Whole Planet Foundation Hall of Fame
Whole Planet Foundation’s Hall of Fame recognizes the volunteers, fundraisers, and supporters who have gone above and beyond to help us reach more entrepreneurs living in poverty. By recognizing these champions, we honor their enthusiasm, outreach, and innovation in engaging people in our mission.
Class of 2018
Northern California Region
Akila has been San Rafael’s #1 cashier for Whole Planet Foundation’s Annual Prosperity Campaign for years and was in the top 3 for the Northern California region of Whole Foods Market in 2018. The campaign means a lot to her because, coming from India, she has seen the inequality and the hardships women go through and she wants to help them prosper. She attributes her success to having a visual aid (brochure) for customers to look at, as well as being educated about the work of Whole Planet Foundation so that she can share that knowledge with customers. Akila not only wants to make a difference by asking every customer to donate, but also cares about her team’s success by encouraging her fellow Team Members to also do well on the campaign. Thank you Akila! We appreciate you!
Angus’ devotion to Whole Planet Foundation is legendary on the Whole Planet Foundation team. He has a deep understanding of our work and how to convert that into videos that represent Whole Planet Foundation’s support of poverty alleviation through microcredit in a way that is so direct and easy to understand. In his role as a producer with Whole Foods Market he has created excellent video content about our work for many years. His professionalism, outstanding creativity and personal knowledge in representing our work makes the videos he produces for us instrumental in increasing awareness about Whole Planet Foundation and in reaching new supporters. Thank you Angus! We appreciate you!
Rocky Mountain Region
Carolyn is a huge supporter of everything Whole Planet Foundation. She has a true passion for the program and has raised thousands of dollars, becoming one of the top fundraisers at the Pikes Peak Whole Foods Market store over the past many years. She has ranked in the top 10 fundraising cashiers in the Rocky Mountain Region for the Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign in 2016 and again in 2018. Carolyn’s care shines through as she explains how Whole Planet Foundation operates and takes the time with each customer to answer questions. She will often educate new team members, coaching them on how to ask for donations. She has helped with multiple events including rummage sales and bake sales. She insists on cashiering at a busy register during the campaign to make certain she can engage with the largest number of customers. The money she has raised is even more impressive considering she is a part time cashier and only works 4 days a week. She continues to be a huge inspiration to her store and fellow team members. Thank you Carolyn! We appreciate you!
Darrick is a shining star year-over-year. As Traditional Medicinals’ Director of Health & Natural, Darrick works with the Whole Planet Foundation team to maximize $50,000 Supplier Alliance for Microcredit partnership opportunities to further our collective mission to alleviate global poverty. Darrick is a delight to work with and is always ready to engage in and support activations through event sponsorships and donations of Traditional Medicinals tea and branded items. He leads by example with his can-do attitude and creative and well-executed engagement plans, and thereby serves as a great model for new Whole Planet Foundation supplier partners. Darrick’s enthusiasm for pioneering new digital storytelling opportunities with us helps us evolve and grow as an organization. For all these reasons and more, he has been a key player in our growing partnership with Traditional Medicinals and one of the many reasons Traditional Medicinals was selected by our Whole Planet Foundation team to receive the 2018 Whole Planet Foundation Trailblazer award, for community programs in India and having donated $305,949, helping to provide 5,402 microloans, offering 29,411 opportunities to entrepreneurs and their families to lift themselves out of poverty to date. Thank you Darrick! We appreciate you!
Emily Krapausky, Josh Runyan, Milena Brkic, and Nicole Kiley Feidt
Midwest Region Training and Store Support Champions for WPF
The Midwest Region has excelled in raising awareness and funds for Whole Planet Foundation for years. They were the #1 fundraising Region of Whole Foods Market for the 2018, 2017 and 2016 Whole Planet Foundation Annual Prosperity Campaigns! What is the secret to their success? It’s a combination of focusing on education, helping to set cashier goals, and support of their cashiers in advance of, and during, the WPF Annual Prosperity Campaign. This approach has produced remarkable results!
