Board of Directors
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 leads the OWEE Board of Directors that oversees more than 60 cafes around the world that so far, have served nearly 2 million meals. Growing from a business owner to a visionary leader, Denise continues to support the ongoing expansion while forging relationships with like-minded thinkers in small communities as well as on the world stage such as Panera Bread, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul foundation, and more.
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. She speaks about social entrepreneurship, and models the way for others to act on the age-old need for creating food security. She also hosts the annual One World Summit, aimed at supporting and inspiring café owners and the public in their own motivations to end world hunger.
Bob Pearson, Chair and Executive Director
In 2001, Bob retired after more than 20 years in sales and 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. He lives in Bend, Oregon, and enjoys golf, cooking, reading, and solving puzzles.
Dr. Brian Meacham, Treasurer
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 toward ending world hunger.
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.
Rev. Dr. Christina May
Rev. Dr. Christina (Chris) May has over 25 years of professional and volunteer leadership experience working with senior executives, military, 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 F.A.R.M. Cafe in Boone, NC, which was recently cited by the Wall Street Journal as a must-stop on a culinary tour through Appalachia. She also serves on the advisory 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. 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 has earned an Interfaith Master of Divinity degree, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership. In addition, 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.
Ari is the founding Executive Director of the Stone Soup Cafe, a successful, pay-what-you-can community café that has been meeting weekly since January, 2015. As the Executive Director of Unity Tables, Ari worked 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.