Staff

At Community Servings we come prepared every day to help our clients maintain their health and dignity through nutritious, made-from-scratch meals.

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Leadership

David B. Waters
CEO

David has been involved with Community Servings since its inception in 1989, moving from volunteer to board member, Board Chair, Director of Development, and eventually CEO, in 1999.

Under David’s leadership, Community Servings has evolved from a small neighborhood meals program delivering dinner to 30 people, to a critical regional program providing 15 medically-tailored meals plans to 2,100 people with acute life-threatening illnesses, their dependents, and caregivers in 20 Massachusetts communities.

An advocate for integrating accessible, medically tailored meals into the healthcare system, David has formed partnerships with leading healthcare payers and providers to better link clinical care and social services, designing some of the country’s first health insurance contracts for prescription meals.

With 35+ years experience in food service management, David also created the highly cost-effective fundraising events, LifeSavor and Pie in the Sky, a Thanksgiving pie sale duplicated in cities around the country.

He is the former Board Chair of the Association of Nutrition Service Agencies, and is a founding member of the national Food Is Medicine Coalition. In recognition of his leadership and impact at Community Servings and within the Greater Boston community, David was named a Barr Foundation Fellow in 2017. A resident of Cambridge, he holds graduate degrees from Middlebury College and Boston University.

 

Janet Dillon
Chief Financial Officer

Janet handles all aspects of financial management from internal control and contract management to insurance and audits. In 2000, Janet came to Community Servings with 20 years of financial management experience at a wide variety of Boston area nonprofits, including Victory Programs. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Boston Nonprofit Financial Managers group.

Janet holds a Masters in Human Services Management from the Heller School of Social Welfare at Brandeis University.

Rebecca Donato
Chief Operating Officer

Rebecca joined Community Servings in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer, a new role designed to support the expansion of the organization’s mission and its ongoing commitment to social innovation. Rebecca provides leadership to the operations, nutrition and program teams.  She will oversee efforts to expand the infrastructure, systems, programs and partnerships needed to meet the growing demand for medically-tailored meals and nutrition education services.

Rebecca’s leadership experience includes having held a variety of general management and change agent roles for non-profit healthcare organizations that serve older adults. With an entrepreneurial focus centered around driving growth and innovation, her functional responsibilities have included strategic /operational planning, marketing, program development and culture building.  Most recently, Rebecca successfully led the internal project management of a six-year, $150M senior living campus repositioning for North Hill Communities, Inc. a 30+ year-old full-service senior living organization that offers housing, long-term care, and community-based healthcare services in Needham.  She brings to Community Servings a deep commitment to promote the holistic wellness of all the people she serves.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music from New York University and a Masters of Business of Administration from Georgetown University.

Tim Leahy
Chief Development Officer

In his role as Chief Development Officer, Tim oversees all fundraising events, including Pie in the Sky and LifeSavor, and directs the effort to secure corporate and foundation grants as well as individual donors. He is also responsible for the agency’s online presence, print communications, and press.

Tim brings more than 23 years of fundraising and communications experience, along with a food service background, to the job.  He worked for 16 years in the food service industry, from ice cream parlors to fine dining, and for six years in sales and marketing, with the world’s largest Macintosh computer show, MacWorld Expo. After years of working in the private sector, Tim chose to dedicate his efforts to nonprofit development. Before coming to Community Servings in 1999, Tim served for two years as the Director of Development for the Boston Salvation Army and for three years at the United Way of Dutchess County, NY. Tim has long been a passionate supporter of HIV/AIDS and hunger-relief causes, volunteering for a number of organizations and participating in the AIDS LifeCycle from 2009 – present, and the Harbor to the Bay bike ride from 2003 – present. He received a BA in English and Economics from UMASS Boston.

Kevin Conner
Executive Chef

As Executive Chef, Kevin oversees all kitchen operations including the preparation, cooking, packaging, handling and storage of 4,000 daily meals that are tailored to meet the needs of more than 15 different diets.

