Board of Directors

Co-Chair: CASSANDRA AGREDO, LMSW,  Executive Director, Xavier Mission 

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Cassandra has served as the Executive Director of Xavier Mission Inc. since the organization was officially incorporated in September of 2012. She is responsible for the administration, management, development, and communications for Xavier Mission’s six community outreach programs. Prior to the incorporation, Cassandra served as the Director of Outreach for the Church of St. Francis Xavier, managing the church’s community outreach programs that would later become Xavier Mission Inc.

Before her work at Xavier, Cassandra was Coordinator of the ‘Feed the Solution Anti-Hunger Campaign’ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where she engaged emergency food providers in policy advocacy and expanding their outreach services. Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) by the State of New York. Cassandra previously served on the Board of Directors of Hunger Free America when it was the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, as well as the Advisory Board of the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty at Fordham University. She lives in the Bronx with her twin daughters, husband, and giant dog.

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Co-Chair: JULIA DUNCAN,  Senior Manager, International Financial Institutions, Bayer

Julia Duncan is a consultant with Accenture Federal Services and a member of the Corporate Citizenship Team where her work focuses on refugees and immigrants in the US workforce. She has previously worked at Google and as an Aide on Capitol Hill. Julia worked in the Obama Administration both at the White House and at the State Department. While in the State Department’s Office of Global Food Security, she designed partnerships around food, technology, urbanization trends, refugees and national security. She’s an expert in global food security and international development and has been involved with the humanitarian response to the current  refugee crisis. Since 2017, she has served as the COO for the One Journey Coalition which is an effort to shape the narrative about refugees in the United States. She is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum’s Washington DC Hub and received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MA from Johns Hopkins University.

Vice-Chair:  MARIE TERNES BOSTER,  Executive Director of Media Relations, Pace University

Treasurer: AARON BERNTHAL, CFP,  Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual


Aaron is a founding member of Insight Financial, a boutique financial planning firm established in 2011 under the Northwestern Mutual umbrella. He began his financial planning career in 2000 after graduating from McGill University with a finance major and Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Aaron resides in Port Washington, NY with his wife Danielle and their two children Ella and Liam.

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BERNARD J. BEAUDREAU,  Nonprofit Consultant, Beaudreau-Connors The Consultants for Good

Bernie Beaudreau is a consultant working with his wife Rosie Connors as The Consultants for Good (TCG).  Established in 2019, TCG apply their many years of nonprofit experience to assist organizations with planning, fund development and management. Bernie has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1977, focused on hunger and poverty issues domestically and internationally, including 16 years in leadership positions in food banking.

As the CEO of Connecticut Food Bank, Beaudreau directed a team of 65 staff to increase food distribution by 20 percent, established a secondary warehouse in Bridgeport, introduced a “hunger-to-health” initiative and developed an annual hunger-policy conference with other Connecticut anti-hunger organizations.  Beaudreau also served on the National Affiliate Council for Feeding America.

Prior to his tenure at the Connecticut Food Bank, Beaudreau was Executive Director of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and before that he served as the Director of Resource Development for Oxfam America, a Boston-based international hunger relief organization. In 1999, Beaudreau hosted the Eastern Region Association of Feeding America Food Banks where over eighty food bank leaders engaged in a two-day “Hunger-Free America” summit, where Joel Berg, who at the time was serving under the Clinton administration, gave a memorable keynote address.

Beaudreau received his Masters in Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island in 1979.  He enjoys a long history of board service for several nonprofit organizations.  In addition to HFA, he currently serves on the board of Edesia, a nonprofit manufacturer of life saving Plumpy’Nut, a ready-to-use therapeutic food for severely malnourished children in famine areas globally.

HEDY CHEN, MBA,  Director, Media Strategy and Business Development, National Football League

GARY DAVIS,  Founder and CEO, ES Foods

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Gary founded ES Foods — a school meals and summer meals food provider — in 1998, and helped launch the Got Breakfast campaign, which aims to increase the number of children who receive school breakfasts.

DANIEL B. RIPPS, MPA,  Principal, Gabai Strategic Advisors

Daniel is the principal of Gabai Strategic Advisors, a strategic advisory and consulting firm that works with non-profit organizations and socially responsible and social impact businesses and their leaders. Previously, Daniel was Vice President at DRG Search, an executive search and consulting firm; Chief Professional Officer of Hadassah International Medical Relief Association; and Director of Community Relations & Program Services at the Food Bank for New York City. He was awarded the Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship at the NGO American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), serving resident field assignments in Argentina, Cuba, Israel and the former Soviet Union and spent a decade teaching graduate courses in Public Policy with a focus on food, hunger and agriculture policy at NYU’s School of Culture, Education & Human Development. He has a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a MPA from Columbia University SIPA. He is a past Board Chair of Hunger Free America.

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MICHAEL STOLLER, JD,  Former Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

AIMEE J. VARGAS, ESQ.,  Vice President, Communications and Community Affairs, Las Vegas Sands Corp.