OUR TEAM

Leadership Team

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Jessica Cantin

CEO

Jessica’s lived experience with food insecurity as a child fuels her work as the CEO of Food For Free. She brings more than 20 years of experience in health and human services, and has received numerous leadership and social equity awards. Before joining the team, Cantin served as the longtime CEO at YWCA New Hampshire, driving significant revenue and programmatic growth. She also co-developed the Southern New Hampshire University Center for New Americans, a testament to her innovative leadership and collaborative approach. Previously, the Granite State native worked in the public sector advocating for family assistance programs and policy and was an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College where she earned her Master of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership.

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Timothy James Cavaretta

Director of Operations

Tim began his work with Food For Free in April 2020, distributing emergency food aid to the Boston area’s hardest hit communities during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the years since, he has taken a key role in overhauling data systems, modernizing the fleet, and building resilient teams to execute the organization’s mission. With a background in anthropology, Tim served earlier in his career as a forensic technician on the World Trade Center recovery project. He has also worked as a NYC taxi driver, chef, actor, and Columbia Law School administrator. He is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to equitable food access in his home state.

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Stephanie Tyler Smith

Chief of Staff

Stephanie has overseen a variety of nonprofit food access programs for over 8 years. Originally drawn to this work to help others in tangible ways, she spent 5 years managing the food pantry, school, & mobile market programs at Beverly Bootstraps Community Services. At Food For Free, she has worked in close collaboration with community partners to develop and oversee programs in response to the increased need in the community caused by COVID-19 that continues today. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time in nature with her family, running, and savoring good food with good friends.

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Kristen Watkins

Senior VP, Strategy and Impact

Kristen joined the Food For Free team in 2023 after having served on the Board since 2017. She has dedicated her career to working on pressing challenges facing our communities – from reducing poverty and inequality in the US to designing more sustainable waste management systems. She has held a variety of operational and strategy leadership roles, including at Ginkgo Bioworks, where she led the client management team providing COVID-19 testing to schools across the country through the pandemic, and as the COO of Opportunity Insights, a research center at Harvard focused on inequality and economic opportunity. She received both her Bachelors and Masters in City Planning from MIT. Outside of work, you can find her running along the Charles and exploring Cambridge’s best playgrounds with her husband and two daughters.

Staff

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Dominic Carter

Logistics Specialist 3

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Nick Deyo

Senior Operations Coordinator

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Elise Dovletoglou

Healthy Eats Client Specialist

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Adrienne Dunlap

Senior Manager, Corporate Engagement

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Julio Francisco

Assistant Logistics Specialist

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Alex Gladwell

Senior Manager, Programs and Partnerships

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Molly Hansen

Senior Program Manager

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Erica Kenny

Logistics Specialist 2

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Amanda Kerstman

Senior Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement

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Marlo King

Business Accountant

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Mackenzie Lennox

Program Manager

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Eliza McDonough

Manager, Events and Special Initiatives

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Christian Mendez

Logistics Specialist 1

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Mark O’Neal

Logistics Manager

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Jennifer Pectol

Program Manager

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Lily Peirce

Kitchen Coordinator, Heat-n-Eats

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Oscar Armando Ramirez Echeverria

Logistics Specialist 2

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Jose Santana

Logistics Specialist 2

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Paul Seabury

Logistics Manager

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William Spreadbury

Logistics Specialist 1

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Chiling Therrien

Finance and Administrative Manager

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Jessica Tretina

Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

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Damian Vacca

Logistics Specialist 2

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Simon Walsh

Healthy Eats Program Coordinator

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Kieran Winslow

Senior Coordinator, Development

Our Board

Alison Burgett

Chief People Officer
Gray, Gray & Gray LLP

Canton, MA

Mary Cassesso

Chairperson

Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Somerville, MA

Amy Copperman

Executive Director
MLPB

Boston, MA

Anne Cushman

Principal/Owner
Advise and Consult

Cambridge, MA

Trish Fontanilla, Secretary

Community & Customer Experience Consultant

Boston, MA

Michelle Lower

Vice President of Real Estate Development & Community Relations
Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Cambridge, MA

Jennifer Norton

Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Patient and Market Access (PAMA)

Takeda

Cambridge, MA

John O’Donnell, Treasurer

Program Director of Corporate Strategy

Biogen

Cambridge, MA

Ayo Oshinaike

Product at Numerator | Venture Fellow at Blck VC

Chicago, IL

Stephen Pratt, Chair

President

Impact Catalysts

Norwood, MA

Heather Saforrian

Head of Corporate Development Operations
Biogen

Cambridge, MA

Deanne Wherry

Healthcare Executive

Medford, MA