Regional Food Bank Welcomes the Leadership Class IV

27 Young Professionals Will Help Fight Hunger and Feed Hope in Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 31, 2018 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma welcomes its fourth Leadership lV Class. The Leadership Class is a collaborative initiative that connects young professionals, ages 24-35, who are passionate about fighting hunger in Oklahoma. These dedicated individuals will volunteer their time and talents to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and help to increase the visibility of the Regional Food Bank and its mission of “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”

“The Regional Food Bank’s Leadership Class fosters creativity and boosts the problem solving skills of young leaders in our region,” said Larisha Hunter, senior account executive at Candor. “It’s an honor to chair the fourth leadership class and work with such incredible individuals to fight hunger in Oklahoma.”

Over the course of a year, the Leadership Class will volunteer their time at the Regional Food Bank; raise donations to fight hunger; and advocate at the State Capitol on behalf of the nonprofit during the annual Hunger Action Day in February.

The Leadership Class IV class members are:

  • Stephanie Alexander, Oklahoma Department of Human Services
  • Jenna Anderson, Caldwell Estate Law / Pure Trade
  • Kody Bollenbach, Heritage Institutional
  • Connor Brookins, Institutional Shareholder Services
  • Kacie Cardenas, Bank of Oklahoma
  • Anthony Coby, Rainbow Fleet
  • Kristen Compton, Capitol Hill High School
  • Brittane Grant, Greater OKC Chamber
  • Amanda Halverson, Eide Bailly
  • Marissa Harbison, American Fidelity
  • Melissa Heiman, Wells Fargo
  • Dylan   Hendricks, Liberty National Bank
  • Nick Hostetter,
  • Mary Hunt, US Foods
  • Carley Johnson
  • Sarah Moore, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Jade Owen, ONIE Project
  • Luciana Perez, State of Oklahoma, Office of Management & Enterprise Services
  • Brendon Quick, Western Industries Corporation
  • Kenton Shaw, Devon Energy
  • Trey Stiles, Chesapeake Energy
  • Austin Walters, Denton Law Firm
  • Bradley Ward, Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Alyssa Watkins, Carter Professional Care
  • Jenna  Zeilstra, OKC Dodgers

“We are thrilled to have such a talented group of young professionals serving on the Leadership Class this year,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer. “They are the future of the Regional Food Bank. Their involvement is vital in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma, which is the fifth hungriest state in the nation.”

After graduating in June 2019, the Leadership Class IV members will further their engagement with the Regional Food Bank through volunteerism, serving on committees and more.

For more information about the Leadership Class, please contact Monica Smith at or 405-600-3177.

Working together, we can end hunger in Oklahoma.  For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit or call 405-972-1111.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed close to 660 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, call 405-972-1111, visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at