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Please contact staff in regards with inquiries or to request more information using their respective phone numbers and email address.

For general information please call our main office (805) 238-4664.


Executive Team


Kevin J. Drabinski

Chief Executive Officer

kdrabinski@slofoodbank.org
(805) 235-2851

Kevin was named CEO by the Food Bank Board of Directors on Valentine’s Day 2017. Prior to taking lead of the premier hunger relief organization in the county, he enjoyed increasingly responsible leadership roles in nonprofit administration and communications. He also served as district staff for the local state assemblymember. He studied Spanish at UC Berkeley and has earned his master’s degrees in Pastoral Studies from Loyola New Orleans and in Public Administration from University of San Francisco. Kevin remains invigorated by the good people of the Food Bank staff and board as well as the donors, advocates, volunteers, and agency partners who collectively give evidence that we are a county community who believes that everyone should have reliable access to healthy nutritious food.



Tim Parker

Director of Operations

tparker@slofoodbank.org
(805) 369-9206

Tim joined The Food Bank in 2014, looking for a meaningful career change after previously working in the wine industry. He studied History and Philosophy at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and in his free time enjoys spending time with wife and daughter hiking, cooking and reading books.



Andrea Keisler

Director of Programs

akeisler@slofoodbank.org
(805) 369-9563

Andrea was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County. After high school, she moved to the East Coast where she earned her B.A. from Colby College in Maine. Her first experience working for a food bank included a year as a VISTA Americorps volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank in 2000. She taught nutrition education in Oregon and New Mexico before returning to the Central Coast and joining the Food Bank team in 2013. She continues to be grateful for the opportunity to work alongside staff and volunteers dedicated to the belief that everyone should have access to nutritious food. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.



Susan Olson

Director of Development

solson@slofoodbank.org
(805) 369-9968

Susan joined the Food Bank in January 2017 after working in non-profit fundraising for 12 years. Before that she was an elementary school teacher and a stay at home mom. Susan and her husband moved to the Central Coast in 2012 from Arizona and they have a grown son who is a Software Developer in Seattle. Susan loves to be involved in the community through boards, commissions and clubs. She can be found in downtown SLO patroning many food and drink establishments, attending events, and walking her dog, Walter. She enjoys reading, camping, entertaining and pizza!


Development & Community Engagement


Suzie Freeman

Development & Community Engagement

sfreeman@slofoodbank.org
(805) 835-9924

Short biography coming soon!



Haley Trengove

Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

htrengove@slofoodbank.org
volunteer@slofoodbank.org
(805) 975-5688

Short biography coming soon!



Luise Gleason

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

lgleason@slofoodbank.org
(805) 835-5275

Luise was born and raised in Germany. She moved to the USA in 2010 after graduating high school and completing a three-year dual training as media designer for digital and print media. During the seven years she lived in Connecticut, she acquired additional skills in photography, marketing, website maintenance and social media management. Her continued westward journey brought her to SLO County, this time with a tiny house on wheels, where she joined the Food Bank in January 2018. If she is not busy telling stories about our community or studying for her major in geology, she enjoys everything the outdoors have to offer - gardening, hiking, surfing, camping, kayaking, traveling.



Helen Collins

Donor Relations Assistant

hcollins@slofoodbank.org

Helen has a real estate license and has been in the business for over 20 years. She loves working with the all the lovely people she has met along the way. In 2016, she started volunteering at the Food Bank which opened her eyes to the many individuals who were truly in need of food, even those with high ranking jobs. Only a few months later she was asked if she wanted to join the team. Knowing that real estate was her first priority, she was enabled to set her own hours so that she could continue with her profession. Working at the Food Bank has now become a true passion of hers, and she is proud to be a member of a hard working team - from the workers in the warehouse who make sure the food gets out the door, to the staff and the CEO who all quietly contribute to the mission of feeding hungry children, seniors and families.


Programs


Jordan Cooper

Community Food Programs Manager

jcooper@slofoodbank.org
(805) 835-3737

Jordan joined the Food Bank team in April of 2018 after working for the Boys and Girls Clubs in Oceano and Chico, California. He moved to the Central Coast in 2010 to earn his M.A. in Education Administration from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and also spent time in Isla Vista as he pursued a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara. When he is not working with volunteers to help coordinate our neighborhood food distributions, you can find him near a BBQ with family and friends, watching a San Francisco Giants game, or taking a road trip to visit his brother in South Lake Tahoe. He also enjoys reading C.S. Lewis and Steinbeck, listening to Country, Bluegrass and Blues, and playing his guitar.



Emily Hansen

Community Food Programs Coordinator

ehansen@slofoodbank.org
(805) 235-0919

Emily grew up in San Diego, and made her move to the Central Coast 5 years ago when she came here for school. She graduated with a degree in Food Science from Cal Poly in June 2017. While in school, she fell in love with the area and the community, and decided she was going to make this place home. She is so excited to be part of team that gives back to our community in such a big way. In her free time you'll probably find her walking the trails at Montaña de Oro. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, music, and cooking.


