Leadership Team

Kyle Waide
President & CEO
As President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kyle Waide oversees the distribution of more than 60 million of pounds of food and grocery products each year through a network of 600 local and regional partner nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry across 29 Georgia counties. Prior to being named CEO in June of 2015, Waide served for three years as the Food Bank’s Vice President of Partner Operations, leading the organization to record-breaking years of food distribution to the hungry. During that time, the Food Bank nearly doubled its distribution of food, providing an additional 24 million meals a year. Through Waide’s collaborative efforts to improve distribution best practices, the Food Bank dramatically increased the nutritional quality of its product offerings, including fresh produce. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Waide held management roles at The Home Depot Inc. across diverse areas, including disaster relief, corporate responsibility, community affairs and store operations. Waide previously served as part of the management team that created and launched Charity Navigator, the nation's premier charity evaluation service. Waide is a graduate of Harvard University and a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015. He resides in Decatur with his wife, Christina, and their three children. Waide follows Founder and Executive Director Bill Bolling, who announced in 2014 that he would step down from his position, following 36 years of leadership.

Rodney Benn
Director, Logistics
As Director or Logistics, Rodney Benn focuses on growing the resources we make available to the community and improving the accessibility of those resources including Food Sourcing, Transportation, and Shipping and Receiving. Rodney has worked at the Food Bank for the past 20+ years in a variety of roles including Atlanta’s Table Driver, Atlanta’s Table Operations Manager and Senior Transportation Manager. For 13 years he served as the Product Rescue Center Manager, overseeing the Food Bank’s largest volunteer activity space. Prior to the Food Bank, Rodney served in the Navy after finishing high school.

Julie Bryant Fisher
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
In her role as VP of Communications & Marketing at the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), Julie oversees the strategic direction of marketing, branding and communications efforts and initiatives, promoting and supporting the Food Bank’s mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community. Prior to joining ACFB, Julie served as Senior Manager for Communications at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. An award-winning journalist, Julie began her career as a reporter and has extensive media experience working across the fields of print, radio, television and public relations. In her role as Managing Editor of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, she was part of the executive editing team for the city’s premier weekly business paper, reaching more than 200,000 readers. Julie is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2007, a German Marshall Memorial Fund Fellow and an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of ChattahoocheeNOW, the Serenbe Institute and the Georgia Council for International Visitors. She received her B.S. in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ron Burns Jr.
Director, Operations
In his role as Director of Operations, Ron Burns Jr. works on servicing, growing, and expanding our relationships with our partner agencies and other community partners. He oversees the Product Rescue Center, Kids In Need program, Agency Services, Customer Relations, Grocery Floor, and Order Pulling areas of the Food Bank. Prior to this role, Ron started his career at Frito Lay, where he became an Operations Manager. He also had operations lead roles at General Mills, Nabisco and Pepsi. He received his degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University after leaving the frozen tundra of his hometown, Buffalo, New York.

Sarah Fonder-Kristy
Vice President, Development
Sarah is the Vice President of Development at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Sarah has worked at ACFB since 2000 to fight hunger and serve more than 600 partner nonprofit feeding organizations. In her current role, she oversees fundraising from corporations, foundations, individuals, government, civic and religious organizations. Sarah previously managed the Food Bank's volunteer program, utilizing more than 15,000 volunteers annually. She is a member of Georgia Planned Giving Council and has presented on fundraising at the Nonprofit Summit by Georgia Center for Nonprofits and at Feeding America national fundraising conferences. Sarah was in the founding class of L.E.A.D. Atlanta and is a past president of the Council of Volunteer Administrators (COVA). Prior to her career at the Food Bank, she worked with Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates. She received her Master of Public Administration at Georgia State University and her B.A. in Sociology from Emory University. 

Rob Johnson
Vice President, Community Services
In his role as VP of Community Services, Rob Johnson is responsible for guiding ACFB to improve, expand and integrate its hunger-relief services through its key partner agencies and others in the broad "Community of Concern" for those in need.  Prior to his current position, Rob served for 15 years as Chief Operating Officer. He began his work at the Food Bank in 1987 as the founding manager of  Atlanta's Table, the Food Bank’s prepared and perishable food rescue project. Prior to his career with  ACFB, Rob was a volunteer administrator and resource developer for Wesley Community Centers and a founding partner of the Open Door Community's homeless ministry in Atlanta. He has served on multiple national Feeding America task force groups to improve best practices among his colleagues and chaired FoodChain, a national network of perishable food rescue programs. Rob is Chair-elect of Organization Change Alliance, the regional association of organization development professionals.  Rob received his Master of Social Psychology at the University of Georgia and his B.S. in Psychology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

Debra Shoaf
VP, Finance and Administration
Debra is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Food Bank. Debra oversees the finance, IT, facilities, and asset protection departments. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Debra served as the Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Debra has also held positions in private industry as Chief Financial Officer for Renfroe Enterprises and as Controller at Ivan Allen Company. Previously, Debra worked in public accounting and government agency roles in audit and tax positions. Debra holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Georgia State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She and her family live in Peachtree City. Debra also serves on the board of Father’s Care, Inc., an organization committed to the restoration of the family unit for children in state care in Ukraine.

