Team Lovin’

 

ASHLEY STANLEY – Founder / Executive Director
Ashley is a born and bred Bostonian. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls in 2010, Ashley and her team have rescued and distributed more than 5 million pounds of fresh, healthy food into the social service stream. She has created unparalleled awareness for food rescue, with dedication to addressing the significant consequences of food waste. 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, which is the largest global start-up accelerator. In 2013 Ashley was selected as one of the BBJ’s 2013 ’40 under 40′, which recognizes Boston’s most innovative business leaders. In 2014, Ashley was recognized by The Boston Globe as a ‘Game Changer, and in Boston Magazine‘s ‘Power of Ideas’.  She is one of Oxfam International’s Sisters of the Planet Ambassadors. A Fellow at The 2013 Nantucket Project, she’s also a member of TEDWomen, and a TEDx community speaker. She’s been featured on NPR, and written for The Huffington Post’s ‘ReClaim’ campaign.  Learn more about Ashley.
LAUREN PALUMBO – Chief Operating Officer
Born, raised, and educated in the Boston area, Lauren worked in marketing and events positions with non-profits Investors’ Circle and Mass Insight Education, as well as Mass Insight Corporation, before most recently serving as Director of Marketing for New France, LLC (parent company for L’Espalier). Since joining Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Lauren has worked to expand the network of vendors and agencies served by Lovin’ Spoonfuls and expand the reach of the organization throughout Greater Boston. 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 has also authored a number of articles for grocery and retail trade publications. Contact Lauren
SEAN AHERN Operations Manager
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
ALISA FEINSWOG – Development Associate
Alisa is an East Coast transplant from sunny San Diego. She first became interested in food after reading Will Allen’s, The Good Food Revolution. Through her experience gardening, farming, fundraising, and distributing, she has sowed her passion for food. At Brandeis, her alma mater, she studied food access and environmental studies.She also enjoys riding her bike and cooking yummy food. Alisa is ecstatic to be part of such a collaborative and enthusiastic team! Contact Alisa
KATY JORDAN – Communications Director
 KatyLovin150 Katy is thrilled to be the newest member of the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team as a long-time supporter of the organization and its mission. She comes to Lovin’ after 8+ years of experience as a journalist, media professional and freelance producer. A former staff reporter and associate video director for the Boston Herald, she is an award-winning reporter whose work has also been featured in the Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, AJ+ and others. She has served as a consultant on digital strategy and video campaigns for several non-profits including The Food Project, Housing Families, New England Organ Bank, and others. She holds a Masters degree in journalism from Emerson College, where she has also served as adjunct faculty. Katy has worked with Lovin’ Spoonfuls as volunteer, digital contributor and friend to the organization since 2011. Contact Katy
REGGIE NGUYEN – Food Rescue Coordinator
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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

CATHY PEDTKE – Food Rescue Coordinator
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Cathy comes from a culinary background, with a degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from Paul Smith’s College and a masters degree in Gastronomy from Boston University. She became interested in food rescue after witnessing how much food goes to waste in the restaurant and catering industry, and taking classes in food policy and global food systems. She volunteered with her local food pantry, Food For Free, and the Boston Area Gleaners before joining the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team. Concerned by both the high levels of food waste and prevalence of hunger in the world around her, Cathy is eager to be the solution to both problems. Contact Cathy

ANTHONY SUMMA – Food Rescue Coordinator
 Anthony Anthony grew up in Connecticut, but recently moved to Framingham, 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
JOEL SIMONSON – Food Rescue Coordinator
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Joel comes from a scientific background, majoring in Biology for his bachelor’s degree and completing a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy both from Clark University. While always having an interest in public health, he has become deeply interested in the relationship between long-term health and access to nutritious food through his coursework and past internship experiences. He was initially drawn to Lovin’ Spoonfuls because of its unique model in providing direct distribution of excess food. He is thrilled to be a part of the Lovin’ Spoonfuls team and to have the opportunity to work with people of different backgrounds towards a common goal. Contact Joel
LISA ALLEN – Food Rescue Coordinator
 20160419_150552 Lisa has been in the food industry since the age of 16, where she started in the kitchen at a Boy Scout Camp.  Since then she has taken on many roles before settling into a comfortable, but never quite fulfilling role as Restaurant Manager.  Lisa has a B.A. in English from The University of New Hampshire, but considers her career in customer service to have been her true education.  Lisa is beyond excited to be embarking on this new role, in which she gets to make an immediate and positive effect on people’s lives by getting wholesome food to people who will truly benefit from it. Contact Lisa
JACOB MATZ – Food Rescue 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
DEBORAH HICKS – Food Rescue Coordinator
 Deb Bio Deb is originally from a small town in South Central, PA where she grew up surrounded by a hilly patchwork of farms and orchards. When she went off to college, Deb discovered farming for herself and worked year-round on her school’s organic farm. Thanks in part to a mentor’s suggestion to WWOOF during studies abroad, Deb later ended up teaching in Italy for 7 years. There she furthered her interest is food, community, cultural exchange, and the great outdoors. As a recent transplant to Boston, Deb is excited to have an opportunity to combine some of her biggest interests while working for such an amazing organization! Contact Deborah
VINCENT VASSALLO – Food Rescue 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
GABRIELA – Accounts Payable & Office 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