President & CEO
As President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kyle Waide oversees the distribution of nearly 70 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.
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.
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, 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 is responsible for leading advocacy initiatives at the state and federal level. Lauren serves as an advocacy liaison to Feeding America and the Georgia Food Bank Association, in addition to supporting the development of strategic policy priorities for Food Bank, largely focused on Georgia's SNAP and WIC programs. In a prior consulting role, she provided research and insights to the strategic planning process, served as the Food Bank lobbyist during the 2016 Georgia legislative session, and led visits to elected officials and their staff to discuss Child Nutrition Reauthorization, including Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and the nine Representatives whose districts are in the Food Bank service area.
Lauren brings over 20 years' experience in public policy and advocacy to her new role at the Food Bank. She 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. Also at the state level, Lauren has served as a consultant with the Department of Community Health and the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University. She tapped her background in data and analysis to develop and lead a charitable giving program at ChoicePoint Inc., focused on violence prevention. 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.
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