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Open Table Board of Directors

Open Table is managed by an active Board of Directors, whose members represent diverse backgrounds in business, law, public relations, education, healthcare and technology. Many have extensive volunteer experience either with Open Table, with other organizations, or both.

Day to day operations of the Open Table food programs are run by a small paid staff, a group of dedicated and experienced volunteer leaders, and over 500 volunteers who work together to assure that our clients are served each week.

Open Table Board of Directors June 2024

Open Table Board of Directors, pictured in June 2024. Jonathan Magasanik, Vivek Kamath, Norma Frye, Megan Chambers, Glen Murphy, Joan Geoghegan, Michele Wade, Alex DePalo (Executive Director), Tricia Haut, Jill Bradford, Patty Chambers, Margaret Sullivan, and Barbara Fisher
Not pictured: Gina Cummings and Alissa Weinberger

Barbara Fisher

Board of Directors Chair

Barbara Fisher is a retired health care executive who spent the last several years as a Senior Vice President at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. In this role she…

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Alexandra DePalo

Executive Director

  Alexandra DePalo brings over twenty years of experience in public and community health to Open Table. She has worked in academic, philanthropic, government, and community-based organizations to improve access…

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Vivek Kamath is an accomplished Supply Chain Executive with a 27 years career spanning seven unique industries with teams he led in over 30 countries.  In his roles, Vivek transformed supply chain organizations and operations to become more aligned to the business and delivering consistent and measurable results.  Vivek was an early adopter of building expertise and career development for supply chain professionals and through out his career has always had a passion to help his colleagues realize their full potential and meet their career aspirations.

Today, Vivek is an Executive Supply Chain Partner with Gartner, Inc., providing advisory services to Chief Supply Chain Officers from around the world.  In his spare time, Vivek likes to golf, cook and volunteer in the community.  He is happily married for 28 years and has two amazing and accomplished daughters and two fur babies that keep him and his wife young and busy.

Patty Chambers is Vice President and Regional Bank Manager of Middlesex Bank in Maynard and has been with the bank in various roles since 1977. Well connected to the Maynard community, she has previously served on the town’s Finance and Facilities Committees and was a member of the Friends of the Maynard Public Library. Patty served on the Open Table Board from 2014 – 2019 serving as both Clerk and Co-Chair. She also served on the Assabet Vallley Chamber of Commerce and has been a Corporator with Emerson Hospital.

Jill Bradford is a retired attorney who most recently served as the Chief Legal Officer of Curriculum Associates, an education company.  In this role, Jill was responsible for all legal aspects of the organization and its business activities.  Prior to Curriculum Associates, Jill was a partner at the corporate law firm Feinberg Hanson, LLP and an associate at Foley, Hoag, LLP.  Jill was formerly on the Board of the MetroWest Free Medical Program and the distribution committee of the Foundation for MetroWest.

Jill has a BA from Cornell University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Jill and her husband have lived in Sudbury for over 25 years.  Jill currently volunteers at Open Table distributing weekly groceries and prepared meals.  In her free time, Jill enjoys running, skiing, hiking and baking, particularly when there is chocolate involved.

Megan Chambers is a retired corporate attorney who spent the last 16 years of her career as the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded bank holding company. Megan was a member of the Executive Management team that developed the company’s strategic planning. Her prior work experience includes serving in legal leadership positions in the financial services industry and as an attorney with the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston. Megan is currently a member of the Grant Writing Committee for Plugged In Band Program, Inc., a non-profit music education organization based in Needham, Massachusetts.

Megan received her Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, and her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

She lives in Sudbury with her husband Bruce, a professional musician, and has three children, a cat, a bird, two bee hives and lots of gardens. Having previously served as a cook with Open Table and with a deep interest in food supply chains and food insecurity issues, Megan is committed to furthering the mission of Open Table.

Gina Cummings is a 22 year resident of Maynard, MA. Currently, Gina is the Interim Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for Oxfam America. Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. Prior to her time at Oxfam, she was the Chief Operating Officer for Physicians for Human Rights. Gina has a long history of service in the areas of hunger and homelessness, environmental justice, HIV/AIDS and the disproportionate negative health impacts on women of color from vulnerable communities.

