Board and Staff

Dorothy Mullen, Founder

Dor is the Founder of The Suppers Programs. 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. 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.

Board of Trustees

Fiona Capstick, Board 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.” 

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."

Marion Reinson, Board Member

Marion Reinson, founder of To The Point, takes a unique approach to business consulting that is designed to meet the wide-ranging needs of businesses at different stages and challenges. She blends high-level consulting with on-the-ground coaching and execution to make sure an organization’s vision is realized, and that real work is getting done all along the way. Whether working with a startup formulating a marketing strategy or an established organization looking to scale, she designs tailor made programs that respond to the current needs of the organization – leading to measurable progress. She has 20+ years of experience designing strategies with precisely targeted marketing messages. Clients particularly appreciate her noticeable impact on their ability to focus to achieve their business development goals and to discover hidden profit centers within an organization.

For over 5 years, Marion worked with Professor Rita McGrath, to “Rita-fy” the world by sharing Rita’s ability to teach senior enterprise level business leaders how to deliver real, value-creating innovation and growth, through the use of the world’s best strategic planning tools based on Rita’s work. Formerly, Marion was a partner at The Argyle Studio, a graphic design agency founded to provide ‘big agency’ ideas and talent without their overhead and bureaucracy. A graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, Marion is a board member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and serves as Chairperson of the Einstein Memorial Lecture Committee. She's also pleased to serve on the Board of The Suppers Program and the Advisory Board of Einstein’s Alley.

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.

 

Advisory Board

Raoul Momo

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.

 

Staff Members

Lee Yonish, Interim Executive Director
 
Lee has a background in project management, and for 15 years she honed her skills in the context of market research -- managing 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, Lee serves on the board of the Foundation for Airway Health. Finally, she is 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 creatively incorporate more nutrient-dense food into my life, and how (and why) to filter through all of the 'food confusion' brought on by the media and the food industry." 
 
Rachel DeBoer, Program Coordinator
 
Rachel is a Registered Nurse who seeks to make connections between healthy people and a healthy environment, believing that what we eat and how we spend our time matters. Whether that be through growing fresh food, nutrition and health education, sustainability practices or yoga, Rachel is passionate about it all. While managing her own diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and seeking opportunities to combine her diverse skills and interests, she found her way to Suppers. Rachel is happily married to a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary where she helps manage the community garden and shares a small flock of ornery hens. These days, she’s wearing more muddy garden boots than scrub bottoms, and she couldn’t be happier about it.
 
Carolyn Peucker, Program Assistant
 
Carolyn joined Suppers after a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The support and encouragement she received helped her with personal experimentation which enabled her to discover food sensitivities and develop eating styles that support her body. She was able to reduce her diabetes medications as her A1C moved closer to her goal. A wife and mother to three boys with developmental, mental health and learning differences, she is implementing eating changes for her family too. An Essential Oil Educator, with a Master’s degree in Food Science, Carolyn helps others understand how to use natural products to assist their bodies in healing. She is also a Rutgers Master Gardener and enjoys photography, bicycling, and baking.
 
Sarah Pipher, Program Assistant
 
After working in the financial industry for many years on domestic and international projects, emerging technologies and training, Sarah took a few years off to raise her two sons. During that time, she became actively involved in photography, yearbook design, dog-agility training, and volunteered at her boys’ schools. Sarah became a major health advocate when both her boys developed Lyme disease and were struggling in school. Her own stress levels -- and weight -- increased, and Sarah quickly realized she needed support. The typical teen fare and the various medications prescribed by doctors had helped to complicate an already complex situation. Sarah found a path for a healthier life, and her love for better health and nutrition was born. Suppers not only gave her support but also provided her with the tools she needed to introduce healthier food options to herself and her family. An avid learner, Sarah became an Essential Oil educator and also teaches about Brain Health and works with people to gain their health back.
 
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.