Meet the Board of Directors

Improve access to healthy food for everyone.

Improve access to healthy food for everyone.

Our Board of Directors

Meet the board of directors for the Food Dignity Project

Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RDN, FAND

Founder, President

As a registered dietitian, TEDx speaker, international speaker, and author, Clancy Harrison challenges the way food insecurity is approached in the US. Her mission to demolish the stigma around healthy food access places her on the cutting edge of advocacy. 

Clancy is the founder of the Food Dignity® Project, a strategic program for leaders who want to shift how they approach nutrition outreach by making healthy food access a priority. She transforms the lives of thousands of people through her work with corporations, non-profit organizations, and universities. 

Currently, Clancy is an advisory board member for the Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics Food Insecurity EPIC program, Ambassador of the National Dairy Council, and the President of the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry. You can tune in weekly with Clancy at The Food Dignity® Podcast. 

Enid Borden

Recognized in the book “Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time,” and recently honored by Advancing States with the 2019 Arthur Fleming Award, Enid Borden is an astonishing woman, an inspiring leader, and the preeminent authority on senior hunger in America. 

For over three decades, Borden has relentlessly led the effort to raise public awareness about and then find solutions to the growing problem of senior hunger in America and abroad. She coined the term the “hidden hungry,” bringing the issue of senior hunger into the national dialogue. Under Borden’s leadership NFESH commissioned the first comprehensive, national study on food insecurity among seniors and continues to release groundbreaking research on the causes, consequences and future of senior hunger in America. Highlighting the problem of senior hunger has set the stage for Borden to achieve her life’s mission – formulating creative and innovative solutions and then forging partnerships to ensure those solutions become reality. Borden has been invited to give lectures and consult in both Canada and Europe on the issue and solutions to ending senior hunger. 

Prior to founding NFESH, Borden held a variety of executive positions in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. As President and CEO of the Meals On Wheels Association of America, Borden elevated talk of local “food insecurity” into a national movement to recognize and end senior hunger. 

Borden earned her Bachelor’s degree from Alfred University in Upstate New York, her Master’s degree from Adelphi University in New York City and pursued graduate study through the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

Susan M. Kapral

Suzanne is Director of Development and Marketing for Hillside Farms. In 2013, Suzanne developed and spearheaded Hillside’s Children’s Grief Camp, which serves children who have experienced the loss of a family member due to illness, accident, murder, or suicide, children in foster care, and children with parents in active addition. Children’s Grief Camp provides farm-based animal-assisted interventions, grief education, and grief sessions and is made possible through the generosity of community partners and donors. As a March 2020 TEDx Scranton speaker, Suzanne shared her own story of recovery, “How Cows and a Cornfield Help Heal Childhood Trauma,” that was the catalyst for Children’s Grief Camp. 

She has served in a fundraising/marketing capacity for 25 years and is the founder and Principal Consultant of Kelly Green & Associates, LLC.  Kelly Green & Associates offers a range of expertise in fundraising, public relations, marketing and market research, government relations, traditional and social media, and strategic planning. She produces and hosts a podcast, Chanel and Muck Boots – women who get **it done (chanelandmuckboots.com).

    

For a decade she was an on-air fundraiser as well as producer/host of State of Pennsylvania for WVIA-TV/FM and for seven consecutive years Suzanne represented WVIA as National Congressional Arts Competition Coordinator for Pennsylvania Districts 10, 11, and 17.

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing and a Master’s of Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in non-profit, from Misericordia University. She is currently doing post-master’s work and research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and expects to complete her second Master of Science in Animal Behavior/Animal Welfare in 2022.

In November 2018 Suzanne was sworn in as Luzerne County Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. You can learn more about Suzanne at suzannekapral.com.

Dr. Angelo Odoms-Young

Angela Odoms-Young is an associate professor in kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research is focused on understanding social, cultural, and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income populations and communities of color. Dr. Odoms-Young’s previous projects include studies to evaluate the impact of the new WIC food package on dietary intake, weight status, and chronic disease risk in 2-3-year-old low-income children and vendor participation; identify strategies to improve program participation and retention among WIC eligible children; evaluate the efficacy of a community-based participatory weight loss intervention in African American women, and examine community engagement approaches to promote food justice. 

Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Odoms-Young served on the faculty of Northern Illinois University in Public Health and Health Education. She received a BS in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and Ph.D./MS in Community Nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Odoms-Young also completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

William J. Pepe

William (Bill) Pepe is an environmental engineer working for Stantec to maintain clean air and water around the globe. As an environmental engineer working for private industrial clients, Bill has focused on eliminating environmental exposures to chlorinated solvents through the ingestion of drinking water or through vapor intrusion into buildings. Bill has conducted environmental investigations, studies, and the complete remediation of industrial, commercial, and residential properties in the United States, Europe, and Indonesia. Through his 21-year career, Bill has worked to implement remediation to help reduce the risk of environmental exposures to residents largely comprised of low-income people living adjacent to industrial properties. His interactions and negotiations with the USEPA, several state agencies and the general public Bill has helped to educate people on the dangers and risks associated with these environmental exposures.

Bill is also a board member of the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry and is a strategic partner in the response to COVID. He and the food pantry team has served over 1 million meals to community members.  Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering the Pennsylvania State University. 

Asia Thompson

From homeless to lawyer, Asia empowers people to achieve their dreams, regardless of the obstacles. Asia Bijan Thompson is an award-winning social justice activist, motivational speaker, and author. Asia is the shining example of spectacular triumph 

As a single mother of two and a survivor of domestic violence and hunger, Asia’s persistence empowered her to graduate with honors from New York Law school by the age of 27. Even at a young age, Asia demonstrates and teaches her incredible skills of self-determination, strength,  and a positive attitude.

Persistence, mindset, grit, and confidence are her gifts. Asia uses her life-changing story to motivate other people to make a difference in their own lives and reach for a greater purpose for all. A passionate anti-poverty, anti-hunger activist and speaker, Asia captivate audiences through storytelling and messages of hope. At the core of her inspirational messages is the importance of perseverance.

Asia shared her message as a nationally recognized speaker with Congress, Huffington Post, and Bustle. At the age of 21, Asia spoke at one of the largest healthcare conferences in the United States, The National Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (FNCE), and the RESULTS’ International Conference for anti-poverty advocacy and lobbying. 

Currently, Asia is a public defender working to advocate for children within the child welfare system, and a member of the Food Dignity® Project’s Board of Directors. 

Amanda Frankeny, RDN, LDN

Podcast Producer

Amanda Frankeny is the Food Dignity® Project’s Podcast Producer and a registered dietitian. She’s honored to be able to work with this podcast and watch it grow listeners’ understanding of themselves, others, and the voices behind hunger across America.  

Amanda is a consultant working on food and nutrition strategy and content creation over various platforms from podcasts, smartphone apps, to online and in-person courses. Her clients range from minority, low-income populations to national health insurance companies.  She is also a contributor to the HuffPost and has co-authored articles for the Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog. Prior to consulting, she worked with a nutrition education network that combined stakeholder efforts to end poverty across the state of Pennsylvania. 

She currently sits on the Advisory Council for Penn State ProWellness, is a member of the Messiah College Nutrition and Dietetics Advisory Board, and a board member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Education.  

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