Who we are

Leadership

Bobby Anderson

Bobby Anderson

Founder

More about Bobby

Chef Bobby (He/Him) grew up in Niagara Falls and found working in a restaurant as a way to experience life outside of the Falls. He studied at the Culinary Institute of America. He is best known for finishing 5th place out o 17 contestants on the T.V. series Hell’s Kitchen and went on to work with Gordon Ramsey after his time on the show. Once Chef Bobby returned from working with Mr. Gordan Ramsey, he realized that he no longer wanted to make soufflés rise. He was now inspired to make souls rise. And with that, he founded the nonprofit F BITES. Chef Bobby has expanded the F BITES footprint from after-school & re-entry programming to curriculums in schools throughout the school day. He opened the first-ever in-school We Proudly Serve Starbucks in Niagara Falls High School with the Barista Program. To stay busy, he then opened multiple eateries in the Niagara Falls area, where most of the employees of these locations are students and adults from all of the F BITES programs.

Bobby can be contacted at 

banderson@fbites.org 

 

Meghan Boarts

Meghan Boarts

Executive Director

More about Meghan

Meghan (She/Her) pursued a degree in Anthropology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. While volunteering and working with many nonprofits, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Applied Sociocultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. Meghan then moved to Buffalo to work with a local nonprofit for three years and honed her supervisory and development skills. To continue her nonprofit career, Meghan has been with F BITES as the Executive Director since 2020, where she continues to work to expand the organization’s reach.

Meghan can be contacted at mboarts@fbites.org 

Jamie R. Anderson

Jamie R. Anderson

C.O.O.

More about Jamie

Jamie (She/Her) has a degree in Social Work from Erie Community College. Although she enjoyed this meaningful profession, her path led to a thriving business and restaurant management career. Jamie worked her way up through the Brierwood Country Club. Jamie then became the General Manager at Statler City, where she oversaw $4+ million in annual sales for seven years. Jamie brings her vast knowledge and experience from restaurant and business management to F BITES as the C.O.O. 

Jamie can be contacted at janderson@fbites.org 

Program Staff

Chef Charles Harris

Chef Charles Harris

Head Program Instructor & Executive Chef

More about Chef Charles

Chef Charles (he/him)  is the head instructor for in-school enrichment programs at Gaskill & LaSalle Preparatory Schools as well as the Cataract House Training Academy for Niagara Falls High School students. Chef Charles is also the Executive Chef of F BITES Cantina. Chef Charles has been with F BITES since 2018. 

Chef Charles is from Niagara Falls. He is passionate about giving back to his hometown community, especially to the youth. Chef Charles’ favorite thing about F BITES is team-building and witnessing students learn as they grow up. 

Tessa Janicke

Tessa Janicke

Program Instructor & Nonprofit Assistant

More about Tessa

Tessa (she/her) leads the Coffee Cart program at LaSalle Prep and assists with the in-school enrichment program at Gaskill Prep. She also does Saturday Academy programing at Buffalo Public Schools during the school year, and will run the Buffalo Culinary Program this summer. Tessa has been with F BITES since Fall 2021.

Tessa was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She received her bachelors degree from SUNY ESF with a focus on Environmental Education and Communication. Tessa is currently pursuing her masters degree from SUNY Buffalo State in Nonprofit Managment. 

Tessa can be contacted at tjanicke@fbite.org 

 

Jackson Brookens-Coleman

Jackson Brookens-Coleman

Program Instructor

More about Jackson

Jackson (he/him) instructs the Barista Training Program as Niagara Falls High School. He also does Saturday Academy programing at Buffalo Public Schools during the school year, and will run the Buffalo Culinary Program this summer. Jackson has been with F BITES since Summer 2021.

Jackson is from Buffalo, NY. He is currently purusing his teaching degree from SUNY Buffalo State.  

 

Michael Powell a.k.a. Mr. Powell

Michael Powell a.k.a. Mr. Powell

Program Instructor

More about Mr. Powell

Mr. Powell (he/him) leads the Coffee Cart Program at Gaskill Prep School. His favorite thing about the coffee cart program is working with the kids to learn how to work together, practice respect, and communicating with people of all ages. He also works at F BITES Cantina where he enjoys providing a pleasant environment for both local and visiting customers.

Mr. Powell has been with F BITES for 7 years. He is originally from Atlanta,  Georgia, but grew up in Niagara Falls. He started as a volunteer for Chef Bobby, who he has known for over 20 years. 

  

 

 

 

Expertise that guides our direction

At F BITES, we are extremely fortunate to have a diverse and active board of directors. Each of them brings a different level of expertise to guarantee we are providing the best experience possible for student in our nutritional education programs.

  • Bobby Anderson – Founder 
  • Colleen Fretthold – Board Secretary
  • Matt Dobson – Board Treasurer
  • Superintendent Mark Laurie – Board Member
  • Stephen Kingston – Board Member
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mboarts@fbites.org