Richard was born & raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia, from where at the age of 18 he enlisted in the United States Army. He remained in the active army for thirteen years, rising to the position of Senior Non-Commissioned Officer. After his Honorable Discharge from the US Army, he began his higher education, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Glenville State College (Glenville, WV) and a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies. Before becoming CEO of the Montgomery Area Food Bank, Richard served as the Director of the Elmore County Food Pantry located in Wetumpka, Alabama. This is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization existing specifically to help the “food insecure” of Elmore County. This food pantry was the second largest of MAFB’s agencies, distributing 25,000 - 30,000 pounds of food monthly to over 500 families. His experience at the agency level has allowed him to bring a new perspective of food distribution to the MAFB.
After graduating from Seminary, Richard and his wife (Marcia – from Tacoma, Washington) and their 2 sons (Aaron & Jason) returned to Europe to serve as Directors of Christian Servicemen’s Centers in Brandon, England and Nuremburg, West Germany; a ministry designed specifically for US military personnel serving their country in foreign lands.
For over 30 years, Richard served as Pastor of various churches in West Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, England and Germany; and has been keynote speaker in conventions in Mexico, Republic of Panama, Germany, & The Philippines. As Board Chair of Home and Abroad Ministries (Cleveland, TN) he provides support and guidance in directing a ministry in the Philippines that includes a community program that feeds over 10,000 children a month; educational program; medical mission program; water well program and a widows’ ministry.
Richard assumed the role of CEO of the Montgomery Area Food Bank upon the retirement of Parke Hinman (Brigadier General, USAF, Retired). Parke led the Food Bank for 22 of its 30-year existence.
Before becoming CEO of the Montgomery Area Food Bank, Richard served as the Director of the Elmore County Food Pantry located in Wetumpka, Alabama. This is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization existing specifically to help the “food insecure” of Elmore County. This food pantry was the second largest of MAFB’s agencies, distributing 25,000 - 30,000 pounds of food monthly to over 500 families. His experience at the agency level has allowed him to bring a new perspective of food distribution to the MAFB.
David was appointed Executive Director in May 2000. Prior to his appointment, David enjoyed an extensive career as both an Accountant and Program Director. David is a graduate of Troy State University (Dothan) and the Unoversity of Alabama. He is active in numerous civic organizations, and active in his church (Trinity Lutheran). David and his wife,Nancy Robertson Hanks have two dogs, Jake and Lucy. In his time away from work, he enjoys golf, basketball, boating, scuba diving and college sports.
Martha Henk has served as the Executive Director of the Food Bank of East Alabama since 1995. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Henk saw first-hand the effects of malnutrition and poverty. Past and present involvements include: Habitat for Humanity, Lee County Human Services Coordination, Missions Committee at First Presbyterian Church in Auburn, Presbyterian Community Ministry, and East Alabama Coalition for the Homeless. She has a B.A. from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN.
Cathy has been President & CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast since August 2016. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director for Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia. Cathy also has nonprofit experience with the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as the Fuller Center for Housing in Macon, Georgia. Cathy has a BS in Mathematics from Georgia Southwestern State University, a MA in Political Science from Georgia State University and an MBA in Finance from Texas Christian University. She has four grown children. Cathy enjoys her active roles as a member of: Rotary; Feeding Florida; Association of Alabama Food Banks; South Alabama Coalition of Nonprofits; Policy, Engagement & Advocacy Committee (PEAC), Feeding America; Southeast Regional Cooperative; and the Executive Council, United Way for Southwest Alabama. Cathy enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and living on Mobile Bay.
Jean Rykaczewski [rick-uh-chess-key] is the executive director of the West Alabama Food Bank that is headquartered in Tuscaloosa and serves 93 food pantries and agencies throughout a nine county area. Originally from Pennsylvania, Rykaczewski has lived in Tuscaloosa with her husband and daughter for over 28 years. Rykaczewski attended Indiana University Pennsylvania, where she studied education and played collegiate Field Hockey. She started her career in special education, spent several years in HR and management for a manufacturing company and moved into the nonprofit sector in development. Throughout her life in Tuscaloosa, she has stayed active with volunteer work and developing fundraisers for different organizations in the city. Rykaczewski enjoys putting those skills to work for the Food Bank and growing resources to continue the mission to end hunger in West Alabama. She also enjoys reading, relaxing at the lake, spending time with her family and cheering for the Crimson Tide and Pittsburgh Penguins. She is passionate about the work the Food Bank does and committed to speaking to groups in her communities about the realities of food insecurity and the role we all play in taking care of our neighbors.
Shirley Schofield began working at the Food Bank of North Alabama in 2014 as the store donation coordinator. In this role, she served as a liaison between the Food Bank and the stores that regularly donate product to the Food Bank. Shirley helped grow grocery store donations to more than four million pounds of food a year and was instrumental in the Food Bank of North Alabama achieving one of the highest food safety score in the nation among food banks. Shirley was unanimously appointed the Executive Director of the Food Bank in January 2017. She is only the third person to serve as the executive director since the Food Bank opened in 1984. Before joining the Food Bank, Shirley had a successful career as a journalist. She started as a reporter covering education in Mississippi. She later became an editor and worked in newsrooms in Florida and California. Shirley’s roots are in South Alabama, and she graduated from Auburn University.
Kathryn Strickland serves as the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s Executive Director. Prior to her position at the Community Food Bank, Strickland directed the Food Bank of North Alabama, where she coordinated initiatives that fostered economic development within the local food system including a local food hub and food policy council. As Executive Director of LIFT Housing, Strickland supervised multiple affordable housing programs for homeless and low-income families. Under her leadership, the agency launched an initiative to build affordable, green homes within economically distressed communities. She has a B.A. from Davidson College, and an M.A. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.