About the Founders
Karen and Kevin Masterson have been involved in the food service industry for more than 30 years. Karen has focused her energy on environmental and social justice issues, while Kevin has infused his entrepreneurial spirit into a number of restaurant concepts, including Big Fresh Café and Tennessee’s BBQ. Nourish restaurant is their partnership in business and spirit.
Karen Masterson has had a passion for social justice and environmental issues for over 30 years. In the early 90's she spearheaded the Taste of the Nation event for Share our Strength in Calgary, Alberta, raising money for hunger relief organizations. Following a move back to Massachusetts, Karen sat on the Board of the Natick Community Organic Farm for many years and continues to play an active role in supporting community farms. From 2001 to 2004 she was on the Board of Directors for Coop America (now Green America), a national organization "dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change." She also spent several years on the Board of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston, a network of BALLE (Business Alliance of Local Living Economies). These organizations work to create vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities, focusing on the benefits of locally owned businesses. Her newest volunteer efforts are focused on THIS IS MY FACE, a not for profit organization she founded in 2009 dedicated to raising awareness about issues relating to women and aging. The organization’s goals are to provide funding for re-constructive surgery and educational opportunities to women in need both in the U.S. and abroad.
Her volunteer work extends to her family life - the Mastersons have spent several years volunteering as puppy raisers for the service dog organization NEADS based out of Princeton. For 30 years, NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans has carefully partnered children and adults with highly trained canine assistants. Although no longer raising service dog puppies, the Mastersons share their home with three of their own rescued dogs: Jasper, Roma and Hope. So far the goat to cut the grass is just a thought... but a really sustainable one!
Photo of Karen provided by The Family Album Photography, Lexington MA