From the Midwest Region Playbook for the Annual Prosperity Campaign, to creating Midwest training tools, to support of Whole Planet Foundation education initiatives, to encouraging excitement and participation through reporting and recognition, Nicole Kiley Feidt and Milena Brkic take the cake! When it comes to helping to set and attain Whole Planet Foundation Campaign fundraising goals and encouraging excellence in fundraising while keeping the excitement and competition going through reporting and recognition throughout the campaign, Emily Krapausky and Josh Runyan are the best! Thank you Emily, Josh, Milena and Nicole! We appreciate you!
Jason has been an invaluable supporter of Whole Planet Foundation’s website redesign, starting in 2016. As a mentor, advisor, and subject matter expert, Jason empowered Whole Planet Foundation’s team to create and design a new site, lending a helpful ear and encouraging advice whenever asked. Jason has also donated many hours of coding to support Whole Planet Foundation’s site, and continues to support website updates and the move to a new server environment. It is a pleasure to work with Jason due to his relaxed demeanor and sense of humor as technical “issues” appear, and we hope to have him continue to support our work for many years to come. Thank you Jason! We appreciate you!
Jeff has been a Whole Planet Foundation fanatic for many years, contributing to the success of two iterations of Whole Planet Foundation’s website, as well as volunteering for (nearly) every event the foundation puts on in Austin. As a tester on the Whole Foods Market digital team, Jeff generously donated his time and skills to make sure education, outreach, and fundraising on the Whole Planet Foundation website runs smoothly and efficiently. Today, Jeff has moved into new roles with Whole Foods Market, but continues to advise the foundation about user experience, project management, and other website-related best practices. Jeff’s passion for giving back stems from his experience serving in the military and witnessing the need in communities around the globe. Along with Jeff’s kindness and generosity, we appreciate his commitment to support our mission and his helpful spirit in everything he does. Thank you Jeff! We appreciate you!
Pacific Northwest Region
Joe has been a team member at the West Vancouver Whole Foods Market for over 11 years, and in that time, he has been the top fundraiser for the Whole Planet Foundation Annual Prosperity Campaign almost every year, and has also been the top fundraiser in the Pacific Northwest region of Whole Foods Market on a few occasions.
He raised $1,151 at the register for 2018, was a 2017 top 10 cashier for the Pacific Northwest region, raising$1255 and was a 2016 top 10 cashier for the Pacific Northwest region of WFM, raising $2,093. His passion and enthusiasm for the Whole Planet Foundation is evident from how much he enjoys educating WFM customers about it. Joe also loves sharing his knowledge with fellow WFM employees, and actively coaches and encourages them throughout the campaign. Joe does a great job every year of making Whole Planet Foundation come alive in his Whole Foods Market store. Thank you Joe! We appreciate you!
The West Des Moines Whole Foods Market store has achieved #1 in Whole Planet Foundation fundraising as a percent of sales for four straight years in a row and #6 in dollars raised in 2018. By motivating each and every team member to innovate and succeed, the Store Support Team Leader at West Des Moines Whole Foods Market Josh Dicks’ drive and passion has led his team to the top of the pack. Josh’s team at West Des Moines celebrated Josh by writing, “He is the driving force for the fundraisers and his perseverance and consistency is proof as to why he deserves the Hall of Fame honor.” Thank you Josh! We appreciate you!
North Atlantic Region
Each year Louisa covers herself in Whole Planet Foundation buttons and flair, proudly wears her Whole Planet Foundation hat and sweatshirt, and brings her change jar and WPF brochures to each register—ringing in groceries and donations. Customers can’t help but pick up on her enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for Whole Planet Foundation. Louisa engages in a dialogue with each and every customer about WPF’s work and serves as a successful fundraising model for her fellow team members. She shares her experience living in Bangladesh, where Grameen Bank was created and the methodology of microcredit that WPF funds was developed, and where she experienced the positive effects of microfinance firsthand. Louisa’s rapport with customers keeps awareness and donations rolling in. Her dedication to sharing Whole Planet Foundation with all her customers and her relentless enthusiasm have led her to be an extremely successful fundraiser. Louisa goes above and beyond every year. She was a top 10 cashier in the North Atlantic Region of Whole Foods Market in fundraising for WPF in 2016, raising $1398, and again in 2018 raising $1715! We are so grateful to have someone who spreads excitement and devotion to Whole Planet Foundation throughout her entire store. Thank you Louisa! We appreciate you!
