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

Director of Operations
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Ronii Diaz

Administrative Assistant
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Perla Ibarra

Neighborhood Fresh Coordinator
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Denise Bernardi

Volunteer Coordinator
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Alec Tipton

Operations Manager
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Colton Donino

Business Manager
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Bobby Leverington


Clint Frain


Benjamin Maxwell

Warehouse Orders

Board of Directors

Cheryl Jones, Board Chair

Nutrition Director, Hall County Schools

Steven Ellis, Board Vice Chair

Business Owner, Electrician

Lauren Samples, Treasurer

Partner, Tillman, Bailey, Samples & Assoc.

Joy Banks, Secretary

VP of Operations, Onsite Property Solutions

Brian Bailey, MBA, CFRE

Major Gifts Officer, The Medical Center Foundation

Julie Knight-Brown

Nutrition Director, Lumpkin County Schools

Justin Burruss

Audit Supervisor, Rushton & Company

Carli Jones

Agritourism & Marketing Director, Jaemor Farms

Kas Lawson

Legal Council, Northeast Georgia Health System

Lori Lebow

Ophthalmologist/Cataract Surgeon, Gainesville Eye Assoc.

Tate O’Rouke

Business Development Manager, Jackson EMC

Casey Ramsey

Director Of Emergency Management, Hall County Government

Scott Richardson

Nutrition Director, Dawson County Schools

Felix Santiago

HR Business Partner Ames Taping Tools

Reneigh Saterfield

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

George Wangemann

Gainesville City Council

Suzanne Willis

Owner, Willis Properties

John Pace

CFO, Norton Agency

Steven Shockley

Proview Foods

Cindy Jones

Nutrition Director, Union County Schools

Amber Price

Underwriting Operations Specialist, Homestar

Stacey Jones

Division Operations Supervisor, Homestar

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