The Team

Judy Friedlander

Founder and Director

FoodFaith was founded in March 2015 as a response to Judy’s passion in cultivating greater appreciation of the environment we live in as well as fostering greater understanding and connections among communities through two important forces in our lives – Food and Faith. With a background in newspaper, television and web media and journalism, Judy currently works as a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the sustainability space.

Meredith Kirton


As a horticulturalist, garden consultant and past ambassador for the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia, Meredith brings her expertise and wealth of experience in the horticultural industry to FoodFaith. Meredith’s passion to raise awareness of environmental issues through the use of gardens has seen her involved in numerous garden projects and she is also the author of a number of gardening books and resources. 


Anthony Kahn


Anthony has worked in the finance industry for over 30 years, including six years as a CEO of an ASX top 30 company. Over the past 12 years, Anthony has also been active in the not-for-profit sector, in particular, with food-based organisations   Anthony was integral in the establishment of OzHarvest and was Chairman of the board for the first six years. 

Leanne Donde

Company Secretary 

Having spent her childhood on a produce farm in Africa, Leanne is passionate about sustainable farming and food cultivation practices. Leanne is also a keen advocate of interfaith and intercultural initiatives and has been involved in various initiatives in this sphere. Leanne brings her considerable experience and expertise as a top tier corporate lawyer (most recently with Herbert Smith Freehills) working with both blue chip and not for profit clients to her role as Company Secretary of FoodFaith


Kristine Abalos

Digital Media & Event Logistics Manager

Kristine's advocacy for environmental sustainability and protection stems from her teenage years spent exploring the beauty of the natural environment. She is passionate about educating and empowering youth to practise leadership in sustainability initiatives for future generations to come. Her skills in digital media and event management enable her to deliver community experiences in achieving FoodFaith’s mission and goals. 



Lilli Barto

Data Analytics & Partnership Liaison Officer

Lilli is a passionate environmentalist studying physics and political economy. She hopes to go on to complete a PhD in order to do research into renewable energy technologies. Lilli believes that energy and food security, and widening inequality are the issues that define her generation. She is excited to work with FoodFaith as the organisation addresses these issues by promoting more productive discourse on environmental issues, while addressing social cohesion as an important factor in enabling positive change.