Staff and Board of Directors

Meet The Team

Gary Oppenheimer
Founder/Executive Director

Gary Oppenheimer is our Executive Director and Founder. A self described aging geek, he has worked with computers and communications going back to the 1970’s. As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called “Ample Harvest” to get the excess food to local food pantries. Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called AmpleHarvest.org to use the Internet educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states. Gary can be reached at [email protected] and @GaryOppenheimer

Leanne Mazurick
Outreach Coordinator

Leanne has worked in higher education for the last 10 years engaging students through volunteer experiences both domestically and internationally. Through these experiences, Leanne gained valuable insight into the complexities of social justice issues that impact so many. Hunger relief and sustainable agriculture are of particular interest to Leanne and she is thrilled to be combining those two passions as Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator for AmpleHarvest.org. Leanne can be reached at [email protected]

Jamie McCarthy
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Jamie has been digging in the dirt since she was little, learning by following her parents around their tiny but prolific garden. Early on, she realized her eye for design was stronger than her green thumb, so she picked up a pencil and became a multimedia designer and communications specialist. Jamie is also an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast who has experienced first-hand the improvements in performance and recovery by refueling with healthy fresh food. She loves the passion in the food and gardening communities and strives to continue making the social connections that help them to grow. Jamie can be reached at [email protected]

Brian Lowell
Administrative-Operations Manager

Brian comes to AmpleHarvest.org with a four year background in non-profit management and development. Although lacking a green thumb himself, his experience working with an adult literacy organization has left him with an appreciation of how small acts of generosity can have profound impacts on communities, and change individual lives for the better. In his spare time Brian is an active member of both the New York and national ultimate frisbee communities as both an organizer and player, and spends an unhealthy amount of energy stressing out over the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club. Brian can be reached at [email protected]

Board of Directors

David Karlin
President

David Karlin is the President of Benecard Services, LLC, a prescription benefit manager and National Vision Administrators, LLC, a managed vision care company. He is also President and a member of the Board of Directors of Heartland Fidelity Insurance Company.

His career has been focused in healthcare and health benefits with an emphasis on the intersection of technology and clinical information; prescription medication adherence; and health management. He has three decades of management experience including responsibility for operations, sales and marketing and information technology. Previous roles include senior management positions at Merck-Medco, LLC and National Prescription Administrators, Inc.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy; a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy of the University at Albany and a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School of Union University.

Terry L. McCrary
Treasurer

Mr. McCrary founded McCrary & Company in 1998 with the goal of providing financial analysis, investment advice and management services to clients on Distressed Securities and Quantitative Equity Research. Recent activities include directing the liquidation of a $400 million multi-national corporation for its secured lender, a major Hong Kong-based merchant bank; creating & implementing a corporate structure which enabled client, an NYSE-listed manufacturer of industrial equipment in Austria, to leverage its R&D expenditures by more than 2x through the use of investment and R&D tax credits and other incentives across multiple jurisdictions; leading the acquisition of a failed bank in Romania.

Terry served as Managing Director – Research of Diem Capital Management in New York, New York from 2002 – 2006. From 1994 until 1998, Mr. McCrary served as Vice President – Research for Auerbach, Pollak & Richardson, Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut, conducting research on distressed securities where he sourced, securitized and marketed trade claims of companies reorganizing under Chapter XI.

Mr. McCrary has also served as a guest lecturer to Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Science in Computational Finance and Entrepreneurship programs. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science in Industrial Administration and from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Cameron Burgess

For more than twenty-five years, Cameron Burgess has been devoted to amplifying and accelerating the work of mission-driven change makers throughout the world.
Principal at Uncompromise, co-founder at Icologi, and one of two managing partners at Sphaera, Cameron has been described as a ‘polymath of impact’, having worked across more than thirty different ‘world -positive’ sectors, across twenty three (and counting!) countries.
A strategist, speaker, and social agent, Cameron is the lead author of Billions to Trillions, a concept paper that describes how a transformative approach to collaboration and finance will support citizens, governments, corporations, and civil society to share the burdens and benefits of solving wicked problems.
A consultant and adviser to organisations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Cameron is a strategist and systems designer who combines his experience as an investor, advisor and entrepreneur to develop robust, scalable, ethical systems that align purpose, strategy, and operations.

