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 and 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.

  • 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.

  • Christine Lentine
    Christine Lentine Director of Finance and Regional Operations

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

  • Will Osmun, Ph.D.
    Will Osmun, Ph.D. Vice President of Programming | Expert in Residence

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  • 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!

  • Austin Roelofs
    Austin Roelofs Director of Program Operations

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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 Director of Community Engagement

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

Kids’ Food Basket Staff

  • Kendra Beckstrom
    Kendra Beckstrom Muskegon Volunteer Coordinator


  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • AJ Henderson
    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Brynne Logan
    Brynne Logan Annual Fund Specialist

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    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!

  • Jason Lundberg
    Jason Lundberg Farm Manager

    Grand Rapids

  • Stephanie Mellstead
    Stephanie Mellstead Family and School Engagement Coordinator

    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.

  • Chelsea Montes
    Chelsea Montes Marketing and Communication Coordinator

    Grand Rapids

  • Angel Mendiola
    Angel Mendiola Muskegon Development and Communication 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.

  • 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.

  • Evan Pazkowski
    Evan Pazkowski Ottawa + Allegan Counties 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!

  • Alyson Ramirez
    Alyson Ramirez Communications Manager

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

  • 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!

  • Nate Smith
    Nate Smith Social Media Coordinator

    Grand Rapids

  • Lisa Tamburello
    Lisa Tamburello Communications Coordinator

    Grand Rapids
    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!

  • Karen Thompson
    Karen Thompson Staff Accountant

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

  • Claire Timmer
    Claire Timmer Stewardship and Hospitality Coordinator

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

  • Troy Vos
    Troy Vos Youth Engagement Manager

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

  • 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.

  • Christina Wilson
    Christina Wilson Youth Engagement & Education Coordinator

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    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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