Ly Ung is a mission champion in many ways. His unwavering commitment to Sambazon’s Triple Bottom Line, striving for Social, Environmental and Economic success, and its alignment to Whole Planet Foundation is admirable and authentic. His 7 years with Sambazon have been driven by this passion and since he took point on Whole Planet Foundation partnership opportunities 3 years ago, that energy and commitment has spilled over to our mission of poverty alleviation through the vehicle of microcredit. Ly is always open to supporting Whole Planet Foundation activations year-round and telling the story of our work together. He inspires his team to support and innovate in the Annual Prosperity Campaign activation. Sambazon’s dedication to planning and allocation of resources was especially apparent during last year’s Campaign. Ly embraced our Power Her Potential theme and led his team to incorporate this concept into their activations for our Prosperity Campaign, Inaugural October 25th WPF Annual Benefit and Power Her Potential Women’s Expo. Ly is a trusted partner who both offers valuable insight and ideas, and values what others around him have to offer. In short, he empowers everyone to do more. Thank you Ly! We appreciate you!
Peter has greatly supported the Whole Planet Foundation Annual Prosperity Campaign every year, since our Annual Campaign started. He has created and updated complicated queries and reports that allow us to track store and regional performance during our campaign, year after year. He is meticulous in his work and the accuracy, timeliness and reliability of his reporting is crucial to inspiring the kind of competitive nature on which Whole Foods Market team members thrive, thus helping us to raise the funds that we can then use to alleviate poverty by providing access to microcredit at home and around the world. His diligence in reporting and consistently can-do attitude makes working with him a pleasure. In the words of a member of the WPF team “In the 4+ years that I worked with Peter on Whole Planet projects, he is always accommodating, expeditious, efficient, creative, patient, even-keeled and friendly in our collaborations, every step of the way.” Thank you Peter! We appreciate you!
Pip has worked tirelessly to support and promote Whole Planet Foundation’s work. She is an active, and very effective advocate for Whole Foods Market employee giving through Team Member payslips. Vera Hale writes, “Pip is our paycheck donation queen! She is passionate about educating Team Members about Whole Planet Foundation an encourages all team members to donate through their paychecks, even if a few pence. It all makes an impact!” She is an enthusiastic ambassador for Whole Planet Foundation and spreading awareness through the WFM United Kingdom Regional office and the entire region for our Annual Prosperity Campaign. She organizes and drives the sample sale at the WFM UK Regional Office which raised £1508 in 2018. She is an exemplary Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer, having shared her experience meeting microcredit clients of WPF partner Asociación Costa Rica Grameen and inspiring WFM employees, suppliers and customers to get involved. Vera Hale writes “She is a true core values partner and a champion of our higher purpose at Whole Foods Market.” Thank you Pip! We appreciate you!
Rick was the Store Team Leader at Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes for many years, having more recently become the Store Team Leader of the Whole Foods Market in Arlington. Rick has always been a strong supporter of Whole Planet Foundation and personally empowers team members in his stores to create events and fundraising activities to reach their stores full campaign potential. Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for Store Support Val McCauseland wrote “through the years, Rick’s stores have been in the top 5 in the Region every year, many times in the top 5 of Whole Foods Market stores for fundraising during the WPF Annual Prosperity Campaign.” Arlington was a Top 10 store for all of Whole Foods Market stores in 2018 for dollars raised and Fair Lakes was #3 in 2016. Rick attends and supports regional and store events to support those team members who are hosting the event and he holds celebrations at his store for them when they reach their fundraising goals. Rick is a long standing Whole Foods Market Store Team Leader who empowers and inspires his team members to celebrate their heritage while honoring the countries where Whole Planet Foundation funds microlending programs. Thank you Rick! We appreciate you!
