Team Lovin’

ASHLEY STANLEY – Founder / Executive Director

Ashley Stanley is a born and bred Bostonian. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2010, more than 16 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’s 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

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

JACOB MATZ – Operations Coordinator

Jacob comes to Lovin’ Spoonfuls with a background in sociology and an interest in environmental health and justice. Originally from West Virginia, Jacob has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sociology from West Virginia University where he worked as a teaching assistant and studied social, political, and environmental impacts related to extractive industries. As a research assistant in Environmental Sociology at Northeastern University, Jacob continued to focus on natural resource extraction and collaborated with and an environmental health non-profit addressing exposures to pollutants from shale gas development. Often, the burden of exposure to environmental pollutants coincides with the burden of food insecurity.  Jacob is excited to be a part of Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ model of food distribution that simultaneously reduces waste and provides access to healthy food in communities across Boston. Contact Jacob

VINCENT VASSALLO – Food Rescue Coordinator + Lead Trainer

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

REGGIE NGUYEN – Food Rescue Coordinator

Reggie is a native Bostonian. Before working with Lovin’ Spoonfuls,  he worked for Rosie’s Place in their food pantry. Reggie enjoyed playing a role in alleviating food insecurity for the many women that visited the pantry. He is excited to join the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team for the opportunity to use his work experience to serve an even wider range of people. It has been great to be able to work with various donors and beneficiaries from the towns on Route 128 to his backyard of Dorchester. Contact Reggie

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

EMILY LEONARD – Food Rescue Coordinator

Emily grew up in Northern New Jersey but has spent most summers in Vermont. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and History from Dickinson College, Emily moved to Vermont full-time to pursue her ever-growing interests in nutrition, healthy living, food systems, and sustainable agriculture (and cows). After 6 months interning at a small, diversified vegetable and beef farm she attended the University of Vermont Farmer Training Program earning a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. Throughout her farming experiences in Vermont, Emily became increasingly aware of the amount of beautiful fruits and vegetables that end up in seconds bins, compost piles, or simply the trash. Recognizing the amount of food that goes to waste and the overall disconnect between the American farmer and American consumer further enhanced Emily’s passion for making an impactful difference on food systems. Following the Farmer Training Program, Emily took a leap, moving to Boston for a change of pace and scenery, and landed at Lovin’ Spoonfuls where she feels that she can pursue both her love of food and passion for working and living in a sustainable community. Contact Emily

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

EMERY WEBSTER – Food Rescue Coordinator

An Ohio native, Emery graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in psychology. Focusing their studies on sustainability psychology, their senior research thesis explored how to promote environmentally responsible behavior by teaching people to pay attention to wider systems and their interconnections. Also while at Oberlin, Emery was an active member of a student dining cooperative, working in various roles such as head cook, baker, accessibility coordinator, and board representative. Their academic and cooperative experiences brought their attention to the importance of addressing food waste, a systemic issue that holds implications for both environmental sustainability and food access. Emery is excited to be on the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team, working toward addressing sustainability and food security through food rescue. Contact Emery

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

SARAH FITE-SABAT – Food Rescue Coordinator

Sarah drove for Lovin’ Spoonfuls from 2014 to 2016, rescuing about 400,000 lbs of food, and now she’s back for more. Sarah’s lifelong obsession has been to improve the material reality and ease the struggle of all around her. Before coming to ‘Spoonfuls, Sarah worked as a political organizer and in the service industry to pay the bills. She first became aware of the large scale food waste problem when she was volunteering for Food Not Bombs in Norman, Oklahoma, her college town, and noticed that whole pans of rice and beans were being thrown out at the end of the night at her burrito-making job. She and a comrade started an impromptu rescue from local restaurants and cafes and quickly learned that there was a lot more to it than putting beans into a baggie and driving them over to the local homeless shelter. Between 2016 and 2019, Sarah worked in local safety net hospitals, serving vulnerable patient populations with the grand ambition of becoming a doctor or nurse. Sarah moved to Western Mass. to pursue that dream and to support her spouse, a public defender in Springfield. While scrolling instagram, Sarah learned that Spoonfuls was expanding to her new city, and knew that she needed another ride in the big refrigerated truck, saving vegetables, and giving them to people who need them. Contact Sarah

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

HANNAH TAVARES – Food Rescue Coordinator

Hannah is the first in her immediate family to get a college degree and first generation American. She holds dual citizenship with the US and Brazil, where her family is from. Her life in Brazil exposed her to the reality of food scarcity when she was growing up. For nine years she has worked in the entertainment and arts industry on both coasts. However, while working what was her college-era dream job in the heart of Hollywood, she found herself drawn to volunteer work. She invested all her free time in gleaning, aiding in hunger relief efforts, and farming. It was between her hectic shifts as a Production Assistant at CBS and Universal Studios that she fell in love with food rescue as a volunteer with Food Forward in Los Angeles. She decided to bid adieu to the golden coast to further her education and experience in sustainability and agriculture. She was studying at Regis College and working on a farm on weekdays and working as an events coordinator on weekends when she first discovered Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Now that she is back in her home state of Massachusetts, she wants to dedicate herself to bettering the communities around her gave her so much support while growing up. Contact Hannah

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

“When you talk to anyone in the organization, from the CEO down to the driver, it feels like such a closely-knit community. We’ve really gotten to develop great relationships with them. It feels like they have a genuine interest in the success of our organization.”

Kelsey Hampton, Director of Food Pantry & Volunteer Services, Natick Service Council