Kevin, a native of upstate New York, has been a professional chef for 20 years. His culinary experience includes crafting menus and recipes at some of the region’s most well-known restaurants, including No. 9 Park, Radius, Union Bar Grille in Boston and Al Forno in Providence. Prior to joining the staff of Community Servings, Kevin worked as the Executive Chef at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Chef Conner is motivated by the significant impact that food can have on someone who is sick and he aims to integrate new recipes and different cuisines into the menu to help ensure that our medically tailored meals are flavorful, while still meeting the dietary needs of our clients.

Kevin is a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Program.

Leigh Kalbacker
Director of Volunteer & Client Services

Leigh joined the Community Servings team as a graduate student intern in 2012 and got hooked on the mission of providing nutritious, medically tailored meals to critically ill clients. Over the past several years she has managed an array of projects at Community Servings from school meals to our local food abundance program. She now works with our client services and volunteer services teams to ensure that we have helping hands in the kitchen and that the needs of our diverse client base are met.

She has a BS from Cornell University in Natural Resources with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture Education and her Master’s degree from Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in Agriculture, Food and the Environment. From past work with farmers, gardeners, consumers, and growing food of her own, she is passionate about connecting people to good food.

Christopher Muhammad
Director of Operations

Brother Christopher came to Community Servings in 1994 with a background in the military as well as extensive food service experience. He started with us as a volunteer, then became a dish washer before being promoted to delivery driver, and then to delivery coordinator. Over the years, Christopher has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the mission, always going above and beyond to ensure our hungry clients receive their meals each day.

Through his leadership, we have never missed a delivery day! He also plays an active role in his mosque, Muhammad’s Mosque of Islam, located in Roxbury which has been a key element of his personal development and his desire to give back to those in need in the community.

Darcy Pfeifer
Director of Development & Communications

Darcy joined Community Servings during the bustle of Pie in the Sky 2016, as the Director of Development and Communications. Darcy has nearly twenty years of experience elevating corporate and mission driven organizations’ profiles. Her previous experience includes development leadership roles at Scholar Athletes, Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger, and Two Ten Footwear Foundation.

As a part of a consulting firm, Darcy was the managing director and vice president at Fortunato Consulting Group in Boston, where she worked with numerous community nonprofit organizations on their strategic programs, board development, capital campaign management, sponsor solicitations, special events and marketing. Her past clients have included Advocates Inc., The Dimock Center, The Girl Scouts, Project Place, Ronald McDonald House Charities, South End Community Health Center, and many others. She has coordinated numerous large-scale special events, including the Betsey Johnson Fashion Show, Health Care Heroes, Steppin’ Out, The Taste of North End and Two if by Sea. Earlier in her career, Darcy managed multiple corporate communications clients at Arnold Worldwide.

Darcy is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where she was the president and treasurer of the sailing team. She currently resides in Brookline with her wife and young daughter.

Jean Terranova
Director of Food & Health Policy

Jean’s role is to lead our Food is Medicine policy initiative, advocating for the integration of medically tailored foods and nutrition into health care payment and delivery systems, particularly for socially vulnerable populations.  In partnership with the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School, Jean is co-leading the development of a statewide Food is Medicine plan in Massachusetts, the first such initiative in the country.

Jean is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and has worn many hats as a social justice attorney and advocate. In addition Jean holds a professional chef’s degree from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, has owned a catering business, and has provided consulting services for food-focused non-profits and entrepreneurs. She serves as the co-chair of the National Food is Medicine Coalition’s Research Committee and is on the Advisory Committee and Advocacy Committee for The Root Cause Coalition.

Alexandra Fioretti
Manager of Volunteer Services

Alexandra (Ali) has a BS from Connecticut College and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She moved to Boston in 2012 from Western MA, and worked as the volunteer coordinator for Zoo New England. From there, she went on to Historic New England and worked as their Program Manager before joining Community Servings in 2016. She loves to ski, play piano and comes from a huge Italian Family.

Taylor Stevens
Volunteer Coordinator

As the Volunteer Coordinator, Taylor schedules and manages individual volunteers and helps to train and oversee volunteer groups. Taylor holds a BS in Communication from Boston University. Before coming to Community Servings, she served as an AmeriCorps member at Cooking Matters where she taught and coordinated cooking and nutrition classes for low-income families. Taylor has also held various positions in the food industry and brings her passion for food and community to her work each day.