Melissa Danehey

Nutrition Program Manager

mdanehey@slofoodbank.org
(805) 610-7191

-Se habla español-

Melissa is a native North Carolinian whose love for the California coast drew her here in 2014. She has her Masters in Nutrition from Meredith College and has 6 six years of Community Nutrition experience and over 14 years of combined experience in food service and management. She enjoys the family-like environment of the Food Bank and its opportunities for working closely with the diverse community. In her spare time, Melissa runs the local trails, competes in ultra marathons, surfs, plays piano, and spends time with her husband and 3 dogs. She is also a foster/resource parent and a Big Sister.


Ana Alvarez

CalFresh Program Coordinator

aalvarez@slofoodbank.org
(805) 459-3003

Ana grew up in Santa Maria, CA, where agriculture plays an important role in the city's economy. Her parents decided to move there because they saw greater work opportunity. As a child, she remembers how fascinating it was to see so many different crops grow around her home such as strawberries, lettuce, wine grapes, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, and beans. In 2014, she moved to UC Santa Cruz, a city that is also well known for its agriculture. It felt like home to her. During her college years, she saw how important it is that everyone has access to nutritious food such as fruits, veggies, grains, proteins, etc. Ana volunteered at the Food Pantries on her campus. It wasn't just about handing out a bag full of nutritious food, she also brought awareness, helped those who were food insecure, and assisted individuals in applying for food assistance, such as CalFresh. It became her passion to make a difference in peoples lives. In 2018, she graduated and moved back home. Soon after, she joined our team and feels very happy to say that she is contributing to our mission.


Roxanne Sanders

GleanSLO Program Manager

gleanslo@slofoodbank.org
(805) 835-3750

Roxanne grew up in the Bay Area town of El Cerrito. She developed a deep love of 'community’ while studying city planning at Sonoma State University. Her first taste of working in agriculture was with a non-profit farm in Petaluma, California, which provided free or low-cost produce to low-income families, as well as nutrition education. In 2014, she moved to Templeton with her husband. Together, they currently run a 2-acre organic farm as their “second job,” which is where her relationship with GleanSLO blossomed. She loves being outside and spending time with her family. She spends most of her free time traveling up and down the coast with her husband and their two 85 pound labs!


Emily Wilson

GleanSLO Program Coordinator

ewilson@slofoodbank.org
(805) 235-1180

Commonly known as Wilson or simply Willy, Emily Wilson grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. After spending four years in Tallahassee, Florida earning her bachelors degree, she relocated to central coast California where she discovered her passion for communal living, mountainous landscapes, and rescuing fresh local produce. She spends her time outside of GleanSLO cycling around town, playing games, cooking, or making 'art'.


Chuck Asmus

GleanSLO Driver

casmus@slofoodbank.org

Short biography coming soon!


Warehouse and Operations


David Phillips

Bookkeeper/Office Manager

dphillips@slofoodbank.org
(805) 238-4664

David joined the Food Bank in April 2018 as it's first in-house bookkeeper. He enjoys the many opportunities to collaborate with the staff in creating a finely tuned system for tracking and sharing the financial information necessary in planning for the progress and growth of the Food Bank. He is constantly in awe of the SLO Community's generous support in helping alleviate hunger in our county both through financial donations and volunteering. Outside of the office, he can be found ocean-kayaking, engaging in photography and hiking on our beautiful trails.


Gonzalo Martinon

Warehouse Manager

gmartinon@slofoodbank.org
(805) 235-1228

Short biography coming soon!


Clifford Mendez

Warehouse Assistant Manager

cmendez@slofoodbank.org
(805) 835-5787

Short biography coming soon!


Matthew Althoff

Partner Services Clerk


malthoff@slofoodbank.org

Matt grew up in Minnesota before being drawn to the west coast. He attended Cal Poly as a biological science major with a concentration in marine science. He has also participated and organized some ocean conservation efforts including monitoring clam populations and organizing beach clean-ups on the central coast. In his spare time, he occupies myself through cooking, surfing, and enjoying local wines and craft beers.


William Moreland

USDA Clerk

wmoreland@slofoodbank.org

Short biography coming soon!


Kenneth Knott

Warehouse Worker/Driver

kknott@slofoodbank.org

Short biography coming soon!


Enrique Martinez

Warehouse Worker/Driver

rmartinez@slofoodbank.org

Short biography coming soon!


David Crawford

Warehouse Worker/Driver

dvrawford@slofoodbank.org

Short biography coming soon!


Freddie Ellis

Warehouse Worker/Driver

fellies@slofoodbank.org

Short biography coming soon!


Shadow Venezuela

Warehouse Worker/Driver

svenezuela@slofoodbank.org

Short biography coming soon!


Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.

501c3 Non-Profit Tax ID # 77-02-107-27