The Greater Cleveland Food Bank employs more than 120 people in our area, serving more than 1,000 partner agencies and programs throughout Northeast Ohio. On this page are our board and some of our key staff leading the Food Bank’s efforts to fight hunger.
President and CEO
Kristin Warzocha has been with the Food Bank since 2000. She leads efforts to engage the community in the work of the Food Bank. She was formerly the Food Bank's Vice President of External Affairs and oversaw the following teams: fundraising, marketing, volunteer services, advocacy and SNAP outreach.
Vice President of Operations
Dwayne Brake was announced Vice President of Operations for the Food Bank in 2014. He oversees the management of the delivery program, warehouse distribution, and facilities management. He joined the Food Bank in February 2010 to manage day-to-day inbound/outbound operation as well the volunteer repack operation.
VP of Food Resources & Product Development
Patty Eilmann has been a member of the Food Bank staff since 2004. She manages all the food products coming into the Food Bank. This includes soliciting, developing and negotiating with local, regional and national food and grocery related companies for donations and purchases.
Vice President of Philanthropy
Mary Lavigne-Butler has been a staff person at the Food Bank since July 2016. Currently, she serves as Vice President of Philanthropy. Before then, she served as Director of Development. As Vice President, Mary oversees all volunteer relations, fundraising, and corporate relations.
Chief Programs Officer
Jessica Morgan has been a member of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank leadership team since May 2012. She started as Director of Agency Services, then served as the Vice President of Programs and Agency Services, and has recently transitioned into the role of Chief Programs Officer. She and her team are directly responsible for the strategy and initiatives which guides the Food Bank’s external facing work around serving our communities and clients. This includes building and maintaining partnerships with other nonprofit food distribution organizations, overseeing our advocacy efforts protecting critical federal and state food and nutrition programs, leading our communications and special events team, providing oversight to our food sourcing and community production kitchen operations, and leading our benefits outreach efforts. She sits on the Community Impact Advisory Council for Baldwin Wallace University, the United Way’s Emergency Food and Shelter Board, and is a recent graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders, a program of the Cleveland Leadership Center. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Jessica worked in the field of social work, investigating cases of child and elder abuse and neglect, along with helping to connect families to resources they needed. Jessica is a graduate of Kent State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Human Services.
Director of Programs
Davet has been a member of the Food Bank leadership team since 2016. The Programs team is responsible for a multitude of programs conducted by the Food Bank including nutrition education initiatives, Summer Feeding (SFSP), Kid’s Café( CACFP), school markets, produce distributions, Food as Medicine and much more. Diana oversees the operations of all Food Bank programs, assists with planning and operation, and ensures programs are efficient and effective.
Director of Human Resources
Lisa DiCapua has been working as Director of Human Resources for the Food Bank since 2002. She is a member of the leadership team, responsible for ongoing, organization-wide development of human capital strategies that align with the Food Bank’s mission, values and strategic objectives, promoting a culture that ensures the Food Bank’s ability to attract, engage and retain the most talented employees. Lisa earned her bachelor of arts degree from Cleveland State University. She is certified as human resources professional by Human Resources Certification Institute. In addition, Lisa was a 2017 Leadership and Diversity Finalist for Crain’s Archer Awards. Being a human resources professional for over twenty-four years, her philosophy for human resources is having a service-minded orientation. Priorities are relationship building with employees to develop trust and having compassionate policies that focus on work/life balance. Human Resources has to be available and communicating directly with staff, answering questions, taking suggestions and explaining policy. In essence being there for employees and supervisors.
Director of Information Technology
Neil Haffey has been with the Food Bank since July 2012 and previously consulted for the Food Bank about 12 years prior. He oversees and leads the technology function and data collection/analysis for the Food Bank. He provides leadership and direction for the achievement of the organization’s strategic plan goals. Neil is also responsible for development of IT strategies and policies to address business issues.
Director of Development
Geoff joined the Greater Cleveland Food Bank team in December, 2020. As Director of Development, Geoff leads the Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, and the Donor Services teams. Geoff started his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young and then transitioned to the sports and entertainment industry at IMG where he lead finance and operations for the Global Partnerships division as Finance Director. Geoff then successfully transitioned from the for-profit to non-profit industry to help lead development efforts for Cleveland Play House, a resident company of Playhouse Square.
Director of Agency Services
Vontrice Jones joined the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as the Senior Manager of Foundation Relations in December 2013 overseeing all aspects of grant writing on behalf of the Food Bank. In June 2019, she was promoted to Director of Agency Services overseeing the food distribution, compliance, and relationships of over 450 emergency feeding programs across a 6 county service territory. Her role is to assure that food is distributed equitably to families in need, and that partners are following all guidelines set forth by the Food Bank, Feeding America, as well as the State of Ohio and USDA. Vontrice and her team also support partners through capacity building initiatives and best practices around food distribution and serving families in need. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Health Education and has nearly 20 years of experience in nonprofit settings working with diverse populations.
Director of Advocacy and Public Education
Kimberly LoVano joined the Food Bank in August 2012. She currently serves as the Director of Advocacy and Public Education, with previous positions specializing in research, advocacy, and community education. Kimberly leads efforts to engage legislators, public officials, and the general community in the fight against hunger. She also manages efforts to expand and protect national, state, and local nutrition programs as well as programs that improve the health and well-being of those served by the Food Bank.
