Board of Trustees
Dorothy Mullen, Founder, Board President
Dor is the Founder of The Suppers Programs and a facilitator of numerous meetings. The Suppers program design reflects her combining of counseling models learned in a Masters in Counseling program at The College of New Jersey, her background in garden-based education, her passion for preparing delicious food, and her respect for the wisdom and longevity of the 12-step process. Meetings at Dor's run the spectrum, from those focused largely on food preparation and developing a palate for whole, fresh food; to meetings for people with insulin-dependence diabetes; to raw vegan meetings for people who want to prepare delicious plant-based meals. Dor also runs facilitator training programs, health-focused tours of local food stores, and special Suppers events in public venues. Prior to Suppers, Dorothy was the president of the board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine in New York and a holistic health care practitioner in Princeton. Read Dor's story and visit Dor's web site.
Fiona Capstick, Board Vice President
Fiona grew up in the north of England in a farming community where food and cooking were a major part of her life. She completed her education as a registered nurse through the University of the West of England and continued her career as a diabetes nurse consultant in Sydney, Australia. Fiona studied at Duke Integrative Medicine and works independently as an integrative health coach, with clients in the US and internationally. After relocating to the US with her husband and two sons, she discovered The Suppers Programs. “I immediately connected with the benefits Suppers was providing people with diabetes and many other health concerns. After going through treatment for cancer, exploring different ways of supporting my health was never more important to me -- and the knowledge I continue to gather through Suppers is invaluable.”
Deborah Kaple, Board Secretary
Deborah is a Research Scholar in the Sociology Department at Princeton University. She has served on a few non-profit boards in Princeton, including the Princeton Adult School, Princeton Friends of the Library Board, and People and Stories. She also was the Associate Director of the Sandra Starr Foundation, which at the time was heavily involved in organizing community opposition to NJDOT’s plan to build the Millstone Bypass. (They won.) “Suppers changed how our family eats: My daughter broadened her palate for real food by doing food experiments and I learned to eat to avoid swings into low blood sugar. With Suppers experiments and referrals to the right kind of local practitioners, another family member reversed type 2 diabetes.”
Karen Baldino, Board Treasurer
Karen has over 30 years of experience as a local government finance official. She is a NJ Certified Municipal Finance Officer and has served in the positions of Comptroller, Director of Finance, and Chief Financial Officer in various municipalities in the State of New Jersey. She taught NJ government accounting classes for the Bureau of Government of Research, Rutgers University. Presently she works independently and prepares financial statements and performs other financial duties in several towns. Karen was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 1995 after a tick bite in 1993 and has had several subsequent recurrences. In her quest for better health, she discovered The Suppers Programs while attending a store tour at the Whole Earth Center. “I support Suppers with my heart and soul. The program provides knowledge, support and experience in preparing delicious, healthy, wholesome food with like-minded folks. Suppers has given me the priceless gift of feeling good.”
Maria (Adi) Benito-Herrero, MD, Board Member
Dr. Benito is board-certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and hasa clinical practice in Princeton, NJ. She attended medical school in Spain and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital (University of Pennsylvania Health System) and a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Integrative Medicine, where she is guest faculty. She has developed the curriculum for an integrative endocrinology module which has been incorporated to the fellowship. She is a certified meditation teacher (Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center) under the mentorship of Mahan Rishi Singh and Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa and she is currently studying herbal medicine at the David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies. "Lifestyle modifications including the food we eat can prevent disease more effectively than medications; and community-based support systems, such as what people receive through Suppers, provide solutions beyond what doctors or medications can. We are finding that it is not necessarily our genes that finally tip the balance towards health or disease, but the choices we make every day; what we eat, our social connections. Suppers offers social support in creating long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes. Suppers' mission is superb."
