Regional Food Bank Welcomes New Leadership Council Members

Young Professionals Join the Fight Against Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Aug. 2, 2016 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma welcomes the members of its 2016-2017 Leadership Council, a collaborative initiative that connects young professionals who are passionate about fighting hunger in Oklahoma. These dedicated individuals will volunteer their time 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.”

“Whether volunteering at the Regional Food Bank, or passionately sharing the message of how to fight hunger, Leadership Council members will bring about positive change in our community,” said Collins Peck chair of the Leadership Council.  “We pledge to help our neighbors who are struggling with hunger, including children who have little or nothing to eat at home.”

The Leadership Council is chaired by Collins Peck, Smith & Pickel Construction.  The following individuals have been selected for the 2016-2017 Leadership Council:

  • Alison Hooks – Public Strategies
  • Alyson Gilbert – Continental Resources
  • Anthony Garcia – Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • Asa Highsmith – CommonWorks
  • Ashley Rahill – Echols and Associates
  • Austin Marshall – Oklahoma State Senate
  • Cassondra Eaton – Devon Energy
  • Courtney Carter – Department of Environmental Quality
  • Elizabeth Wilson – Jasco
  • Emily Roberson – Carlisle Food Service Program
  • Erin Fong – MidFirst Bank
  • Jeffrey Cartmell – State of Oklahoma, Gaming Compliance Unit
  • Jenny Koetter – Oklahoma Caring Foundation
  • Jess Wedel-Riley – Presbyterian Health Foundation
  • Katie Long – Loaves and Fishes Food and Resource Center
  • Kelli Clark – Cintas
  • Kevin Edwards – Lowry Land Co. Inc
  • Lyndi Zavy – University of Oklahoma
  • Michelle Whitlow – Chesapeake Energy
  • Rachel Benbrook - Arthritis Foundation
  • Susan Graham – Paycom
  • Vanessa Lemons – Prodigal

Through the Leadership Council, members will volunteer at the Regional Food Bank; learn about the organization and its programs; develop new and innovative strategies to assist the nonprofit; advocate on behalf of the Regional Food Bank; and help raise donations to fight hunger in Oklahoma.

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 more than 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Together, we can solve hunger. For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit or call 405-600-3136. 

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 1,200 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at