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

  • Kimberly Moore
    Kimberly Moore Communications Director

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

  • Bridget Clark Whitney
    Bridget Clark Whitney Founding CEO

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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 Chief Operating Officer

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

  • Christine Lentine
    Christine Lentine Director of Finance and Regional Operations

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

  • 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.

  • Austin Roelofs
    Austin Roelofs Programs Director

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

  • Julie VanGessel
    Julie VanGessel Community Engagement Director

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

  • Drew Wessell
    Drew Wessell Senior Manager - Finance and Business

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    Drew means business…literally.

  • Carly Karasiewicz
    Carly Karasiewicz Volunteer Program Senior Manager

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

Kids’ Food Basket Staff

  • Kendra Beckstrom
    Kendra Beckstrom Muskegon Volunteer Coordinator

    Muskegon

  • Jasmine Benson
    Jasmine Benson Grants Coordinator

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

  • Tracy Amid
    Tracy Amid Holland Program Manager

    Holland
    Tracy’s passion for kids shows up in everything she does on the Lakeshore!

  • Jane Berkey
    Jane Berkey Holland Program Specialist

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

  • Angie Bradford
    Angie Bradford Sack Supper Program Coordinator

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

  • Bonnie Coleman
    Bonnie Coleman Executive Assistant

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

  • Robin DeYoung
    Robin DeYoung Accounting Manager

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

  • Jack Durham
    Jack Durham Sack Supper Program Assistant

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

  • Kay Fricano
    Kay Fricano Volunteer Experience Specialist

    Grand Rapids

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

  • Delaney Faught
    Delaney Faught Development & Events Coordinator

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

  • Renae Gavitt
    Renae Gavitt Sack Supper Program Manager

    Grand Rapids
    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!

  • Tera Griesmer
    Tera Griesmer Volunteer Coordinator

    Grand Rapids
    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!

  • Allison Guffey
    Allison Guffey Holland Program Assistant

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

  • AJ Henderson
    AJ Henderson Muskegon Program Coordinator

    Muskegon
    AJ makes sure things run smoothly on the Lakeshore!

  • Jennifer Jordan
    Jennifer Jordan Data Insight and Training Manager

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

  • Stephanie Kerr Cathey
    Stephanie Kerr Cathey Muskegon Program Manager

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

  • Jevon Lipsey
    Jevon Lipsey Community Engagement Assistant

    Grand Rapids
    An amazing speaker with a dynamic social media presence, Jevon’s passion for our mission is evident as he educates the community on the work of Kids’ Food Basket.

  • Bradley Littell
    Bradley Littell Office/HR Specialist

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

  • Stephanie Mellstead
    Stephanie Mellstead Family and School Engagement Assistant 

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

  • Angel Mendiola
    Angel Mendiola Muskegon Program & Development Coordinator

    Muskegon
    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.

  • Alyson Ramirez
    Alyson Ramirez Campaign/Communications Specialist

    Grand Rapids

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

  • Ben Nyhoff
    Ben Nyhoff Development Manager

    Grand Rapids
    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.

  • Alethia Smith
    Alethia Smith Database Assistant

    Grand Rapids
    Alethia uses her razor-sharp data entry skills to help us keep track of all the numbers!

  • Karla Smith
    Karla Smith Hospitality Assistant

    Grand Rapids
    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!

  • Lisa Tamburello
    Lisa Tamburello Communications Coordinator

    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.

  • Claire Timmer
    Claire Timmer Stewardship Assistant

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

  • Melissa Thorndill
    Melissa Thorndill Volunteer Coordinator 

    Grand Rapids
    Melissa helps schedule and facilitate all of our volunteers. Her calm and welcoming presence makes the whole office a better place.

  • Troy Vos
    Troy Vos Youth Engagement Manager

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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 Accounts Receivable 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
    John is dedicated to educating and nourishing kids through urban farming.

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