Norma Tanguay Frye is a retired high tech marketing and communications professional who spent most of her career at Digital/Compaq/Hewlett Packard.  Her positions included building and managing a satellite broadcast television network, and developing and delivering a world-wide employee engagement program following the DEC-Compaq merger.  Post-retirement, she became involved with Open Table cooking SOS meals and joined the communications team in order to learn more about the organization and its mission.  Quickly hooked, she agreed to co-chair the 30thanniversary Chopped for Charity event.

Norma’s voluntarism has included leadership roles in the Girl Scouts, church youth groups, fundraising for the Sudbury middle school and chaperoning a mission trip to Honduras.  She and her husband Bob (another Open Table volunteer) raised their son and daughter in Sudbury where they continue to reside. Norma also spends time doting on their 3 (soon to be 4) grandchildren, working in her son’s web development business, playing tennis, gardening.

Joan Geoghegan has worked as a communications specialist both at large public relations firms and as the principal of her own boutique shop. While most of her career has been devoted to working with high tech startups, she’s also enjoyed working with non-profits both in New York City and here in Massachusetts.

She began volunteering with Open Table in pre-Covid times and can usually be found picking grocery orders or working in the parking lot on Thursday afternoons. She also is member of the Open Table marketing team where she puts her media relations skills to work writing and getting coverage for Open Table events.

Hailing back to her childhood growing up on a local dairy farm, Joan has always been aware of the importance of wholesome food for personal wellbeing. She’s totally aligned with Open Table and it’s mission of ending food insecurity in the Metrowest area.
Past and present volunteer work include two terms on the Drumlin Farm Sanctuary Committee and on-going support for her local dog club. A long-time Concord resident, Joan enjoys swimming, gardening and exhibiting her pack of show dogs. She holds a B.A. in English from Barnard College.

Tricia is an accomplished Business Operations leader with experience in various industries. Currently she is Associate Director of Business Operations in the gastrointestinal and inflammation related conditions early research area at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company where she has worked since 2017. Tricia has been living in Concord for over 20 years and has been involved in volunteer work throughout the area, volunteer organizing, at various schools and other non-profit groups supporting needs related to quality of life, food insecurity, and sports. Prior to the pandemic when Tricia had young children, she worked with a group of youth who regularly provided/created centerpieces for community dinners and decorated bags for children at Open Table. Most recently Tricia served as the treasurer for her daughter’s swim team booster club. Tricia is very passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and has been trained in and works on this topic in her professional and personal endeavors.

Tricia has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA in finance from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Concord with her husband, Don, their two children and two dogs.

Jonathan is the Managing Partner of R&J Holdings, a company that invests in and operates retailers selling on the Amazon.com platform. He is responsible for acquisitions and strategic decisions across the portfolio of companies as well as oversight of all operations. Prior to R&J, Jonathan was a partner in a National Consumer Electronics Distributor and has held Senior Executive positions with Sears Holdings Company and Staples. Jonathan also worked in management consulting at The Boston Consulting Group. He has volunteered at Open Table since the beginning of the Covid Pandemic in 2020 when he realized that “doing nothing was not an option”. He has been involved with Chopped for Charity and The Ride for Food and continues to fill bags on Thursday mornings!

Jonathan holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business in addition to a BA in Political Science and a BS in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania. Having grown up in Natick, he now resides in Sudbury, MA with his wife Renee. He and Renee each have two grown children. He enjoys all things Boston Sports, skiing, golfing, cooking in addition to exploring new restaurants – particularly those featuring BBQ and Hand-Crafted Margaritas!

