Leadership Team

Kyle Waide
President & CEO
As President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kyle Waide oversees the distribution of nearly 70 million of pounds of food and grocery products each year through a network of 600 local and regional partner nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry across 29 Georgia counties. Prior to being named CEO in June of 2015, Waide served for three years as the Food Bank’s Vice President of Partner Operations, leading the organization to record-breaking years of food distribution to the hungry. During that time, the Food Bank nearly doubled its distribution of food, providing an additional 24 million meals a year. Through Waide’s collaborative efforts to improve distribution best practices, the Food Bank dramatically increased the nutritional quality of its product offerings, including fresh produce. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Waide held management roles at The Home Depot Inc. across diverse areas, including disaster relief, corporate responsibility, community affairs and store operations. Waide previously served as part of the management team that created and launched Charity Navigator, the nation's premier charity evaluation service. Waide is a graduate of Harvard University and a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015. He resides in Decatur with his wife, Christina, and their three children. Waide follows Founder and Executive Director Bill Bolling, who announced in 2014 that he would step down from his position, following 36 years of leadership.

Rodney Benn
Director of Logistics
As Director of Logistics, Rodney Benn focuses on growing the resources we make available to the community and improving the accessibility of those resources including Food Sourcing, Transportation, and Shipping and Receiving. Rodney has worked at the Food Bank for the past 20+ years in a variety of roles including Atlanta’s Table Driver, Atlanta’s Table Operations Manager and Senior Transportation Manager. For 13 years he served as the Product Rescue Center Manager, overseeing the Food Bank’s largest volunteer activity space. Prior to the Food Bank, Rodney served in the Navy after finishing high school.

Julie Bryant Fisher
Chief Marketing Officer
In her role as Chief Marketing Officer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Julie oversees the strategic direction of marketing, branding, communications and government affairs efforts and initiatives, promoting and supporting the Food Bank’s mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Julie served as Senior Manager for Communications at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Julie began her career as a reporter and has extensive media experience working across the fields of print, radio, television and public relations. In her role as Managing Editor of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, she was part of the executive editing team for the city’s premier weekly business paper, reaching more than 200,000 readers. Julie is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2007, a German Marshall Memorial Fund Fellow and an active community volunteer, previously serving on the boards of ChattahoocheeNOW, the Serenbe Institute and the Georgia Council for International Visitors and serving on the advisory board of Wholesome Wave. She received her B.S. in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ron Burns Jr.
Director of Partner Relations
In his role as Director of Partner Relations, Ron Burns Jr. works on servicing, growing, and expanding our relationships with our partner agencies and other community partners. Prior to this role, Ron started his career at Frito-Lay, where he became an Operations Manager. He also had operations lead roles at General Mills, Nabisco and Pepsi. He received his degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University after leaving the frozen tundra of his hometown, Buffalo, New York.

Sarah Fonder-Kristy
Chief Development Officer
Sarah is the Vice President of Development at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Sarah has worked at the Food Bank since 2000 to fight hunger and serve more than 600 partner nonprofit feeding organizations. In her current role, she oversees fundraising from corporations, foundations, individuals, government, civic and religious organizations. Sarah previously managed the Food Bank's volunteer program, utilizing more than 15,000 volunteers annually. She is a member of Georgia Planned Giving Council and has presented on fundraising at the Nonprofit Summit by Georgia Center for Nonprofits and at Feeding America national fundraising conferences. Sarah was in the founding class of L.E.A.D. Atlanta and is a past president of the Council of Volunteer Administrators (COVA). Prior to her career at the Food Bank, she worked with Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates. She received her Master of Public Administration at Georgia State University and her B.A. in Sociology from Emory University. 

Sheri Foster
Vice President of Human Resources
Sheri Foster was the Director of Enterprise HR Services for the Human Resources Administration (HRA) within the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). The HRA supports Executive Branch state employers of various types across Georgia; which constitutes approximately 107 agencies with a workforce numbering just under 70,000. She is charged with leading the development and implementation of HR services and technology to support the state’s key talent management functions including talent acquisition, learning and development, and performance management. Sheri is a seasoned professional with more than 16 years of experience in the human resources (HR) field. Prior to joining DOAS, Sheri was the Vice President of Human Resources for Consumer Credit Counseling Service, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals and families in financial distress. In that role, she built the company's HR infrastructure, including processes, systems, structure, and policies from scratch, led a series of initiatives to enhance the organization’s culture, transform performance and learning, and supported the organization’s expansion from a local organization to having a national presence. Sheri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA and a Master's degree in HR Management from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Debra Shoaf
Chief Financial Officer
Debra is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Food Bank. Debra oversees the finance, IT, facilities, and asset protection departments. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Debra served as the Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Debra has also held positions in private industry as Chief Financial Officer for Renfroe Enterprises and as Controller at Ivan Allen Company. Previously, Debra worked in public accounting and government agency roles in audit and tax positions. Debra holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Georgia State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She and her family live in Peachtree City. Debra also serves on the board of Father’s Care, Inc., an organization committed to the restoration of the family unit for children in state care in Ukraine.

