People serving people since 1976.

CK’s Board and Staff

Officers

Karen Talarico, Executive Director

President 
Glenn Giveans
Vice President, AmeriHealth Casualty

Vice President
Robert Marrone, CPA, RMA, CGMA
Partner, Bowman & Company LLP

Vice President 
Wanda Smith, MBA, PHR
Human Resources Director
Virtua Health

Treasurer 
William P. Carozza
Regional Trust Manager, TD Bank, NA

Secretary 
Elaine Moore Wright
Director of Operations
Harness the Sun, LLC

Directors

 

Rachael Brekke, Esq.
Confidential Aide to President
NJ Board of Public Utilities

Catherine Gavin
Former Deputy Administrator, Camden County
(retired)

Kathleen Goodman, Ed.D
Assistant Vice President, Center for Learning
Virtua Health

Donna Siegel Moffa, Esq.
Kessler Topaz Meltzer Check, LLP

Samuel Monnie
Director, Marketing Capability
Campbell Soup Company

Lisa M. Only, Esq.
Salmon, Ricchezza, Singer & Turchi LLP

Richard Pacheco
Vice President
UPS

Terry Ruggles
Former Anchor and Reporter
NBC10 Philadelphia (retired)

Stephen Talbott
Project Executive
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

 

Emeritus Directors

 

Edward Clark
Consultant
Clark Financial Services

Patrick Hall, MD
ENT Surgeon
Advanced ENT

Steve Jander
Former Vice President
Campbell Soup Company (retired)

Domenic Vallone
Director of Operations
Jewish Federation

Richard Woodland
Financial Aid Associate
Drexel University

Staff

Karen Talarico, Executive Director

Executive Director 
Karen Talarico

Karen was appointed Executive Director of the Cathedral Kitchen in March, 2003, the first ED for the Kitchen. She is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the George Washington University Law School. She practiced law for six years, then entered the non-profit field over twenty years ago.  She has served as the Executive Director of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Development Director of the Women’s Opportunity Resource Center of Philadelphia.  As Executive Director of the Cathedral Kitchen, she was responsible for the oversight of a capital campaign to raise $4 million to build the new facility at 1514 Federal Street.  Since her hiring, she has overseen an increase in staffing from five to 42 individuals, and the annual budget has increased from $150,000 to $2,800,000 in 2017.  She oversaw the expansion project for 1506 Federal Street.  Karen is active in the Camden County community: she served as chair of the Homeless Network Planning Committee of Camden County, which awarded her its Anna M. Sample Advocacy Award in 2009 for her work to pass state legislation to help establish the NJ Homeless Trust Fund.  Karen has represented Camden County as part of the New Jersey Anti Hunger Coalition, and helped to successfully advocate for line item funding in the state budget for food for soup kitchens and food pantries in New Jersey in 2006. She has also served as the president of the Board of Directors of Project H.O.P.E., a medical outreach program for the homeless in Camden.

Bea Gosik, Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer
Bea Gosik

Bea is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College and owned and operated Sensational Host Caterers for 27 years before joining Cathedral Kitchen. Over the years, Sensational Host Caterers developed a strong reputation for professional and consistent service, along with excellent food quality and presentation. Throughout her career in the food industry Bea developed and managed systems for food production, delivery and presentation. As an administrator, she was responsible for staff oversight, developing staff manuals, training, and policy, along with profit and loss management. Bea’s current responsibilities as COO include management of all CK programs, facilities and finances. She was recently involved in CK’s project to renovate the facility next door to become a social enterprise, which was completed in 2015. She was instrumental in the development of operational and financial systems to implement the enterprise’s large-scale contract meal venture and open the CK Café. She oversaw staffing expansion for the new facility that increased staffing by approximately 60% to meet operational requirements.

Noreen Flewelling

Development Director
Noreen Flewelling

Noreen Flewelling is a graduate of Fairfield University with more than 20 years of fundraising experience. Her previous development jobs include Major Gift Officer at Virtua Foundation, Director of Development for Children of Bellevue, Inc. at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, and fundraising consultant at Long Pond  Advisors with non-profit clients from health care, social service, education, religious and arts organizations. Noreen joined Cathedral Kitchen in 2016. 

