Friday Night Supper Program

Staff

Executive Director – Rachel Caldwell

Rachel joined FNSP in September of 2016. She brings to the program an abiding passion for social justice and a decade of experience in food non-profits. After working at farm-based non-profits in Vermont during her college years, Rachel returned to her home state of Massachusetts to pursue a Master’s degree in Gastronomy at Boston University. Rachel comes to FNSP from the West End House Boys and Girls Club where, as Food Program Coordinator, she brought high-quality, nutritious meals to more than two hundred children each day.

 

Kitchen Manager – Cameron Gray McDonald

Cameron joined FNSP in the winter of 2016 and quickly made the kitchen his own, bringing hearty and soul-satisfying meals to our guests through the cold months of winter.  He has worked as an independent caterer and continues to work at Whole Foods Market.

 

Board

Louis Atallah

Soon after moving from Europe, Louis started volunteering with FNSP in winter and joined the board in March 2017. He is looking forward to supporting FNSP in different fund-raising events and activities. He enjoys meeting new volunteers and guests every Friday.

Louis graduated with a PhD in Engineering from the University of Oxford and an Executive MBA from Imperial College, London. He works as a Senior Scientist at Philips Research focusing on novel ideas to help sick patients recover, especially in the intensive care unit.

 

Julie Battisti

As Director of New Initiatives for Bay Cove Human Services, Julie drives initiatives in response to changes within the healthcare industry while steering targeted efforts related to strategic business partnerships, integrated service models and innovative research. She previously held clinical and administrative leadership roles at Bay Cove, including Assistant Director of Human Resources.

Julie is dedicated to volunteerism and civic engagement, and has, over the years, volunteered for organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Make-A-Difference. She has also extended her clinical services as a pro-bono counselor at the D Street Public Housing Project in South Boston. Julie joined the Friday Night Supper Program Board in 2017.

Julie graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, holds a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Human Services Management from Suffolk University and is a graduating fellow of the UMass Boston’s Emerging Leadership Program, an innovative executive training program through the Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston’s College of Management.

 

Claire Brown, Board Chair

Claire first volunteered with the Friday Night Supper Program in January of 2013 and immediately fell in love with the people and the program. A graduate nutrition student at Tufts University studying Food Policy & Applied Nutrition, Claire is passionate about the issue of food insecurity and inspired by the FNSP’s mission to provide those in need with a nutritious meal in a welcoming environment. Looking to further her involvement, Claire joined the FNSP board in March of 2014. She currently lives in Boston, keeping busy as a regular FNSP volunteer, full-time student, and Research Assistant at the USDA Jean Mayor Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

 

Jill Corbett, Secretary

Jill has been volunteering at the FNSP since 2011. Her first exposure to the program was through Boston Cares. Moved by the mission of FNSP and the dedication of its volunteers and supporters, she soon became a regular volunteer and joined the Board in October of 2012. “To witness the camaraderie and the compassion shared among the guests and the volunteers is amazing – it is truly a warm and welcoming place to spend a Friday evening.” In addition to FNSP, Jill still serves as a Volunteer Leader through Boston Cares and volunteers regularly at The New England Center for Homeless Veterans.Jill received her BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and serves on the FNSP Board as a member of the Operations Committee.

 

Regina Corrao

Regina has worked for many years consulting to non-profit and higher education senior leadership teams.  In 2017, while looking to balance her work with a more “hands-on” volunteer experience, she became acquainted with FNSP and soon after signed on as a board member.  Regina was drawn to our mission of providing healthy, delicious food to anyone in need in a respectful, warm, community-like environment.  She was totally impressed with the commitment and caliber of the board and the dedication of the volunteers.  “That FNSP accomplishes what it does with only a tiny part-time staff and faithful volunteers, week after week, decade after decade, is quite amazing.”

In addition, Regina has served for many years on the board of the Human Resources Leadership Forum, and as its immediate past president, and on the board of Roca’s Young Mother’s Program.   Regina regularly participates in professional development experiences, most recently Mediation Training, the “Coaching From a Systems Perspective” workshop and the International Conference on Thinking (ICOT).  Her formal education includes a program in Advanced Organizational Development through Columbia University, a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Boston University, and a B.A in Communications.

 

Dvora Gautieri

Dvora Gautieri joined the FNSP board in August 2017 after looking for an opportunity to give back to the community. She is a Client Manager at Virgin Pulse, a technology company that focuses on employee wellness and engagement. She is determined to find innovative ways to improve the wellbeing of people and planet. She was drawn to FNSP because of her love of food and her appreciation of a home cooked meal. She loves to bake her own bread, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.

 

Kate Russell

Kate Russell began volunteering with the Friday Night Supper Program through Boston Cares in November 2009, soon after moving to Boston. Seeking ways to get more involved in the organization, Kate joined the FNS Board in 2012. She enjoys meeting new guests and volunteers at FNS each week, and looks forward to continuing her involvement with the program.

Kate is a graduate of Florida State University, an AmeriCorps NCCC alumni, and holds a master’s degree in Applied Sociology from UMass Boston. She works for the health care consulting division of University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 

Colin Thompson, Treasurer

Colin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Michael’s College with a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration with concentration in Finance.  He is a CPA in the state of Massachusetts and currently works in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Audit Practice where he serves a wide range of clients.  He started volunteering at FNSP in July 2015 and joined the Board in September 2015.  Colin also serves on the Finance Committee for Greater Boston PFLAG and has volunteered as a mentor for City Year members for two years.

 

Sara Dale

Sara first volunteered at the FNSP over twenty years ago and returned in June 2015. Her original first experience was to paint the kitchen!! She first heard about the program through the volunteer organization Boston Cares.  One of her goals when she joined Boston Cares was to sample various opportunities to find an organization that would be a place that she could use her social service skills and commit to on a long term basis. She has been very impressed with the proficiency and dedication of the volunteers and two paid staff.  The program has been able to provide a safe and welcoming community for the guests on a consistent basis. Sara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of direct service and management experience with the homeless.

 

Tracy Vrablik

Tracy first volunteered with the Friday Night Supper Program in July 2014 soon after moving to Boston as a way to engage with the community.  She was impressed with the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the respectful environment provided to the guests.  Tracy graduated from Lehigh University in 2005, received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Penn State University in 2011 and trained as a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University.  In academia, Tracy was dedicated to science outreach and education.  Tracy also volunteers as a docent with Boston by Foot, where she leads the Little Feet tour, and works as a patent agent at the firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP.