Boards & Committees

Hope Farms is a program of Recipe for Success Foundation which is governed by an Executive Committee to the CEO, a working Board of Directors and an Advisory Board which work together to provide fiscal oversight, advice, counsel and operational support that is invaluable in our efforts to build and sustain operations in service to our mission and vision.

Additionally, there are specialty committees unique to Hope Farms that enjoy membership from our Boards and the broader community: The Hope Farms Committee governs strategic growth and planning; the Farm Art committee plans and executes art activations that embrace learning opportunities, performance and installations; the Chefs Brigade engages in classes and events as well as purchases our produce; and the SPICE Guild which provides hands-on support of operations across the spectrum.

Executive Committee

Gracie Cavnar, President, Founder & CEO
Aashish Parekh, Board Secretary
Nico Gleza, Board Treasurer
Amy Anton, Advisory Board Chair
Kristin Blomquist
Stephanie Pai Fleck


Meet the Executive Committee

Board of Directors

Amy Anton
Glen Boudreaux, Emeritus
Kristin Blomquist
Amanda Boffone
Bob Cavnar, Emeritus Founder
Gracie Cavnar, Founder
Bryan Christ
Priya Coffey
Elizabeth Dwyer
Stephanie Fleck
Sheree Frede
Curry Glassell
Rodolfo Guerra
Nico Gleza
Deanna Hoelscher, Emeritus
Ana Lovera
Barbara McKnight
Virginia McMullen
Aashish Parekh
Genevieve Patterson
Ally Shell-van Koolwijk
Melissa Sugulas
Stacey Swift
Julia Woertink

Advisory Board

Amy Anton, Chair
Catherine Anspon
Bill Baldwin
David Black
Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Heather Carlucci
Kathryne Castellanos
Robert L. Cavnar, Jr.
Emily Clay
Carrie Colbert
Bob Combs
Gina Gaston Elie
Brent Erenwert
Jackie Fair
Bianca Ferrer
Roland Garcia
Lance Gilliam
Leisa Holland Nelson
Tammie Johnson
Courtney Paddock
Kimberley Perry
Melanie Ringold
Sharon Sanders
Marcia Smart
Ariana Smetana
Melissa Stevens
Erin O’Leary Stewart
Rebeca Tapick

Hope Farms Committee

Genevieve Patterson, Chair
Bryan Christ
Bill Baldwin
Glen Boudreaux
Nicole Burke
Thyra Burks 
Gracie Cavnar
Bob Cavnar
Priya Coffey
Kelly Coleman, MD
Stephanie Fleck
Ryan Fleck
Lance Gilliam
Ebony Goudeau
Rudy Guerra
Ruthie Lenz
Liz Mozer
Kim Perry
Shafik Rifaat
Joey Romano
Carl Salazar
Danny Samuels
Sharon Sanders
Bradley Patton Allen-Smith
Tracy Stevens
Brad Stufflebeam
Drew Sudduth
Dan Sugulas
Shane Wilbur
Susan Wood

Chefs Brigade

Jeff Auld
Casey Barbles
Ryan Bouillet
Dawn Burrell
Robert Del Grande
Giancarlo Ferrara
Michael Gabriel
Chara Gafford
Chris Garcia
Peter Garcia
Jean-Philippe Gaston
Troy Guard
Stephanie Hoban
Vincent Huynh
Mayank Istwal
Brandi Key
Thomas Laczynski
Hani Lae
Greg Martin
Barbara McKnight 
Ben McPherson
Dillon Murray
Kevin Naderi
Rakesh Nayak
Ryan Pera 
Omar Pereny
Monica Pope
Luis Roger
Ellen Schwartz
Chris Shepherd
Marcia Smart
Claire Smith
Jake Smollett
Erin Stewart-O’Leary
Ruffy Sulaiman
Shivek Suri
Danny Trace
Brenden Treanor
Kiran Verma
Antoine Ware
Chris Williams

Farm Art Committee

Gracie Cavnar, Chair
John Abodeely
Natalye Appel
Catherine Anspon
Annie Criner-Eifler
Rodney Ellis
Curry Glassell
Caroline Goeser
Molly Hubbard
Necole Irvin
Bennie Ansell Flores
Rich Levy
Nancy Littlejohn
Marion Luntz
Jack Massing
Libbie Masterson
Deborah McNulty
Stephanie Mitchell
Judy Nyquist
Susan Rogers
Christine West
Kheli Willetts