Jason D. Ramey, Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Kellogg & Sovereign Consulting
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jason D. Ramey, Chair
Carol Criner, Vice Chair
Vice President – Strategic Accounts
Global Food and Agriculture
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The Rockefeller Foundation
Martin Burt, PhD
Executive Director &
Co-Founder, Teach A Man
Paraguay Retail Ventures
Shenggen Fan, PhD
Chair Professor, College of Economics and Management
China Agricultural University (CAU)
Founder and Chairman
Ellen Goldberg Luger
Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Services
The Minneapolis Foundation
President and CEO
Houston Food Bank
Head of Global Portfolio Management Desk
Chief Financial Officer
European Food Banks Federation
Allen J. Ginsburg, General Counsel
DLA Piper, LLP USA
Lisa MoonPresident and 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. 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.
Alyssa CerettiExecutive and Research Assistant
Alyssa joined GFN in July 2019 as Executive & Research Assistant. In this role, she supports GFN’s President & CEO and the work of the research department. Prior to joining GFN, Alyssa was a special assistant at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, supporting the work of the Rockefeller Foundation Fellow on global governance and international leadership. She has also worked at the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization that works to develop U.S.-China business relationships. Alyssa holds a Master of Arts in Asian Studies: China from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Notre Dame.
Douglas L. O'BrienVice President, 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.
Halley AldeenDirector, Impact Assessment and Research
Halley is a hunger-relief veteran, having spent her entire career in the field. A seasoned research professional, Halley brings experience to GFN from Feeding America, Feed The Children, The Houston Food Bank, The Congressional Hunger Center, and a consulting firm specializing in outcomes measurement and policy advocacy for nonprofits, corporations, and foundations active in humanitarian assistance. She has a master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Monica DykasDirector, Child Hunger Programs
Monica joined GFN in March 2017. In her role, Monica is responsible for the strategic design and management of GFN's Child Hunger Program, which assists food banks in the establishment, development, and expansion of programs to provide food and other services to food insecure children, adolescents, and mothers. Prior to joining GFN, she worked most recently in the non-profit sector in Peru, with experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation. Monica 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.
Karen HannerDirector, Product Sourcing and Strategic Partnerships
Karen comes to GFN with 11 years’ experience with food banking at Feeding America following a more than 20-year career in the corporate food industry. In her current role leading food sourcing and strategic partnerships for GFN, she is responsible for deepening global relationships with industry partners across the supply chain and working with other staff to help GFN food bank members access more nutritious food within their communities. Her previous work in product sourcing, sustainability and wasted food rescue as well as disaster services position her well to support the GFN network. She holds a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in languages from Georgetown University.
Gabriela A. KafarhireAssociate Director, Field Services, Middle East and Africa
Gabriela joined GFN in 2016. In her role she builds and maintains the relationships with GFN Certified Members and Emerging Project food banks in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the technical assistance provided includes country specific support on fundraising, food sourcing, organizational development and planning for growth. Alongside technical assistance, Gabriela oversees food bank compliance and GFN Certification in her regions. Gabriela attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in French & Francophone Studies with minors in Political Science and Spanish, and studied in the Master of Arts in French & Francophone Studies program.
Alfredo KasdorfRegional Consultant, 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.
Anthony KitchenDirector, 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 (now FoodForward SA) 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.
David MillarNetwork Programs Officer
David joined GFN in 2010. As the Network Programs Officer, David works with the Director of Network Programs in delivering several major programs to the food banks in the network including the Food Bank Leadership Institute. In addition, David administers the GFN e-Learning Platform and has worked on the design of over 20 e-Learning courses designed specifically for the GFN network. David is also a Salesforce Certified Administrator and is responsible for coordinating with the Development Coordinator to ensure that GFN's database is leveraged to achieve its mission. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.
Paula MorenoRegional Consultant, Latin America
Paula joined GFN in March 2020 and is based in Bogota, Colombia. She supports the food banks and national food bank networks in the Latin America region by providing technical assistance. Paula brings more than 12 years of experience working in poverty and hunger alleviation, strategic planning, and management. Prior to GFN, she served as Director of Red Unidos (Program of Poverty Alleviation of the National Government of Colombia) and as Planning and Project Coordinator at the Asociación de Bancos de Alimentos de Colombia (ABACO) for five years, where she supported the strategic planning and certification process.
Craig A. NemitzDirector, Field Services
Craig has been involved in the food banking sector for more than 25 years. Currently, he is GFN’s Director of Field Services, managing new food bank development and overseeing member compliance. Craig is GFN’s main contact for food bank development in South East Asia. Previously, he served as a Network Services Representative and the first Director of Disaster Services at America’s Second Harvest (now known as Feeding America). 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.
