Team Lovin’

Senior Leadership | Administration and Operations | Development and Marketing & Communications

Senior Leadership

ASHLEY STANLEY – Founder / Executive Director

Ashley Stanley is a born and bred Bostonian. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2010, more than 21 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 nonprofit 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

Administration and Operations

GABRIELA RAMOS – Administrative Officer

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

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

MARK FULLER Operations Manager

Mark grew up just south of Boston in Kingston, MA. He first discovered his passion for community service while studying psychology at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, where he researched and designed recycling programs for the campus and served as a volunteer at the Chittenden County Court Diversion Program. Mark worked for several years in behavioral health at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the operations team at a local shellfish company. After nearly four years of keeping the area well-stocked with oysters, Mark sought a career where he could give back to the community in a more meaningful way. This led him to Lovin’ Spoonfuls, where he is thrilled to join such a passionate team and combine his love for good food and community service. Contact Mark


Chris was born and raised in Brighton, MA and currently lives in Quincy with his fiancé, two kids, and cat. Prior to Spoonfuls, Chris worked at Whole Foods Market for 11 years as a team member and as a Seafood/Meat Team Leader. Throughout the years working in grocery retail, Chris has seen firsthand how “perfect” looking food is selected to go on the sales floor, while “imperfect” food is not. During Chris’ time in management, he always paid attention to inventory levels to prevent unnecessary food loss. Chris first learned about Lovin’ Spoonfuls while working in a smaller Whole Foods Market and admired their mission. He is very excited to be with the Lovin’ Spoonfuls family and a part of food rescue. Contact Chris

REBECCA HANDFORD Operations 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

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

JON BURDICK – Food Rescue Coordinator

Jon partly grew up in Southern Maine near the coast before moving back to Western Massachusetts, where he was born. He began his culinary career as a teen in the Berkshires. Jon has worked in bistros, hotels, private schools, and corporate business catering services, holding positions as a Cook, Sous Chef, and Food Service Director. Throughout his career, he has helped pioneer and implement sustainable practices. Jon enjoys spending time with his family and being an entrepreneur when he is not working. His other interests include collecting vinyl records and vintage clothing, playing guitar, and traveling. Contact Jon

KATE CONSTANTINE – Food Rescue Coordinator

Kate grew up in Eliot, Maine, and spent summers working as a server in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she got to see how food is able to bring people together. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies from Wheaton College. She served as co-president of Emerson House of Feminist Perspectives, a community and safe space for those interested in discussing feminist ideologies and working towards social change. Her housemates and academic studies inspired her to give back to communities in a direct way. Luckily, her love of the 2005 romantic comedy classic, Fever Pitch, inspired her to move to Boston, and she heard about the Lovin’ Spoonfuls! She’s excited to empower people through food and help the essential work of our many partners. Contact Kate

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

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

ABBY HURDFood 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

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 nonprofit 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

JULIA LIBURDI – Food Rescue Coordinator

Julia grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Midwest to study environmental science with a food systems specialization at the University of Michigan. She learned about how detrimental the modern food system is to individuals, communities, and the earth, and decided she wanted to pursue food justice work. She began her career in Detroit where she set up mobile farm stands across the city and helped folks sign up for food assistance programs. Upon moving back to the east coast, she was drawn to Lovin’ Spoonfuls because of their dedication to reducing both food waste and food insecurity, and because of how team-oriented they are. In her free time, she can be found cooking exciting meals with her friends, reading in the sun, and cuddling with her kitty. She is thrilled to be a part of this team! Contact Julia

STEPHEN LOVERDE – Food Rescue Coordinator

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

AJ McLAREN – Food Rescue Coordinator

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

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

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

CHRISTINE WRIGHT – Food Rescue Coordinator

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

Development and Marketing & Communications

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 and share it with others. Her desire to be the village drove her to a career in nonprofits 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 enjoys telling stories about all the ways food rescue is good for people, planet, and the economy! Contact Joni

KATI SIGELDirector of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Daughter of a Hungarian immigrant, Kati Sigel, was raised with the notion that no food should ever go to waste. Driven to bring this passion to the food insecurity sector, Kati joined the local nonprofit Three Squares New England (TSNE) in 2015 to raise critical funds to fight hunger. After five years as the Director at TSNE in July 2021, Kati joined the Development Team at Lovin’ Spoonfuls to share in their mission of bringing surplus healthy food to those who need it most. With extensive professional experience in project management, fundraising, and business development, Kati’s move to join the Development Team made sense. “I love talking about the importance of reducing waste, preserving the earth we love, and helping others, so seeking foundation and corporate partners who share the same values is a perfect role for me.” When not in the office, you’ll find Kati on her bike, with her kids, or enjoying an IPA with friends. Contact Kati

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!). Contact Mikayla

JOEL SIMONSON – Development Manager

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. Joel was since promoted to a Development Officer and, recently, Development Manager role, where he focuses on individual donor stewardship and management. A 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

GREG FRIEDMAN – Grants & Foundations Specialist

Greg grew up in the Boston area but spent much of his adult life in Washington State. Upon moving back to Boston in 2007, he began his nonprofit development career with a Unitarian Universalist multi-service organization in Roxbury, followed by grants-management positions at a refugee and immigrant services provider and a youth program in the South End. Greg has a deep interest in environmental issues and earned a B.A. in Journalism and Environmental Studies (double major) from Western Washington University. Contact Greg

ABBEY NICHOLSON – Development & Marketing Coordinator

Raised in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Abbey graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Civic Engagement and Public Service. Having grown up with dreams of becoming a chef, at UMass she was able to combine her passion for learning about the social constructs of the world with her love of food. Through a food justice service trip and working as a Food Pantry Volunteer at the Amherst Survival Center, she was able to truly understand that having access to a healthy and stable source of food should be a human right, not a privilege. Looking to further explore the nonprofit sector with respect to food justice, she first joined Lovin’ Spoonfuls as a Development and Operations Intern in 2019. After spending a year as a Development Assistant for Major Gifts at GBH, she is excited to rejoin the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team with more fundraising experience. She looks forward to helping support the Spoonfuls mission of bridging the gap between abundance and need. Contact Abbey