Jon West
Senior Manager, Strategy and Innovation
In his role as Senior Manager, Strategy and Innovation, Jon helps the Food Bank think and act strategically in ways that foster innovation and support communities, partner organizations and individuals to find creative solutions to increase food access. Previously, Jon was the Food Bank’s Community Building Manager where he helped launch place-based collaborative networks of service providers and citizens working together to build stronger, hunger resilient communities. His very first job at the food bank was painting food drive barrels blue. Before coming to the Food Bank, Jon worked with an agricultural relief and development organization, in the higher education sector and as a youth mentor in Botswana, Africa. He received his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English Literature from Mississippi College. Jon is married to Hannah and they live with their two children on the west side of Atlanta. He is very proud of his short commute.

Tony Wright
VP of Human Resources
In his role as VP of Human Resources, Tony Wright is responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining HR programs required for ACFB to excel in its mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community. Tony’s professional experiences include senior leadership roles in Human Resources with organizations including the Virginia Mason Medical Center, Global Payments, the Coca-Cola Company and Owens Corning. In these roles, he consistently demonstrated keen business acumen in ensuring that HR strategies not only accelerated the achievement of business objectives but also represented a competitive advantage for the company.  He has held numerous leadership positions in community organizations and is often invited to deliver motivational speeches to organizations focused on at risk youth. Tony is a graduate of The University of Georgia where he received a Master’s degree in Counseling and of St. John Bosco College where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.  

For more information on our Executive Staff, contact info@acfb.org or 404.892.9822.

Board of Directors


Mary Moore, Chair
The Cook’s Warehouse

James Dallas, Vice-Chair
Retired SVP, Quality & Operations
Medtronic, Inc. 

Jackie Parker, Secretary
Founder & President
JWP Consulting, LLC 

Jerry Wilkinson, Treasurer
The Wilkinson Group

Brandon Sutton, Advisory Board Chair
Digital Strategist

Kyle Waide, President and CEO
Atlanta Community Food Bank


Ellen Bailey
Managing Director, Human Resources
Midtown Consulting Group, Inc. 

Martha Brooks
Corporate Director
Harley-Davidson, Inc., Jabil Inc. 

Eric Busko
Regional Manager
South East & Mid Atlantic
Morgan Stanley PWM 

Joe Chow
Vice President / General Manager
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Steven J. de Groot
Executive Vice President,
General Counsel
EVO Payments International, LLC

Martha “Marti” Fessenden
The Fessenden Firm 

Arlene Glaser
Senior Ethics & Compliance
The Coca-Cola Company 

Mitch Harrison
Chief Operating Officer
First Communities

Mark Holifield
Executive Vice President
The Home Depot

Patrick Jones
Chief Engagement Officer
Strategy, Creative & Content
Creative Jones Collective

Robby Kukler
Fifth Group Restaurants

Bill Levisay
Levisay Consulting

Matt McKenna
Senior Vice President
AutoTrader Group

Margaret “Marjy” Stagmeier
TriStar Investment

Andrew Stith
Chief Operating Officer
International Media Technologies

Wayne Vason
Senior Counsel
Troutman Sanders LLP

Lesley T. Wainwright
Senior Counsel 
Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. 

General Counsel:

David Long-Daniels
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

For more information on our Board of Directors, contact info@acfb.org or 404.892.9822.

Advisory Board


Adam Noyes
Proof of the Pudding

Andrew P. Kaiser
Stout Kaiser Matteson Peake & Hendrick LLC

Andrew Traub
A&S Culinary Concepts

Ann Mitchell
Nationwide Insurance

Arvind Krishnaswami
Medlytix, LLC

Becca Brett Leish

Bill Lathrop
Coca-Cola Refreshments

Bob Parker
American Express

Brad Koeneman
Hilton Atlanta

Brandon Sutton

Brett Williams

Carlos Foster
Nationwide Insurance

Caroline Wilbert
The Wilbert Group

Chip Colson
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Chris Weiser

David Abes
LDV Hospitality

Doug Foley
Center Cut Restaurant Group

Fernando Manfredi
Sysco Atlanta

George Brown
The Omni Hotel

Guy Thomson
Proof of the Pudding

Holly Beach
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Jenny Piccione
The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Joe Uhl
Renaissance Waverly Hotel

John Wolcott

Jonna Kirkwood
Kaiser Permanente

Kathleen Ciaramello, Chair
Coca-Cola Company

Kelly Hornbuckle
First Data

Kevin O'Leary
Hilton Atlanta

Kevin Rathbun

Lauren Fernandez
Community Volunteer

Lee Woodham
FreshPoint of Atlanta

Lisa Parker
Community Volunteer

Lolita Jackson
Georgia Power

Marina Bryant
World Events, Inc.

Mark Lerner
Capstone Financial Partners

Neal Patton
AMC, Inc.

Paul Baker
Sterling Risk Advisors

Paul Slobig

Pete Cappiali
FreshPoint of Atlanta

Rachel Batiste
The Omni Hotel

Raghu Kakarala
Forty Four

Rashmee Goes
Community Volunteer

Ricky Steele
Hunter Technical Resources

Ronald Fennel
Georgia Capitol Associates

Ryan Costigan
Georgia Restaurant Association

Sheryl Myers
Stateline Films

Song Kim

Tim Swoger
HCC Insurance

Todd Rushing
Concentrics Restaurants

Tom Minella
Whirley DrinkWorks

Tony Martin
Medlytix, LLC

Virginia Willis
Willis Culinary Productions

For more information on our Advisory Board, contact info@acfb.org or 404.892.9822.