Rob excels at fundraising for Whole Planet Foundation at the register in his Chapel Hill WFM store. Jesse Nelson, Associate Coordinator of Store Support for the South Region, writes: “There are dozens of adjectives you could use to describe Rob; kind hearted, a modern-day renaissance man, energetic, inspiring, disciplined, though he is also much too humble to choose any of those himself. It would be easy enough to make a case for Rob’s admission to the Whole Planet Foundation Hall of Fame strictly based on his fundraising track record; just shy of $23,000 since 2014, an average of almost $4,600 per campaign! However, his support of Whole Planet Foundation runs much deeper. One of the amazing things about WFM is our support of communities at every level, local to Global, and Rob embodies this philosophy completely.”
When asked for his thoughts on Whole Planet Foundation, Rob said “Whole Planet Foundation is one of the best things to get the community together and to help start small businesses. It’s brilliant! It offers a positive way for communities to have access to money. It is a great community project.” Thank you Rob! We appreciate you!
Hall of Fame Inaugural Class
Craig Williams took Whole Planet Foundation’s website to another level. Thanks to Craig’s work over several years, more than $100,000 was raised online and the Foundation gained a new audience. Craig embodied the qualities of a Hall of Fame contributor so much that he is the inaugural member! Craig inspired Whole Planet Foundation and his team with a dedication to quietly and expertly program our website, behind the scenes and not needing any appreciation except the knowledge that he was helping to alleviate poverty. Craig also made meetings fun – he was always sharing his love for coffee and keeping us caffeinated – whilst taking care of business with a dry joke and being game for a laugh even when deadlines were serious. Although we lost Craig in 2015, he lives on in our memories as one of the early adopters of Whole Planet Foundation, which makes him even more special. Thank you Craig! We appreciate you.
Bobby’s tireless commitment to Whole Planet Foundation and to alleviating poverty around the globe is legendary on our team. As Senior Executive Assistant, he supports Whole Planet Foundation in a myriad of ways, from scheduling meetings for and supporting our Board of Directors to participating in the 2014 Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer Program in Ghana. On return from Ghana he created the 2015 Road To Prosperity 5K, organizing the run and raising $7,000 to benefit WPF and The Blessing Basket Project’s education fund. Currently he continues to support education for several children in Ghana. Thank you Bobby! We appreciate you.
Southern Pacific Region
Bryan Reese is a gem! From his enthusiasm about being chosen to participate in the Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer Program, to his jubilation at having been assigned the destination of Madagascar, Bryan has been an exemplary Team Member Volunteer. On return to the Southern Pacific region of Whole Foods Market, he trained no fewer than 1,000 employees on the work of Whole Planet Foundation and the opportunity to participate in the WFM TM Volunteer Program. He also made a video that was distributed region-wide, describing his experience and offering the opportunity for so many people to learn about the Team Member Volunteer program and the microlending projects that WPF supports. Thank you Bryan! We appreciate you.
Renee is a powerhouse! She is bursting with good energy and the desire to help people towards the opportunity
for a better life. At the Whole Foods Market store in Lincoln, Nebraska she led an initiative on Poverty is Unnecessary Day, partnering with THE BAY and SKATE FOR CHANGE to support poverty alleviation in her local community while spotlighting global poverty alleviation through Whole Planet Foundation. She appeared on local television, raising awareness about WPF and rallying the community to help on Poverty Is Unnecessary Day by joining her in distributing lunches, hand warmers and other goods to the homeless. She was a Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer in India in 2015 and helped organize a booth, supporting WPF for the WFM Northeast Region “NE Feed” event. Thank you Renee! We appreciate you.
Danny Ohren is a phenomenon. He has been one of the top fundraisers at the register in his Whole Foods Market store in Omaha for years and one year even raised over $8000, one donation at a time! He represented his region with Whole Planet Foundation on the WFM Team Member Volunteer Program in Togo and and visited Mexico with WPF as a result of his deep commitment to communicating the mission of the foundation to his customers during each day of the Annual Prosperity Campaign. His stellar attitude and love of helping people have catapulted him into the top tier of fundraisers for Whole Planet Foundation. Thank you Danny! We appreciate you.