Director of Food Resources
Rod McGuire began working in food banking in 2008 and joined the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in 2012. As the Director of Food Resources, Rod leads the operations of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kitchen. The Kitchen prepares meals for child nutrition programs, senior programs, as well as supporting partner agencies. Additionally, Rod is responsible for product sourcing for USDA (TEFAP) and CSFP programs, Ohio Food Program products, as well as grocery items for distribution to agencies and food service products.
Director of Operations
Jeremy Pitoniak joined the Greater Cleveland Food Bank team in 2019. Prior to working at the Food Bank, Jeremy spent 16 years working in food retail in distribution, transportation, and logistics management. As Director of Warehouse Operations, Jeremy brings his years of experience to the Food Bank’s warehouse to oversee all warehouse logistics including shipping and receiving, inventory control, and order processing.
Director of Communications and Special Events
Karen Pozna joined the Food Bank in May 2005 as the Communications Manager and was promoted to Director of Communications and Special Events in January 2011. In this role, she works with various media outlets in Northeast Ohio and serves as the Food Bank spokesperson. Karen oversees the production of all Food Bank promotional materials as well as the logistics for special events and the Food Bank website. She is also a key staff person in the planning of the annual Harvest for Hunger drive which happens annually in the spring.
Vice President of Client Services
Tiffany Scruggs brings nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector leading social services programs and connecting families to local to community resources. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Cleveland State University and Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo. Scruggs oversees both Outreach and Help Center teams to lead efforts to connect individuals to apply for SNAP, public benefits, and other valuable resources. Her newest responsibilities include overseeing both Agency Services and Programs teams to focus on relationship cultivation, compliance, and support to our network of partner feeding sites while keeping the individuals we serve a priority. She will continue to embed a “seat at the table approach” leading the organization’s client services efforts. Scruggs also serves on Feeding America’s Ending Hunger Community of Practice which offers an opportunity to enhance our root cause of hunger approach. She serves as a participant of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to enhance our internal racial equity work. She loves spending time with her two children and husband and is a resident of Cleveland Heights. Tiffany is a current participant of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Bridge Builders Program Class of 2021.
Director of Community Health and Nutrition
Alissa Glenn, MPP, serves as the Director of Community Health and Nutrition at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Alissa leads the food bank’s work at the intersection of food and health, including building partnerships with health care providers and managed care organizations, leading research on the effect of food interventions on food insecure populations, and overseeing nutrition education initiatives. Alissa is currently pursuing a PhD in urban policy, with a research focus on food policy. She has a Masters in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelors degree in Economics and English from Case Western Reserve University. Before working at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Alissa worked in consulting in both the public and private sectors.
Valissa Turner Howard, Esq.
Vice President of Talent and Legal Affairs
Valissa Turner Howard, Esq., as part of the Food Bank leadership team, leads our talent development, human resources, volunteer engagement and organizational culture building work and participate actively in further developing and implementing organizational strategy. She oversees our human resources and volunteer services teams, leading in recruiting, developing and mobilizing top-notch talent both paid and unpaid. She will also lead our work to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are strengths of our organization as well as review and update the Food Bank’s Reviews charters, bylaws and other governing documents as appropriate and makes recommendations for improvement. Howard is a certified diversity professional and licensed attorney.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair | City of Cleveland
Vice Chair | JoAnn
Vice Chair | Family Heritage Life Insurance
Anthony C. Rego
Vice Chair | Giant Eagle, Inc.
Vice Chair | Cleveland Public Library
Vice Chair | Provencal Partners
Secretary | Fifth Third
Treasurer | Progressive, Inc.
Patricia A. Ackerman, Executive Director, ChalkDust Education Foundation
Kristen Baird Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Regional Presidents, PNC
Loren Chylla, Partner, Executive VP, Integrated Media, The Adcom Group, Inc.
Reverend Jawanza Colvin, Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
John R. Corlett, President and Executive Director, The Center for Community Solutions
John Cymanski, Director of Operations, Heinen’s, Inc.
Vic DiGeronimo, Jr., CEO, DiGeronimo Companies
Karen Dolan, Community Volunteer
Tricia Eschbach-Hall, Jones Day
Trina Evans, Director of Corporate Center and Chief of Staff, KeyCorp
Amy Kaplan, VP, External Affairs/Dir of Government Relations, Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Jeneen Marziani, Bank of America
Stephen McHale, Founding Partner, Unify Labs
Cynthia Moore-Hardy, President & CEO, Lake Health
Matthew Mueller, Director, Western Reserve Partners
Jeffery K. Patterson, CEO and Safety Director, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority
Anna Raske, VP-Chief Employment Counsel, HR Labor & Employee Relations & M&A, Eaton Corp
Dan Saltzman, President, Dave’s Markets
Chloe Seelbach, Community Volunteer
Manisha Sethi, Director, Ahuja Foundation
Asmita Shirali Goldblum, Partner, Amin, Turocy, and Watson
Janet Rosel Smith, Retired, Progressive Corp.
Maria Spangler, Director, Community Engagement, The Sherwin-Williams Company
Gregory L. Stefani, First Vice President and COO, The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Jenner Tekancic, Vice President, Community Relations, Cleveland Browns