fair food board of directors
Steven M. Glueck, CPA, CGFM
Steve is a partner at BBD Certified Public Accountants, with more than 25 years of accounting and auditing experience. Prior to joining BBD, Steve was a partner with a national accounting firm where he worked with a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including educational institutions, health and welfare organizations, foundations, and cultural organizations. Steve is committed to community service. He volunteers domestically to assist the needy in Cambodia and Jamaica and also serves on Boards or Committees for Ursinus College, Philadelphia Works, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, AIDSNET, and TEAMS for Medical Missions. A frequent public speaker, Steve has presented at both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Societies of CPAs and contributed to multiple webinars and various industry user conferences. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) as well as the Association of Government Accountants and the National and Eastern Associations of College and University Business Officers, and he serves on the PICPA Nonprofit Committee. He is a graduate of Ursinus College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics.
Kate A. Kleba
Kate A. Kleba is an associate with Post & Schell Attorneys at Law’s Business Law & Litigation Department. She restricts her practice to employment and labor law litigation. She represents employers in employment-related litigation and administrative proceedings at the federal, state and local levels. Ms. Kleba also counsels employers on compliance with various federal and state laws governing the employment relationship, including personnel policies, wage and hour issues, disability accommodations, personnel actions, the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and workplace investigations. She has handled a variety of labor and employment matters, including claims for wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of restrictive covenants, and unfair competition. Ms. Kleba has defended Fortune 500 companies against claims of gender, race and disability discrimination and defended and successfully settled claims alleging ERISA breach of fiduciary duty on behalf of a Fortune 100 company.
Ms. Kleba has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for employment and labor for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012. The annual compilation recognizes the top attorneys in the Commonwealth who are 40 years of age or younger or have been practicing for fewer than 10 years.
Leah is a M.Sc. Candidate in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior, she worked in Philadelphia at Hazon, a national Jewish environmental and food justice organization, and at the Reinvestment Fund, a community development financing institution, assisting with their food access policy, research, and financing initiatives. Leah also served as an Appointed Member on the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, focusing on the Vacant Lands Sub-Committee, and volunteered with urban farms around the city. Leah holds a B.A. in Food System Studies from Tufts University.
Alva C. Mather is a partner in and chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Alcoholic Beverage Industry Practice Group and co-chair of the Food and Beverage Industry Practice Group. Ms. Mather is a business lawyer, litigator and first-chair trial attorney with more than a decade of experience representing clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies. She has a particular focus in the food, beverage, hospitality, retail, franchise, higher education, technology and financial services sectors.
Ms. Mather has established herself as a leading attorney in matters affecting the highly regulated alcoholic beverage industry. She has advised breweries, distilleries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurateurs and other third-party providers involved in alcohol-related services on all aspects of manufacturing, distributing and selling alcohol. In particular, Ms. Mather has drafted, negotiated and litigated distribution agreements and related wholesaler terminations; provided business counseling on all aspects of licensing new alcohol facilities both at the state level and with the TTB; drafted and negotiated contract brewing and other supply agreements; provided guidance on regulatory changes affecting the industry; and advised on distributorships and brand transfers, as well as matters related to opening a brewery and buying/selling a liquor license. Ms. Mather is an active industry participant, writing and speaking on matters affecting the alcohol industry. Through her experience as a trial attorney and commercial litigator, Ms. Mather also assists clients in all aspects of civil litigation and regulatory enforcement, including representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions before federal and state regulatory commissions as well as in state and federal court through the prosecution and defense of distribution, supply and other contract disputes.
She also is active on social media, tweeting under the handle @alcohollawyer.
Brian is a program assistant with Penn State Extension at the Lehigh County office where he assists farmers with marketing and regulations. Brian is a former long time board member of PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) and a past board member of APPPA (American Pastured Poultry Producers Association) as well as former Director for Rural Vermont, a farm advocacy organization. Brian was the founder and manager of the Skippack Farmers Market located in Montgomery County. Brian and his wife Holley own and run Green Haven Farm where they raise grass-fed livestock on their 27 acre farm just outside of Fleetwood in Berks County. For 14 years they’ve sold chicken, eggs, lamb, pork, and goat to restaurants, CSA’s, farmer’s markets, and at their farm.
John is a sustainable food system advocate, an entrepreneur, a naturalist, and a father of three. He’s the founder of the Malvern Buttery, a community oriented bakery/cafe which aims to cultivate community and strengthen our local agricultural businesses. He’s been consulting with and helping to finance many food-based businesses in the region since 2011, Fair Food being one of them. He received an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, WA in 2010.
Ira has successfully represented clients in complex litigation matters, including multidistrict antitrust cases, in a variety of industries. Chair of the Firm's Class Action Practice Group, he has decades of experience in litigating complex, multiparty class actions for businesses and government agencies on both the plaintiffs' and defendants' sides. His class action experience spans a variety of substantive areas, including antitrust, securities, and consumer matters. He also represents institutional and private investors in matters involving corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities sales and valuations. As an appellate advocate, Mr. Richards has argued cutting edge issues in federal and state appellate courts.
