Kim moved to Charlotte from Buffalo, NY in 2001 to pursue a career as a clinical social worker. She worked for several years as a case manager and mental health therapist with children and families until she decided to stay home with her two young children. She then started her own small business, Natural Wonders Play Studio, LLC, providing open-ended, sensory-rich play to children. She has always had a passion for helping others and feels that feeding people is one of the greatest expressions of love. In her free time she loves to travel with her husband and two teenagers, read historical fiction, work out at the YWCA and cuddle with dogs and babies. You can contact her at [email protected]
Christine is an accomplished communications manager with over 15 years of experience in content marketing strategy and creation. With a talent for developing content across multiple channels, including digital, print, broadcast, and marketing platforms, she is a true expert in her field. Christine has an extensive skillset that includes roles such as a multimedia journalist, copywriter, copyeditor, video producer and editor, graphic designer, and web designer, making her a swiss-army knife of content specialists. Originally from New York, Christine is a Charlotte transplant who is passionate about using her gifts and experience to work alongside people doing great things in the Queen City. You can contact her at [email protected]
Katerina is an expert in relationship building, administration, and research in the social impact space. She has helped various nonprofits and small businesses with partnership development, research, content creation, and fundraising. She is passionate about reducing food waste and has written articles about sustainable food and agriculture for FoodTank. Katerina holds an MSc in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technical University of Munich, with a specialization in Environmental Policy and Agricultural Land-Use. In her free time, she can be found hiking, reading, spending time with her husband, dog, and cat, and thrift shopping. You can contact her at [email protected]
Board of Directors
Raj has lived in Charlotte since 2015 but has roots in the Carolinas (Greenville SC and Greensboro NC). By day, Raj works as a Director at Grant Thornton. Raj’s interest in tackling food waste was born out of his experience as an EMBA student at UNC Chapel Hill, during which time he spent three months working on a consulting project for F4A (https://f4a.com/). F4A is a Luxembourg-based startup that has developed a technology solution to help supermarkets reduce food waste by applying dynamic pricing to expiring (but still safe to eat) food. As part of this project, Raj learned just how massive the food waste problem is, especially in the US.
Raj is passionate about supporting the Charlotte community and especially its nonprofit ecosystem. As a Partner at Social Venture Partners Charlotte, Raj has served on SVP’s Investment Committee, Revenue Diversification Committee, and SEED20 Steering Committee. Raj is also SVP’s Lead Partner for its relationship/investment with Families Forward Charlotte. Raj recently joined the Board of Directors at HELPS Education Fund based in Raleigh. Finally, Raj actively volunteers with Apparo to provide technology and project management expertise to local nonprofits including The Independence Fund.
Raj holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate. Raj lives in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte with his wife, Leigh Ann, and their one year-old, Thomas.
Paul is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. Moved to the U.S in 1997 to pursue a career in Hospitality and has called Charlotte, NC his home since 2010. Paul has a degree in Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University. Prior to his current role as Director of Dining for Compass Group North America, Paul worked and oversaw a number of foodservice operations at renowned hotels, private restaurants and universities across Florida, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, South Carolina and North Carolina. Paul is married, has 2 boys, and a daily run is his favorite type of therapy.
Shelley is a CPA and worked 4 years in public accounting (audit), 9 years for LendingTree as Assistant Controller and 7 years part time for Peak 10 (now Flexential) as Manager of External Reporting then as a consultant. She has stayed home since 2015 doing some bookkeeping on the side for friends who own businesses and has also been Treasurer for both St Gabes PTO and Holy Trinity PTO (2019-2021). She has 3 daughters – Lauren (17), Jordyn (14) and Madison (12).
Shelley is currently the bookkeeper for Feeding Charlotte and has worked diligently to keep our finances in order.
Betty was born and raised in Mecklenburg County and raised her two daughters in the greater Charlotte area. She also has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Betty worked at Presbyterian Hospital in environmental services and was a manager overseeing several departments, including child care. She started her own business doing commercial cleaning and currently cares for seniors in her community. She is an Elder at Faith Liberation Community Christian Church and oversees the hospitality program. Betty has a passion for making sure people’s basic needs are met, especially food and clothing.
Neil is a member of Moore & Van Allen PLLC where he co-heads the Financial Regulatory Advice and Response practice group. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. Neil believes in giving back to the community. In addition to his work with Feeding Charlotte, he has performed pro bono and volunteer work in the areas of domestic violence, veterans’ rights, and housing. He is married to Dr. Hima Maramreddy and they have two daughters.