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Our Team

Kids’ Food Basket is always looking for qualified and passionate individuals to join the community solution to 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

PRESIDENT & FOUNDING CEO

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

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AFTON DEVOS

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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

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ASHLEY DIERSCH

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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

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CHRISTINE LENTINE

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

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

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WILL OSMUN, PH.D.

VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING | EXPERT IN RESIDENCE

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KIMBERLY MOORE

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Kim brings her communications expertise to our team along with her passion for the community!

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AUSTIN ROELOFS

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM OPERATIONS

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

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JULIE VANGESSEL

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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

Kids’ Food Basket Staff

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KENDRA BECKSTROM

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER
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JASMINE BENSON

GRANTS COORDINATOR

Jasmine provides her expertise and support to the grants space! Fun fact: Jasmine went to Chennai, India for the World Universities Debate Championship!

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JANE BERKEY

HOLLAND PROGRAM SPECIALIST

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

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ANGIE BRADFORD

SACK SUPPER PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Angie makes sure everything is running smoothly in our Sack Supper program and fun fact: she makes a great trail mix!

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BONNIE COLEMAN

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Bonnie’s passion, enthusiasm for our mission and her experience makes her a wonderful addition to our team!

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ROBIN DEYOUNG

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Budgets, audits, reports. Robin has us covered with her expertise in all things Accounting!

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JACK DURHAM

SACK SUPPER PROGRAM ASSISTANT

From driving the Hi-Lo like a boss to helping out in anyway needed, Jack is an invaluable resource to our team!

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DELANEY FAUGHT

DEVELOPMENT & EVENTS COORDINATOR

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

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KAY FRICANO

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST

Kay has years of experience in nonprofit stewardship and empowering volunteers to find their strengths, ensuring a positive KFB volunteer experience for everyone.

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RENAE GAVITT

INTERIM SR. MANAGER OF NOURISHMENT AND EDUCATION

Renae helps to make sure that our Sack Supper programming stays on track! Fun Fact: She was an anonymous bone marrow donor for a recipient in Brazil! How awesome!

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TERA GRIESMER

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Tera has a big heart for Kids’ Food Basket and our volunteers, which is why she is the perfect person to help with scheduling! She brings the love to her job every single day!

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ALLISON GUFFEY

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Alli brings excellent experience in project planning, problem-solving, and process improvement!

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AJ HENDERSON

MUSKEGON PROGRAM COORDINATOR

AJ plans how food comes in and goes out the door and ensures that things run smoothly on the Lakeshore! Fun Facts: The intern that never left. Baker College of Muskegon Alumni. Former Rotaract member and ongoing practitioner of Service above Self.

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STEPHANIE KERR CATHEY

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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

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BRADLEY LITTELL

FACILITIES SPECIALIST

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

Brynne Logan

BRYNNE LOGAN

ANNUAL FUND SPECIALIST

Brynne brings with her combined experience working at both an education nonprofit in Philadelphia, and a hunger-relief nonprofit in New York City. Brynne has lived on the West Coast and the East Coast, now she can say she’s lived in the Mid-West!

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JASON LUNDBERG

FARM MANAGER
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STEPHANIE MELLSTEAD

FAMILY AND SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Steph’s can-do spirit and upbeat personality make working with her FUN! She is the perfect fit to work with children and families.

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CHELSEA MONTES

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR
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ANGEL MENDIOLA

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Angel has strong ties to her community in Muskegon, one of the many reasons we value her on our team! You will find her interacting with volunteers on site as well as out and about on the Lakeshore.

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BEN NYHOFF

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Ben is part of our development team and works with individuals and faith communities. He is still water that runs deep, but don’t be misled by his quiet nature because this guy is FUNNY.

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EVAN PAZKOWSKI

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Evan’s skills are not limited to Fund Development; he is also a self-proclaimed ping-pong wizard and has a dog named Lady Bird!

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ALYSON RAMIREZ

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER DIRECTOR

Alyson’s expertise includes crafting fundraising appeals and campaign strategies!

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SARAH REID

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANTMANAGER DIRECTOR

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HALEY SCHANER

NOURISH AND ENGAGE COORDINATOR
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KARLA SMITH

HOSPITALITY AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Karla’s hospitality skills ensure that everyone who walks through our doors has a great experience. Fun facts: Karla is a dynamite puzzle maker and has a dog named Simon Peter!

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NATE SMITH

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
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LISA TAMBURELLO

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Lisa knows everything about everything Kids’ Food Basket AND helps keep the wheels turning. Fun fact: Lisa lives with two senior citizen cats named Buster and Lucille!

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KAREN THOMPSON

STAFF ACCOUNTANT

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

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CLAIRE TIMMER

STEWARDSHIP AND HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR

Claire’s creative talents and hard work make our stewardship programs a success!

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TROY VOS

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

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

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ELIZABETH WASHINGTON

SENIOR MANAGER OF GRANTS AND EVALUATION

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

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CHRISTINA WILSON

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION COORDINATOR

As a former STEM teacher, Christina loves to challenge people to discover creative solutions to community problems. She is also an avid gardener and a lover of horses!

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