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 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 Operations Director

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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 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.

  • 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.

  • Drew Wessell
    Drew Wessell Senior Manager - Finance and Business

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    Drew means business…literally.

Kids’ Food Basket Staff

  • Jane Berkey
    Jane Berkey Holland Program Specialist

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

  • Ashley Abbott Bodien
    Ashley Abbott Bodien Communications Manager

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

  • Tracy Amid
    Tracy Amid Holland Program Manager

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

  • Tarah Sweedyk
    Tarah Sweedyk Development & Communications Specialist

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

  • 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!

  • Robin DeYoung
    Robin DeYoung Accounting Manager

    Grand Rapids
    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!

  • 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.

  • Kay Fricano
    Kay Fricano Volunteer Experience Specialist

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

  • Tera Griesmer
    Tera Griesmer Volunteer Coordinator

    Grand Rapids
    Tera has a big heart for Kids’ Food Basket and our volunteers and she brings the love every single day!

  • Brittany Jacobson
    Brittany Jacobson Grants Assistant

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

  • Jennifer Jordan
    Jennifer Jordan Data Insight and Training Manager

    All Locations
    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 Specialist

    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.

  • 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.

  • Sean Little
    Sean Little Holland Development Specialist

    Sean brings his development experience to the Lakeshore, along with a great head of hair.

  • Eleanor Moreno
    Eleanor Moreno Project Manager

    Grand Rapids
    Listening, data, evaluation= things Eleanor does very well.

  • Stephanie Mellstead
    Stephanie Mellstead Family and School Engagement Assistant 

    Grand Rapids
    Steph’s can-do spirit and upbeat personality make working with her FUN!

  • Angel Mendiola
    Angel Mendiola Muskegon Program & Development Coordinator

    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.

  • Ben Nyhoff
    Ben Nyhoff Development Specialist

    Grand Rapids
    Ben is still water that runs deep.  Don’t be misled by his quiet nature, 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 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.

  • Melissa Thorndill
    Melissa Thorndill Volunteer Coordinator 

    Grand Rapids
    Melissa’s calm, welcoming presence makes the whole office a better place.  She’s also an amazing Halloween costume designer!

  • Troy Vos
    Troy Vos Kids Helping Kids Program Specialist

    All Locations
    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

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

  • Elizabeth Washington
    Elizabeth Washington Grants Manager

    All Locations
    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
    Don’t let his movie star looks fool you, John is a farmer through and through.

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