Founder and CEO
Jon Katov founded the Open Table organization in 2007 after meeting and forming a relationship with a man experiencing homelessness in 2005.
Technical Assistance Specialist
Stephen has over 15 years of experience working in the field of Social Services, most of which was spent working with a homeless shelter. Stephen serves as part of the Open Table technical support team.
Sr. Director of Community Initiatives
Rachelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years experience working with at-risk youth and families and serves as Director of Community Engagement for Open Table.
Jasmine is a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech earning her PhD in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health. As data coordinator for Open Table, Jasmine leads our data collection efforts to include acting as project manager for Question Pro, Open Tables data collection platform.
Milly Mends joined Open Table as a MSW intern in the fall of 2023. During her internship, she will be supporting Open Table nationally with implementation and will serve on Tables, support Table implementation and serve as a Neighbor. She aspires to use her degree to work within higher education in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion spaces.
Lisa Nicoll joined Open Table in 2022 with a background in clinical mental health and volunteer management. She has 13 years of experience working in a variety of roles for a non-profit that supported at-risk youth, families and volunteers. She currently serves as the Operation Manager for Open Table.
Nyasha joined Open Table as a Consultant in the Fall of 2020 but has worked as an Open Table Community Engagement Coordinator for a community organization in her community since 2019.
Consultant for National Urban Initiatives
Shawn Pearson has been a community partner with Open table for over 15 years. As an urban social impact entrepreneur, Shawn’s innovative work has resulted in long-lasting, legacy building community impact.
Lori Rivera joined Open Table as a MSW intern in the fall of 2023. During her internship, she will be supporting Open Table nationally with implementation and will serve on both Network Tables and Core Tables. She aspires to use her degree to work with immigrant children and families, and hopes to facilitate the reunification process.
Cheryl Wilkinson began a partnership with Open Table in 2018 after hearing a presentation about the Open Table model at a conference. Cheryl loved the concept of empowering people in her community to live better lives through relationships with others.