Audelle Bodie, Board Member
Audelle has been an Internal Auditor/Project Manager in the telecommunications and publishing industries for over 15 years. She holds an MBA in Marketing and is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Internal Auditor. She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2002, and ultimately moved to Princeton in 2013 in part to be closer to Suppers' wonderful support system. "I support Suppers because through the support, non-judgment, and inspiration of these meetings and members, I am healing. I've lost over 30 pounds. I've reduced my need for insulin to treat Type 2 diabetes by more than two-thirds. Through experiments, I feel more comfortable in my food choices and want to do whatever I can to spread the Suppers message."
Herb Mertz, Board Member
Herb Mertz served as a board member of the Whole Earth Center natural foods store for 28 years, being president for 10 years, and a board member of the Holistic Health Association of Princeton for 8 years. He is also an active participant in the Princeton Food Salon. Herb holds a Bachelors of Science and Engineering degree from Princeton University. Early in life he experimented with vegetarianism and has always paid close attention to how food affects energy and mood. "I support the Suppers Programs because it, too, takes the approach that feelings are data, and that so much of health suffering could be eliminated of people listened to their bodies."
Karen Rose Tank, Board Member
Karen Rose Tank, MS, CHC is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health and Diabetes Coach with Rose Health Coaching based in Princeton, NJ. She specializes in working with people with diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions informed by her own experience with diabetes, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Menopause and weight challenges. Karen is passionate about helping people build personal toolkits to achieve practical, realistic and delicious behavior change to support their long-term health and live according to their intentions. Karen’s training includes a certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Rutgers Agricultural, Food and Resource Economist (MS), a Cornell Plant Scientist (BS), a Vegetable IPM coordinator with Cornell Cooperative Extension, a Research Associate in Agribusiness in the corporate world and with the EcoPolicy Center at Rutgers. She also holds advanced trainings in coaching, yoga, meditation and the breath… giving her a deep understanding of the impacts of food on the body.
Lee Yonish, Board Member
Lee has a background in market research, and for 15 years she managed numerous studies for businesses spanning various industries, such as technology, healthcare and corporate communications. More recently, she has shifted her focus to community and nonprofit work. In addition to contributing her time to Suppers, she is also working toward her certification in holistic nutrition from Bauman College. "I support Suppers because it has taught me how to pay close attention to how food makes me feel, how to incorporate more nutrient-dense food into my life, and it has helped me to filter through all of the 'food confusion' brought on by the media, best-selling nutrition books, medical studies and the food industry."
Raoul is a restauranteur in Princeton, NJ. A founding member of the Terra Momo Restaurant Group, Raoul owns and operates several restaurants in the Princeton area which focus on serving food which is locally grown and raised. Raoul has been the recipient of several awards related to his active community involvement. Raoul and his wife reside in Princeton with their three sons who attend the Princeton and Hopewell Valley Public Schools.
Nancy Schulman, Administrator
Nancy was born and raised in New England and went on to graduate from Boston University with a BS in Economics and Finance. After college she worked at GTE/Verizon in audit and strategic planning before moving to New York City where she met her husband Norman and started a family. Nancy is a 25+ year resident of Princeton and has worked as a Development Associate at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart while continuing to be active in volunteering for different organizations in the community and raising a family. She is a passionate home chef and devotee of local farm markets.
Allie O'Brien, Events Consultant
Chef Allie graduated from the Berkeley Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in October of 2012 with a Natural Chef Certificate. She also holds a B.A. in English Literature from Douglass College at Rutgers in New Brunswick. In 2013, Allie began to perform cooking demonstrations, short talks, and classes at Suppers meetings and workshops to help members learn to cook better. She is a trained Suppers Facilitator and hosts monthly dinners through Grace Presbyterian Church and The Sand Hills Community Wellness Center. She and Dorothy have a weekly blog, The Purple Apron, where they showcase stories from real Suppers members and prepare a Suppers-friendly dish for members to try at home. Additionally, Allie is the President of The Garden State Community Kitchen, a non-profit organization which provides hands-on farm-to-table education and support for children and families in New Jersey.