EXECUTIVE TEAM

Keith Cooper, Executive Director
Keith enjoys working at the intersection of food, business, community renewal, and storytelling. He worked in refugee education before helping start the granola company that became Beautiful Day. Since 2012 he's been guiding our growth into an ESE (Employment Social Enterprise) that connects refugees and their host communities.

Rebecca Garland, Associate Director
Rebecca taught literacy and ESOL to adults before starting work at Beautiful Day in 2018. She is responsible for developing partnerships with donors and foundations as well as with individuals and community groups. She gives talks to groups interested in learning more about refugees. Please contact her if you’d like a speaker for your group, either in person or virtually.

Laura Sadovnikoff, Administrative Manager
Laura came to Beautiful Day in 2021 after 20 years at Brown University's Watson Institute, where she managed international visiting scholar programs. Before her time at Brown, Laura was dean of students at a school in Vermont, lived and worked in São Paulo, Brazil, and spent several years in the field of US-Soviet cultural exchange, leading over 20 trips to Russia and bordering countries. Laura feels at home at Beautiful Day, enjoying an administrative job that is all about people.

Meggean Ward, Director of Operations 
Meggean came to Beautiful Day with a background in both the music business and refugee job development. She says she has had multiple professional 'lives', and is used to multitasking/wearing many hats.  She feels she has found her niche in the ever-changing and rewarding world of BD and working with refugees. She oversees operations, including production, fulfillment, farmers' markets, plus training program oversight, trainee onboarding, and case management.

PRODUCTION

Saad Awad, Production and Training Manager
Saad, originally from Syria, has worked in the food industry for his entire adult life. From 2006 to 2018, he owned and operated his own restaurant and catering business in southern Rhode Island and sold Mediterranean products in local markets. Saad enjoys working with various cuisines and is excited to be a part of Beautiful Day's operations.

Iman Diriye, Kitchen Assistant
Iman, originally from Somalia, went through our kitchen training program in 2016. Iman has become an experienced granola chef, and helps organize every shift, tutoring each new trainee to master a new set of skills.

Evon Nano, Granola Chef
Evon, born in Baghdad, Iraq, has been with Beautiful Day from the very beginning when we were perfecting our recipes and slapping home-printed labels on tin-tie bags. She has coached nearly every trainee in our kitchen. If you think our granola is perfect--well you can bet it's because of her.

MARKETING, SALES, & GROWTH

Paula Cunanan, Visual Content and Digital Marketing Consultant
Paula, born in the Philippines, moved to Providence when she was 8. She has worked with local nonprofits and businesses including Beautiful Day doing graphic design, photography, and videography for the past five years. In her free time, you will see Paula cooking Filipino food or training Muay Thai at her martial arts studio.

Leonard Dougbe, Marketing Associate
Leonard, originally from Liberia, West Africa, immigrated to Rhode Island in 2003 to be with his family. He earned his BA in arts with a concentration in graphic design from Rhode Island College in 2021. Since then has worked freelance with several small businesses and non-profit organizations. He brings his talent to Beautiful Day with the hopes of helping them reach a wider audience. You will find him with his wife and two kids exploring his love for photography and music in his free time.

Joan McLaughlin, Director of Growth
After traveling nationally and internationally during her sales career, Joan is dedicated to spreading the word about Beautiful Day's flavors of the world, locally, regionally, and nationally. You will find her engaging buyers, sharing our story, listening to our customers, sampling products, and contributing to helping new Rhode Islanders thrive.

Nomanullah Niazy, Farmers Market Manager


Rose Ntirampeba, Operations Associate
Rose, born in Burundi, came to Rhode Island in 2015. A mother of five, Rose manages one of our farmers’ markets, drives our van to make deliveries, assists with inventory, measures for production, and is central to our growing services for corporate clients. 

Pio Shabani, Farmers Market Manager


Zaid Wadia, Shipping Manager
Zaid, born in Baghdad, Iraq, started in the kitchen, then took over our first farmers’ market, and now oversees all of our shipping and fulfillment. Zaid keeps busy with another full time job along with four kids, including a pair of rambunctious twins.

TRAINING

Maliss Men Coletta, Director of Training
Born in Cambodia during the war, Maliss spent her childhood in various refugee camps before settling in Providence in 1987. With her experience in community work and teaching, Maliss piloted our youth program in 2019 and is now the program director. When she is not working with the youth or sharing healthy produce with the staff, she is busy raising her adventurous and nature-loving twins.

Kristen Pohl-Munro
Kristen came to Beautiful Day in 2021 after spending 12 years living and working in Africa and Southeast Asia. She now works as a case manager supporting youth to realize their strengths and talents, to successfully navigate life in Providence, and to be best prepared to achieve their dreams. Kristen is energized by collaborations, connections, and creative problem solving. Her work at Beautiful Day has enabled her to merge her passion for people and connections with her knowledge and experience managing projects. Kristen is grateful to be part of the Beautiful Day team and to have found an organization and job that she truly loves.

Fred Wambolt
Fred joined Beautiful Day in September of 2022 after retiring from his career as a public school educator. Fred taught English and ESL for fifteen years at Brooklyn International High School, a public school for recent immigrants and refugees in NYC. He relocated from Brooklyn to Providence in 2018 and taught English at 360 High School. Fred is passionate about working with refugee youth and is excited to coordinate the youth training program. In his free time, Fred plays tennis, swims, hikes, reads, and writes.


VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Liza Sutton, Volunteer Coordinator
Liza comes to Beautiful Day with a background in public health and a long history of working in Rhode Island's non-profit organizations. At Southside Community Land Trust, she worked alongside refugees building and organizing community gardens. She finds it a privilege to be able to connect community members with Beautiful Day's programs. Please contact her if you are interested in volunteering with Beautiful Day.