Board of Directors
The following values guide our board's conduct:
Visionary leadership, Perseverance, Care for our Neighbors
Value of Every Individual, Inclusiveness, Honesty, Commitment
Denise Cerreta, Founder
In 2003, Denise’s career changed from cafe owner to philanthropist and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of One World Everybody Eats [OWEE], a simple pay-what-you-can idea that has ripened into a global non-profit. It was a single moment in a standard day at her cafe, one that she calls her ‘Field of Dreams’ experience, that inspired this dramatic shift in the way she – and now, the world – views and supports feeding those who are hungry.
Denise transitioned from the OWEE Board of Directors in January of 2019.
Working from a core belief in the delicate integration of compassion, food, community and social change, Denise is considered a pioneer in social service provision, and simply by sharing her own experiences, inspires others to do the same.
Debbi Casini Klein, Secretary
Debbi Casini Klein has been a board member for OWEE for five years. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended John Carroll University with a triple major in journalism, psychology and sociology. Deb has worked in the media business for more than three decades and has been the recipient of many local and national awards for her work in television, including five Emmy Awards.
She is also a writer, TV and radio interviewer, publicist, casting director, special events coordinator, food tour guide, travel agent, and pre-school teacher. Her passion is doing volunteer charity work for many organizations in Pittsburgh where she resides with her husband and two children.
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 organizational 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).
Fred is also a past member of Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Day & Zimmerman, the Sage Colleges, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Automated Technology Systems. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Sage Colleges in May 2017 and achieved the Form on Workplace Inclusion's 2018 Winds of Change Award.
Rev. Tommy Brown
Rev. Tommy Brown serves as the Volunteer Coordinator, Marketing/Development Director, and cook at F.A.R.M. (Feed All Regardless of Means) Cafe in Boone, N.C. Having previously served as a Camp Minister, Camp Director and Youth Minister in the Presbyterian (PCUSA) Church, he brings years of experience working in non -profits as both a staff and board member. During his 16 years living in Boone, N.C. he has been adjunct faculty in several departments at Appalachian State University teaching courses in Leadership and Group Dynamics, Camp Management, and First Year Seminar. In the Fall of 2018 he will teach a practicum of Food Security course based at F.A.R.M. Cafe.
Erica began cooking at the age of twelve for her family of seven in St. Louis. She currently has over thirty years of cooking experience. Erica gained a wealth of global food knowledge while living overseas for five years while serving in the U.S. Navy. After military service and IT contract work, she studied culinary arts and food service management in San Francisco. In culinary school she was diagnosed with a life-altering autoimmune illness that forced her to alter her food-focused path. She discovered an academic lens in which she could continue to study food and went on to earn a degree in Sustainability with a focus on food security.
Several years ago she returned to her hometown of St. Louis after over two decades and put her passions and talents to work on food access and education projects. In St. Louis, she volunteered at a weekly Whole Foods Market Food Share she started with her parents. She taught yoga and mindfulness techniques to children in under-served neighborhoods. She also served with AmeriCorps in an organic farm school in Ferguson, where she helped to empower young people to cook and eat healthy.
In 2017, she began to host pay-what-you-can pop up dinner events around the city of St. Louis called Souper Soul[full] Sundays. At these events she would utilize as much after-market produce and grocery items from local farms, grocery stores, and farmers markets to create healthy meals. At these events she also DJ’s and maintains the Art Bar interactive creative space. Food Church is the culmination of Erica’s life work to unite and uplift people through food, music and art.
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