Staff and Board
We are proud of the staff and volunteers who help guide our work in the community.
Joe Gruber (He/Him)
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 phone at 206-523-7060x709 or by email.
Paul Yunker (He/Him)
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.
Shanelle Donaldson (she/her)
Shanelle joined the food bank team in October 2020. Shanelle brings more than a decade of urban farming experience into her role, including many years leading her own nonprofit farm, Percussion Farms, as well as leading garden programs at ACRS and Solid Ground. Shanelle has a passion for canning and preserving food.
You can contact Shanelle by email.
Sarah Rowley (She/Her)
Sarah joined us in October 2019 for her AmeriCorps service year and has renewed for a second year. Sarah joined us after working for the Missoula Food Bank. She is responsible for coordinating our weekly home delivery program which has more than doubled during COVID.
You can contact Sarah via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 x707 or by email.
Rachel Shevrin (She/Her)
Rachel joined us in September 2020 for her AmeriCorps service year. Rachel is a recent UW graduate with a BS in Geography. Rachel manages the Magnuson Park Pantry and Packs For Kids programs.
You can contact Rachel by email.
Ron Post (He/Him)
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.
Bill Lowie (He/Him)
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 phone number 206-523-7060x702 or by email.
Liliya Shtikel (She/Her)
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.
Eric Wirkman (He/Him)
Eric joined the food bank team in November 2019. He oversees the donation recovery program with our grocery store partners and any community groups hosting food drives. Eric also manages Back of House operations on Fridays.
You can contact Eric via email.
Emily Palena (She/Her)
Emily joined the food bank in February 2021 as our first ever full time Volunteer Manager. Emily comes to us from 21 Acres Farm. Her full bio is forthcoming.
You can contact Emily via the main phone line at 206-523-7060 x705 or by email.
Jak McKool (He/Him)
Jak joined the food bank team in May 2020. He manages Back of House operations on Tuesdays and Thursdays during our distribution hours.
You can contact Jak via email.
Mariela Koleva (She/Her)
Mariela joined the food bank team in Summer 2020. She oversees Front of House operations on Tuesdays and Thursdays plus supports our weekend distribution activities.
You can contact Mariela via email.
Kelley Alexander (She/Her)
Kelley joined the food bank in Fall 2020. Kelley supports Front of House operations on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
You can contact Kelley via email.