Giovanna Mingrone

Founder / President

As director of Stone Soup CLE, Giovanna pulls from her varied experiences as chef, restaurateur, educator and entrepreneur. Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Giovanna moved to San Francisco, CA where she cut her culinary teeth at Zuni Café and the Campton Place Hotel. After a six-month hiatus to Italy, she moved to Cleveland to open Battuto Ristorante with Mark Daverio. The award-winning east-side restaurant closed its doors in 2007. In 2010, Giovanna found her second love: teaching. She has been a culinary instructor at Cuyahoga Community College ever since. Her art background (a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wayne State University) helps her devise creative solutions to complicated problems. In Giovanna's words:

“The CIA gave me skills, Zuni gave me heart, Battuto gave me tenacity, and teaching continues to give me inspiration every day. Stone Soup CLE gives me hope. Now it’s my turn to give back.”

 

Wyndi Moore

Co-Vice President

Wyndi Moore joined Stone Soup CLE in 2017 while serving as the Beyond the Meals Coordinator for BW Campus Kitchen team. Wyndi supports the Stone Soup CLE team and other organizational leaders in the research, implementation and execution of short-term project and programs. Wyndi will graduate from Baldwin Wallace University in May 2018 with a bachelor of arts in Sociology with a focus in Public Health and a minor in Psychology, from Baldwin Wallace University, where she works as a Course Assistant and facilitates the Beyond the Meal activities for Campus Kitchen. She was recognized at the 2017 International Food Waste & Hungers Summit, which acknowledge the accomplishments of Campus Kitchen’s servicing communities. Also recognized as the 2017 David & Frances Brain Center Leader of the year. Wyndi is very committed to building equity in the communities in which she serves. She is a Virtual Assistant for Kim Foreman, Executive Director of Environmental Health Watch. She has been a part of the planning team for the Race, Food and Justice Conference since 2013. Wyndi is a wife and mother of six wonderful people.

 

Brion Stenger

Co-Vice President

Brion Stenger is a Cleveland area native who graduated with a BA from Bowling Green State University where he studied Sociology, History and Architectural Design. After a brief time as a foundry worker, a job in the corporate world, and as a Juvenile Detention Officer, he was accepted to the College of Law at the University of Toledo graduating with a Juris Doctor.  

After returning to Cleveland, Brion was hired into the Lakewood Law Department where he served as Assistant Prosecutor, Magistrate of the Juvenile Diversion Program, and Legal Counsel for the Zoning Board of Appeals. After leaving the Law Department, he began his own law practice focusing in criminal defense, business law, and landlord – tenant law.  He has been in private practice for over eleven years.  He is also past President of the Lakewood Jaycee’s (Junior Chamber of Commerce).  

Brion assisted with the founding of Stone Soup CLE, Inc. and is its current Vice President and Legal Counsel. He is enthusiastic about Stone Soup CLE’s cause of ensuring those currently less fortunate are fed healthy and fresh food.

 

Debbie Fekete

Secretary

Debbie Fekete is a founding member of Stone Soup CLE. She provides her volunteer support to the team by acting as Secretary and assisting with monthly pickups. She attended University of Akron for business administration and currently works full time as an account manager. Debbie has always had a passion and interest in food, so decided to do something with the passion and attend the culinary program at Cuyahoga Community College.  While attending, she earned her ServSafe certification and Private Chef Certificate. It was at Cuyahoga Community College where she met Giovanna. Because of her interest and knowledge in food along with her business experience, she was invited to join with Stone Soup CLE. The experiences that Debbie has had so far with Stone Soup CLE has been very rewarding and given her a deep appreciation for how a nonprofit organization can improve the quality of life. She also volunteers her time to St. Joseph’s Byzantine Catholic Church as cantor, ECF Director, and Advisory Board Member. She is a wife and mother of three children and enjoys her time with her three rescue dogs.