President & CEO
As President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kyle Waide oversees the distribution of nearly 70 million pounds of food and grocery products each year through a network of 600 local and regional partner non-profit organizations that feed those in need across 29 Georgia counties. Prior to being named CEO in June of 2015, Kyle 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. Through Kyle’s collaborative efforts to improve distribution best practices, the Food Bank dramatically increased the nutritional quality of its product offerings, including fresh produce. Currently, the Food Bank distributes more than 16 million pounds of produce each year. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Kyle held several management roles at The Home Depot Inc. in disaster relief, corporate responsibility, community affairs and store operations. He also previously served as part of the management team that created and launched Charity Navigator, the nation's premier charity evaluation service. Kyle is a graduate of Harvard University. He currently is serving as the Chair of the Southeast Regional Cooperative and the Vice Chair of the Georgia Food Bank Association. Kyle also is a member of the Ending Hunger Advisory Committee and the Policy, Education and Advocacy Committee for Feeding America. He is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015, the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Community Advisory Board for The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee Advisory Board, the Committee For A Better Atlanta, and the board of directors for Goodwill Industries International Inc. Kyle resides in Decatur, GA with his wife, Christina, and their three children.
Chief Development Officer
Sarah is the Chief Development Officer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Sarah has worked at the Food Bank 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.
Vice President of Human Resources
Sheri Foster was the Director of Enterprise HR Services for the Human Resources Administration (HRA) within the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). The HRA supports Executive Branch state employers of various types across Georgia; which constitutes approximately 107 agencies with a workforce numbering just under 70,000. She is charged with leading the development and implementation of HR services and technology to support the state’s key talent management functions including talent acquisition, learning and development, and performance management. Sheri is a seasoned professional with more than 16 years of experience in the human resources (HR) field. Prior to joining DOAS, Sheri was the Vice President of Human Resources for Consumer Credit Counseling Service, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals and families in financial distress. In that role, she built the company's HR infrastructure, including processes, systems, structure, and policies from scratch, led a series of initiatives to enhance the organization’s culture, transform performance and learning, and supported the organization’s expansion from a local organization to having a national presence. Sheri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA and a Master's degree in HR Management from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Chief Operations Officer
Stacey has over 25 years of operations and supply chain experience in the Food and Beverage, and Consumer Products industries. As the Chief Operations Officer for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Stacey will lead key strategic initiatives to grow access to nutritional meals across metro Atlanta and north Georgia, through leadership of the Partner Relations, Logistics Operations, Food Sourcing, Product Rescue Operations, and IT teams. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Stacey was an Associate Director in the Global Supply Chain for Kimberly-Clark, where she developed a global logistics assessment process and led implementations of transportation management systems in International regions. Stacey previously served as a Supply Chain Director with The Coca-Cola Company for its North America Concentrate Product Supply. In this role, she implemented a new regional multi-location supply chain team to deliver end-to-end supply management strategy, building supply continuity, while reducing inventory and increasing service levels. Stacey also held roles as Operations General Manager, Strategic Projects Manager, Plant Manager and various other operations leadership roles with Coca-Cola over a 17-year career. She began her career as a process engineer and manager with The Procter & Gamble Company. Stacey is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Engineering and Applied Science. She resides in Alpharetta with her spouse, George, and two children.
Chief Marketing Officer
Heather is the Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing the marketing, communications, public affairs, education and outreach work of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Before the Food Bank, Heather served at The Krystal Company® as their Director of Marketing in charge of Calendar, Planning & Promotions managing relationships aimed at increasing guest engagement, enhancing customer perception and driving traffic and sales. She also previously led their Brand Marketing & Research department. Heather has also held many leadership roles including serving as the Director of Brand Marketing for Aaron’s Inc., Director of Strategic Brand Marketing in the Healthcare Industry and she was a Team Advertising/Marketing lead for The BellSouth® Corporation. Heather is a graduate of Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and also completed the Culinary Scholar program at the School of Hospitality Administration. She earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on marketing from Brenau University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Innovation and Leadership program at Antioch University. Heather is a native of Atlanta and lives in Dunwoody with her husband, twins and furry child.