Valerie Machinist, MS, RDN, LDN
Manager of Nutrition Services

Valerie has over twenty years of experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist and health educator in a variety of corporate and public health settings, and her areas of expertise are management of chronic diseases, weight management and sports and exercise nutrition. She is passionate about healthy cooking and believes that food provides so much more than nourishment.

Prior to joining Community servings, Valerie was the National Director of Nutrition for Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group. She has her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. She also just completed her term as president of the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

When not at work, Valerie can be found running, encouraging her kids to try new foods and reading cooking magazines.

Beth Kitzis, RDN, LDN
Registered Dietitian

Beth is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion for helping clients learn to make small but measurable changes towards healthy living. Although she has only been practicing as a dietitian since 2017, she has nearly 19 years’ experience as a patient education specialist. Beth began her career creating patient education materials for various specialties at Massachusetts General Hospital, and later worked as a freelance writer for several other health care institutions. Her desire to empower patients and help people live life to the fullest drove Beth to become a dietitian. At Community Servings, she bridges her love of teaching with her nutrition expertise to help clients and community members make healthy lifestyle choices

Beth received her BA in Communications at Northwestern University and completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Simmons College. When not at work, Beth loves to sing and dance in community theater productions, spend time with her two growing children, and experiment in the kitchen.

Jessica Geist, RDN, LDN
Registered Dietitian

Jessica is a registered dietitian nutritionist, with a passion for creating healthy, yet satisfying meals to nourish the mind and body of those suffering from illness.

Prior to joining Community Servings, Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and completed a dietetic internship with the University of New Hampshire. Jessica has experience in kitchen management through her role as General Manager of a food and nutrition department for Menifee Valley Medical Center. Through her role as clinical dietitian at Hemet Valley Medical Center, she provided patients with general nutrition management with a focus on critical illness. Starting her career, in Nome, Alaska, Jessica was able to provide the community general nutrition education, with a focus on diabetes management.

When not at work, Jessica enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time on the Cape with family.

Susan Logozzo
Teaching Kitchen Manager

Susan’s career began in the Boston Public Schools teaching Home Economics.  During this time she co-authored the curriculum used by the city and was instrumental in setting up restaurant programs for high school students.  It was in one of these programs that she began mentoring Boston Chef Barbara Lynch.  After studying professional cooking with Madeleine Kamman, Susan developed the curriculum for The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts where she worked as a Master Instructor in the Professional Chef’s Program.   She was also in charge of placement and became the Assistant Director.  During this time she was certified as an instructor in the ServSafe Course and a member of the IACP.  For advanced culinary study, she brought groups of students to France to attend the acclaimed L’Ecole LENOTRE.  Throughout her teaching career Susan received numerous awards in dessert and gingerbread competitions and was also awarded a Julia Child Grant for study in France.

Her more recent work included a year at COOK’S ILLUSTRATED Magazine as Test Kitchen Director and writer.  Developing, owning and managing a restaurant, Grill on the Green, at a local golf course consumed the last 6 years.   After selling her business, Susan was hired by Community Servings to design and write curriculum for their Food Service Training Program which she currently teaches and oversees.  During the last eight years, Susan has continued on staff at Community Servings, Inc. managing “The Teaching Kitchen , continuing to update the curriculum and making new connections throughout the Boston area to further new internships and job sources.

In 2014, Susan was presented with The Edna Saccone Award by Les Dames Escoffier International for outstanding contributions to the Boston food community.

Susan’s many years in the food industry doing writing , teaching, designing, cooking and managing, all contribute to providing excellent training for the program’s participants

Gavin O'Brien
Manager of Program Data

Gavin manages the client database at Community Servings, tracks progress toward meeting organizational goals, and reports on program outcomes. He also serves as Community Servings’ coordinator of IT services. Gavin is a co-organizer of the Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) Nonprofit Tech Club Boston.

Prior to joining Community Servings in 2014, Gavin received a Master of Public Policy degree from the Heller School at Brandeis University and worked as a Candidate Registrar at the Maine Ethics Commission. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College.

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