Carol Shattuck

CEO, Food Rescue US

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 Invictus Games 2016, an international competition for wounded active and retired service men and women held in Orlando, Florida May 2016. 500 athletes from 15 countries compete in 10 adaptive sports to raise awareness for the power of sport in recovery and for the sacrifices that the competitors and their families have made for their countries.

Carol joined Food Rescue US as a director in 2015. She became CEO in April 2018.

Carol joined Community Plates (now Food Rescue US) to help mitigate widespread hunger in our communities and throughout the U.S.

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

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.

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. 

Alena Murphy

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.

Erin McAllister

Development Coordinator

With a passion for food and helping others, Food Rescue US is the perfect fit for Erin. She brings to the table nearly two decades of enriching lives as an educator, counselor, and group facilitator and a lifetime spent in the kitchen, learning to bake bread with her Italian great aunt at the age of four, teaching high school students how to cook, and sharing her love through feeding others. Erin received a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College and has two Masters degrees in Education. She sees every day as an opportunity for growth and learning and is excited to be a part of the Food Rescue US team and the simple solution to ending local hunger.