What can we say about Michael Beard? He is amazing! He was number 2 in fundraising at the register for the entire company in 2017, and he has supported Whole Planet Foundation in a big way since at least 2008. Michael’s mantra for fundraising at the registers is: “While I was in Guatemala, I saw the difference these loans make. You have to believe in what you’re talking about. I believe in it.” A customer once told Michael, “I never want to donate to these things, but you seem so passionate about it that it makes me want to give.” His year after year commitment to and achievement of helping people to lift themselves out of poverty is outstanding, along with his beautiful attitude and generosity. Thank you Michael! We appreciate you.
The McEwen Whole Foods Market store has led the South Region in dollars raised since it opened 6 years ago. They have also finished in the top 10 globally. As Store Team Leader, Heather has fostered an environment in her store where each Team Member, regardless of department, gets behind the Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign every year. Though humble about her part in her store’s success, she is the glue that holds it all together. Thank you Heather!
Cherish Garrett & Lauren O’Mara
Florida Regional Office
Talk about a “dream team!” Cherish and Lauren went on the 2016 Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer Program to Ghana and their feet have not touched the ground since! Their drive to support microentrepreneurs and serve the people of Ghana in particular is impressive. When they returned from their volunteer program started a Whole Planet Foundation road show in Orlando and Sarasota, raising awareness through mini trainings, all store meetings, presenting in Team Member breakrooms and educating in WFM stores. They taught the WFM Florida regional team and new hires, reaching over 700 TMs and countless Whole Foods Market customers with their personal experience of meeting microcredit clients and providing community service in a rural community in Ghana. They created informational in-store displays with literature, did back of house trainings, created PowerPoints and led discussions about volunteer impact, spreading the word about Whole Foods Market’s higher purpose. Thank you Cherish and Lauren! We appreciate you.
Southern Pacific Region
Amy has been the top fundraiser at the Sedona Whole Foods Market store for 3 years in a row! It was inspiring to hear her approach with Whole Foods Market shoppers and Team Members who came through her line. Not only did she ask if people wanted to donate, she gave each individual a mini-education on Whole Planet Foundation and the work that we do. Her care in educating shoppers and Team Members is remarkable and even resulted in a one-time donation of $1,000! Thank you Amy! We appreciate you.
North Atlantic Region
Zach provided a huge amount of passion, training and encouragement to the customer service team at Ink Block. He has brought empowerment and passion to multiple stores and multiple teams. He is a real mentor to all, providing fundraising best practices to his fellow Team Members. He allows Team Members to be as creative and active as they can be, making time for fundraising and awareness building. He has been a force for Whole Planet Foundation in every store in which he has worked. As a Customer Service Team Leader, he has helped his teams to raise over $125,000 to alleviate poverty. Zach has driven the program and has shared his strategy in a way that has created multiple Team Leaders and Associate Team Leaders that have worked under his leadership to do the same. Thank you Zach! We appreciate you.
Southern Pacific/Southwest Region
If you’ve stopped in to Whole Foods Market in downtown Austin lately, you may have seen a man behind the register with an amazingly tall (sometimes rainbow) mohawk. Why the mohawk? Because of Nathaniel’s super creative “Hack it or Hawk it” campaign, which has raised over $70K between the three Whole Foods Market foundations. Impressively, Nathaniel doubled what he raised in 2016 to raise over $4600 at the cash register in 2017. He also traveled with WPF to Morocco in 2013, representing the Southern Pacific Region. His travel with Whole Planet Foundation helps him speak about the foundation’s mission with shoppers and his passion for giving back to local and global communities shines brightly. Thank you Nathaniel!
