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 quarterly to review financial reports, programmatic reports and discuss progress made toward strategic plan goals.

Kurt Reiber (Chair), President & CEO of Freestore Foodbank

Brian Riendeau (Vice Chair), Executive Director of Dare to Care Food Bank

Glenn Roberts (Treasurer), Executive Director of Tri-State Food Bank

Cynthia Kirkhart (Secretary), Executive Director of Facing Hunger Foodbank

Jamie Sizemore, Executive Director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland

Michael Halligan, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank

Stacey Courtney, Associate Director, Purchase Area Development District


Tamara Sandberg has served as Executive Director since 2011. She has been volunteering at food pantries and soup kitchens since high school and has worked in the nonprofit realm for over two decades. Tamara has a master’s of science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Wyoming. She lives in Berea with her husband, two dogs, and two cats; her daughter and son are both students at Belmont University in Nashville.  Tamara likes to spend her free time hiking or curling up with a good book.

Sarah Vaughn joined our staff in 2015 and currently holds the position of Programs Coordinator.  A board member of Kentucky Women in Agriculture, she serves as a delegate for nine Central KY counties (District 11).  Sarah is a 2014 graduate of Berea College, where she majored in Child and Family Studies and minored in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Originally from Lancaster, Kentucky, Sarah currently resides in Berea. In her spare time, you can find her working outside or playing with her three dogs, Milo, Otis, and Shadow.

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. Kate believes that everyone should have access to healthy food. 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, and the American Public Health Association. She is passionate about being part of the community working to end the injustice of hunger and ensuring that all people have the opportunity to develop their full potential. Kate is a graduate of Tulane University and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ashley Lauren is serving as our 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA member for KY Kids Eat. Prior to AmeriCorps, she served as a computer engineer at one of the nation’s largest healthcare companies where she successfully led a multi-million dollar acquisition project. She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Austin Peay State University. Ashley is a rock-climber, antique store vulture, fried okra addict, crazy Boykin Spaniel, and Schnoodle dog owner, and married to her fiddle-playing sweetheart.

Mary McCarty is the newest member of the Feeding Kentucky team, serving as our 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA. She is originally from a rural town in Southwest Virginia but came to Berea to pursue her education. Mary earned her degree in English Literature from Berea College in May 2018. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their three cats.