Food Link Board of Directors
Ivan Basch, Board Secretary
Retired, Director of Program Management, MathWorks
Ivan Basch, Nomination Committee Chair, joined the board in 2014 and is also a regular Food Link volunteer. Ivan's background is program management for commercial software product development organizations. He has long had a strong interest in local hunger and food waste issues, and is responsible for procurement of the food for a community dinner, Lex Eat Together, which prepares weekly sit-down meals in the heart of Lexington. Ivan lives in Lexington with his wife and his dog, and his passions include cooking and judging barbecue, attending concerts, and leading tours of Fenway Park.
Retired, Vice President, Repligen Corporation
Howard Benjamin joined the board in 2019 and has been a regular Food Link volunteer since 2018. He retired from the biotechnology field after over 25 years where he served in roles that included leading R&D, Corporate Development, and Business Development. He also volunteers at Lex Eat Together in Lexington, where he often helps serve a community sit-down dinner for those in need of a nutritious meal and companionship. Howard and his wife live in Lexington where he helps her efforts to support Lexington Community Farm grow and distribute local nutritious produce. In his off time, he explores the wonder of low temperature long-time cooking or preparing BBQ with his wood fired smoker.
Special Projects Coordinator, Facing History and Ourselves
Judi Bohn joined the board in 2016 and has become a regular volunteer. She currently works for Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational non profit. Judi has been an educator for over 30 years; she worked for the Arlington Public Schools, Office of the Superintendent from 1996-2009 as a grant writer and program developer and founded the Pre School PTA (now the Arlington Family Connection) and the Arlington Education Foundation, which provides strong financial support for teachers in the district. Judi still lives in Arlington after 40 years with her husband and two cats!
Vice President of Retail Lending, Webster Five Cents Saving Bank
Darryl Caffee joined the board in January of 2018. Prior to joining Webster Five, Darryl acted as Associate Counsel at Leader Bank, an Arlington based community bank. Darryl brings over 10 years of legal experience and 6 years in banking experience to Food Link. Darryl began working with Food Link after spearheading a food drive at Leader Bank that yielded over 1 ton of food, a portion of which was donated to Food Link. Darryl received his BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Lock Haven University before achieving his JD from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2012. Darryl has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 2012.
DeAnne Dupont, Board President
Retired, Managing Director & Treasurer, Baring Asset Management (fka Babson Capital Management)
DeAnne Dupont joined the board in 2014 when Food Link incorporated. She is a regular volunteer. Food Link brings together three of DeAnne’s passions, protecting the environment, reducing waste and alleviating hunger. She has been active in, or on the boards of, the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, Sustainable Arlington and Boston Building Resources. Her financial and operational background in the corporate sector and her experience as a CPA has been greatly beneficial in launching Food Link. DeAnne enjoys bicycling, hiking, and traveling.
Julianna Kremer, Board Vice President
Former Business Manager, TEMPO Television (now TCI)
Julianna (Julie) Kremer, Co-Founder of Food Link (2012), Governance Committee Chair, joined the board in 2014 when Food Link incorporated. She is a regular volunteer. Prior to Food Link, Julie had extensive volunteer experience with school and religious organizations. Her professional work included cooking, baking and administrative management. Julie enjoys cooking, camping, hiking and being with family.
Principal, Narrow Bridge Consulting
Annie LaCourt is a long time resident of Arlington with a passion for community, civic engagement, and fighting environmental issues. She just ended her final term on the Arlington Education Foundation Board and thought Food Link’s mission fit her own and would be a great next step. She is an information systems consultant focused on helping non-profits and hopes to bring her experience with helping organizations grow through fundraising, financial management, and data analysis to Food Link.
Clinical Social Worker, private practice and Adjunct Professor, Salem State University
Heidi Logan is a new board member, having joined in 2017. She is a therapist in private practice in Woburn, MA and teaches at Salem State University. Throughout her adult life, she has been involved in social action through her synagogue, her children's schools and now, through volunteering with Food Link and with Days for Girls (a project helping keep girls in school by supplying them with reusable feminine hygiene products). She was raised in Nashville, TN in a family that participated actively in civil rights and social justice. Heidi lives in Arlington with her husband and cat. She has two grown daughters, one on each coast.
Geoffrey Myrus, Board Treasurer
Controller, BlueWave Solar
Geoffrey Myrus joined the board in the fall of 2017. Geoffrey is a CPA with over eighteen years of experience in accounting and financial reporting in the financial services industry, which he uses to manage the finances of Food Link. Geoffrey became involved in Food Link after wanting to assist with accounting for a non-profit that helps in a local community. Geoffrey enjoys cooking, hiking, and turning up the volume on his hi-fi in his spare time. He lives in Andover with his wife and daughter. He holds an MBA from Suffolk University.
Science Teacher, Belmont Public Schools
Shoba Reginald is the newest board member, having joined during September 2019. She is a veteran science teacher working in the Belmont Public Schools. As a naturalized citizen, she has always wanted to give back to her adopted country. She particularly enjoys volunteering with Food Link as it works to both address food insecurity and climate change. She lives in Lexington with her husband and has two adult children who both live locally. She enjoys the beach, hiking and being with family and friends.