A youth movement to
end extreme poverty by 2030
FeelGood is a youth movement turning college into a time of effective global action. On campuses across the country, students run a successful social enterprise—a grilled cheese deli— to raise money and build public support for the end of extreme hunger and poverty. In the process students gain critical business, leadership and teamwork skills that serve them throughout their lives.
Every dollar students raise is invested in the Commitment 2030 Fund: A select group of organizations working to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a global initiative to eliminate extreme hunger and poverty by achieving an economically prosperous, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable human presence on the planet by 2030.
Brand new chapters receive two full scholarships (minus travel) to attend FeelGood’s 5-day Big Cheese Summer Institute and the opportunity to earn up to $750 in investment capital in the first year.
FeelGood is committed to your development as a 21st century leader, social entrepreneur, and global citizen—providing online resources, on-demand consulting and support, training modules and intensives, international travel opportunities, and more.
As part of the FeelGood community, you’ll have access to our global network of experts in international development, leadership, and social entrepreneurship. After graduation, you’ll be invited to join our alumni organization, FeelGood4Life.
OUR IMPACT SINCE 2005
FeelGood was founded in 2005 by Kristin Walter and a group of cross-country runners at the University of Texas at Austin. Inspired by the work of The Hunger Project and its philosophy that ending hunger is not about feeding “a billion hungry mouths,” but rather about “unleashing the talents and spirits of a billion human beings able to end their own hunger”—Kristin and her friends looked for a way to get involved and contribute.
Their idea: offer fellow students grilled cheese sandwiches in exchange for a donation, and invest the proceeds in organizations with a proven track record of sustainable, gender-based hunger-eradication. In less than 6 months, they raised $10,000. Not only that, they discovered that a grilled cheese sandwich had the power to start some amazing conversations about hunger, and how we can end it.
Today, we’re a national movement of social entrepreneurs for the end of extreme poverty, with chapters across the country. Every year FeelGood students initiate thousands of conversations and raise tens of thousands of dollars, all for the most critical global issue of our time.
Below is a list by state of the colleges and universities with FeelGood chapters. Click on the chapter list below to get to their Facebook page. Don’t see your school on the list? Become a chapter founder and leave a lasting legacy at your school.
Bryn Athyn College
Chestnut Hill College
Delaware Valley University
Stevens Institute of Technology
UC Santa Barbara
University of Guelph
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
University of Pittsburgh
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Western Kentucky University
FeelGood staff members serve, equip and support hundreds of student leaders who in turn inspire and manage over a thousand volunteers across the country.
Corin BlanchardManaging Director and Board Chair
Corin joined FeelGood in 2009 and serves as FeelGood’s Managing Director and Board Chair. Prior to FeelGood, Corin worked in colleges and universities for over a decade, most recently at the University of Vermont where she was the much-loved advisor of their FG chapter. In addition to holding a BA in English from Drake University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from UVM, Corin is a Certified Rolfer™.
Connor SpahnProgram Manager
Connor joined FeelGood in 2013 as a Changemaker Ignitor and now serves as the Chapter Development Program Manager. First involved with the FeelGood chapter at Columbia University as treasurer, he has been actively involved as an alumni as a Big Cheese counselor and as co-chair of the 2013 Hunger Summit. Connor has his degree in Economics and Philosophy.
Kristin WalterCo-Founder & Executive Director
She started FeelGood in 2004 while a finance major at the University of Texas at Austin, and it has been her full-time occupation since graduation in 2005. Under her leadership, FeelGood has grown from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.6 million for the end of hunger.
Talis Apud HendricksEducation and Technology
Talis leads FeelGood's technology and education initiatives. She was already a veteran of numerous for-profit and non-profit enterprises when she joined forces with Kristin in 2005 to create FeelGood’s first business plan. Talis holds an MS in Innovation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and a BA in Sociology from UT Austin. She qualified to the 2008 Olympic Games.
Rachel RubensteinProgram Director
Rachel joined FeelGood in 2011 as a Changemaker Ignitor and is now our Program Director. Rachel knows the FeelGood experience inside and out: She was the deli manager and president of the FeelGood chapter at the University of Vermont, where she graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Psychology and History.
Kern BeareStrategic Communications and Initiatives
Kern joined FeelGood in 2009 and currently focuses on Strategic Communications and Initiatives. He also supports FeelGood's fundraising efforts and education module design. Prior to joining FeelGood, Kern was vice president of communications for a high-tech corporation in Silicon Valley, a former Trustee of the Foundation for Global Community, and a co-founder of the non-profit, Global MindShift.
Nick CollinsOperations Manager
Nick joined FeelGood in 2015 as Operations Manager. Nick first delved into operations management as the University of Pittsburgh chapter's Business Manager and later Vice President. After graduating with an economics degree, he traveled the world and eventually found his way back to FeelGood.
Our Board of Directors
Kate MitchellEducation Chair
Kate is a rising junior at University of Vermont, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Psychology. FeelGood is one of the reasons she chose UVM, and Kate got involved in 2013 as soon as she landed on campus as a first year student. She’s currently the UVM FeelGood chapter’s sustainability chair, working with other officers and campus organizations to ensure UVM FeelGood’s environmental sustainability. Fun fact: Kate has two national medals for synchronized skating!
