UFA Board of Directors

Contact the Board at ufaboard@upcycledfood.org

Caroline Cotto

President, UFA Board of Directors

COO,  Renewal Mill

Caroline Cotto is the Co-Founder & COO of Renewal Mill, a venture-backed startup creating a new circular economy of food by upcycling the byproducts of food manufacturing into premium ingredients and products. A food marketing and nutrition specialist, Caroline has experience at the UN World Food Programme, the White House (for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign), Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator, and HubSpot, where she ran the women’s diversity program globally. Caroline grew up in food, working for her family’s ice cream business in the town of Sandwich, MA. She serves as the inaugural Board President of the Upcycled Food Association, and formerly served as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan.

Dan Kurzrock

Vice-President, UFA Board of Directors

Founder & CEO, ReGrained

Dan Kurzrock is the founder and CEO of ReGrained, the leading food upcycling platform. ReGrained specializes in creating novel ingredients and innovative products from previously overlooked and undervalued supply chains leveraging patented technology, starting with brewers "spent" grain. Dan is a founding officer of the Upcycled Food Association and Upcycled Food Foundation, and can often be seen pioneering the movement on the frontlines. He earned his bachelors from UCLA, where underage brewing started it all, as well as an MBA in sustainable business from Presidio Graduate School.

Mike Oraschewsky

Treasurer, UFA Board of Directors

Chief Executive Boar, TBJ Gourmet

Michael Oraschewsky is the co-founder and Chief Executive Boar of TBJ Gourmet, a company built on upcycling bacon ends and pieces into delicious bacon jam (that’s right spreadable bacon). Their products are sold nationally from specialty stores to big-box stores and Michael regularly appears on QVC to share his brand. He has won both culinary and business awards including the Fancy Food Front Burner Award and the SCORE Small Business Achievement Award. Michael is a member of Philabundance's Retail Advisory Board and the UpCycled Food Association. He is the father of three and shares his passion for food with his wife, Liana, who is arguably the better cook between the two of them.

Kayla Abe

Director, UFA Board of Directors

Co-Founder, Ugly Pickle Co.

Kayla comes from a family of farmers and produce brokers in California’s Central Valley, dating back to her great grandparents' migration from Japan to the U.S. She cultivated her deep roots in the California food and farming community in her time at CUESA & Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and currently works for Oatly, managing their coffee and foodservice growth across the Southwest since their U.S. launch in 2017. She absolutely obsessed with food waste, having co-founded upcycled pickle and condiment brand Ugly Pickle Co., and is opening food waste-centric restaurant, Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine, in spring 2021, slinging fully upcycled pizzas and share plates.

Megan Cornish

Director, UFA Board of Directors

VP External Affairs, FoodMaven

Megan Cornish provides leadership in regulations, policies, and industry affairs that characterize the food ecosystem and oversees corporate communications. She has over a decade of experience in government affairs including legislative work in two congressional offices and a congressional committee. Before serving as VP of External Affairs at FoodMaven, Megan was a federal and state lobbyist. She has a MA in Global Security from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Political Science from Colorado College. She wrote her master’s thesis on global food security. Megan is also a founding board member of the Upcycling Food Association.

Anna Hammond

Director, UFA Board of Directors

Founder & CEO, Matriark Foods

Anna Hammond is Founder and CEO of Matriark Foods. Prior to Matriark, Anna spent 25 years as a nonprofit leader successfully scaling programs and teams into dynamic, stable, and endowed organizations. Most recently, she was Executive Director for The Sylvia Center, a trail blazing food-education program that, under her leadership, collaborated with farmers, institutions, funders, and foundations committed to solving food insecurity through education and reimagined food systems. Together they expanded healthy eating and cooking programs in public housing community centers in all 5 NYC boroughs and all 6 school districts in Columbia County

Wes Hopkins

Director, UFA Board of Directors

Imperfect Foods

Wesley Hopkins is Chief of Staff at Imperfect Foods, a venture-backed startup that sources cosmetically imperfect and surplus foods directly from producers and delivers it straight to consumers' homes across the U.S. Wesley has been involved in food waste entrepreneurship since he was 16. After a chance meeting with a University of Maryland student/serial social entrepreneur, he committed his career to eliminating food waste. Since then, he's spent the past 7 years balancing his education with his passion of growing startups dedicated to "ugly" and surplus food recovery. In 2017 he dropped out of his undergrad studies at UC Berkeley to work full-time at Imperfect, which has since been through 3 rounds of funding, grown from 40 employees to 1500, and expanded from California to 35 cities across the country. In his free time he enjoys open water swimming and binge-reading Wikipedia articles. 

Sue Marshall

Director, UFA Board of Directors

CEO & Founder, NETZRO

Sue Marshall has spent to majority of her professional career as an entrepreneur and currently the founder and CEO of NETZRO, SBC. NETZRO provides a food technology platform that powers the safe capture and conversion of industrial food & beverage byproducts into new sustainable upcycled food ingredients. She uses her proud range of business experience and education to assist other entrepreneurs with start-ups that desire a focus on socially responsible business models and funding. 

Sue holds a B.S. in marketing from St. Cloud State University and a Masters degree from University of St. Thomas. She proudly lives and works in Minneapolis, MN—claiming more beach front than its neighboring twin, St. Paul. Sue is partnering with Mother Nature to correct the mistakes of her generation and generations past. She spends her free time traveling the world in dedication to her role as a world-class mother and wife.

Caue Suplicy

Director, UFA Board of Directors

Co-Founder and CEO, Barnana

Caue Suplicy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Barnana.

Alex Waite

Director, UFA Board of Directors

Co-Founder and Chief Product and Sustainability Officer, Shameless Pets

Alex Waite is co-founder and Chief Product and Sustainability Officer for Shameless Pets. Her career began in the natural and organic food industry as the Director of R&D for Mary's Gone Crackers and since then, she has taken over 50 SKUs from concept to shelf. She thrives on figuring out creative ways to scale clean labeled recipes using whole food ingredients. Her pups are a big part of the family and the ultimate taste testers of her unique recipes. 


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