Leadership and Staff

Board of Directors

 

  • Alan Gilbertson, Chairman
    Director
    FoodForward SA
    SOUTH AFRICA

  • Jason Ramey, Vice Chairman
    National Managing Partner, International Client Services
    Grant Thornton LLP
    USA

  • Patrick Alix
    Secretary General
    European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA)
    FRANCE

  • Catherine Bertini
    Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs
    Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
    USA

  • Martin Burt, PhD
    Executive Director, Fundación Paraguaya
    PARAGUAY
    Executive Director & Co-Founder, Teach A Man To Fish
    UK

  • Cristián Cardoner
    Partner
    Andesat S.A.
    PARAGUAY

  • Carol Criner
    Former CEO
    Retail Inkjet Solutions, Inc.
    USA

  • Jaynee Day
    President and CEO
    Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
    USA

  • Brian Greene
    President / CEO
    Houston Food Bank
    USA

  • Ellen Goldberg Luger
    Retired, VP Global Philanthropy and Volunteerism
    General Mills
    USA

  • Katharine Schmidt
    Executive Director
    Food Banks Canada
    CANADA

  • William B. Thomas
    Chief Supply Chain Officer
    Feeding America
    USA

  • Allen J. Ginsburg, General Counsel
    Partner
    DLA Piper, LLC USA
    USA

GFN Staff

Lisa Moon
President & Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Moon is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), an international hunger relief organization that supports and accelerates the development of food banks in more than 30 countries. Together, the GFN network of food banks rescues more than 960 million pounds of food annually and re-directs it to 6.8 million people in need.

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, is a member of the Farm Foundation Round Table, is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is currently a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission.

Christopher Rebstock
Sr. Vice President, Network Development
Mr. Rebstock is a seasoned food bank professional with over thirty years of experience in the field. He played a leading role in the formation of The Global FoodBanking Network in response to the growing international interest in food banking. Previous to GFN, Mr. Rebstock 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. As the head of GFN’s Network Development department he travels extensively and manages food bank development projects, member support, and training activities.

Craig A. Nemitz, Ph.D. (h.c.)
Director of Field Services
Mr. Nemitz has been involved in the food banking sector for almost twenty 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 Kitchen
Director, Network Programs

Mr. Kitchen moved to Chicago from the United Kingdom in order to join the Global FoodBanking Network in October 2012 following 10 years of working in the corporate sector in Management Consulting and directly in the food industry. 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 8 years at Accenture. In 2008 Anthony worked on behalf of the Global FoodBanking Network in South Africa helping to establish FoodBank South Africa and particularly exploring the food sourcing opportunities in that country. After leaving Accenture he spent 3 years working for the largest dairy company in the UK before moving to the Global FoodBanking Network. Anthony holds a BSc in Business Administration from the University Of Bath.

Monica Dykas
Network Programs Officer
Ms. Dykas 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 Millar
Network Programs Coordinator
Mr. Millar 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 BS in Diplomacy and International Relations.

Beth Saks, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Saks 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 and 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 MBA in finance and accounting from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Paul Spector
Manager of Finance & Administration
Mr. Spector 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.   A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Mr. Spector possesses a Bachelors degree in Operations Management with a minor in Philosophy, as well as an Associates degree in Accounting.  Prior to joining GFN, he spent several years as an accountant for non-profit organizations in St. louis, MO.  He is currently working towards becoming a licensed CPA.

Maojie Sun
Accounting Assistant
Ms. Sun is a staff accountant who joined GFN in 2015. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Masters Degree in Accountancy. Ms. Sun is primarily responsible for financial record keeping. Her responsibilities include recording and processing expenditures, receipts, payroll and other financial transactions. Ms. Sun is also responsible for providing financial information to management by researching and analyzing accounting data and preparing reports.

Cathe Wood
Director, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships
Ms. Wood 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 BA degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

Caroline Parsons
Major Gifts Officer
Ms. Parsons joined GFN in 2016. As Major Gifts Officer, she manages the organization’s annual and major giving program for individuals. 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 B.A. in Sociology and serves on the Junior Board of the Chicago Child Care Society.

Arielle Maldonado
Development Coordinator
Ms. Maldonado joined GFN in 2015. She supports the development team and plays a vital role in managing the database for the organization. She is a recent graduate of Tufts University with Bachelors degrees in Economics and Chinese and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Before entering the nonprofit sector, she worked in the renewable energy field. During her free time, Ms. Maldonado engages with neighborhoods in Chicago known for their violence by planning community-building events. She also works with gang members in and out of prison to prevent recidivism.

Jessica Tuquero
Manager, Communications
Ms. Tuquero manages GFN’s external communications and brings more than 10 years of experience in global communications. Some of her most notable projects include implementing the first social media campaign for a state government, launching a niche social network for trademark professionals, managing an organization’s communications efforts surrounding a controversial international trade agreement, and leading the announcement of a drug approval for a global pharmaceutical company. Ms. Tuquero graduated from New York University with degrees in Journalism & Mass Communications and Economics.

Gabriela Reno
Administrative Assistant & Field Services Coordinator
Ms. Reno joined GFN in 2016. She works closely with the GFN CEO and is responsible for coordinating logistics for Board and staff meetings, and special events. Previously Ms. Reno has served similar roles including research 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. Ms. Reno is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in French and Francophone Studies 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 is the scholarship fund liaison.

Consultants

Alfredo Kasdorf
Regional Consultant to Latin America
Based out of Argentina, Mr. Kasdorf supports GFN’s efforts to enhance food bank development and operations in Latin American countries. Mr. Kasdorf 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.