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Leadership

The Greater Cleveland Food Bankemploys more than 160 people in our area, serving more than 1,000 partner agencies and programs throughout Northeast Ohio. On this page are some of our key staff leading the Food Bank’s efforts to fight hunger.

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Kristin Warzocha

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'... Expand

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.

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Christine Gambatese

Vice President and CFO

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Dwayne Brake

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, a... Expand

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.

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Rod McGuire

Vice President of Food Resources

Rod McGuire began working in food banking in 2008 and joined the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in 2012. Rod has the privilege of leading the Food Resource Departm... Expand

Rod McGuire began working in food banking in 2008 and joined the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in 2012. Rod has the privilege of leading the Food Resource Department in the acquisition of food for distribution to member agencies and the production of meals through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kitchen. This includes partnering with food donors throughout the food industry including local grocery retailers. The Food Resources Department also includes the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kitchen, which prepares meals for child nutrition programs, senior home delivery and congregates programs, and partner agencies.

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Valissa Turner Howard, Esq.

Vice President of Talent and Legal Affairs

Valissa Turner Howard, Esq. leads our talent development, human resources, volunteer engagement and organizational culture building work and participate activel... Expand

Valissa Turner Howard, Esq. 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.

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Mary LaVigne-Butler

Vice President of Philanthropy

Mary LaVigne-Butler has been at the Food Bank since July 2016. Currently, she serves as Vice President of Philanthropy. Before then, she served as Director of D... Expand

Mary LaVigne-Butler has been 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 fundraising, including foundations and grants, individual donors and corporate relations.

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Jessica Morgan

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 t... Expand

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, 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.

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Tiffany Scruggs

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 reso... Expand

Tiffany Scruggs brings nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector leading social services programs and connecting families to local to community resources. Scruggs oversees both Outreach and Help Center teams to lead efforts to connect individuals to apply for SNAP, public benefits, and other valuable resources. Additional responsibilities include overseeing both Agency Services and Programs teams to focus on relationship cultivation, compliance, and support to our network of partner agencies 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.

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Diana Davet

Director of Programs

Diana 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 Ba... Expand

Diana 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 Cafe(CACFP), school markets, produce distributions, Food as Medicine initiatives and much more. Davet oversees the operations of all Food Bank programs, assists with planning and operation, and ensures programs are efficient and effective.

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Alissa Glenn

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 i... Expand

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.

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Neil Haffey

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 fu... Expand

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.

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Vontrice Jones

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 ... Expand

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.

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Kimberly LoVano

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... Expand

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.

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Geoff Masten

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, Dono... Expand

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.

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Jeremy Pitoniak

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 distribu... Expand

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, fleet and order processing.

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Karen Pozna

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... Expand

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, social media and website as well as the logistics for special events. She is also a key staff person in the planning of the annual Harvest for Hunger campagin which happens annually in the spring.

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