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 non-profit 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.
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.
National Site Administrator
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.
With a passion for helping others, Jennifer has dedicated her career to providing communications and development support to numerous non-profit 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 spare time, Jennifer enjoys theater, traveling, trying new foods and restaurants, fitness, and skiing with her family.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Robin’s introduction to Food Rescue US began when she became a food rescuer in Fairfield County. She brings more than two decades of background in marketing, communications, media relations, and special events for non-profits from her previous positions at Gilda’s Club Westchester, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the March of Dimes.
Prior to her non-profit work, she served as the director of public relations for Starter Corporation in New Haven, CT, and her career started at Edelman Public Relations in New York in the consumer marketing group. She proudly holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She looks forward to continuing to rescue food to reduce hunger and food waste, as well as spreading the word about this amazing organization and encouraging others to get involved.