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Team Lovin’

ASHLEY STANLEY – Founder / Executive Director

Ashley Stanley is a born and bred Bostonian. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2010, more than 20 million pounds of fresh, healthy food has been rescued and brought into the social service stream. She has created unparalleled awareness for food rescue, with dedication to addressing hunger relief, climate change and health equity. In 2011, the Boston Business Journal named her an ‘Emerging Leader.’ In 2012, Lovin’ Spoonfuls was a two-time winner of the Mass Challenge competition. In 2013, Ashley was selected as one of the BBJ’s ’40 under 40’ and served as a fellow at The Nantucket Project. In 2014, Ashley was recognized by The Boston Globe as a ‘Game Changer’ and in Boston Magazine‘s ‘Power of Ideas.’  She is an Oxfam International Sisters of the Planet Ambassador, a member of TEDWomen, and a TEDx community speaker. She’s been featured on NPR and written for The Huffington Post. Learn more about Ashley.


LAUREN PALUMBO – Chief Operating Officer

Born, raised, and educated in the Boston area, Lauren’s passion for the non-profit sector began at a young age while leading the community service group at her high school. That commitment to service led to a career working in support of nonprofits with innovative and unique missions. Her role at Lovin’ Spoonfuls combined that background with her passion for food, and has led to more than 7 years of growth and leadership on the ‘Spoonfuls team. Lauren has worked to grow the network of partners served by Lovin’ Spoonfuls and expand the reach of the organization throughout Massachusetts. Lauren seeks to bring this food rescue model to every community in Massachusetts, and to continue to lead conversations on the importance of reducing food waste and ensuring access to healthy food for all people. In 2015, Lauren was recognized as an ‘Emerging Leader’ by Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders program, and in 2016, Lauren was selected as one of the BBJ’s ’40 under 40′, which recognizes Boston’s young business leaders. Lauren also serves as Co-Chair of the Boston Food Access Council Steering Committee. Contact Lauren


ERIN KEOHANE Senior Director of Development

Erin joined Lovin’ Spoonfuls with nearly fifteen years of professional fundraising experience in June 2019. Most recently, Erin served as the Managing Director of Development for Horizons for Homeless Children. In this role, Erin was responsible for the comprehensive annual giving and special events programs ($5.7M annually). Prior to Horizons, Erin served as a consultant with two fundraising consulting firms, Development Guild DDI & CCS. During her tenure, Erin partnered with a variety of nonprofit clients and their institutional leadership to identify challenges and opportunities that made their fundraising practice most successful. Erin’s client portfolio was focused on the day-to-day management of fundraising engagements and the management and outreach with executive searches. A professional highlight during this time was providing fundraising counsel to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to lead it through a successful $20 million capital campaign. Earlier in her career, Erin held development positions at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Suffolk University. Contact Erin


SEAN AHERN Operations Director

Sean began his career in food service and hospitality as a teenager; after obtaining his degree in hospitality from the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management, Sean worked as a restaurant manager in and around Boston for the last decade. As a manager at Boston’s AAA five diamond rated L’Espalier, Sean learned the complexities of farm-to-table and fine dining; with that experience he went on to become the General Manager of Russell House Tavern in Cambridge, managing a team in the heart of Harvard Square. Throughout his life, Sean has always had a passion for food and its power to bring people together. Seeing firsthand the problems of food waste and food insecurity, Sean wanted to put his efforts towards serving the communities he works and lives in. These interests have led him to Lovin’ Spoonfuls, where he is excited to join such a great team and use his passions for good. Contact Sean


JONI KUSMINSKY Marketing & Communications Director

Joni was raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Her amazing “village” included two sweet grandmas from whom she learned to appreciate good food, waste not, and share. Her desire to be the village for others drove her to a career in non-profits and ultimately to Massachusetts. Joni has been working in the Greater Boston area for over 15 years, in a range of positions spanning direct service to senior leadership. More than anything, she enjoys using her communication skills to help connect people to information, opportunities, resources, and one another. She holds a B.A. in Communication Arts with a concentration in Journalism from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law. She comes to Lovin’ Spoonfuls from the Worcester County Food Bank, where she deepened her passion for food justice. She’s excited to help tell stories about all the ways food rescue is good for people, planet, and the economy! Contact Joni


AMAR TANNAOperations Director

Born and raised in Canada (Toronto, Ontario), Amar moved to Boston in 2012, where he now resides with his wife, son, and daughter. Amar is an avid sports enthusiast, foodie, and world traveler and enjoys experiencing different cuisines and cultures. Amar attended the University of Western Ontario, where he majored in Business Management with a Finance and Accounting specialization. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, acquiring his designation while with KPMG and has spent much of his career in Supply Chain and Operations. Most recently, Amar served as Senior Manager, Operations Excellence at Wayfair, focused on Vendor Management and Delivery. Amar has a demonstrated history and passion for volunteering and contributing to non-profits. He is excited by the opportunity to positively impact the mission of Lovin’ Spoonfuls and improve food security in Massachusetts, nationally, and across the globe. Contact Amar