Glen spent 30 years in the financial investments industry focusing on institutional and mutual fund portfolio management.   This included being Global Head of Portfolio Management for the Invesco Quantitative Strategies Group, managing a team of portfolio managers based in the United States and Europe.  Post his financial industry career, he helps run Blue Meadow farm, his family’s farm which is a combination of equine facility (training, boarding, and lessons) and “U-Pick” blueberry farm.Glen enjoys community service with volunteer experience with the Boy Scouts of America, Boston Cares, Smile Mass, in addition to Open Table.  His volunteer efforts with Open Table began when a blueberry customer recommended Open Table as a benefactor of their farm’s “Pick for the Community” efforts, donating blueberries picked by volunteers to local food pantries.  Glen was impressed by the scope of activity and organization when he delivered his first batch of blueberries to Open Table.  He asked to learn more about their organization and quickly became an active volunteer, assisting in the unloading of trucks and preparing mobile food pantry deliveries.

Glen has a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a MSF from the Boston College Carroll School of Management, and is a CFA charter holder.  He lives with his wife and daughter in Sudbury.

Margaret is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Avidia Bank. She began her career at the bank in 1996 as an accounting assistant and previously worked for the Town of Hudson, Hudson National Bank and Arthur’s Furniture.

When not at work, Margaret can be found either volunteering or spending time with family & friends. For twelve years, Margaret has been very active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest as a Big Sister, former Board Member and Advocate. Current and past community service include organizations such as the ACS Relay For Life, Meals on Wheels, St Michael Parish, St Michael Schools, and United Way of North Central MA.

Margaret is a lifelong resident of Hudson MA and has two married sons. Her favorite times are with family or friends boating on Sebago Lake in Maine. It’s also one of her dog’s favorite things to do!

Michele has been involved with nonprofit donor development and fundraising for almost 20 years. She believes that fundraising is, first and foremost, about relationships and community. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, both faith-based and secular, but her heart lies with the nonprofits that focus on humanitarian aid and basic needs. With a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and a graduate certificate in philanthropic studies, she hopes to help Open Table reach new heights with the effectiveness and inclusiveness of its development program. Michele’s favorite poem is Perhaps the World Ends Here, by Joy Harjo. It has been her favorite poem for over 30 years, but it seems particularly relevant now to her involvement with Open Table. The poem begins: “The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.”

Alissa Weinberger is a staff attorney with MetroWest Legal Services’ Immigration Unit in Framingham, MA where she represents immigrant youth before the Boston Immigration Court. In addition to her legal work, Alissa previously worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault providing individual counseling, and led batterer intervention groups.

In 2020, Alissa moved to Maynard with her partner. Shortly after moving to Maynard, she began volunteering with Open Table on the pick and pack team and helped take phone orders in English and Spanish. Alissa was drawn to Open Table’s model of promoting food security in a manner that fosters autonomy, dignity, and meets the community’s diverse needs. Alissa is excited to support Open Table’s mission and crucial community work.

Alissa also serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for MetroWest Worker Center in Framingham. Alissa holds a J.D. from Northeastern University’s School of Law, a Masters in Community Counseling from New Mexico State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In her free time, Alissa loves to hike, dance, knit, and bake.

Open Table Staff

Open Table has a small, dedicated team of paid staff members who ensure consistent and efficient management of our operations. These staff members work alongside a large group of wonderful, committed volunteers. By combining the expertise of our staff with the passion of our volunteers, we are better equipped to fulfill our mission of providing food to those in need.

Open Table Staff - March 2024

Pictured in March 2024 are Jed Hackney, Kitchen Manager & Head Chef, Gretchen Findlay, Volunteer Manager, Peer Kilbridge, Kitchen Assistant,  Alex DePalo, Executive Director,Christine Evans, Marketing & Development Manager, Alannah Gustavson, Marketing & Development Associate, Jessica Kirkwood, Development Assistant & Grant Manager, Aiko Pinkoski, Business Manager, Maeve Hale, Program Associate, Rob Slattery, Operations & Facilities Manager, Jill Tsakiris, Program Manager, and Jeff Geraghty, Truck Driver & Pantry Assistant

Contact the Team

Have a specific question for Open Table? Try emailing the related director or volunteer as listed here:

Programs Manager

Operations Manager

Communications Team

Fundraising & Development

Events Manager

Grants Manager

Volunteer Manager

Website Design

Not sure who to contact? You can always reach us at [email protected] and we’ll sort things out!