Jon West
Vice President of Programs
In his role, Jon helps the Food Bank think and act strategically in ways that foster innovation and support communities, partner organizations and individuals to find creative solutions to increase food access. Previously, Jon was the Food Bank’s Community Building Manager where he helped launch place-based collaborative networks of service providers and citizens working together to build stronger, hunger resilient communities. His very first job at the food bank was painting food drive barrels blue. Before coming to the Food Bank, Jon worked with an agricultural relief and development organization, in the higher education sector and as a youth mentor in Botswana, Africa. He received his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English Literature from Mississippi College. Jon is married to Hannah and they live with their two children on the west side of Atlanta. He is very proud of his short commute.

 

For more information on our Executive Staff, contact info@acfb.org or 404.892.9822.

Board of Directors

Ellen Bailey

Midtown Consulting Group, Inc.


Martha Brooks

Harley-Davidson, Inc., Jabil Inc.

Eric Busko

Morgan Stanley PWM


F. John Case
Morehouse School of Medicine 

James Dallas, Vice-Chair
Community Volunteer

Louisa D’Antignac
Community Volunteer

Martha “Marti” Fessenden
The Fessenden Firm


Mitch Harrison

First Communities


Mark Holifield

The Home Depot

Raghu Kakarala
FortyFour

Robby Kukler
Fifth Group Restaurants

Bill Levisay
Levisay Consulting

Matt McKenna
Community Volunteer

Mario Montag
Predikto, Inc.


Mary Moore, Chair
The Cook’s Warehouse

Natosha Reid Rice
Habitat for Humanity International

Margaret “Marjy” Stagmeier, Treasurer
TriStar Investment


Andrew Stith
International Media Technologies

Lesley T. Wainwright, Secretary
Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc.

Brandon Sutton, Advisory Chair
Culture Agency

Advisory Board

Adam H. Noyes, Chair
Proof of the Pudding

Andrew P. Kaiser
Stout Kaiser Matteson Peake & Hendrick LLC

Andrew Traub
A&S Culinary Concepts, LLC 

Ann Mitchell
Nationwide Insurance 

Arlease Brady
SunTrust

Arvind Krishnaswami
MedLytix, LLC

Ashley Purcell
Hall Booth Smith PC

Becca Brett Leish
Ketchum

Bill Coontz
The Dalton Agency

Bradley Koeneman
Hilton Atlanta

Brandon Sutton
Culture Agency

Caroline Wilbert
The Wilbert Group

Chip Colson
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

David Abes
Buckhead Life Restaurant Group

Doug Foley
Center Cut Restaurant Group

Guy Thomson
Pittypat’s Porch

Holly Beach
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Ira Gleser
Whirley DrinkWorks!

Jenny Piccione
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

Joanne Bryant
Charles Schwab

John Wolcott
ALSCO

Jonna Kirkwood
Kaiser Permanente

Joseph Uhl
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel

Karen Brodie
Bank of America

Katherine Williams
Diaz Foods

Katie Lamere
FreshPoint Atlanta

Kelly Hornbuckle
First Data

Kevin Rathbun
Rathbun’s Krog Bar, Kevin Rathbun Steak

Kim Queen
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

Lauren Fernandez
The Fernandez Company 

Liz Stanton
Delta 

Lolita Browning Jackson
Georgia Power Company

Marina Alden Bryant
Special Projects by Marina

Mark Lerner
Capstone Financial Partners 

Melanie Bollinger
Coca-Cola 

Michael Tatum
Turner Broadcasting

Neal Patton
AMC, Inc.

Paul Baker
Sterling Risk Advisors

Pete Cappiali
FreshPoint Atlanta 

Rachal Batiste
The Omni Hotel

Rashmee Goes, Vice-Chair
Community Volunteer

Ricky Steele
Delta Global Staffing 

Ronald Fennel
Georgia Capitol Associates

Ryan Costigan
Georgia Restaurant Association

Sean Hyslop
Sysco Atlanta 

Sheryl Myers
Comotion Films

Shireen Herrington
The Optimist

Song Kim
Community Volunteer 

Theresa Schroeder
Turner Construction

Tim Swoger
HCC Insurance

Todd Rushing
Concentrics Restaurant

Tom Minella
Fish Bowl

Tony Martin
MedLytix, LLC 

Virginia Willis
Virginia Willis Culinary Productions, LLC