Regional Food Bank Celebrates Leadership Council Class I Graduates

Young Professionals Helped Fight Hunger and Feed Hope in Oklahoma

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 3, 2016 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is celebrating the graduation of its inaugural Leadership Council class. The Leadership Council is a collaborative initiative that connects young professionals passionate about fighting hunger in Oklahoma. These dedicated individuals volunteered their time and talents to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and increase the visibility of the Regional Food Bank and its mission of “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”

“The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma puts hunger issues front and center,” said Micheal To, graduating member of Leadership Council Class I.  “The nonprofit impacts hunger.  The first few meetings were about the heart of the mission of the Regional Food Bank and why it’s important.”

Over two years, Leadership Council members volunteered; developed new and innovative strategies to assist the Regional Food Bank; advocated at the State Capitol on behalf of the Regional Food Bank and also raised $156,198 to fight hunger in Oklahoma.

The Leadership Council was chaired by Adam Rainbolt, from Wilcox & McGrath Insurance, and co-chaired by Collins Peck, from Smith & Pickel Construction.  The following individuals have graduated the Leadership Council:

  • Anna Farha, Oklahoma Insurance Department
  • Caroline Brown, Community Volunteer
  • Chris Zach, BKD LLP
  • Cynthia Nichols, Ph.D, Oklahoma State University
  • Dr. Dennis Lee Portis III, MetroTech, posthumously
  • Erik Salazar, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Graham Glaser, Chesapeake Energy
  • Jared Mashaney, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
  • Julie Porter Scott, Yelp
  • Lawre Eversest, OPUBCO
  • Macay McComas, Devon Energy Corporation
  • Madeline Mitchell, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Melissa Condley, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
  • Michael To, MVT Law Firm PLLC
  • Paula Butler Wackenheim, Oklahoma State Alliance of YMCA’s
  • Phi Nguyen, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.

After graduation, the Leadership Class I members will further their engagement with the Regional Food Bank through volunteerism, serving on committees and more.  The next Leadership Council class will be announced in June.

Together, we can solve hunger.  For more information about the Leadership Council, contact Ellen Pogemiller at epogemiller@regionalfoodbank.org 405-600-3175.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 49.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,250 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,250 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 600 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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