Mike Basher is the Vice President of Retail Operations for Fare & Square, the first nonprofit grocery store of its kind throughout the nation. Fare & Square was opened by Philabundance in 2013 to provide fresh, affordable food to those living in Chester and the surrounding area, which had previously been a food desert for more than 10 years.
In his current role, Mike oversees all store operations including item selection, community outreach, and managing Fare & Square employees. With 38 years of retail and operations experience, Mike has helped many local associates in low-income neighborhoods fulfill their dreams of upward mobility into full-time management positions.
Prior to Fare & Square, Mike was the first Executive Director for the nonprofit, Uplift Solutions, formed to help solve food desert issues across the country. Prior to that, Mike was Director of Community Development and District Manager & Store Director for Brown’s ShopRite, which has 11 locations around Philadelphia.
Mike currently serves on the Hispanic Commission of Chester and is involved in the ministerial ministry within the Chester community. He resides in Upper Chichester Township with his wife and three children.
Glenn Bergman is the Executive Director of Philabudance, the region’s largest hunger-relief organization. Prior to Philabundance, he was the General Manager of the Weavers Way Co-Operative Market. Over his 11-year tenure at Weavers Way, Glenn expanded co-op membership and staff; increased annual sales; and expanded its programs to include the operation of four stores, two urban farms and the education for children and adults. Glenn has a Bachelor of Science in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Public Health from Temple University. After spending his early career in public health and health care-related positions, Glenn joined the Shooting Stars Corporation restaurant group, and then held positions at the Wood Company, and Compass Group. Glenn is an avid bicyclist and resides in Mt. Airy with his wife, Dianne.
Melanie S. Cataldi
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Melanie oversees all Philabundance logistics and programs including warehousing and inventory control, transportation, repack, facilities, job training, meal production, and all community food programs – both direct and through our network of 400+ member agencies. She also recently acted as the internal lead for bringing Philabundance through a successful strategic planning process.
Melanie has been with Philabundance since 2000, first serving as Program Director of the Delaware Valley Community Kitchen, now the Philabundance Community Kitchen. As Program Director she was responsible for locating and allocating community resources, curriculum development and the teaching of food service. Her subsequent positions at Philabundance have included Nutrition Services, Director of Programs and Senior Vice President of Programs and Operations.
Prior to Philabundance, Melanie served as a nutrition educator at Temple University and also has 10+ years of experience in the life insurance industry.
Melanie received her Master of Public Health from Temple University and her Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University. She currently resides in Philadelphia.
Interim Director, Human Resources
Jane Disher is the Interim Director, Human Resources for Philabundance. In this role, she provides leadership for all Human Resources functions, including recruitment, employee engagement, compensation and benefits, employee relations and talent development. Jane began her involvement with Philabundance in 2013 as a consultant supporting training initiatives and recruitment. She joined the Philabundance team in June 2016 as Manager, Human Resources and was named Interim Director, HR in January 2017.
With over 30 years of HR experience, Jane has held HR and organizational development OD positions within the for-profit sector, including Chubb Insurance, GE, and AIG. She has a B.A. in History from Mary Baldwin College and an MBA from Rider College. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Association of Talent Development’s BEST in Practice and Excellence in Practice awards. Jane currently resides in Chester County.
Chief Development Officer
After having previously served as Director of Development since January 2014, Caryn Rubinstein assumed the role of Chief Development Officer in July 2016. In her new role, Caryn oversees the Fundraising, Communications and Volunteer Department for Philabundance. With a dedicated staff of 15, Caryn is responsible for implementing the philanthropic pillar of the organization’s strategic plan and integrating the development team’s approach to the plan.
Prior to working at Philabundance, Caryn spent more than 20 years working at several of the region’s largest non-profits, including the Philadelphia Zoo, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and WHYY. Her previous experience includes managing large membership and annual fund programs, as well as focusing on business and development processes.
Caryn is a graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. She currently resides in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Cynthia Lutz Young
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Cindi Young currently serves Philabundance as the Interim Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she oversees all company financial practices, directs financial strategy and manages external/internal audit activities. Cindi is a finance and accounting veteran with more than 30 years of experience in financial management and leadership, strategic planning, organizational re-engineering, management reporting, budgeting and forecasting.
Cindi joined the Finance Department of Philabundance in 2015. Prior to joining Philabundance, Cindi served as Controller, Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for several Philadelphia-area commercial real estate firms. She also worked for Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia for six years.
After attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York for two years, Cindi graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California with a B.S. in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
A board member and volunteer for the Newtown Public Library, Cindi resides in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Chris, and two children.
Board of Directors
Noel Eisenstat, LLP
Fare & Square RS Committee
Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development, Einstein Healthcare Network
Operations and Program Committee, Chair
Associate Dean & Executive Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Development Committee, Chair
Karyn S.W. Polak
Deputy General Counsel, Asset Management Group, PNC Bank, National Association
Governance Committee, Chair
Vice President & Treasurer, FMC Corporation
Finance Committee, Chair
Partner, Cozen O’ Connor
Operations & Program Committee
Partner, P&A Associates
Fare & Square RS Committee, Chair
Regional Sales Executive, SVP, Bank of America
Retired Partner RSM US LLP
Audit Committee, Chair
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Fare & Square Board
Founding and Managing Partner, Devon Hill Capital Partners
Managing Director, CenterSquare Investment Management, Inc.
Human Resources Committee, Chair
Investment Committee, Chair
Fare & Square Board
Director, Philadelphia Zone Office, Subaru of America
Operations & Program Committee
Human Resources Committee
Market President, KeyBank
Anchor/Consumer Reporter, NBC10
Public Relations Committee, Chair