REV. LEO PATALINGHUG, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a Catholic priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (Latin phrase that means “The Will of God”). He is from Baltimore and is the host and founder of Grace Before Meals, a movement to strengthen families and communities around the dinner table. He is the host of the TV cooking program, Savoring Our Faith, host and contributor for radio programs, an internationally renowned speaker and author of popular cookbooks and inspirational materials. He has been featured on national and international media outlets, including the Cooking Channel and on the Food Network show, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.
The Table Foundation has been a goal of Fr. Leo’s for a number of years as he saw the need to elevate the culture on a larger scale through the gift of food, as it is the best way to the hearts of those who hunger. Now that The Table Foundation has launched, Fr. Leo is excited for the many new ways that the world can be changed through good food and faith.
MIKE BALDWIN, VICE PRESIDENT
Mike is the President and CEO of Baldwin Homes, Inc., an award-winning company that builds “Green” and energy efficient multi-family, single family production and custom homes throughout Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, while performing historical restoration and remodeling. In addition to The Table Foundation, he is involved in the Boards of Home Innovation Research Labs, the Anne Arundel County Chapter Maryland Building Industry Association and Hancock’s Restoration Advisory Board. He and his wife Gina live with their children Michael, Amanda and Cecelia in Crownsville, MD. Mike became involved with The Table Foundation after experiencing a special meal provided for his family by Fr. Leo to support another charity and saw the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of many through food and faith.
TIM WATKINS, TREASURER
Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of Renegade Communications, turning what was once a small firm into a multi-faceted creative strategic advertising and marketing communications company focused on building their clients’ businesses. As part of his commitment to his Catholic faith, Tim created Messenger Eagle Communications, a Catholic fundraising, communications and consulting firm, as a division of Renegade. He is also a co-founder of the Grace Before Meals movement. He is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and/or produced films across a wide spectrum of genres; documentary, non-scripted travel log, scripted, and short film. Tim also holds active leadership positions on many business, community and faith-based boards and committees, including the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, , Itineris of Baltimore, Center for Adults with Autism, Baltimore Legatus, The Table Foundation, Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Legatus International and more. In 2014, Tim was installed as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre by His Eminence Edwin Cardinal O’Brien. Tim and Susan, his wife of 27 years, live in the Baltimore suburbs and are the proud parents of three beautiful children; Megan, Timothy, & Brian.
REV. COLLIN POSTON, CHAPLAIN
Fr. Collin Poston is the current pastor of St. Anthony Shrine and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parishes in Emmitsburg and Thurmont, MD, and Adjunct Spiritual Director at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. He is also involved with local media as a correspondent and blogger, including regular contributions to www.catholicreview.org. His interest in food (especially steamed crabs with Old Bay) and culture are among the reasons why he is a proud member and Chaplain for The Table Foundation. Fr. Poston credits Fr. Leo for helping him in his journey to become a priest, and invited Fr. Leo to be the homilist at Fr. Poston’s first official Mass at the historic Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, MD, after his ordination.
MARY MOORKAMP, BOARD MEMBER
Mary is the Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary for Schnuck Markets, Inc.—a regional supermarket chain headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. As part of her role at Schnucks Mary is active in her community and a member of several business and service organizations, including the United Way Women’s Leadership Circle, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mary’s recognitions include St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2002), Most Influential Businesswomen of St. Louis (2011) and Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery (2014).
Mary and her husband Tom are the proud parents of six children. It was “divine inspiration and intervention” that led to her reaching out to Father Leo and becoming a part of The Table Foundation—seeing it as a way to further her passion of bringing families back to the dinner table—one meal at a time—starting with her own family.
JENIFER BESH, BOARD MEMBER
Jenifer Berrigan Besh is a recovering attorney who now stays busy taking care of her husband, Chef John Besh, and their four beautiful sons, as well as volunteering. Jenifer graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Jenifer serves on the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Advisory Board, the Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Women in Action, The Table Foundation Board, the St. Tammany Parish Commission of Cultural Affairs and the St. Margaret Mary School Board. She also volunteers to help the Chef John Besh Foundation and the Northshore Court Foundation and is active in her children’s schools and their parish. Her involvement in The Table Foundation stems from a great friendship with Fr. Leo and with her firsthand experience of how food, family and faith go together.
MOST REV. GREGORY L. PARKES, BOARD MEMBER
The Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes was ordained and installed as the Fifth Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee on June 5, 2012, having been appointed to the position by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on March 20, 2012. Prior to entering the seminary he worked in the banking industry in Tampa. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach from 1993-1996 and the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1996-2000. He holds a Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1998) and a Canon Law (J.C.L.) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (2000). He was ordained a priest of the Orlando diocese by Bishop Norbert Dorsey on June 26, 1999.
Bishop Parkes has been a member of the Table Foundation Board for approximately one year. He has stated that his involvement with this foundation is based on his belief that we need “to feed those who feed and serve us in the food and hospitality industry, and to recognize the value and dignity that sharing a meal together provides to the family and our culture.”
DR. LINDA TRIBUZIO, BOARD MEMBER
Dr. Tribuzio earned her doctorate in Administration, Policy and Urban Education at Fordham University. After 14 years as an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Mercy College in the Bronx, New York, she presently serves as a faculty member at Wagner College in New York City. She has presented at international conferences yearly since 2011 and has worked extensively with underserved groups and those with learning disabilities. She has been dedicated to education in the South Bronx as a volunteer at St. Ann’s (Episcopal) After School, summer garden/nutrition classes and Summer Freedom School.
Dr. Tribuzio met Fr. Leo on a Pilgrimage through New York in 2014. She was excited to reconnect with Fr. Leo about the opportunity to be a member of The Table Foundation Board as she believes in the great impact The Table Foundation can have using the power of food to evangelize. She dedicates her service to The Table Foundation Board to her grandmother Angelina Tribuzio, a superb cook and mother of eight, with whom she picked dandelions for salad in her Farmington, CT hometown.