Our Board of Directors

The Washington Food Coalition is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to managing their own emergency food programs, WFC Board members devote their time and energy to statewide efforts to alleviate hunger. Board members are responsible for determining WFC policy in human resources, planning, finance, community relations, and organizational operations. 

The WFC Board of Directors is elected from the coalition membership. The Board is representative of the state through the creation of 14 districts and the addition of six at-large seats. Each district elects two representatives, a Primary and an Alternate. Board members are elected to a two-year term in alternating years. The Board also elects six At-Large representatives from the coalition membership. The board then selects its officers from the elected representatives. 

Click below to learn more about:

Board Member Name District Counties Organization
Joe Gruber, Chair     University District Food Bank
Kevin Glackin-Coley,  
Vice Chair
    St. Leo's Food Connection
Helen McGovern-Pilant,
Past Chair
    Emergency Food Network
Elizabeth Grant, Treasurer     Snohomish Food Bank

Jessica Hernandez, Secretary

    Port Angeles Food Bank
Anita Sailor District 1 Ferry, Pend Oreille, & Stevens Counties Rural Resources
Donna Russell District 1 Ferry, Pend Oreille, & Stevens Counties Tum Tum Food Bank
May Segle District 2 Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties Entiat Valley Community Services Food Bank and Regional Health Center
Julie Kagele District 2 Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
Peny Archer District 3 Grant, Lincoln & Adams Counties  Community Services of Moses Lake
Jennifer Pugh District 3 Grant, Lincoln & Adams Counties  Community Services of Moses Lake
Susan Peterson District 4 Spokane & Whitman Counties  Greenhouse Community Center
Connie Nelson District 4 Spokane & Whitman Counties Shalom Ministries
Ken Trainor District 5 Yakima & Kittitas Counties  Sunrise Outreach Center, Mabton Food Bank
JoAnn Rushton District 5 Yakima & Kittitas Counties  Hope Source
John Neill District 6 Benton & Franklin Counties  Fields of Grace
Vicki Juzeler District 6 Benton & Franklin Counties  Prosser Jubilee Ministries/Prosser Food Bank
Jeff Mathias District 7 Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield & Asotin Counties Blue Mountain Action Council
Kathy Covey District 7 Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield & Asotin Counties Blue Mountain Action Council
Elizabeth Grant District 8 Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan & Whatcom Counties Snohomish Community Food Bank
Steve Fox District 8 Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan & Whatcom Counties Skagit Valley Neighbors in Need
Brian Anderson District 9 King County  Pike Market Food Bank
 Terri Turner District 9 King County   Federal Way Food Bank
Shanna Peterson District 10 Pierce County Puyallup Food Bank
Jim Beaudoin District 10 Pierce County FISH Food Banks of Pierce County
Kellie McNelly District 11 Lewis & Thurston Counties ROOF Community Services
Robert Coit District 11 Lewis & Thurston Counties Thurston County Food Bank
Alan Hamilton District 12 Cowlitz, Clark, Wahkiakum, Klickitat & Skamania Counties Clark County Food Bank
James Fitzgerald District 12 Cowlitz, Clark, Wahkiakum, Klickitat & Skamania Counties Clark County Food Bank
Leon Brauner District 13 Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties Ocean Shores Food Bank
Open Seat District 13 Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties  
Jessica Hernandez District 14 Jefferson, Mason, Clallam & Kitsap Counties Port Angeles Food Bank
Chris Benson District 14 Jefferson, Mason, Clallam & Kitsap Counties Central Kitsap Food Bank
Open Seat At-Large   Open Seat
Bonnie Baker At-Large   Northwest Harvest
Kris Van Gasken At-Large   Des Moines Area Food Bank
David Bobanick At-Large   Rotary First Harvest
Open Seat At-Large   Open Seat

 

Board Elections

Board elections take place every year for roughly half of the board. The timeline is as follows:

  • April 1:  Nominations begin and Executive director sends out notification to each district’s general membership.
  • May 1:  Nominations are received by the Executive Director and ballots are drawn up for each district.
  • Mid May:  Ballots are sent to all district general members by the Executive Director
  • June 1:  All ballots received back by the Executive Director, who will compile the results.  

Nominees receiving the highest votes within their district shall be the primary director the nominee receiving the second highest votes shall be the alternate, upon confirmation at the next meeting of the directors.  The board shall elect the district nominees, and alternates, unless a clear and compelling reason not to is determined.

Standing Board Committees

  1. Executive Committee: The Executive Committee is comprised of the four elected officers, the immediate past chair, and two additional elected members. The Executive Committee is responsible for reviewing and monitoring activities related to finance including budget preparation, financial statements and the annual audit. 
  2. Board Development & Membership Committee: The Board Development & Membership Committee is comprised of board members, alternates, and WFC members. The committee is responsible for orienting and mentoring new board members, identifying and recruiting potential board members, establishing slates of candidates for election or appointment to various positions on the WFC Board or for the state’s advisory board appointments. 
  3. Advocacy Committee: The Advocacy Committee is comprised of board members and WFC members. The committee is responsible for following state and federal anti-hunger related issues and providing a link to other local and statewide coalitions. 
  4. Fundraising, Marketing & Special Events Committee: The Fundraising, Marketing, and Special Events Committee is comprised of board members and WFC members, as well as representatives of organizations with whom we partner to provide opportunities. The Committee assists in identifying and soliciting funds from external sources of support while working with the Executive Director. 
  5. WSDA Food Assistance Program Advisory Committee: WSDA Food Assistance Program Advisory Committee is comprised of board members and WFC members, as well Food Assistance Programs (FAP) providers including Tribal representatives and other interested community members. The Committee will also include representation from WSDA’s Food Assistance Programs. The purpose of the Food Assistance Program Committee is to provide broad stakeholder input and formal recommendations to the Washington Food Coalition Board and the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) Food Assistance Programs.
     Click here to access more information on this committee, including recent meeting minutes

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