Staff and Board

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

Claire Brown

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.

 

Kathy Hassey

Kathy began volunteering with FNSP in 2010 and recently joined the board as the Treasurer. In her time with FNSP she has worked almost exclusively in the clothing closet as the manager. “I am humbled at how appreciative guests can be with the smallest of gestures.” Having grown up in the Boston area, Kathy graduated from Babson College prior to entering the financial services industry.  Currently, Kathy works at State Street Bank, enjoying her Project Mgt/Business Analyst role as part of the Bank’s Transformation program.

 

Ted Kaplan

Ted Kaplan, a Boston-area native, has been involved in high tech management, entrepreneurship, and higher education for many years. An engineer/MBA by training, he spent several years holding technical and management positions in the computer graphics/CAD systems industry, followed by founding and running a computer software training firm in the Back Bay. Over the last eight years, Ted has migrated to teaching math and physics at the college level, conducting courses at Bentley University, Babson College, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

“On New Year’s Eve 2007, I encountered a small group of volunteers selling hot coffee and snacks, while encouraging donations and volunteer support for the FNSP. I learned more about this organization and its efforts to reduce hunger through its ongoing program and became a volunteer, and have found it to be a very rewarding community service activity.”

Ted is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Cornell University and holds an MBA from Boston University. He is a single dad with two children.

 

Kate Russell, Board Chair

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 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.