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Board of Trustees

Nora Carey
– (Boston, Mass.) has extensive global experience as a Project Manager and Business Developer in the Culinary, Tourism & Hospitality industry. A long time resident of Europe, Nora has held key roles in London and Paris - from developing the retail & restaurant segments at Butlers Wharf for Sir Terence Conran, to Marketing Director at the Hôtel Ritz Paris and co-founder of Aux Pains Perdus - a retail sandwich concept in Paris.  She returned to the US in 2005 to spearhead the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World which subsequently lead her to the Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation where she served as the Executive Director under Chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Jerome Bocuse. Now based in Boston, she continues her interest in Project Management and was an Executive Director for the Boston Public Market Association. Nora collaborated on the Time-Life Good Cook series in London and authored two cookbooks; Les Petits Marmitons du Ritz published by Flammarion and Perfect Preserves published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang.  She has an MBA from the Paris campus of the Barney’s School of Business, University of Hartford, a Grande Diplôme de Cuisine from La Varenne in Paris and a degree in Biology from Trinity University, Washington D.C.

Annalisa Di Palma
– (Swampscott, Mass.) is a fitness industry professional, community volunteer, and mother to a preschool age daughter.  Until recently, Annalisa owned and operated her own fitness studio where she was a coach, instructor and personal trainer, bringing her decades of fitness and marathon running experience to her clientele.  Prior to that, she worked for nearly a decade with startup companies in the telecommunications industry, managing their public and analyst relations programs.  Annalisa was elected to the Board of Girls Inc., of Lynn in September 2008 and is currently the Board President (until September 2014).  She is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Salem State University and is active with Catholic Charities.  Annalisa’s passion for healthy living and nutritious cooking fueled her quest to help individuals everywhere access an affordable, fresh food supply.  She is a member of The Food Project’s Lynn CSA.  Annalisa holds a BA from Boston College and a MBA from Northeastern University. She and her husband share a love for the outdoors, for extensive traveling, cooking, and entertaining. 

Michelle Dyer
– (Essex, Mass.) Michelle Dyer is the Director of Corporate Development, Global Risk & Compliance at American Express Global Business Travel, leading risk and compliance due diligence, remediation and integration activities for all mergers and acquisitions. Throughout her professional career Michelle has focused on M&A, private equity, business transformation, sustainability, strategy, finance, and operations in the financial, retail, entertainment, and higher education industries. Michelle received an MBA (Finance) from Northeastern University in Boston; an MSc (Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability) from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden; and a Bachelor of Arts (Art and Culture Studies) from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She is the Chair of the Town of Essex Finance Committee and does volunteer work for organizations, including The Food Project, the Essex County Community Foundation, and the Friends of the 301 at Montserrat College of Art. Michelle lives in Essex, MA with her husband and daughter, and loves skiing, tennis, gardening, cooking, and music.

Sarah Gould
– (Hamilton, Mass.) Sarah grew up in the north of England and graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Land Economy. After an early career as a chartered surveyor in London, she joined the British merchant banking firm Kleinwort Benson Limited. She served postings in Chicago and New York as a Vice President in commercial real estate and leverage lending. Sarah left the workforce just prior to having the first of three daughters and has been an active mother and volunteer over the past twenty plus years. She is a past trustee of Brookwood School and has volunteered in different capacities (and on several occasions) in Tanzania, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and West Virginia. She currently volunteers on a regular basis as a literacy tutor in Lawrence and at a food pantry in Beverly where she has seen first-hand the enthusiasm when fresh produce has been made available. Sarah has been a keen volunteer and supporter of The Food Project for over ten years and loves taking care of her own tiny vegetable garden on the coast of Maine. The rest of the year, she lives in Hamilton with her husband, daughters and dogs.

 Rick Grudzinski
– (Cambridge, Mass.) ; Rick has spent over twenty years in the finance and software industries in Boston, with experience in financial modeling, complex financial derivatives and software product management. Most recently, Rick worked for a private Boston-area software company as lead product manager. Rick has a BA from Amherst College. Rick is a partner at Social Venture Partners Boston, providing consulting services to Boston-area non-profits. Rick and his wife Julie live in Cambridge with their daughter.

Preble Jaques– (Brookline, Mass.) works in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs & Co. in Boston. Prior to that, he co-founded Avedro Inc, a medical device company. Earlier in his career he worked at Housatonic Partners, a private equity firm, and in equity research at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Preble is a graduate of Harvard College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He serves as a Board member at The Crittenton Women’s Union and The Food Project and as a member of the Investment Committee at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Preble and his wife Jessica Shattuck, a fiction writer, live in Brookline with their three children.

