Our Team

Kids’ Food Basket is always looking for qualified and passionate individuals to attack childhood hunger: We seek out and embrace individuals from many backgrounds including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, religion and socioeconomic status.

 Leadership Team

  • Bridget Clark Whitney
    Bridget Clark Whitney Executive Director

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    Bridget combines a lifelong passion for our mission with fierce leadership in guiding all that Kids’ Food Basket does.

  • Afton DeVos
    Afton DeVos Associate Director

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    Afton’s leadership and development expertise help us continue to grow, internally and externally.

  • Ashley Diersch
    Ashley Diersch Development Director

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    Ashley brings a ton of development experience to the team, focusing on corporations and foundations.

  • Julie VanGessel
    Julie VanGessel Senior Outreach Manager

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    Julie leads our Kids Helping Kids team and forges valuable relationships across the community.

  • Austin Roelofs
    Austin Roelofs Senior Program Manager

    Grand Rapids
    Described by many as the “not short one”, Austin has driven incredible growth in our programming through his time here.

  • Christine Lentine
    Christine Lentine Operations Director

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    Operations, finance, and accountability champion — Christine keeps our wheels churning.

  • Jane Berkey
    Jane Berkey Senior Program Specialist

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    Jane has been with Kids’ Food Basket since the beginning, and she knows how to get it all done!

Kids’ Food Basket Staff

  • Ashley Abbott Bodien
    Ashley Abbott Bodien Communications Manager

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    Ashley leaves her mark on every communications piece, internally and externally.

  • Brandy Arnold
    Brandy Arnold Youth and Inclusion Specialist

    Grand Rapids
    We believe changing the world includes creating an equitable, inclusive community and Brandy leads us in that pursuit.

  • Tarah Bourke
    Tarah Bourke Development & Communications Specialist

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    Whether for development or communications, Tarah makes our campaigns and marquee events spectacular.

  • Jake Durham
    Jake Durham Sack Supper Program Coordinator

    Grand Rapids
    Getting more than 6,000 Sack Suppers out to Grand Rapids each weekday is no small task, and Jake is critical in making sure it gets done.

  • Delaney Faught
    Delaney Faught Development Assistant

    Grand Rapids
    Special events and programming from our development team is taken to the next level with Delaney’s talents.

  • Steph Ford
    Steph Ford Volunteer Program Assistant

    Grand Rapids
    If you are coming on site to volunteer in GR, Steph is going to make sure you have a great experience.

  • Kay Fricano
    Kay Fricano Volunteer Program Coordinator

    Grand Rapids
    You have a group that wants to volunteer? We have a Kay Fricano to make that happen.

  • Lexi Hunt
    Lexi Hunt Holland Program Coordinator

    Lexi helps ensure that our volunteer and Sack Supper programs in Holland continue to grow.

  • Brittany Jacobson
    Brittany Jacobson Special Project Assistant

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    Brittany brings out the Kids’ Food Basket flair for creativity and stewardship to our development efforts.

  • Jennifer Jordan
    Jennifer Jordan Development & Finance Specialist

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    Jenny supports our development and finance teams with reporting and database management skills.

  • Carly Karasiewicz
    Carly Karasiewicz Volunteer Program Manager

    Grand Rapids
    250 volunteers a day, 15,000+ annually… One amazing Volunteer Program Manager.

  • Lynn Keech
    Lynn Keech Muskegon Program Coordinator

    Lynn spearheads our Sack Supper and Volunteer efforts in Muskegon.

  • Stephanie Kerr Cathey
    Stephanie Kerr Cathey Muskegon Program Manager

    We are so grateful for our friends in Muskegon, and Stephanie plays a critical role in building our relationships in the region.

  • Bradley Littell
    Bradley Littell Office/HR Specialist

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    Brad is not only our human resources champion, you’ll find him doing a little of everything around Kids’ Food Basket.

  • Kimberly Magoon
    Kimberly Magoon Holland Development Specialist

    As we continue to grow in Ottawa county, Kim takes charge in fostering community and individual relationships.

  • Alethia Smith
    Alethia Smith Sack Supper Program Assistant

    Grand Rapids
    Alethia probably has ten things done before you get your first cup of coffee, working hard to support our Sack Supper Program.

  • Lisa Tamburello
    Lisa Tamburello Executive Administrative Assistant

    Grand Rapids
    Lisa knows everything about everything Kids’ Food Basket AND keeps all our office plants alive.

  • Karen Thompson
    Karen Thompson Staff Accountant

    All Locations
    When you want financial information or a check signed, you want to call Karen.

  • Troy Vos
    Troy Vos Kids Helping Kids Program Coordinator

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    Troy leads the education and leadership development we foster in Kids Helping Kids group and the Youth Action Board.

  • Kristen Wahmhoff
    Kristen Wahmhoff Data Entry Coordinator

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    Kristen is a master of numbers and a master of data- critical things to keep us moving forward.

  • Elizabeth Washington
    Elizabeth Washington Grants Manager

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    Anybody who has worked with grants knows how much work they take, and Liz makes it all a breeze for our entire development team.

  • John Wheeler
    John Wheeler Urban Farming

    Grand Rapids

  • Matthew Valleau
    Matthew Valleau Communications and Grants Copywriter

    All Locations
    Matt unifies Kids’ Food Basket content with consistent branding across all platforms, internally and externally.

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