MIKAYLA LYDON Marketing & Communications Manager

Mikayla was born and raised in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Heavily influenced by her parent’s love of food and cooking, Mikayla learned to appreciate a good meal at a young age. While attending Ithaca College, she began to understand food as a system and its ripple effects on social, health, and environmental issues. Concerned that our food system did not serve everyone equally, Mikayla used her senior project as an opportunity to explore the topic culminating in “A Food System Design Inquiry.” This research, which she presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, TN, has informed Mikayla’s view on food and belief that systemic change is necessary and food rescue is a part of it. Prior to coming to Spoonfuls, Mikayla was the Marketing Manager for Moody’s Delicatessen and Account Coordinator at CK Communications Group. Mikayla, who holds a B.S. in Communications Management and Design, is also a classically trained musician (she played flute for 14 years!) and is a fan of DIY (currently attempting to crochet a cardigan). Contact Mikayla


JOEL SIMONSON – Development Officer

Joel joined the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team in 2016 after receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clark University. Joel began his career at Lovin’ Spoonfuls as a Food Rescue Coordinator, focusing his efforts on the food rescue program and managing relationships with food vendors and nonprofit beneficiaries. After one and a half years in this role, Joel transitioned into fundraising and development, serving as the Development Coordinator with a focus on corporate and foundation grant management, and development operations. More recently Joel has been promoted to a Development Officer role, where he will focus his work on individual donor stewardship and management. A recent professional highlight for Joel includes identifying funding partners and securing the necessary resources that helped Lovin’ Spoonfuls expand to Hampden County and become a service provider in the region. Contact Joel


VINCENT VASSALLO – Operations Coordinator

Vinny is a New Englander, born and bred. From Everett, MA, he grew up in his Grandmother’s kitchen, learning how to cook the recipes that her parents from Sicily taught to her. Vinny then moved to from the asphalt jungle of Boston to the green woods of New Hampshire, where his love of food and cooking extended to gardening, where he learned to toil and soil, and even tap trees. While there, he earned his B.A. in Communication Arts at the University of New Hampshire. Now back in Massachusetts, he is excited to work at Lovin’ Spoonfuls, and see the fruits of their labor help the community that he calls home. Contact Vinny


ANTHONY SUMMA – Food Rescue Coordinator

Anthony grew up in Connecticut, but recently moved to Bellingham, MA in order to join the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team. He was drawn to the organization after studying Sustainability at Roger Williams University and wanting to alleviate the environmental impacts due to food waste.  A man who has worked in various fields, construction and television production to name a few, he is looking for a more meaningful experience in which he can give back to those in need, while simultaneously having a positive impact on the environment. He is excited to meet and improve the lives of as many people as possible while exploring the MetroWest area. Contact Anthony


REBECCA HANDFORD Food Rescue Coordinator

Rebecca was born abroad in the South of England but moved to Massachusetts when she was just seventeen months old. Raised in Southborough, Rebecca graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a double degree in English and Social Thought & Political Economy. During her time at UMass she became interested in solidarity economies and political activism which lead to her joining a student-coordinated Food Access Coalition on campus; sparking her passion for community-centric hunger relief efforts. Rebecca has researched and organized around the issue of food insecurity amongst disenfranchised and at-risk populations, and actively seeks to ensure her community members receive the resources they need in order to thrive. Contact Rebecca


MICHAEL PRINCEFood Rescue Coordinator

Mike was born and raised in Boston and Cambridge and developed a passion for food at a young age when watching his large family come together for meals. As a  Lead cook at the Haley House Bakery Cafe, he fell in love with producing delicious  food to eat and the cultivation of the ingredients needed (farm to table). He feels it is a reward  to contribute to the community and is motivated and enthusiastic about being a part of this very important Lovin’ Spoonfuls mission. Contact Mike


LISA DAY – Food Rescue Coordinator

Born and raised in Seattle, Lisa graduated from the University of Washington where she majored in Environmental Science and Resource Management.  While attending the UW, she studied restoration, urban farming, environmental ethics, and perhaps most importantly the food system and its environmental impacts and connections to income, education, and health.  Lisa also spent time working in various restaurants and cafes throughout Seattle where she witnessed a great deal of food waste first-hand.  With a background in sustainability and knowledge of the substantial environmental and social implications of food waste, her passion for food rescue began.  At the end of shifts, she started rescuing food from work and bringing it to nearby shelters and organizations.  It became her goal to help mend the disconnect between food waste and food insecurity.  Lisa has since taken part in a startup lab at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene, NH where she gained skills and knowledge that will help her move towards that goal.  She is very excited to be part of Lovin’ Spoonfuls and such a dedicated and passionate team. Contact Lisa


TYLER CRAWFORD – Food Rescue Coordinator

Born and raised in Springfield, MA, Tyler joined Lovin’ Spoonfuls knowing it would be the best way to support the community he’s had the pleasure of experiencing life with. Prior to joining the team, he was a volunteer tax professional for low income families with the VITA Program at Springfield Technical Community College where he studied accounting and finance. He also worked for Springfield Public Schools as a custodian. It was here that he initially became concerned with food waste, seeing it first-hand. Now he feels proud to help alleviate issues of hunger and waste. Contact Tyler


