Founders chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro
are passionate about the mission of Common Threads,
working to help to ensure its success.

Our Founders and Board

National Board of Directors

Art Smith
Board President & Co-Founder; Executive Chef, TABLE Fifty-Two, Art and Soul, LYFE Kitchen, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and 1500 SOUTH Restaurant & Bar; CEO, Art Smith, LLC
Jesus Salgueiro
Co-Founder, Common Threads; Artist and Teacher, Susej Art Studio
Tom Alexander
CEO and Co-founder, Holistic
Tres Bailey
Sr. Director of Federal Government Affairs at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Scott Barnhart
President, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Cardinal Health
Michelle Bernstein
Chef-owner of Michelle Bernstein Catering; Culinary consultant; Author; TV personality
Alberto Carvalho
Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Mary Christ-Erwin
Partner, Porter Novelli
Jimm E. Cobb
Director, Business Development, Howard Brown Health Centers
Neil Cotty
Retired CAO, Bank of America
Sarita Dandamudi Rao
Co-owner, Dandamudi's and SVP, Business Marketing, Analytics & Alliances - AT&T Business
Mike Denman
Global Sales Director – Accenture, Microsoft
Laura Karet
CEO, Giant Eagle
Abel Martinez
Group Vice-President of Partner Relations, Risk Solutions, & Government Affairs, HEB
Fatima Stanford, MD,
MPH, MPA
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School & Obesity Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
Elizabeth Wise
Vice President Government Affairs, Sazerac Company

Chicago Board

Marissa Pines - Chair
Marketing Director, Quaker Oatmeal
Priyanka Patel - Vice Chair
Owner, Rooted Dental Care
Sara Wilburn - Secretary
Real Estate Agent, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Lee Stuck - Treasurer
Senior Consultant, HealthScape Advisors
Emily Arredia
Account Director, Enterprise at Adswerve
Jared Bosma
Senior Financial Analyst, PepsiCo
Spencer Coates
Venture Partner, NextGen Venture Partners
Jennifer Heffernan
Director, Divisional Strategy and Planning, Health Care Service Corporation
Suzanne Hill
Sr. Account Executive, UnitedHealthcare
Sydney Karp Poll
Sales Coordinator, Lettuce Entertain You
Irini Kolaitis
Associate Division head, Hospital-Based Medicine Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University – The Feinberg School of Medicine
Julie Koziol
Principal, JAK Consulting
Joe Madison
Account Director - Advertising Cloud, Adobe
Natalie Marotta
Client Implementation Manager, Livongo
Erin Mynaugh
Director of Client Implementation Services, Livongo
Avi Nagaraja
Pavel Sokolovsky
Founder, P.S. Development Capital and Managing Member, Nameless Ventures
Alex Stoller
Founder, Breaking Our Barrier and Brand Development Manager, Stoller Imports
Ashley Webb

Washington DC Board

Cristina Antelo
CEO, Ferox Strategies
Elizabeth Avery
President, SNAC International
Tres Bailey
Sr. Director of Federal Government Affairs at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Joyce Brayboy
Vice President Government Affairs, Goldman Sachs
Dan Christensen
Senior Director of Government Affairs, PepsiCo
Kate Coler
Vice President of Federal Government Relations, Albertsons Companies
Anne Curry
Vice President Legal & Political Affairs, Food Marketing Institute
Kofi Essel, MD MPH FAAP
Director, Clinical Public Health Summit on Obesity, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Molly Fogarty
Senior Vice President, Corporate & Government Affairs, Nestle USA
Jennifer Hatcher
Chief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President Government & Public Affairs, Food Marketing Institute
Kate Houston
Vice President, Global Head of Public Policy & Issues Management, Cargill Incorporated
Sasha Johnson
Managing Director, Regulatory and Policy at United Airlines
Thomas R. Petty
Partner, LEED AP, Miles & Stockbridge
Tyson Redpath
Senior Vice President, The Russell Group
Maggie Sommers Gentile
Vice President of Food and Nutrition Policy, Food Directions

Miami Board

Geoffrey Tully - Chair
Partner, Passerelle Partners
Patricia Azze - Vice Chair
Digital Brand Consultant, Founder and Editor at The Terraza
Jorge Azze
Copywriter, WOW MKTG
Karen Barofsky
Vice President, Brustman Carrino Public Relations
Jennifer Einersen
Trusts & Estates Associate, Bilzin Sumberg
Jeff Evans
Managing Partner at Volta Global
Hector Gutierrez
CEO, JOI
Elizabeth Halle
Regional Marketing Manager, Flik
Tony Jimenez
Co-Founder & CFO, JOI and Managing Director, Medina Capital
David Lanster
Co-owner, DK Culinary Ventures
Kelly Moran
Beverage Consultant at Celebrity Cruises & Co-owner, DK Culinary Ventures
Jon Nguyen
Owner, Tran An
Javier Ramirez
Restaurateur, Palmar and Bachour
Brandon Rose P.A.
Chris Sanz
Vice President, Orion Real Estate Group
Rashad Thomas
VP, Business Connect & Legacy Projects, Miami Super Bowl Host Committee
Lucette Talamas
Registered Dietician, Baptist Health South Florida
Rebecca Washuta
Nutrition & Wellness Consultant at Happy Healthy Bites

Los Angeles Board

Lori C McGee
Philanthropist
Govind Armstrong
Executive Chef, The Lobster, Post & Beam
Doneen Arquines
Producer, Magical Elves, Inc.
Claudia Bonilla Keller
Chief Program Officer, LA Promise Fund
John Kolaski
Founder, CEO & Curator, K2 Restaurants
Cary Walker
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, City National Bank

National Advisory Board

Kevin Kelsey
Finance Executive
Dr. Steven Marcus Ed.D.
President and CEO, Health Foundation of South Florida
Rebecca Scholl
Founder of Tasting Week and Client Managing Director, Xerox Corp.
Gail Simmons
Trained Culinary Expert, Food Writer and Dynamic Television Personality
Pam Onstead
RN
Tim Peters
Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Edelman

Medical Partnerships Advisory Board

Steve Buege
Manager, HealthScape Advisors LLC
Jimm Cobb
Director, Business Development, Howard Brown Health Centers
Kofi Essel, MD
Pediatrician, Children’s National Health System
Meghean Feidelman, RD
Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Melinda Ring M.D.
Executive Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Univesity's Feinberg School of Medicine