Chief Financial Officer
Debra oversees the finance, 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.
Vice President of Programs
In his role, 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.
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Director of Logistics
As Director of 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.
Ron Burns Jr.
Director of Partner Relations
In his role as Director of Partner Relations, Ron Burns Jr. works on servicing, growing, and expanding our relationships with our partner agencies and other community partners. 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.
Director of Child Nutrition Programs
Michele Chivore serves as the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Director of Child Nutrition Programs where her role is to develop the strategy around and implementation of the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s programs aimed at reducing child hunger. This includes outreach programs to increase capacity and participation in federally funded child nutrition programs while strategically exploring new opportunities to reduce the prevalence of childhood hunger across the Food Bank’s service area. Prior to joining the Atlanta Community Food Bank, she served as Campaign Director for Childhood Hunger Programs at the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA) where she worked in conjunction with GFBA member food banks, local nonprofit and national partners to implement a state childhood hunger advocacy, communications, and marketing plan aimed at increasing participation in federal nutrition programs among eligible families with children. She has also worked as the Atlanta Program Manager for Seedco where she was responsible for program management services and technical assistance for initiatives that provided facilitated access to public benefit programs. She has also worked for CIBA Vision Corporation as a Logistics Planner and Communities In Schools of Georgia, Inc. to manage and implement several federal programs. Michele has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Director of I.T.
Damian Narinesingh is an experienced leader in Information Technology, Logistics, Operations, Facilities Management and Finance. His experience covers a wide body of industries such as e-business, call centers, building products, distribution, manufacturing, consumer products, and telecommunications industries. In these industries, his role has been developing and aligning ICT strategies and services and the associated financial strategies to anticipate and satisfy the needs of the organization.
Damian’s former roles were the Executive Director of Operations, Logistics and Information Technology at Massy Technologies Trinidad and Tobago Limited. He is also the former President of the Information and Communication Technology Society and a former Director on the board of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority where he was the Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Deputy Chairman of the Tenders committee.
Besides his professional accomplishments Damian has achieved the following academic qualifications; BSc in Electronic Engineering Technology, Masters in Information Systems Management, Masters in Finance and Accounting and Graduate Certification in Project Management.
Doris is responsible for the day to day operations of the Finance Department of the Food Bank. Prior to that, she has accumulated over 20 years of nonprofit experience as Director of Accounting at Goodwill of North Georgia and Associate Controller at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A CPA, she graduated from Baruch College with a Masters degree in Taxation and York College with a Bachelor's in Accounting.
Director of Compliance
For over 29 years, Carol has been employed with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and is currently the Director of Compliance. She has also worked as a social worker with a Senior Citizens program, Army Community Services and the health department. Carol’s various leadership roles include past president of the Food Bank Toasters Toastmasters Club, vice president & board member of the National Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association (NCSFPA); past board member of the William E. Purkett II Memorial Scholarship Foundation/P.I.L.O.T. (Preparing Innovative Leaders Of Tomorrow); past chairman of the ESFP (Homeland Security -Emergency Shelter Food Program) for DeKalb, Fulton and City of Atlanta.
Director of Individual Giving
Greg Sims is the Director of Individual Giving at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, where he creates meaningful opportunities for 30,000 individual supporters to fight hunger across greater Atlanta and north Georgia. His expertise and leadership extends from direct response and digital marketing to principal and planned gifts. Prior to joining the Food Bank in 2012, Greg’s diverse nonprofit experience included roles in refugee resettlement, volunteer management, faith-based grassroots advocacy, and community development in Guatemala. Greg currently serves on the board of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a member of the Georgia Planned Giving Council. Greg received his Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary and his B.A. in Religious Studies from Rhodes College. In his spare time, you can find him avidly consuming podcasts and enthusiastically - if not skillfully - playing acoustic guitar. He currently resides in Decatur with his wife, Gina, their two children, and one rambunctious cat.