Natasha Lamb
– (Manchester, Mass.) is the Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement and a portfolio manager at Arjuna Capital. Specializing in the integration of sustainability and shareholder value creation, Natasha integrates Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) factors into fundamental investment decisions, while engaging in corporate leadership to improve performance through shareholder proposals dialog and public policy advocacy. Previously, Natasha was Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy and Corporate Engagement and an Equity Analyst at Trillium Asset Management.  Natasha contributes thought leadership to the Guardian; as a Ceres Coalition member, advising corporate leadership; through the United Nations’ UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group; and as a founding organizer of Greater Boston Slow Money.  In 2013 Natasha was nominated for the SRI service award for engaging natural gas companies on high global warming potential methane emissions.  Natasha teaches sustainable investing at Bainbridge Graduate Institute where she sits on the Board of Finance Committee.  She holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, a pioneer in sustainable business education, and received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.  Natasha lives in Manchester with her husband, Alex and two boys, James and Jonathan.

Linda McQuillan 
(Board Chair) – (Brookline, Mass.) spent the early part of her career as a corporate accountant and sales representative for the Kendall Company. Following her entrepreneurial instincts, Linda built, owned, and operated “Bnu,” a 74-seat restaurant in Boston’s theatre district, from 1984-1992. After starting a family, Linda sold Bnu and became involved in civic affairs in the town of Brookline, MA. Linda was Vice President for Fundraising for the Brookline Education Foundation for five of the seven years she served on its Board. Fundraising is an activity that Linda is willing to do and actually enjoys. Linda and her husband, Bill McQuillan, live in Brookline and have two college-aged children.


Anmol Mehra 
– (Boston, Mass.) Anmol Mehra is an equity research analyst for Fidelity Investments in Boston, the largest mutual fund company in the United States. Prior to joining Fidelity, Mr. Mehra was a pension consulting actuary at Towers Perrin, an employee benefits consulting firm. Anmol received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and actuarial studies from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from McCombs School of Business, also from the University of Texas. Mr. Mehra is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. He is the Board Chair of Urbanity Dance, a Boston-based contemporary dance company, and is on the Board of Directors for Music For All, a national music education organization in Indianapolis. Anmol is on the Advisory Board and a Counselor for the University of Texas MBA Investment Fund, and he is a Partner with Social Venture Partners Boston, a venture philanthropy nonprofit.

W. Andrew Mims (Treasurer) 
– (Dedham, Mass.) Andy joined Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge as a trustee in 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Andy was Vice President of Sustainability for Gaylord Entertainment, a publicly traded hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, TN. As Gaylord’s first sustainability officer, he created an award-winning program that focused on operational efficiency (energy, waste and water), capital investments and stakeholder engagement. Prior to Gaylord, Andy spent over ten years in finance in New York, San Francisco and Boston, with the investment banks BT Wolfensohn (Deutsche Bank) and Thomas Weisel Partners, and the private equity firm ABS Ventures. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Midori Morikawa – (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) Bio Pending.

Karleen Porcena
– (Roxbury, Mass.) is a first generation Haitian American whose values and passion for social justice have led her to work at one of New England’s largest anti-poverty organizations. Karleen first started interning at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) at the age of 19 during her summer vacation from college and is currently the Director of the Mattapan Family Service Center.  She was pivotal in organizing a comprehensive community initiative called Mattapan United by building partnerships and implementing strategies based on a resident led approach. Karleen is a graduate from Clark University, with a double major in International Relations and Spanish.  She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Human Service Management and Advance Studies in Administration & Finance from Suffolk University.  Fluent in both Haitian Creole and Spanish, Karleen loves to travel and learn more about different cultures and traditions.  In her spare time Karleen enjoys the sun, loves to play volleyball, and anything that involves music.  She lives in Roxbury with her family and ensures her mother takes advantage of the Green House run by The Food Project and DSNI that is right in her back yard.

Chris Powell 
– (Maynard, Mass.) Chris serves on the Board of The Osprey Foundation, a family foundation based in Baltimore, Maryland. At the foundation he chairs the Good Food Advocacy Committee that directs funding to improve our food system through policy change. Chris also serves on the advisory council to the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Programs. Chris and his wife Meredith founded the Orange Door Supper Club, and they live in Maynard, Mass with their three dogs. Chris holds a BA in political science from the University of Richmond.