Mary GlennFeelGood4Life Chair
Mary graduated from the FeelGood Columbia chapter in 2013, where she served as Co-President and was involved her entire undergraduate life. Mary most recently worked as a case manager with the HIV/AIDS population in NYC, and is now pursuing a Master of Development Practice from UC Berkeley! To add to the intrigue, Mary is a Certified Collector of snow globes! Literally. She has a signed membership card and everything. Pretty glamorous.
Nick GuarrielloBoard Secretary
Nick joined the FeelGood movement in 2012 as the Founder and President of the Stevens Institute of Technology Chapter. Nick graduated in 2014 with his degree in Business & Technology. Currently working in New York City, he spends much of his spare time making music and cycling.
Earl PearsonChapter Recruitment Co-Chair
Earl co-chairs FeelGood's Chapter Recruitment committee. He joined FeelGood's University of Pittsburgh chapter in 2013 and served as treasurer before coordinating Pitt's first-ever 24-Hour Deli event. Graduating in the fall of 2015 with a degree in urban studies, Earl plans to attend graduate school for transportation planning. And let it be known it’s not just a rumor; Earl verifiably "has a building-crush on the Cathedral of Learning.”
Angelika KurthenCulture & Community Chair
Angelika joined FeelGood at the beginning of 2014 as a member of the UMich chapter. She is a junior currently pursuing a degree in the Program in the Environment and in Germanic Languages and Literature. She also hopes to graduate with a minor in Oceanography and a minor in Evolutionary and Ecological Biology. Right now, Angelika is serving as the Education and Recruitment Chair of the UMich Chapter. And, because she loves to cook, Angelika makes really fancy meals almost every night for her roommate and herself!
Aisha WhiteCommunications Chair
Aisha joined FeelGood in 2014 as an Alumni Changemaker Ignitor and is now our Communications Chair. As a student Aisha was Marketing Chair and President at the University of Pittsburgh Where she graduated with a Business Marketing Degree with a minor in Italian. What’s more, Aisha enjoys crafting Pinatas and holds a gold medal in contemporary miming.
Erin EastCommitment 2030 Fund Chair
Erin joined FeelGood when she and some of her best pals founded the UVA chapter of FeelGood in the Spring of 2014. She is their current president and is slated to graduate with a B.A. in May of 2016, with a major in Foreign Affairs and a minor in South Asian Studies. She (excitedly) joins the FeelGood Board as the Commitment 2030 Fund chair! In case there’s any doubt she’s the right person for the job, Erin dressed as a Transformer (tm) for four years as goalie for her high school field hockey team. Her final form? A 1960 sea foam green VW bug.
Eric FitzpatrickChapter Recruitment Co-Chair
Eric is a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, majoring in Business and Technology. Eric was a key member of the Stevens FeelGood founding team, serving as Vice President during that time. Since then Eric has held various other leadership positions there and is currently serving as President. Eric once led the entire MLS in goals scored...in FIFA 2015.
Becca YoungProgram Development Chair
Becca is a rising senior at Boston University, majoring in English and minoring in Italian. She was one of the founding members of FeelGood BU when the chapter began in Fall 2012, and ever since then it has been a huge part of her life at school, as she served as Deli Manager and President over the past few years. Now Becca is serving as the chapter's Education and Recruitment chair and is very eager to develop more strategies in getting more students involved in FeelGood in Boston. After graduation, Becca plans to go to graduate school to pursue a dual degree in education and business. Fun fact: two of her biggest obsessions in life are food trucks and jazz music!
Adrienne FrazierFINANCE COMMITTEE
Adrienne first got involved in FeelGood in 2008 when she met Kristin and Talis in San Francisco and has volunteered helping out with the finances and tax filings ever since. She graduated from UVM in 2005 with a degree in Business concentrating in accounting and went on to get her CPA after graduation. Outside of her work with FeelGood Adrienne is the Director of Finance at Sierra Club and mama to a baby boy, Jayden.
The role of Changemaker Ignitor is crucial for nourishing and sustaining our movement. We're grateful to these 11 FeelGood alumni for playing the role of a dependable, responsive, supportive, and strategic cheerleader to all FeelGood chapters.
UC Berkeley ’09
University of Pittsburgh ’10
Barnard College ’11
Bryn Athyn College ’14
University of Minnesota ’14
University of Vermont ’11
University of Texas – Austin ’07
UC Riverside ’15
Duquesne University ’14
University of Vermont ’08
University of Michigan ‘15
Top Row, Left to Right: Connor Spahn, Jason Walter, Ally Castles
Middle Row, Left to Right: Jesse Perez, Leah Shukla, Alissa Breindel, Katie Kerrigan
Bottom Row, Left to Right: Cecelia Lie, Dani Hoey, Chloe Kund, Rachel Rubenstein
Not Pictured, Shannon Zandee & Christina Maples
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