Prior to joining Schnader, Mr. Richards was a co-founding partner of Trujillo Rodriguez & Richards, LLC, where he was the lead attorney in some of the firm's most complex cases.
Mr. Richards frequently speaks on antitrust, class action, discovery, financial services, and litigation issues. As a community leader, he serves as an officer and board member of philanthropic and religious organizations and in local politics and is a certified yoga instructor.
With almost 30 years in the business, Rush joined Emcon in November of 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. In recent years, Rush has concentrated his efforts on managing regional operations teams and on assisting clients with design and implementation of their global strategic plans for FM services.
Professional development is a continual process for Rush. He has studied sustainability and is working toward LEED certification. In addition, he has received Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and holds several certifications in business management. He has also served as a Graduate Assistant with the Dale Carnegie Leadership courses. Rush has maintained active involvement with multiple industry groups throughout his career, including the Strategic Account Management Association, International Facilities Management Association and the Society of Food Service Management. In addition, Rush has participated as an industry advisor at the University of the East in San Juan Puerto Rico where he has presented to students about the growing business of food and facilities management.
During his time at Sodexo, Rush was one of the charter members of SEED, the national sustainability expertise team and has participated multiple times as a mentor in the Impact Mentoring program.
Community service is highly integrated in Rush’s life. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Special Equestrians, a therapeutic riding center for the disabled in Philadelphia, and he assists with leadership of the local 4-H equestrian group.
John is an attorney and the Founder and Principal of Gerber Growth. He has extensive professional expertise as an executive manager, corporate attorney and business builder and is dedicated to enhancing the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia region through support of entrepreneurs and growing businesses.
John has served in key management roles with early stage and growth-oriented companies. He has been part of the founding management team for a $100 Million private equity fund. John also served as Project Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department on an economic development planning exercise initiated by Mayor Street, a unique leadership opportunity that enabled him to take his personal experience with entrepreneurism and business growth and apply it to a critical regional dialogue.
John’s community involvement includes The Enterprise Center, Philadelphia, PA, Member of Board of Directors, since 2006; Greene Towne School, Philadelphia, PA, Member of Board of Directors, 2003-2005; Philadelphia Area Accelerated Manufacturing Education, Inc. (PhAME), Philadelphia, PA, Member of Work Group and Curriculum Development Team, 1997-1998; Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation, Philadelphia, PA, Member of Board of Directors, 1994-1997.
A professional chef for nearly 30 years, Gary Giberson is a leading innovator in sustainable dining. He joined The Lawrenceville School (New Jersey) as executive chef in 1998, and started developing the school’s sustainable dining program in 2003. In 2007, he founded the food service company Sustainable Fare, L.L.C., with a focus on integrating sustainable food systems. Giberson has earned the Certified Executive Chef designation from the American Culinary Federation and is certified by the State of New Jersey as a Master Composter. He is a member of Slow Food USA and a Terra Madre U.S. Delegate (2006, 2008), a board member of Fair Food, New Jersey Farm to School, and a Steering Committee participant for Farm to Institute. Giberson has recently been invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative and attended the 2010 White House event.
Lindsay is a long time local food systems advocate and was formerly manager of the Fair Food Farm to Institution and Farmer Outreach Programs. With over 35 years experience in the food industry as a chef and cooking instructor, Lindsay is the owner of Organic Planet Handcrafted Foods, a personal chef service that caters to customers with specialized dietary needs. In addition Lindsay consults on Farmer Outreach and Product Development for Common Market Philadelphia, a local food distributor. In this role she seeks out new growers and products, and works with farmers to develop efficiencies and systems to meet the demands of larger wholesale customers.
Lindsay was a founding board member and former board co-chair of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, and a founder and former board chair of Good Company Group, a sustainable business incubator and accelerator based in Philadelphia.
Margaret M. Robus, CPA, MT, Treasurer
Peggy is a Tax Senior Director with BDO USA, LLP. Peggy has developed a large, loyal, and diverse client base including: multinational companies, not for-profit organizations, closely-held businesses, retail establishments, healthcare organizations and private individuals. Peggy has performed a full range of accounting services for these clients, including: corporate, partnership, and individual estate and trust tax preparation. In addition, she has successfully negotiated with the IRS, resulting in substantial tax penalty abatements on behalf of her clients.
Peggy’s experience concerning tax policies and procedures has enabled her to implement tax saving strategies for her clients. She works closely with clients, researches pertinent tax related guidelines and compliance issues, and designs and applies tax saving methodologies. In conjunction with her traditional duties, Peggy lectures on pertinent tax related policies and procedures.
Peggy’s education and certifications include: Philadelphia University (formerly known as Philadelphia College of Textile & Sciences), B.S. in accounting, Certified Public Accountant, Villanova Law School, Master in Taxation. Her affiliations and community leadership include: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants; British American Business Council; French-American Chamber of Commerce; German American Chamber of Commerce; Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, Board Member; Fair Food, Inc., Treasurer.