David Butler

David Butler is the Vice President of Digital Operations for Bonnier Corp., one of the leading special-interest publishers in the United States with more than 30 multichannel magazine brands including Popular Science and Saveur. In his role, David is responsible for the processes and infrastructure that support audience engagement growth across more than 50 websites and associated digital products.

David earned a BA degree in Science Writing and Government from Lehigh University and an MBA with concentrations in Management and Finance from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Computer Information Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

Lauren Goldberg

Lauren Goldberg has been passionate about equity in healthy food access for over ten years, and has contributed to that mission through her work, voluntary experience, and advocacy. She managed the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program in Louisville, KY, for five years, engaging numerous partners to help refugee farmers reconnect to their agricultural identities. Together, they increased the supply of healthy produce in that city by $300,000 annually. She was recently quoted in “Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share their Stories and Comfort Foods” by Aimee Zaring.

Lauren also focuses her time on preventing the loss and waste of food. She has studied, worked, and volunteered throughout the supply chain over the past three years. She is active in numerous communities of practice related to wasted food research, measurement, and policy. She holds an MS in Food Policy from City University London and a BA in International Relations from Prescott College.

Gary Oppenheimer
Gary Oppeneimer
Founder/Executive Director

Gary Oppenheimer, a World Food Prize nominee, CNN Hero, lecturer and speaker (including two TEDx presentations and a Google Tech Talk), Purpose Prize Fellow, Points of Light Tribute award winner, Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” and “2011 Game Changer”, winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation’s “Making A Difference” award, winner of the Glynwood “Wave of the Future” award, winner of the Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope” award, Echoing Green semifinalist and founder of AmpleHarvest.org now makes his home in the mountains of northern New Jersey after having lived on a boat on the Hudson River in Manhattan since 1978. He is also a Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward, former community garden director, former environmental commissioner, an avid gardener and long distance cyclist.

Aware of the increasing hunger problem in America and, in 2009, after seeing the amount of wasted food in the community garden as well as other gardens around the country, he created AmpleHarvest.org – a nationwide effort to enable America’s 42 million home gardeners who grow food to be able to easily find a local food pantry eager for their excess garden bounty.

He has appeared in numerous radio and TV interviews, has spoken as keynote speaker at numerous conferences and and events, .

Because AmpleHarvest.org worked closely with former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to improve fresh food access at thousands of food pantries nationwide, he had the opportunity to meet the President and First Lady and she subsequently highlighted AmpleHarvest.org in a speech in early 2012.

John Powers

John Powers is the Chief Corporate Development Officer for Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu Limited, and is charged with facilitating the inorganic growth aspirations of Deloitte globally. He joined Deloitte Consulting as a Senior Consultant in 1994, and became a Principal in 2001. John continues to serve clients and focuses on major transformations, such as a merger, divesture or restructuring. He has led engagements around the world including in Germany, Japan, and the UK.
He has held various positions with Deloitte, including leading our business serving the Department of Defense, acting as the Managing Director of the Office of the CEO, leading our Global M&A Consulting Practice, and serving on the Deloitte Consulting Board. John has been a Visiting Executive Lecturer at the Darden School of Business on the topic of merger integration.
John graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management. He was a member of the Army R.O.T.C program and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Finance Corps Officer. He completed his MBA with a concentration in Strategy and Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
John is also a Master Gardener Volunteer for the Morris County Cooperative Extension.

Laura Rasay Siasoco

Laura Rasay Siasoco has been a Bioanalytical Chemist at SRI International, a nonprofit contract research organization, since February 2006 where she participates mainly on preclinical, biodefense pharmaceutical projects. Before SRI, she worked in the generic pharmaceutical products and oncological diagnostic sectors.

