firms in New York and Washington DC. She has a background in communications and a passion for helping others. Initially she served as a volunteer with Food Rescue US, helping to launch the Anne Arundel County site. She is excited to share her love of food and community and the mission of Food Rescue US to help reduce food waste and to help break down barriers to fresh food options for those impacted by food insecurities. Fresh food is nourishment to the body not a luxury. Service to community is nourishment to the soul.
Alyssa comes to Food Rescue US with a background in the nonprofit sector, working for organizations supporting veterans and military families, education and training, and international development. She brings strong writing and organizational skills, as well as experience in all aspects of the grant lifecycle. Alyssa is honored to work for an organization doing great work and making a real impact. A Northeasterner at heart, Alyssa grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Northern Virginia where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, reading, fitness and cooking.
Product Support Representative
Sheldon has long held a passion for helping others and the environment, which is what led him to work at Food Rescue US where he gets to pursue both of these passions everyday. He graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Emerging Media, also through Loyola. In his free time, Sheldon enjoys traveling, boating, paddle boarding, hiking, and playing with dogs.
PROGRAM MANAGER, NATIONAL FOOD DONATION PROGRAM
Emily Larson was fascinated by the US food system since her first job picking raspberries. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College, she taught English in Tanzania and then joined AmeriCorps. She started at the Wedge Community Co-op in Minneapolis, MN as a cashier, coordinated the Wedge’s capital campaign, and landed as the Outreach and Educator Coordinator. In this role, she opened the doors wider by implementing programs to support people with a financial need. Her work in cooperative food was interrupted by a move to Joplin, Missouri, where she stepped outside the lines and worked as a senior recruiter for Leggett & Platt, a global manufacturing company. She is thrilled doing what she loves: thinking strategically about how we build a better food system for the people and the planet.
Board of Directors
President, President and CEO – Business Journals Inc.
CEO, Food Rescue US
Secretary, Executive Content Strategist in partnership with Elland Road Partners
Treasurer, Retired CFO/Executive Vice President – Compass Diversified Holding (NYSE: CODI)
Development Committee Chair, Retired Vice President Global Operations for Readers Digest, Inc.
CEO, Abigail Kirsch
Owner and Chef – The Whelk, Kawa-Ni, Jesup Hall
Managing Director, NE Region, The Northern Trust Company
Retired CAO/Chief Legal Counsel – Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: Rev)
Volunteer CTO, Food Rescue US Technology & Engineering Consultant
Executive Chef, Terrain Café & Regional Head Chef, Amis Trattoria
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