Almendra Ortiz-Tirado AguilarAssociate Director, Regional Product Sourcing Partnerships, Latin America
Almendra joined GFN in January 2021 and is based in Mexico City. In her position, she collaborates with the Latin American offices of multinational partners and supports food banks by helping them gain access to more nutritious products. Prior to joining GFN, Almendra was the Director of Strategic Alliances and Innovation at Bancos de Alimentos de México (BAMX), leading a multidisciplinary team with the objective of promoting strategic alliances in private and public sectors to generate added value for the network. Almendra holds a degree from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Sociology.
Richard ParkRegional Consultant, Asia Pacific
Richard was first introduced to GFN in 2019 during Korea Foodbank’s GFN recertification process, and later attended the 2019 Asia Incubator Conference. As a consultant with GFN, Richard supports field services in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions. He brings experience consulting for the Canadian and Korean government, the United Nations, and a variety of other organizations. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics & Business Administration and a Master of Arts in English-Korean Translation and Simultaneous Interpretation.
Katie PearmineAssociate Director, Global Product Sourcing Strategic Partnerships
Katie joined the GFN product sourcing team in December 2020 and leads strategic food and agricultural partnerships. Katie comes to GFN with more than 20 years’ experience working to build sustainable and equitable food systems. Previously, Katie spent six years with Oregon Food Bank as Strategic Sourcing Manager overseeing a team dedicated to partnering with farmers, ranchers, fishers, food processors, retailers, and others to source nutritious food for people experiencing hunger. She spent four years at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, where she ran a USDA grant program and supported food, beverage, and agricultural companies to grow their businesses. Her previous work also includes 10 years with a publishing and marketing firm focused on sustainable business. Katie is based in Portland, Oregon and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Oregon.
Christopher RebstockDirector, Field Services
Chris is the Director of Field Services for The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) and his career is rooted in food banks and community service. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Chris travels extensively and manages food bank development projects, member support, and training activities. Previously, Chris has been the Executive Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Vice President of Member Support for Feeding America, and he has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). His work with Feeding America aided countries like Argentina and Israel, and his work with the organization helped these countries develop and maintain successful food banks in vulnerable communities. With his experience and career history, Chris helped establish GFN through the expansion of food banking internationally. His work with Bob Forney, Bill Rudnick, and others led to the launch of GFN in July of 2006 and the organization he helped create continues to benefit hungry communities all over the world.
Kurt SchultzConsultant, Infrastructure, Warehouse, and Logistics
Kurt joined GFN in May 2021 to support GFN’s member food banks and incubator cohorts. He brings nearly 40 years of experience in manufacturing and packaging operations, demand and supply planning, food safety, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining GFN, Kurt served as Senior Director of Business Operations and Vice President for Operations for major food manufacturing companies such as ConAgra, Treehouse Foods, and former Kraft Foods units. Most recently, Kurt spent four years at the Northern Illinois Food Bank as the Director of Continuous Improvement, where he was responsible for compliance and capacity building projects.
Tara ShyamAssociate Director, Regional Product Sourcing Partnerships, Asia-Pacific
Tara is based in Singapore and leads GFN’s product sourcing partnerships for the Asia-Pacific region. Tara comes to GFN with deep experience and passion for food systems partnerships, spanning agriculture, nutrition, and child feeding, and reflecting her work with non-profits, research institutes, and the private sector. Her most recent role was as a consultant for clients such as: UN World Food Programme, Johns Hopkins University, UNICEF, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and International Food Policy Research Institute, leading multi-stakeholder engagement, management, and analysis. Tara holds a master’s degree in cross-sector collaboration from the Singapore Management University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the Australian National University.
Ana Catalina Suarez PeñaDirector, Latin America Operations
Ana Catalina joins GFN after serving as Executive Director of Bancos de Alimentos de Colombia (ABACO) for nearly six years. There she developed and implemented a certification scheme in partnership with the Colombian food banks, led fundraising and food sourcing, and managed resources and projects aimed at the technical and operational strengthening of the network. Ana serves as the relationship manager and point of contact for food banks in Latin America.
Angela SupernawDirector, Strategic Grants and Evaluation
Angela joined GFN in November 2017. As Director of Strategic Grants and Evaluation, Angela is responsible for developing the strategic framework of GFN's grants portfolio and monitoring and evaluating its implementation across the network. In addition, Angela measures the direct and indirect impact of GFN grant strategies on food banks’ capacity to alleviate global hunger and reduce food waste. 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.