Laura has been a community and urban gardener for most of her life. Born into a multi-generational farming family, she is particularly interested in organic and sustainable gardening methods. As an enthusiastic volunteer, she enjoys working with programmatic and development data to create extraordinary stories to share. Laura earned an MS degree in Chemistry from California State University – East Bay and graduated with a BA degree in Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Steve Shah

Steve Shah is VP of Product for Automation Anywhere, a leader in Robotic Process Automation. Formerly, he led the transition to multi-hybrid cloud at Citrix, NetScaler yielding significant growth in enterprise sales. Steve has also held various product and engineering positions across a broad range of technologies for the enterprise, cloud, e-commerce, and service provider markets. Totaling 26 years of experience, Steve has a keen appreciation for the customer experience. During the 1990’s / early 2000’s he contributed to multiple books on Unix/Linux systems administration and content delivery networks, including Linux Administration: A Beginners Guide which sold over 100,000 copies.

Advisory Board

Robert Egger

Robert is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, founded DC Central Kitchen, Founder and President of CForward, founding chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, was also the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006, serves on the Board of the National Addiction Recovery Program, Back On My Feet, the Philanthropic Collaborative, and Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen.

Robert was included in the Non Profit Times list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders from 2006-2009. He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” award. He has been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America, by the Caring Institute. He is also a 15-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross.

Johnathan Bloom

Jonathan is an internationally recognized expert on food waste.

His blog wastedfood.com is the go to source for information on the top. He is also the author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It)., a study of food waste in America.

Tristram Stuart

Tristram is the winner of the international environmental award, The Sophie Prize 2011 for his fight against food waste and a TED speaker, author of The Bloodless Revolution in 2006 and
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal in 2009. Tristram set up the Feeding the 5000, the flagship event of a global food waste campaign where 5000 members of the public are given a free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. Tristram continues to work with a range of NGOs, governments, and private enterprises internationally to tackle the global food waste scandal.

Stephen Beninanti

Stephen is a First Vice President at RBC Wealth Management, having joined RBC after 20 years at Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, he was in the restaurant business.

A graduate of St. John’s University, he is the youngest recipient of an honorary doctoral degree from them. Treasurer of WhyHunger.org (and AmpleHarvest.org partner organization), he and his wife operate The Gables Historic Inn and Restaurant, in Beach Haven, NJ. They have created what we regard as a successful model business incorporating exceptional cuisine, supporting sustainable local agriculture and fair employee wages…wrapping historic preservation and hospitality into responsible community citizenship.

In the 1970s, he was co-founder of “Everything Yogurt” which launched the product now known as “frozen yogurt” and created healthy foods restaurants 30 states. .

Collaborations

AmpleHarvest.org has been working closely with many organizations as part of our effort to help more people learn that the solution to food waste and hunger in America is in their backyard. A sampling of these collaborations are:

• Worked with The White House and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, we were enabling for millions of people what the First Lady advocated – healthier eating by providing access to the healthy food that would otherwise be inaccessible.

• Feeding America and its 200+ member food banks have actively helped more food pantries learn about their opportunity to receive fresh food from local gardeners.

• GreenFaith and AmpleHarvest.org have worked together to help more faith based food pantries join AmpleHarvest.org

• We have collaborated with a number of organizations such as Campus Kitchens, the National Gardening Association and the Green Education Foundation, which are focused on helping more children and teenagers learn about healthy eating and have or create access to fresh produce.

• With AARP, we are working to educate, encourage and enable more gardeners to donate excess food from gardens to their neighbors in need.

• AmpleHarvest.org and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have a joint campaign focused on helping more people become aware of the impact of donated fresh food on America’s veterans, many of whom need the assistance of local food pantries to help feed their families.

• The US Department of Agriculture has been helping to promote AmpleHarvest.org to America’s 100,000 Extension Master Gardeners.

• The National Council of Churches has been working together to help more food pantries housed in local churches join AmpleHarvest.org.

• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working together to help education Americans on the environmental impact of wasted food.

• The Green Education Foundation and AmpleHarvest.org are working together to encourage children to learn to grow food to be donated to pantries as part of the “Plant With A Purpose” program.

The only way to end hunger is to take action

Support Us Now
42 Million Gardeners
Linked to food pantries
11 Billion Pounds
Garden produce wasted annually
8 Thousand Pantries
Connected nationwide
28 Million People
Could be nourished annualy

You are donating to : AmpleHarvest.org

I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Phone
Address
Special Instructions
paypalstripe
Loading...
AmpleHarvest.org, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN #27-2433274).