Feeding Kentucky is guided by a board of directors comprised of representatives of each of the 7 member food banks. They have over three decades of combined experience providing leadership to secure and distribute food to feed struggling Kentuckians, including program management, fiscal oversight, fundraising and advocacy efforts. The board meets bi-monthly to review financial reports, programmatic reports, and discuss progress made towards strategic plan goals.
Kurt Reiber (Chair), President & CEO of Freestore Foodbank
1141 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Brian Riendeau (Vice-Chair), Executive Director of Dare to Care Food Bank
5803 Fern Valley Road
Louisville, KY 40228
Glenn Roberts (Treasurer), Executive Director of Tri-State Food Bank
2504 Lynch Road
Evansville, IN 47711
Cynthia Kirkhart (Secretary), Executive Director of Facing Hunger Foodbank
1327 7th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701
Jamie Sizemore, Executive Director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland
313 Peterson Drive
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Michael Halligan, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank
1685 Jaggie Fox Way
Lexington, KY 40511-1084
Stacey Courtney, Associate Director, Purchase Area Development District
1002 Medical Drive
Mayfield, KY 42006
Katrina Thompson joined Feeding Kentucky in 2021 as Executive Director. Thompson is an accomplished executive with more than twenty years’ experience in the psychiatric, mental health, substance use disorder, legislative advocacy, and maternal and child health fields. Thompson comes to Feeding Kentucky from March of Dimes Organization – Kentucky and West Virginia, where she served as the Executive Director for Maternal & Child Health and Advocacy & Government Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of the Cumberlands and a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky.
Sarah Vaughn has been an employee of Feeding Kentucky since 2015 and is the director of the Farms to Food Banks program. Sarah is a 2014 graduate of Berea College, where she majored in Child and Family Studies and minored in Agriculture and Natural Resources. She currently serves as Secretary on the board of directors for Kentucky Women in Agriculture (KWIA). Sarah is the recipient of the KWIA 2019 Continued Excellence Award for making significant strides to improve agriculture.
Kate McDonald manages the KY Kids Eat program. She works to enhance food security for Kentucky’s youngest citizens through statewide food security initiatives that improve, promote, and expand Kentucky’s participation in federal nutrition programs. Before moving to Kentucky, she started the Cooking Matters program at Second Harvest Feeding South Louisiana and worked to create the food bank’s first nutrition department, nutrition policy, and nutritional rating system. Her work has been highlighted by Share Our Strength, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the Farm to School Network, and the American Public Health Association. Kate is a graduate of Tulane University and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Karena serves as the Advocacy Coordinator for Feeding Kentucky. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and the Public from Xavier University, and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Kentucky. Karena is passionate about empowering Kentucky kids and families through public policy, a passion she hopes to continue at Feeding Kentucky. She is a proud, life long Kentuckian currently residing in Louisville.
Whitney Wilgus serves as our new Development Coordinator, leading fundraising and communications efforts for Feeding Kentucky. She comes to us from AMR Management Services, an association management company in Lexington, where she worked with multiple association clients on their strategic initiatives and non-dues revenue goals. Whitney received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Kentucky, and she currently lives in Lexington with her husband and four pets.
Kevin Cassady is serving as the 2020-2021 Ending Hunger in KY AmeriCorps VISTA for Feeding Kentucky. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky and worked as a designer for the Lexington Herald Leader/HL Media for 31 years. His interest in helping to alleviate hunger in Kentucky sprang from several church-related ministries, including Room at the Inn, and with Nathaniel Mission. Kevin and his wife, Christy, also help to spearhead a PETS visitation ministry for area nursing homes.