Alan Gilbertson, Chair
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alan Gilbertson, Chair
Jason D. Ramey, Vice Chair
Global Leader – Service lines & industries
International Client Services
Grant Thornton LLP
Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Global Food and Agriculture
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Martin Burt, PhD
Executive Director &
Co-Founder, Teach A Man
Paraguay Retail Ventures
Vice President – Strategic Accounts
Founder and Chairman
President and CEO
Houston Food Bank
Ellen Goldberg Luger
Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Services
The Minneapolis Foundation
William B. Thomas
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Allen J. Ginsburg, General Counsel
DLA Piper, LLC USA
Lisa MoonPresident & Chief Executive Officer
Lisa is President and Chief Executive Officer of GFN. Previously, Lisa served as Vice President of Global Agriculture and Food at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she spearheaded a project that has become one of the leading global contributors to discussions around hunger and food security. There she conducted studies and policy dialogues on the role of agriculture in emerging economies, the nexus between agriculture and health, the pressures water scarcity and climate change will place on the global food system, and the importance of trade and food price volatility to social stability. Council studies informed the U.S. global food security strategy, the most recent U.S. food and farm bills, the 2012 G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and UN High-level Meetings on Non-communicable Diseases. Prior to joining the Council in 2007, Lisa worked with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, Political Science, and Spanish from Bradley University. She is on the community board of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, a member of the Farm Foundation Round Table, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is currently a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission.
Gabriela A. RenoExecutive Assistant & Field Services Coordinator
Gabriela joined The Global FoodBanking Network in 2016. She works closely with the President & Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for coordinating logistics for Board and staff meetings, and special events. Gabriela is also the Field Services Coordinator, assisting with Certification, Technical Assistance and relationship management of GFN member food banks. Previously, Gabriela has served similar roles including research assistant at the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Mid-America Chapter, The Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Commonwealth Edison’s Legislative Affairs division. Gabriela completed coursework in the Masters of French and Francophone Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences degree in French, with minors in Political Science and Spanish. She currently serves on The Anhelo Project Board of Directors and volunteers with the National Immigrant Justice Center.
Douglas L. O'BrienVice President, Network Programs
Doug is a recognized leader in global hunger and food banking and has more than 30 years of experience in hunger relief and food assistance policy. As GFN’s Vice President, Network Programs, he leads GFN’s programmatic work that provides the tools and expertise to help food banks grow and operate at scale. Doug served on the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and held senior leadership positions at Feeding America, Feed the Children and the Vermont Foodbank. Before joining GFN, Doug was a partner in a consulting firm which specialized in guiding corporations, foundations, food banks and other NGOs in humanitarian assistance and global food assistance strategies.
Christopher RebstockDirector of Field Services
Christopher is a seasoned food bank professional with over 30 years of experience in the field. He played a leading role in the formation of GFN in response to the growing international interest in food banking. Previous to GFN, Christopher was the Executive Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and then served as the Vice President of Member Support at America’s Second Harvest, now known as Feeding America. Chris travels extensively and manages food bank development projects, member support, and training activities.
Craig A. Nemitz, Ph.D. (h.c.)Director of Field Services
Craig has been involved in the food banking sector for almost 20 years. Currently, he is GFN’s Director of Field Services, managing new food bank development and overseeing member compliance. Previously, he served as a Network Services Representative and the first Director of Disaster Services at America’s Second Harvest. Craig has earned numerous distinctions including the prestigious International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance; and has been recognized for his humanitarian service with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Work. He is a Charter Member of the Channahon-Minooka (IL) Rotary Club and is GFN’s liaison to Rotary International.
Anthony KitchenDirector, Network Programs
Anthony moved to Chicago from the United Kingdom to join GFN in October 2012, following 10 years of working in the corporate food industry sector in Management Consulting. He brings a wide range of experience, having completed a number of successful projects for a variety of clients in the retail and consumer goods industries during eight years at Accenture. In 2008, Anthony worked on behalf of GFN in South Africa helping to establish FoodBank South Africa and exploring the food sourcing opportunities there. After leaving Accenture, he spent three years working for the largest dairy company in the UK before moving to GFN. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University Of Bath.
