Maggy Keet, Co-Founder, CEO
Maggy has a Master’s degree in Globalization and International Development from The University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. While working with The Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA), she created a project that built a maternity clinic, doctor’s house and guardian shelter in a rural village in Malawi and independently raised the money necessary for construction. She managed the project from inception to completion, running all aspects of the project: fundraising, event planning, on-site logistics, finances, and donor and community relations. She has worked on other development projects, including a school construction project also in Malawi. She has interned at the United Nations with a particular focus on the Commission on the Status of Women and has consulted with a non-profit working to build housing in Haiti. She writes a food blog with her mom and sister called Three Many Cooks. You can find her on Twitter at @ThreeManyCooks.
Erika Pineda-Ghanny, Co-Founder, CFO
Erika has a degree in Finance and Investments and has worked in the Information Technology field for many years. She was Product Director for a software company specializing in Financial Technology and managed a staff of programmers in two different countries. As a college student, she joined a student association that helped organize free community clinics in poverty-stricken provinces of the Philippines, providing free health care, medication, and health education to residents who had no access to basic medical care. She learned the grace and reward of selfless giving from her faith and her family, which has shouldered the education expenses of numerous deserving Filipino youth, enabling many to continue on to professional careers both in the Philippines and abroad. She also writes about life, food, travel and photography in her blog called The Ivory Hut. You can find her on Twitter at @ivoryhut.
Aimée’s passion in life is bringing people together over food and reveling in the conversations and connections that occur. As a part of Bloggers Without Borders, she hopes to take that love of hospitality a step further and touch lives on a bigger scale. A chef by trade, Aimée went from restaurant to RSS after nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry. She now works from home as editor of the food blog Simple Bites and her personal site, Under the High Chair. Aimée lives in Montréal with her husband, Danny, and two young sons and can almost always be found in the kitchen.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are slowly and carefully building our board of directors, starting strong with:
Brooke Burton-Lüttmann is a Service Consultant in Los Angeles who teaches hospitality, leadership skills, and assists businesses to create a clear vision and plan for success.
Brooke sharpened her service experience by working for such great chefs as Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, Joachim Splichal, and Suzanne Goin. In 2007, Brooke started her literary food blog, Foodwoolf.com. Since starting her blog Brooke has been nominated for best food writing (Food Buzz), has been mentioned in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Guardian UK, and other major online publications. Brooke is the co-author of The Food Blog Code of Ethics, which lead to a world-wide buzz about the need for the blogging community to be rigorously honest about sponsored posts, freebies, and restaurant reviews.
Brooke currently works as a freelance Service Coach, teaching business owners and employees how to give great service and make customers for life. In addition to her consulting business, Brooke works as a freelance food writer for such publications and online media sites as LA Weekly, Edible Los Angeles, Tasting Table and other online news sources.
Penny De Los Santos is an award-winning internationally published photographer, she is a Senior Contributing photographer to Saveur Magazine and a regular contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine and has been a contract photographer for numerous publishing companies and cookbooks.
She has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the US and to over 30 countries on assignment for various clients. Her work has been featured in magazines including Time, News Week, Sports Illustrated, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Jones, Latina, Texas Monthly, Budget Travel, Caribbean Travel, U.S. News & World Report and Paris Match. Penny has received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards for her documentary photography including: The National Geographic Photography Grant, Recipient of the Prestigious World Press Joop Stewart Master class, College Photographer of the Year, Eastman Kodak Photography Grant, Canon USA Photography Grant, The Eddie Adams Photography Grant, California New Media Award, Ohio University School of Visual Communication Photography Grant and The Parson’s School of Design Marty Fortier Fellowship.
De Los Santos has a Masters degree from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and an Undergraduate degree in Journalism and Marketing from Texas A&M University. She has been a featured speaker at many universities and industry conferences throughout the country. She is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and lives in New York City.
Tsh Oxenreider is a wife to Kyle and a mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and is the author of Organized Simplicity (F+W Media, 2010) and One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler. She and her nomadic family are currently in Bend, Oregon, having recently moved back from the Middle East.
Tsh writes about living simply and intentionally at Simple Mom. Her blog was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, and more. In early 2010 she founded the network Simple Living Media, home to five blogs about simple living. She speaks frequently about blogging, writing, living intentionally, and motherhood in between changing diapers and hitting the ‘publish’ button. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, and is a regular contributor at (in)courage.
Her passion is to help people see that the grass is greener where you water it, and to live simply so that others may simply live.
John Anderson has been involved in the financial markets as a lawyer and banker for over 20 years. Most recently John served as the head of The Royal Bank of Scotland’s legacy trading businesses, where he was responsible for the management and disposition of the bank’s structured credit and structured equity portfolios. Previously, John headed the structured finance and principal finance businesses of Greenwich Capital Markets and, following its acquisition of Greenwich Capital, The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Prior to his banking career, John was an Associate in the Structured Finance Departments of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in New York City, and at Kutak Rock in Omaha, Nebraska. He is currently a member of Fairfield County Microenterprise Investors Council, a charity that has provided micro-loans to over 60,000 entrepreneurs in developing countries.
John holds a B.A. from the University of South Dakota and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska.