Twenty years ago, I stepped into a food bank for the very first time. When asked why I was there, I replied that I wasn't there to feed hungry people. I said I was there to work hard, and if hungry people benefited, then it would be a job well done. The interviewer replied, "Good."
I still embrace the idea of working hard, but I would no longer answer the question in the same way. I have come to believe that it is a privilege to help people in need. I believe that in many ways we owe a debt of gratitude to many of the people who turn to us for help, as they are the people who care for our children, tend to our homes, serve us meals, work our land, and help our parents age with dignity.
Finally, there is one belief that I hold above all others - People are in need for one of two reasons, decisions they have made or circumstances beyond their control. In either case, hunger cannot be the price they pay.
I love being a part of an organization that touches so many lives in our community. As a former teacher, I am especially proud of how the REFB creates programs to provide low-income children with the nutritional foundation they need to grow up healthy and to learn and excel in school.
Chief Operating Officer
I didn't grow up with the dream of becoming a food banker, and now, I can't imagine being anything different. I have always held the belief that if I am in a position to help others, it is my responsibility to do so. Working at the REFB allows me to help people in need alongside a team of individuals equally committed to the betterment of our community.
I love having the opportunity to serve my community doing a job I love! The work of the Redwood Empire Food Bank is so important, and being able to witness the generosity of our neighbors helping to fight hunger is inspiring.
My father shared with me at a young age the importance of contributing to our community. I learned early on the value of helping others and that what you received in return was much more than the investment.
My background is operations and logistics management, developing supply chain solutions and distribution networks, and I really enjoy working with people towards a common goal. I am very proud to be a member of the REFB staff and to support making our programs available and accessible to anyone in need of help.
Director of Operations and Logistics