Angela SupernawDirector, Network Grants
Angela joined GFN in November 2017. As Director of Network Grants, Angela is responsible for developing the strategic framework of GFN’s grants portfolio and all grant-related administrative processes. Prior to joining GFN, Angela held similar roles at Lions Clubs International where she administered blindness prevention grants in Latin America and managed the strategic development of international programming. Angela is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in El Salvador and holds a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alfredo KasdorfRegional Consultant to Latin America
Based out of Argentina, Alfredo supports GFN’s efforts to enhance food bank development and operations in the Latin American countries. Alfredo was introduced to food banking during his work as Regional Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at a multi-national agribusiness company. He became actively involved with Argentine FoodBank Network (REDBda) and served as Chairman of its Board of Directors from 2009-2012. Following his time with REDBda, Alfredo was invited to serve on GFN’s Board until August 2014, when he assumed his current role.
Monica DykasNetwork Programs Officer
Monica joined GFN in March 2017. As Network Programs Officer, she is responsible for executing GFN’s corporate partnership programs and working with food banks to enhance impact. Prior to joining GFN, she worked most recently in the non-profit sector in Peru, with experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
David MillarNetwork Programs Coordinator
David joined the GFN staff in 2010. He supports the network development team and plays a vital role in coordinating technology solutions for the organization. He is a recent graduate of the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations with a Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy and International Relations.
Katie LutzContent Development Officer
Katie manages GFN’s external communications, generating strategic and engaging content for a diverse and unique audience. She brings international nonprofit communication experience, with a focus on food security and agriculture, from her years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico City and the CGIAR System Organization in Montpellier, France. Katie graduated from Flagler College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in communications with emphases in public relations and journalism.
Cathe WoodDirector, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships
Cathe joined GFN in 2009 and is responsible for managing GFN’s donor relations and stewardship program. Previously, she served as Director of Development and Communications at Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation, a global organization of executives and professionals dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls around the world. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she spent 15 years in corporate and marketing communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Caroline ParsonsAssociate Director, Major Gifts
Caroline joined GFN in 2016. In her role as the Associate Director, Major Gifts she manages the organization’s annual and major giving program for individual donors. She brings expertise in donor cultivation, stewardship planning, planned giving, and volunteer management. Prior to joining GFN, she worked at The Field Museum of Natural History for six years with the Major and Planned Giving team as well as the Women’s Board. She is a graduate of DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and serves on the Junior Board of the Chicago Child Care Society.
Donna ChoiAssociate Director, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships
Donna Choi joined GFN in 2017. As Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships, she is responsible for developing new revenue-generating partnerships with corporations to advance the interests of GFN, partners, and the cause of food banking globally. Prior to joining GFN, she was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Before working at Booz Allen Hamilton, Donna managed global programs at the World Wildlife Fund, overseeing a portfolio of carbon finance projects and public-private conservation initiatives in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Donna holds an MBA from Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brandeis University.
Kelsey BaileyDevelopment Coordinator
Kelsey joined GFN in 2017 as the Development Coordinator. She is responsible for stewardship and acquisition of annual donors, and for management of the donor database. Since her internship with GFN in 2014 she has earned her BA in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago and has continued her passion for food security and social justice. Kelsey worked with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in the Global Food and Agriculture Studies department, as well as supported Chicago’s refugee community at Pan-African Association. Most recently, she completed her US tour with the Farm Journal Foundation’s Hunger U crew, spreading education and awareness on food security. She currently serves on the NextGen committee at ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Beth Saks, CPAChief Financial Officer
Beth joined GFN in 2008. In her position as Chief Financial Officer, she directs all financial and administrative functions for the organization including budgeting, cash management, financial planning and analysis, annual audit and tax filings, human resources, and office administration. Prior to GFN, she worked as an independent consultant on financial management and systems implementation issues for non-profit organizations, served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for Feeding America, as well as spending several years in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Paul Spector, CPAManager of Finance & Administration
Paul joined the GFN team in March of 2017. In his role as Manager of Finance and Administration, he is responsible for bookkeeping, human resources and administrative duties. He also works closely with the CFO on budgeting, cash management and financial analysis. A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Paul possesses a Bachelors degree in Operations Management with a minor in Philosophy, as well as an Associates degree in Accounting. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining GFN, he spent several years as an accountant for non-profit organizations in St. Louis, MO.