Inspired by her grandparent’s farm and selling vegetables at the Farmer’s Market since she was a small child, Belinda joined Felicia to pursue her passion of feeding children healthy food. Prior to founding Butter Beans, Belinda worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years. Belinda holds an MBA from the Executive MBA program at NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives with her husband Jon, their son Sam, and their daughter Claudia.
Felicia has been an avid student of nutrition and health earning degrees and certifications from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She also holds a BA in Education from The New School. In addition to founding Butter Beans, Felicia manages a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counseling practice that she started over 7 years ago. Felicia lives with her husband JoseLo, their daughters Nina and Ema Elu and their son MarceLo.
April Canadé joined Butter Beans after years of working in the corporate sector. April has an extensive background in all areas of Food Service management. April directly manages our on-site school supervisors and oversees our food service team ensuring high standards of excellence for our students and faculty. She oversees food service trainings, job performance, team communication and kitchen collaboration. April earned her Master’s Degree in Food Management from New York University, her Bachelor’s Degree from State University at Albany, her Associate Degree in Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management from New York Restaurant School, and received a Management Development Diploma from the National Restaurant Association.
Josh Board joined Butter Beans with a background in education. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Brooklyn College, and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island. Josh has a passion for healthy eating, and a passion to help improve public health. In his role as operations manager, he coordinates food orders and production, deliveries, and on-site management of our commissary kitchen. Josh also maintains communication with school administrators, parents, Butter Beans lunch-servers, and our kitchen and administrative staff.
Flora comes to the Butter Beans team with a background in sustainable development, and a great passion for nutrition and wellness education. She grew up spending summers in Italy and Long Island where she learned first hand where food comes from, how to cook it simply to bring out its natural flavors, and the value of sharing family meals. She holds her BA in Environmental Studies and Community Development from the University of Vermont, and is a Certified Nutritionist Consultant through the Natural Healing Institute.
Bruce comes to Butter Beans with a great passion for feeding children healthy food during their school day. Bruce is responsible for the transportation and delivery of our food to all of our schools, oversees the daily pack out, and manages his transportation team.
As a partner of the company, chef Nicholas brings over twenty years experience of some of the most progressive culinary environments in the country and a passion for the betterment of school lunches. Nicholas has had a diverse career running the gamut from prestigious Michelin starred restaurants and chefs such as Joel Robuchon, Michael Mina, George Germon, and Johanne Kileen, to some of the largest culinary facilities in the world, Bellagio and MGM Grand hotels. Through this diversity he brings real world solutions to everyday problems. Nicholas earned his BS in food service management and AAS in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.