What can we say about Scott? He has supported Whole Planet Foundation forever! It all started when he was a supervisor at the Global Help Desk. His attention to detail and forward thinking kept all of us on track and able to efficiently do our jobs. He has helped the Whole Planet Foundation team in so many ways over the years that it would be impossible to list them all. At WFM Gateway in Austin, Scott was in the top 10 fundraising cashiers in his store from 2012-16, motivated by how he has met microcredit clients in Africa and in the United States. Scott is ready and willing to help the WPF team day or night, regardless of the hour. He has loaded, hauled and set up equipment, he has spoken at events about his own personal experience meeting microcredit clients, he has brought the WPF team sustenance when we were in the midst of a huge project, he has helped ideate the vision of WPF for our Annual Prosperity Campaign and our events, he shot and edited a video to share our mission, he has solved a myriad of last minute problems and saved the day, and last but not least he always has a joke and a smile, keeping the team strong and spirits high. Thank you Scott! We appreciate you.
Jason sneaks up on you. He is so quiet and calm that sometimes you do not even realize that he is there, but he is, always listening and figuring out how he can best help the Whole Planet Foundation team with any event that we plan in Austin. We are blessed to have someone who cares as much about the mission of alleviating poverty and at the same time, has the patience and know how to get so much done. His commitment is evident in everything that he does. At any given WPF event he is the first to arrive and the last to depart, having made sure that everything is ship shape before he leaves. He helps wrangle volunteers and is game for anything that helps WPF’s goals get achieved. He was an exemplary Team Captain on the 2016 Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer Program in Togo, looking out for his team from the US to Togo and back and was instrumental in creating the 2016 WFM TMVP Togo Impact Report. On his return from Togo he organized “Ping Pong for the Planet” at the WFM Global office, hilarious good fun that raised over $500 to support poverty alleviation through Whole Planet Foundation. Thank you Jason! We appreciate you.
Lorraine Kayser is the Senior National Account Executive overseeing Whole Foods Market for Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence. Lorraine shepherds brands to engage with Whole Planet Foundation. The best part about Lorraine’s support is that she has traveled extensively throughout the world and is motivated to introduce like-minded partners who want to join in the impact of microcredit, so her work is full of energy and passion! Lorraine’s support can be seen in the supplier partners who now donate to WPF at these levels- $100,000 Fund: Chobani and Zico, $50,000 Supplier Alliance for Microcredit: Bonafide, Boulder Brands, Frontera, Organic India, Sambazon, and Traditional Medicinals, $25,000 Poverty is Unnecessary Fund: High Brew and WTRMLN WTR, and $10,000 Fund: Late July. Lorraine also supported these brands in donating to alleviate poverty: Bhakti, Dang, Divine, Illy, PopChips, ProBar and Suja, as well as her employer Presence Marketing, for a grand total of helping brands donate over a million dollars for microcredit!
Gayle is the Natural Channel Sales Director for Unilever, a founding member of the Supplier Alliance for Microcredit since 2007 through Seventh Generation. Gayle has been a constant supporter in many ways for years! She stewards a $50,000 annual contribution to Whole Planet Foundation and engages as deeply as possible. Gayle has traveled to meet microcredit clients in Togo, West Africa, in Paraguay, South America, in Guatemala in Central America and in the United States in Austin, Phoenix and San Diego. She learns from each visit and uses her first-hand knowledge of poverty alleviation and the success stories of the women to inspire others! Gayle also provides in-kind donations for team members and shoppers so they can better understand the interconnectivity of Whole Planet Foundation and Seventh Generation’s shared mission to empower impoverished communities around the globe. Among other events, Gayle attended the Whole Foods Market Midwest Region Vision Day in 2017 to give her personal testimonial of the transformative power of microcredit. She also attended and sponsored Whole Planet Foundation’s Poverty Is Unnecessary Benefit and Live Auction in October 2017. Gayle is pictured here with Whole Planet Foundation’s Guatemala partner Friendship Bridge and microcredit clients in Huehuetenango.
Want to know what it takes to be in the Hall of Fame? Want to nominate someone to be in the Hall of Fame? Email Genie Bolduc, WPF’s Whole Foods Market Team Member Volunteer Program Manager and WPF Global Educator.