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Nicole Aber, 646-627-7741
Accomplished, Diverse Leaders Elected to Board of Directors of Hunger Free America, a National Nonprofit Group
Hunger Free America, a nationwide anti-hunger advocacy and direct service organization, is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors in addition to the appointment of two new co-chairs. Joining the board are Bernie Beaudreau, Nonprofit Consultant with Beaudreau-Connors The Consultants for Good; Hedy Chen, Director of Media Strategy and Business Development for the National Football League; Michael Stoller, former Chief Operating Officer of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty; and Aimee J. Vargas, Vice President of Community Affairs and Communications at Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Leading the board as Co-Chairs are Julia Duncan, Senior Manager of International Financial Institutions with Bayer, who joined the Hunger Free America Board in 2019, and Cassandra Agredo, Executive Director of Xavier Mission, an anti-hunger nonprofit organization in New York City.
"After almost two decades working with nonprofits that seek to relieve physical hunger, I am thrilled to join the Board of Directors of Hunger Free America, and to work with Joel Berg and his staff as they fight tirelessly to address the root causes of hunger in America,” Agredo said. “Direct service and advocacy go hand-in-hand and we must engage in both if we are ever to end the scourge of hunger in this country. HFA does just that, and I look forward to the opportunity to further that mission as Co-Chair of the Board."
Beaudreau has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1977 including 16 years in leadership positions in food banking. Prior to starting his own nonprofit consulting firm with his wife, Beaudreau led the Connecticut Food Bank as Chief Executive Officer. In addition to his role on the Hunger Free America Board, he currently serves on the board of Edesia, a nonprofit manufacturer of life saving Plumpy’Nut, a therapeutic food product for malnourished children living in areas of famine across the globe.
“In all my years working for anti-hunger organizations, there has been the one consistent and often singular voice of Joel Berg, who has been our vigilant and constant reminder that hunger in America is immoral, inexcusable and totally solvable if we could only muster the political will to create public policy that guarantees for all the right to food,” said Beaudreau. “It is an honor to serve alongside his visionary leadership and I will work to help promote his message out to the foodbanking community.”
Chen brings her expertise in business strategy and development to the Hunger Free America Board. Prior to working for the NFL, Chen worked for Warner Bros. Entertainment in strategic planning and analysis and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has also been a national volunteer leader for Inspire Inc., an educational consulting nonprofit.
"Many of us take access to food for granted, but it is impossible to overlook the fact that millions of people in this country are hungry,” Chen said. “No one should have to starve or skip meals. I feel grateful to work with Hunger Free America to not only fight hunger and empower low-income people, but also to help educate others about a critical issue no one can ignore."
Since 1995, Stoller has led social services agencies in New York City including as the Executive Director of the Human Services Council of New York for over a decade. He has previously served on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory committees including the Board of United Way of New York State and the Commissioner’s Advisory Board for NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
“In the richest country in the history of the world, the fact that even one child goes to bed hungry is immoral and shameful,” said Stoller. “I am honored to work alongside Joel Berg, his staff, and the other members of the Hunger Free America board to end hunger in America in our lifetime and forever.”
Vargas comes to the Hunger Free America Board with expertise in strategic communications, community engagement, and project management. Prior to working for Las Vegas Sands Corp., Vargas was a Senior Communications Director with Anheuser-Busch. She holds a JD from the Cardozo School of Law and serves as a board member for the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, SUNY Rockland Community College, and Rockland Community Foundation.
“Far too many people are struggling to get access to nutritious food for themselves and their families, and I look forward to working with Hunger Free America to accomplish its mission of serving communities in need,” stated Vargas. “Las Vegas Sands is committed to bringing positive impact to communities around the globe, with a long track record of helping deliver immediate relief and long-term solutions for people in need of food, shelter and other critical support services.”