Regional Food Bank Welcomes the Leadership Council III Class

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


(OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 18, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma welcomes its third Leadership Council class. The Leadership Council 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.”

“I’m excited to chair the third class of the Leadership Council and help to further the mission of the Regional Food Bank,” says Susan Graham with Paycom. “It’s a great honor to lead this group in making a difference in the fight against hunger.”

Over the course of a year, the Leadership Council 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 Council III class members are:

  • Veronica Andrade, ONIE
  • Morgan Brammer, University of Oklahoma
  • Courtney Buechle, Love's Travel Stop
  • Courtney Bumpas, Hertz
  • Jordyn Cartmell, Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom
  • Porter Cunningham, Oklahoma Financial Center
  • Whittney David, Paycom
  • Molly Dettmann, Pioneer Library System
  • Tanzeena Francka, Boeing
  • Michael Hart, American Fidelity
  • Eric Hemphill, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Martin Howell, DeBee Gilchrist
  • Larisha Hunter, Candor
  • Kim Jenson, Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management
  • Katrina Lewis, Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services
  • Mark Matalik, Devon Energy
  • Edgar Medina, Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • Andrew Morris, McAfee Taft
  • Gauri D. Nautiyal, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Zach Oubre, McAfee Taft
  • Jessica Pontious, Sonic Drive-In
  • Klaas Reimann-Philipp, Common Works Architects
  • Nikki West, Lynn Institute
  • Austin Willett, BKD

“We are thrilled to have such a talented group of young professionals serving on the Leadership Council 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.”

After graduating in June 2018, the Leadership Class III members will further their engagement with the Regional Food Bank through volunteerism, serving on committees and more.

For more information about the Leadership Council, please contact Kendra Loper at or 405-600-3172.

It’s never too late to join the fight against hunger in Oklahoma and there is an urgent need for volunteers to help pack 6,000 meals each weekday through July 31st. For more information, call 405-600-3160 or visit

The Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. For more information, 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 126,000 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 more than 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at