Our Team

Kay Blackstock

Kay Blackstock

Executive Director
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GMFB Executive Director Kay Blackstock, has led the food bank for 12 years. Kay utilizes her extensive community connections, knowledge of food bank best practices, and financial acumen to deliver services in a fiscally prudent manner that helps deliver programs to those most in need. Kay has implemented several innovative programs during her tenure at the food bank including Neighborhood Fresh, Healthy Choice Boxes, and Person in Need (PIN) boxes. She has built the Empty Bowl fundraiser event into one of the largest community gatherings in northeast Georgia that focuses annually on issues related to hunger awareness and food insecurity.

Under Kay’s leadership, GMFB is guided by the belief that access to food is a basic human right and that every person regardless of race, gender, class, or creed deserves access to a healthy, nutritious diet. Kay notes, “The values we strive to uphold with our team, our volunteers, our donors, and, most importantly, those we serve can be summarized as: Service, Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Stewardship, Collaboration, and Diversity.”


Lydia Johnson

Agency Services Coordinator
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Rebecca Thurman

Business Manager
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Ronii Diaz

Administrative Assistant
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Perla Ibarra

Neighborhood Fresh Coordinator
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Whitney LeHew

Volunteer Coordinator
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Alec Tipton

Warehouse Supervisor
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Colton Donino

Warehouse & Order Management Associate
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Bobby Leverington


Clint Frain


Board of Directors

Rich White, Chair, Founding Board Chair

Retired Bank Executive

Kathleen Owen, Immediate Past Chair

Accounting & HR Specialist / Georgia Poultry Laboratory

Nancy Jo Zimmer, Treasurer

Vice President Business Banking, JP Morgan Chase Bank

Kas Lawson, Secretary

Attorney, Hulsey, Olivier & Mahar

Joy Banks

Owner, Hajoca Corporation

Brian Bailey, MBA, CFRE

Major Gifts, The Medical Center Foundation

Julie Knight-Brown

Nutrition Director, Lumpkin County Schools

Justin Burruss

Audit Supervisor, Rushton & Company

Gerald Couch

Sheriff, Hall County Georgia

Steven Ellis

Owner, Ellis & Company

Wes Hunt

CEO, Homestar Financial Corporation

Chance Jones

Norton Insurance

Cheryl Jones

Nutrition Director, Hall County Schools

Kyle Lewallen

Owner, Lew’s Custom Cutting Boards

Tate O’Rouke

Business Development Manager, Jackson EMC

Dr. Carly Redding

University of North Georgia

Richard Riley

Marketing, Creekside Consulting

Casey Ryals

Hall County Farm Bureau Insurance

Lauren Samples

Partner, Tillman, Baily & Associates

Carl Wagster


George Wangemann

Gainesville City Council

Lori Lebow

Ophthalmologist, Gainesville Eye Associates

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