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Helping to end hunger with pay-what-you-can community cafes

Board of Directors

Denise Cerreta is the founder of One World Everybody Eats Foundation. She is a graduate of Ohio State University (BFA) and The International Institute of Chinese Medicine (MS). She was inspired to start the community cafe concept in 2003 and since has dedicated herself to the mission of ending hunger and building community. Denise is also passionate about the ‘pay what you can’ model where everybody, regardless of financial means can find a place at the table or an event! She can be reached directly at 801 953 9953 or emailed at Denise currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and works at Spirit of the Earth.

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Bob Pearson retired in 2001 after morethan 20 years in sales, marketing management in the “high-tech” industry.  After four years in direct sales for Control Data, he left to become business development manager for Silicon Graphics, helping them grow from a $50 million company to the $2 billion leader in the computer generated graphics market. Bob then embarked on his consulting career with Regis McKenna, the most influential communications and strategic marketing firm in Silicon Valley.  While there he worked closely with Geoff Moore, author of the leading texts on strategic marketing for technology firms.  He then moved to Sun Microsystems to run Sun’s $3 billion workstation business.  After leaving Sun in 1995 Bob, advised companies worldwide in strategic marketing, business development, and Initial Public Offerings. In 2010, he was instrumental in raising funds and opening The Common Table non-profit restaurant and pub in Bend Oregon, which closed in 2012. He joined the OWEE board of directors in January 2013 and was elected chair in January 2014.

Contact Bob:, 541-408-1380

Dr. Brian Meacham is a long-time activist in Utah. He is a full-time materials scientist and divides his time between that work and overseeing financial, legal and operational aspects of the Salt Lake community kitchen. Hence, the One World Everybody Eats foundation was a perfect outlet for mixing his skill with the scientific method and his desire to work at a practical effort at ending world hunger.

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Debbi Casini Klein has been in the television production industry for over 25 years and is a five-time Emmy award winning journalist. She has a passion to end hunger and food insecurity and is excited to be part of The One World Everybody Foundation. Debbi lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children.

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Frederick A. Miller

As CEO and Lead Strategist of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.—named one of Consulting magazine’s “Seven Small Jewels” in 2010—Fred specializes in developing workforce utilization strategies that accelerate results to deliver higher organizational performance. A pioneering change agent and thought leader in the field of organization development, he has led transformative change interventions in Fortune 50 Corporations, large not-for-profit organizations and government agencies throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His experience includes positioning leaders for success in start-ups, entrepreneurial ventures, and transitioning from founder-led companies to the next generation of leadership.

Cited as a forerunner of corporate change in The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management, Fred has been honored as the OD Network’s youngest lifetime achievement award recipient, as one of the 40 Pioneers of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and as one of the Legends of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals.

Author of more than 100 articles in journals such as The OD Practitioner, HR Professional, Chief Learning Officer, and Executive Excellence¸ Fred was managing editor of the classic The Promise of Diversity (1994, Irwin), and co-author, with Judith H. Katz, of The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity (2002, Berrett-Koehler), Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold (2008, Berrett-Koehler), and Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys That Change EVERYTHING (2013, Berrett-Koehler). A past member of the board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., he currently serves on the boards of Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Day & Zimmermann, the Sage Colleges, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Automated Technology Systems.

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Mariana was born in Veria, Greece and now lives in Thessaloniki. She teaches English to private students and is an English proficiency examiner for Michigan University. In 2010, Mariana helped establish the Everybody Eats Challenge in Greece and continues to spread the ‘Community Cafe’ concept throughout Europe. 

Dr. Christina (Chris) May has over 25 years of professionaland volunteer experience working with military, civilians, senior executives, contractors, and Congressional leaders. She has operated in all sectors—private, public, and nonprofit—both domestically and internationally. She is a retired Naval officer and during her career developed expertise in command and staff positions and in human resources, policy analysis, project and program management, business process reengineering, budget analysis, and organizational development.

Since leaving the military, Chris has concentrated on nonprofit work. She was a co-founder of FARM Café in Boone, NC, which is one of 50+ pay-what-you-can nonprofit restaurants in the United States and was recently cited by the Wall Street Journal as a must-stop on a culinary tour through Appalachia. She also serves as vice chair of the board of Hospitality House of Boone, an 85-bed transitional facility serving the homeless population in a seven-county region of western NC, managing a 17-member staff and a $4.3M budget.

Chris holds a Ph.D. in Human Services with a concentration in nonprofit management from Capella University. Her doctoral research utilized qualitative case study methods and focused on innovative approaches to strategic community resource and manpower management in the nonprofit sector. Her dissertation, titled The Pay-What-You-Can Nonprofit Restaurant Model: A Case Study, was the first known scholarly publication that describes the experience of operating a community café.

As well, Chris earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Troy University, a graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and completed 30 graduate credit hours in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition to her educational credentials, she holds a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a Certified Manager (CM).

Chris currently works as an adjunct professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Nik Kubian is the founder of the SouperVan, a New Jersey food truck that donates a portion of its proceeds to those experiencing food insecurity. He joined the board in January 2013.

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Ari Pliskin is the founding Executive Director of the Stone Soup Cafe, a successful pay-what-you- can community cafe that has been meeting weekly since January of 2015.  As the Executive Director of Unity Tables, Ari works in partnership with One World Everybody Eats to provide training and management support to cafes around the nation.  Ari holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, is a yoga instructor and ordained Minister in the Zen Peacemaker Order.  Every year, he helps lead multi-faith Bearing Witness Retreats, on the streets and at Auschwitz.