Staff and Board
We are proud of the staff and volunteers who help guide our work in the community.
Joe was hired as Director in June 2003 after serving three years on the Board of Directors. Before joining the food bank, Joe worked in a variety of for-profit and nonprofit business consulting roles in both the United Sates and Eastern Europe. Currently, Joe is active in several local and statewide human service coalitions, and he is a member of the Executive Committees for Seattle Food Committee, Seattle Human Services Coalition, and Washington Food Coalition. He also serves on the Curriculum Committee for Leadership Tomorrow. Joe graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Zoology and Vanderbilt University with an MBA. You may contact Joe via the main food bank phone number or by email.
Bill joined the food bank as Assistant Director in September 2002 after he moved to Seattle with his wife Jill. He oversees our daily operations and works directly with food bank volunteers. Previously, Bill worked for the Feeding America affiliate in North Carolina. Bill graduated from University of North Carolina with a BA in American History. You may contact Bill via the main food bank phone number or by email.
Paul left the world of technology to become our full time Development Director in 2007. Paul manages our individual giving program and helps coordinate our annual fundraising auction. Paul’s desire is to personally connect with each of our many donors, so please take him up on his offer for a food bank tour and a cup of coffee. When he’s not raising money for us, Paul is a passionate heirloom tomato and potato gardener. He’s more than happy to share his many pearls of gardening wisdom with you. Or, if you bid just high enough at the auction, you can put his gardening talents to work for you. Paul is a proud Long Beach, Washington native, although he did attend Willamette University in Oregon so he could run track and cross country there. You may contact Paul via this direct line at 206-527-1990 or by email.
Julia joined us in November 2013 for her year long VISTA placement. Julia’s primary focus is on volunteer coordination and program evaluation. You can contact Julia via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 or by email.
Kailin replaced long tenured food bank employee Carl Ostrom when he retired in 2008. Her primary responsibility is recovering food from area businesses although she manages the food bank once a week as well. Kailin is a strong advocate for our customers. She has expanded our food recovery efforts to new stores across our service area, and she has helped our volunteers improve at their food recovery efforts too. When she isn’t working with us, Kailin plays in several bands and orchestras plus teaches flute through Seattle Conservatory of Music and Seattle Music Partners. Kailin has BAs in Women and Gender Studies and Music from Rice University. You may contact Kailin via the main food bank phone number or by email.
Annika joined the food bank in September 2013 and comes to us through Mennonite Voluntary Service for a year long placement. Annika coordinates both the weekly home delivery program and our ever-expanding Packs for Kids program. She hails originally from Fresno and is a recent graduate of Bethel College in Kansas. You may contact Annika via the main food bank phone number or by email.