Staff and Board

We are proud of the staff and volunteers who help guide our work in the community.

Staff

Joe Gruber

Executive Director

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 States and Eastern Europe. Currently, Joe is active in several local and statewide human service coalitions, including the Seattle Food Committee, Seattle Human Services Coalition, and Washington Food Coalition. He currently serves on the board for University Child Development School. 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.

Paul Yunker

Development Director

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 his direct line at 206-523-7060x701 or by email.

Liliya Shtikel

Community Engagement and Resource Specialist

Liliya joined the food bank in December 2017 to launch our year long Community Connector program. Liliya comes to us after working for four years at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, most recently as their Program Manager. Liliya is a graduate of the School of Social Work at UW, and before that, Seattle University.

You can contact Liliya via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 x708 or by email.

Anya Atkins

Program Coordinator - Packs For Kids and Home Delivery

Anya joined us in September 2019 for her AmeriCorps service year. Anya is a recent Gonzaga University graduate who returns to Seattle after growing up here. She is responsible for coordinating the Home Delivery and Packs For Kids programs.

You can contact Anya via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 or by email.

Sarah Rowley

Program Coordinator - Off Site Pantries

Sarah joined us in October 2019 for her AmeriCorps service year. Sarah joined us after working for the Missoula Food Bank. She is responsible for coordinating our off site pantries at Magnuson Park and North Seattle College.

You can contact Sarah via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 or by email.

Bill Lowie

Assistant Director

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.

Hannah Duffany

Rooftop Farmer and Volunteer Coordinator

Hannah joined the food bank in fall of 2015 to coordinate our food recovery programs throughout the week. When we moved into our new home in July 2016, Hannah assumed responsibility for our rooftop farm. In October 2019, Hannah transitioned to supporting our volunteers in addition to her farm work.

After graduating from Bennington College with a BA in Community Food Security, Hannah moved west where she is active in Seattle area farmers markets and collaborative gardening.

You may contact Hannah via the main food bank phone number or by email.

Chris Cirillo

Food Bank Coordinator

Chris joined the food bank team in mid-October 2018. In October 2019, they moved into the role of food bank coordination and will oversee our Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday shopping hours.

You can contact Chris via the main phone line at 206-523-7060.

Ron Post

Weekend Donation Pickup Specialist

Ron started with the food bank in May 2013. He is responsible for collecting our weekend food donations from many of our grocery store partners.

When not at the food bank, Ron is an active mushroom forager, a writer, and a P-Patch gardener. You may contact Ron via the main food bank phone number.

Board of Directors

  • Leah Ball

    President

  • Michael Goodheim

    Treasurer

  • David Ollee

    Board Member

  • Ben Spruch

    Board Member

  • Kate Delavan

    Board Member

  • Kye Lee

    Board Member

  • Chris Mefford

    Board Member

  • Joseph Smith

    Vice-President

  • Eliza Dornbush

    Secretary

  • Emily Kim

    Board Member

  • Joy Mooney

    Board Member

  • Cathy Boyce

    Board Member

  • Elizabeth Kennedy

    Board Member

  • Nausheen Sadiq

    Board Member