As Development Director at Cathedral Kitchen, Noreen’s responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of the organization’s fundraising campaigns, grant management, events and public relations to support the annual operating budget of over two million dollars per year.

Noreen volunteers as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Eastern Education Foundation and the Eastern Theater Board.

Jonathon Jernigan

Executive Chef and Culinary Instructor
Jonathan Jernigan

Chef Jonathan Jernigan graduated from The Restaurant School of Philadelphia and has more than 30 years of experience in the culinary field, both in restaurants and as a private caterer. He started his professional career at The Greenbrier Restaurant in Cherry Hill, NJ, eventually becoming the Executive Chef at the Harbour League Club in Camden, New Jersey. He went on to general management positions at several restaurant chains, working both the front and back of the house. He participated in the Food Network series “Chopped” and was a featured Chef in the 2008 “Philly’s Men are Cooking Contest”. He has operated his own catering company since 2001, specializing in cuisine from around the world.

In 2008 he joined Cathedral Kitchen in the capacity of Executive Chef to professionalize the 30 year old soup kitchen’s grass roots operation, as well as to launch a new Culinary Arts Training Program, serving unemployed individuals who lack job skills.  Under his watch 275 students have graduated from the 17 week program and 80% of graduates have found jobs following graduation. He oversees catering, contract meal production, and the CK Café, which enables CK to raise revenue to support its human services initiatives in Camden, as well as employ CK graduates and Camden residents.

Denise King

Case Manager
Denise King

Denise King has a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University. She has over twenty years of experience in the human services field with both nonprofit and for profit organizations in southern New Jersey.

Denise began her professional career as a site manager for an Atlantic City, NJ realty company where she remained for seven years before moving to the nonprofit sector. She has since worked for several organizations as an advisor and case manager specializing in the areas of crisis counseling and domestic violence.

Denise joined Cathedral Kitchen in 2009. In her current role, she works with both dinner guests and CK’s Culinary and Baking Arts Training program students, assisting them with a variety of needs including (but not limited to) housing and utilities, mental health issues, substance abuse and domestic violence. Denise provides individual counseling and meets regularly with each culinary and baking student to ensure that each individual has the needed supports in place to successfully graduate from their program and begin the path toward self-sufficiency.

Alexandra Wills

Community Relations Director
Alexandra Wills

Alexandra “Alex” Wills is a graduate of Villanova University, with a double-major in Honors and Communications, minor in Business Administration and Pre-Law concentration. Alex worked as an Account Executive and Media Director for JRA/Marketing Communications in Philadelphia, serving healthcare, real estate, financial and retail accounts. She worked in the real estate industry for CVS Realty Co. and Brick Real Estate before joining the non-profit field.

In her position as Community Relations Director at Cathedral Kitchen, Alex manages the volunteers that fill over 8,000 slots each year to help with our daily meal program. She supports the mission of the Cathedral Kitchen with her community outreach by sharing the message and story of CK, both by conducting tours at our facility and visiting local community groups, schools and companies.

A longtime member of Rotary, the international service organization, Alex was a Charter member of the Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club, served as Past President, Charter Club Secretary and has held various club positions and committee chairs. She served as Assistant Governor (2003-2006) for Rotary District 7640 serving seven clubs. Alex has been a Rotary Youth Exchange Committee member since 1999 and has chaired the Short Term Exchange Program (2005-12). Since 2000, Alex has volunteered as a member of the Juvenile Conference Committee, part of the Camden County Judicial System.

Colleen Rini

Management Services Consultant
Colleen Rini

Colleen Rini is a graduate of California State University, has a certificate in Personnel Management from UCLA and a certificate in Fund Raising from the University of Pennsylvania. Colleen worked in human resources and management within the banking industry for 12 years before joining the nonprofit field in 1998. She worked for Philadelphia Academies, Inc. in Philadelphia in increasing roles of responsibility, serving as Director of Development prior to joining Cathedral Kitchen in 2006.

As Development Director at Cathedral Kitchen, Colleen was hired to support a capital campaign to raise $4 million to build the new facility at 1514 Federal Street. The building was successfully funded and opened in 2008. Current responsibilities include fund raising to support the annual operating budget of over two million dollars per year and managing public relations initiatives.

Colleen volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Lifeline Energy, an international nonprofit that tackles energy poverty by providing renewable energy alternatives for vulnerable populations as well as education.