Diane Remin
– (Watertown, MA) is the President of, a consulting and training company that helps small-to-mid-sized nonprofits raise more money.  Prior to founding, Diane was a Senior Associate at Wellesley, MA-based Biondolillo Associates, Inc., a marketing and development firm that creates innovative, branded fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations.  As a nonprofit board member herself, Diane has made “asks” for both capital campaigns and unrestricted operating support. A top-rated speaker and trainer, Diane’s technique-driven workshops hit the mark with individual nonprofit boards and large conferences.  In 2013, she was named one of the “Top 30 Most Effective Fundraising Consultants” by the Michael Chatman Giving Show. She is a member of The Boston Club, which promotes women’s leadership, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Diane holds a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MA Ed. From George Washington University and an MBA from Boston University. Her twitter handle is @DianeRemin. She likes to point out that: “Giving is good for your health!”

Charles Riemenschneider
– (Chatham, Mass.) is currently an independent consultant in the areas of domestic and international agriculture, rural development and finance.  Most recently he was the Director of the Investment Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy from 2006 to 2012.  The Investment Centre works cooperatively with the World Bank and other international financing institutions and UN partners in the formulation, supervision and evaluation of approximately $4 billion annually in investment projects and programs in agriculture, rural development and natural resources management in nearly 100 developing and transition countries.  Chuck joined FAO initially in 1994 as Director of the North American Liaison Office in Washington.  Prior to joining FAO, he was Staff Director of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for eight years where he supervised all aspects of the Committee’s work, including sustainable agriculture and domestic nutrition programs of relevance to The Food Project’s activities.  He has been a Vice President in the Global Portfolio Management department of Chemical Bank in New York City, on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, and on the faculty at Michigan State University.  Chuck grew up on a family dairy farm in Maryland and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Rutgers University.

Katie Ryan
– (Brookline, Mass.) is an active volunteer for MassArt, Brookline Community Mental Health Center, and her children’s schools. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home parent, she worked for several years at the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), identifying archeological resources within the national park system.  While at the NPS she wrote her graduate thesis,  Agricultural Transformation in Kazakhstan, which reviewed Kazakhstan’s emerging transformation from a wheat producer to controlling all steps of farming from production to market. Katie’s graduate work examined food systems small and large, and ways to keep traditions alive and improve modern practices. After the NPS, she ran the Geography Information Systems (GIS) Center at the U.S. Library of Congress, creating a Congressional mapping analysis tool to enable the assessment of legislation.  Katie holds a BA from Trinity Washington University (Washington DC), and an MA form Catholic University (Washington DC).  Katie, her husband, and children enjoy playing tennis, skiing, cooking, boating and travel.

Janet Selcer
(Brookline, Mass.) is a long-time organizer and Food Project supporter. In her professional career, most recently she was the founder and long-time director of Steps to Success, a comprehensive program dedicated to helping students living in Brookline public housing achieve educational equity through school success and college completion. She was a founder/director of 9 to 5, National Organization of Working Women and also has worked in state government managing public health programs in collaboration with community-based coalitions. Her son’s involvement with The Food Project began at age 14 and he experienced most every opportunity it has to offer.  (Currently, he is the campaign director of the Real Food Challenge.) As a result, Janet feels well attuned to the transformative impact TFP has on young people. And, for fun, Janet enjoys hiking, biking, singing, cooking, and reading.

Peter Von Mertens
(Lincoln, Mass.) is retired from teaching computers and math in the Wayland Public Schools. He keeps busy by serving on the Conservation Commission in Lincoln and working on affordable housing there as well. He has helped establish three group homes and was one of the founders of High Spirit Community Farm, a residential facility in Great Barrington, Mass. for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Peter has been a bit player in The Food Project since its inception and has been happy to lend his construction skills at times. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale and got a master's degree in education at the University of California, San Francisco but his real education came from two years in the Peace Corps in Nepal.

Carolyn Zern (Secretary)
 - (Cambridge, Mass.) is Vice President of Development at Berkeley Investments, where she focuses on the development of multi-family apartment communities and commercial buildings throughout the greater Boston area.  Prior to Berkeley Investments, she worked in a similar capacity at Wood Partners, and at Boston Capital and as an urban planner and budget analyst for the City of New York before that.  She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.  Carolyn has volunteered as a fundraiser for Dartmouth in various roles for more than a decade.  She was raised in Larchmont, NY, currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and tries to spend as much time in mid-coast Maine as possible.


Our Board of Trustees meets six times per year.

The Food Project is always looking for talented people to join our Board of Trustees. In particular, individuals with finance, fundraising, legal, communications/media, social enterprise or agricultural background/experience are being sought. If interested, please contact Board of Trustees Chair Linda McQuillan by sending a message to [email protected].

The Food Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Tax ID: 04-3262532


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