Nina Rabinovitch BleckerVice President, Strategic Communications
Nina joined The Global FoodBanking Network in November 2020 as Vice President, Strategic Communications. Previously, Nina served as Director of Communications for Data2X, an alliance housed at the United Nations Foundation that seeks to strengthen the collection and use of gender data as a driver to empower women, promote gender equality, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Nina has developed and implemented strategic communications campaigns for global health, gender equality, and social justice organizations, including the Population Council, Merck for Mothers, HIAS, and the Center for Communication Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health. A proud Canadian based in Brooklyn, NY, Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science from McMaster University and a Master's in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Deirdre AppelAssociate Director, Strategic Communications Partnerships
Deirdre joined GFN in March 2021 and will build the organization’s policy and advocacy engagement strategy, focusing initially on the global food systems conversation and upcoming UN Food Systems Summit. Deirdre brings experience in partnership building with the UN and other multilateral agencies, garnered through her work as Director of Programs and Operations at Open Data Watch. Deirdre is based in New York City and holds a Masters of Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Ahlea IsabellaDigital Communications Officer
Ahlea joined GFN in March 2021 as the Digital Communications Officer. In this role Ahlea will develop and execute GFN’s digital strategy across social media channels, email marketing, and the website. Previously, she spent seven years working at Boston University (BU) in marketing and operations roles —most recently, she was the Marketing & Communications Manager for BU’s Innovate@BU initiative where she supported young entrepreneurs and social impact leaders through digital storytelling and community management. Ahlea is based in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University and Master’s in Advertising from Boston University.
Katie LutzManager, Communications
Katie joined GFN in 2018. She manages GFN’s external and internal communication, 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 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication with emphases in public relations and journalism.
Jason WoodsAssociate Director, Writer and Editor
Jason joined GFN in May 2021 to lead creation of external content for the organization. Previously, Jason worked on the Communications and Programs teams for Heifer International where he helped shape the organization’s narrative, storytelling style, and brand. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s in cultural geography from the University of Kansas.
Micaela WuCommunications Coordinator
Micaela joined GFN in May 2021 to assist with all aspects of communications strategy. She brings a background in social media management, health promotion, and food systems education. Prior to GFN she worked in communications with the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and Women’s Agri-Enviro Vision, a nonprofit based in Tanzania. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Vicki ClarkeVice President, Development
Vicki leads the team at GFN spearheading fundraising and corporate partnerships. With more than a decade of service to the nonprofit world, Vicki served as the Vice President of Philanthropy and Development for Heifer International where she led a global fundraising team and elevated the organization’s role in hunger and food security. She holds a Master of Arts degree in political science and Ph.D. in political science and public administration from Northern Illinois University. While a doctoral student, she received a Fulbright grant to conduct field research in Ghana, West Africa, where she lived for two years.
Matthew EckfordDirector, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships
Matthew supports GFN by fostering strategic partnerships with corporate and foundation partners, managing existing and launching new corporate and foundation revenue streams and growing new business in support of GFN’s mission. Prior to GFN, Matt was Director of Institutional Giving and Corporate Philanthropy at Chicago Public Media. In that role he developed and grew partnerships with foundations and corporate partners in support of CPM’s journalism. Prior to CPM, Matthew worked to develop global corporate partnerships at Teach for All and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Originally from the UK, Matthew began his career in development with Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Royal Society. Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from the University of Portsmouth, UK.
Iris KrandelDevelopment Coordinator
Iris joins GFN with a background in non-profit fundraising and donor engagement. She previously served as the Development Assistant at Anshe Emet Synagogue where she focused on donor communication and stewardship and volunteer management. Prior to working at Anshe Emet, Iris participated in Avodah Jewish Service Corps program. During this year of service, Iris worked at Girls in the Game, which provides Sports, Health, and Leadership programs to girls throughout the city of Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Minnesota and currently serves as the Marketing Chair on the Young Leaders Board of Lakeview Pantry.
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.
Rebeckah PiotrowskiDirector, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships
Rebeckah supports GFN by fostering strategic corporate and foundation partnerships. Rebeckah most recently served as the Director of Institutional Partnerships at City Harvest in New York. With more than 14 years' experience in international development and nonprofit management, Rebeckah worked in leadership positions at Action Against Hunger (ACF) since 2011 before assuming her role as Director of Programs in 2014, coordinating ACF’s humanitarian operations in Cambodia, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Uganda. Previously, Rebeckah worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for five years in roles based abroad and at their NYC Headquarters. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Seton Hall University and an Executive Master of Public Administration for Public Service Leaders from New York University.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Beth SaksChief 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.
Sheri ThomasAssistant, Finance and Administration
Sheri works within GFN’s finance and administration department. From her years working for PwC in Chicago, she brings auditing experience with a specialization in private, smaller companies. Sheri is an alumnus of Northern Illinois University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in accountancy in 2017.
Diane ZillerDirector, Finance and Administration
Diane joined GFN in January 2020 and serves as the Director of Finance and Administration. Diane brings many years of experience from her previous roles at The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago and the Center for Financial Innovation (CFSI). During her tenure at CFSI she was promoted from Controller to Director of Finance. Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting with a minor in management.