ABBY HURD – Food Rescue Coordinator

Abby grew up in Stow, MA. After graduating from the University of Vermont, where she volunteered to cook and serve meals at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, she moved to St. Louis and spent two years serving with AmeriCorps St. Louis. Through AmeriCorps she did conservation work in both Missouri and Montana, and provided disaster relief from wildfires in Tennessee and from Hurricane Irma in Florida. Afterwards, she set out to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, then worked as a line cook in a cafe in my hometown. Abby is excited to be serving both the Greater Boston community and the environment through reducing food waste at Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Contact Abby


AJ McLAREN – Food Rescue Coordinator

AJ was born and raised in upstate New York and recently graduated from Stonehill College in Easton MA (’20) with a major in Psychology and a minor in German language. Following college they wanted to find a job that made it both feasible to live on their own, and possible to help others. Having an interest in all social justice issues, working in food rescue certainly qualified. In their free time, AJ plays in a band that does tours throughout the North East as well local shows in Boston. Eventually in life they hope to put their German skills to use and relocate to Berlin. Contact AJ


DARA MYSLIWIEC – Food Rescue Coordinator

Dara grew up in Colorado, and ended up at Wesleyan University essentially by accident. Luckily, it was a school that prioritized organic, sustainable, and local food, and Dara realized how individuals being more active participants in the food system can collectively reduce environmental impact and improve food accessibility. They graduated with a degree in Environmental Science, an interest in community service and a deep disdain for academia, which led to a series of several Americorps stints and a lot of living out of a minivan. Now that they have come to terms with the fact that they feel more rooted in Boston than the minivan, Dara is excited for the opportunity to serve the community as a member of the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team. Contact Dara


CHRISTINE WRIGHT – Food Rescue Coordinator

After following the work and impact of Lovin’ Spoonfuls for years, Christy is thrilled to be joining the team as a Food Rescue Coordinator. Christy comes to us from Eckerd College, where she earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Arts in photography, graphic design, and theatre; and from Boston University with a Master of Divinity in Global and Community Engagement. She has always had a passion for food, cooking, and hunger relief efforts, and she spends her time buried in books on the culinary arts and food anthropology, volunteering with her local food pantry, and cohosting a podcast called Fully Yours on the intersections of food and spirituality. When she’s not dreaming of all things foodie-related, she pastors a small church in Central Massachusetts, cares for her way-too-large collection of house plants, and explores local trails with her dog, Cosmo. Contact Christy


SAM KENSLEY – Food Rescue Coordinator

Sam was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has always had a passion for food and has worked in numerous Boston area bakeries and restaurants. After a decade in the restaurant industry, he went to work at Cradles to Crayons, a local non-profit focused on addressing clothing insecurity among children. He is very enthusiastic to combine his passion for service and love for food as a member of Team Lovin’. When not at work, you can find him taking care of his pepper plants, behind the grill, or making all sorts of delicious stews in his slow cooker. Contact Sam


STEPHEN LOVERDE – Food Rescue Coordinator

Headshot Stephen Loverde

Stephen was born and raised in Centereach, New York. After studying environmental science at Boston College, he returned to New York and worked as an environmental consultant for five years. While working in this industry, he co-founded his office’s philanthropic outreach committee and worked to support the community around him. Through these endeavors, his love of food and creating an equitable food system were fostered by partnering with the Long Island Cares Food Bank. When COVID-19 hit in 2020, he made the decision to step aside from consulting and joined Long Island Cares full-time, assisting on the COVID-19 Response Team. Through a surprise (and delightful) turn of events, Stephen returned to Boston during the summer of 2020 eager to continue fighting for equitable food access and assistance in his new home. He is incredibly excited to join the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team and to be a part of the food rescue movement. Contact Stephen


SARAH JOHNSON – Food Rescue Coordinator

Sarah was raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and found a love for non-profit work through various internships during her four years at Wheaton College. After graduating with a degree in Psychology, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked with the Baltimore Orioles. A year later, Sarah moved back home to Boston with determination to work in the non-profit sector. Sarah came across the Lovin’ Spoonfuls website and immediately felt passionate about their mission to rescue and distribute food. She is excited to be a part of the team! In her free time, you’ll most likely find Sarah hanging out with her friends, munching on a snack, or watching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park! Contact Sarah


GABRIELA – Accounting & Administrative Coordinator

Gabriela, born and raised in Brighton, MA comes to Lovin’ Spoonfuls with a Finance and Human Resources background. It has been Gabriela’s mission since receiving her bachelor’s degree in Business Management, to work for organizations where giving back to the community is a top priority. Apart from crunching numbers, Gabriela enjoys cooking traditional recipes from her parents’ home countries and loves to bake! Gabriela is excited to be part of such a strong and mission driven team! Contact Gabriela