Director, Institutional Giving
Cameron Turner applies her diverse leadership and fundraising experience as the Director of Institutional Giving for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Driven by her passion to serve the impoverished in Atlanta, Ms. Turner oversees corporate and foundation relations along with special events and, with her team, is responsible for raising over $8.4 million in funding each year to address the needs of the hungry and homeless across North Georgia. Before joining the Food Bank, she served as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations for the Atlanta Mission and as a Development Officer for the Devereux Georgia Treatment Network.
Over the last 15 years, Ms. Turner has dedicated her life and career to those in need throughout Atlanta and North Georgia. Her vast experience in the nonprofit sector has made her an expert in donor relations. This includes corporate partnerships, foundation relations, major donor solicitation, volunteer management, and special event execution.
Director of Government Affairs
Lauren Waits is Director of Government Affairs for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, where she leads advocacy initiatives at the state and federal level. Lauren develops and implements strategies to advance the Food Bank's policy priorities, largely focused on Georgia's SNAP and WIC programs. She serves as the Food Bank lobbyist and conducts outreach to elected and government agency officials. Lauren was the first policy director at Voices for Georgia's Children, where she helped to establish an advocacy framework and select indicators to measure progress in child well-being. Most recently, she worked as a facilitator at StoryCorps Atlanta, where she had the opportunity to engage deeply with community partners gathering stories to advance a range of social justice causes. As a graduate of the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health, Lauren has worked in diverse communities from Ghana, West Africa to Oaxaca, Mexico. A sixth-generation Georgian with family roots in Polk County, Lauren is also a proud graduate of the DeKalb County Public Schools.
Ed leads our communications and public relations team. In this role, Ed is responsible for internal and external communications, including developing strategies for effective communications with our extensive network of over 600 partner agencies and engaging media in telling our story of fighting food insecurity in our service area. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Ed had a long career with The Coca-Cola Company where he had various leadership roles in finance, general management & communications, and sales & marketing training. He began his professional career at Deloitte (f.k.a. Touche Ross & Co.). Ed received his Master in International Business Studies degree from the University of South Carolina and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the American University in Washington, DC. A cancer survivor, Ed was a 2016 candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Man/Woman of the Year fundraising campaign. He previously served on the Board of Governors and the Business Advisory Council for the Human Rights Campaign. Ed lives in Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood with his partner and two English Springer Spaniels.
Robby Kukler, Chair
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Mitch Harrison, Vice Chair
Martha “Marti” Fessenden, Secretary
The Fessenden Firm
F. John Case, Treasurer
Morehouse School of Medicine
Midtown Consulting Group, Inc.
Gary L. Brantley
City of Atlanta
Arnall Golden Gregory
AMB Group, LLC
The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
James Dallas and Associates
Alston & Bird
The Home Depot
Steven A. Michaels
United Technologies Corporation
Cox Media Group
Natosha Reid Rice
Habitat for Humanity International
US Trust, Bank of America
Sean Hyslop, Advisory Chair
Sean Hyslop, Chair
Holly Beach, Vice Chair
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Adam H. Noyes
Proof of the Pudding
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Keller Williams Realty
Option 1 Partners, LLC
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
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Georgia Restaurant Association
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The Fernandez Company
The Wilbert Group
Lisa Boren Sivy
Marina Alden Bryant
Special Projects by Marina
LernerRouille Financial Strategies
RAO Design Studio, Inc.
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Buckhead Meat of Atlanta
Steele Technology Partners
Ford Fry Restaurants
Tokio Marine HCC
The Swarm Agency
Rogers & Hardin LLP
Virginia Willis Culinary Productions, LLC