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Hunger Free San Diego Overview


Advisory Board Members

San Diego Food Bank

  • Jim Floros, President and CEO
  • Vanessa Ruiz, VP of Operations

Feeding America San Diego

  • Al Brislain, CEO
  • Kelcey Ellis, Director of Programs

Food pantry representative

  • Angela Kretschmar, Executive Director, Heaven’s Windows

County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency 

  • Eligibility Operations Department
    Rick Wanne, Director
    Albert Garcia, CalFresh Program Manager
  • Aging and Independence Services
    Ellen Schmeding
  • Director Public Health
    Naomi Billups, Public Health Nutrition Manager
  • Community Health Statistics
    Leslie Ray, Senior Epidemiologist


  • Beth-Ann Clark, Scripps Mercy Hospital - WIC Office

Head Start and Child & Adult Care Food Program

  • Kristine Smith, Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Neighborhood House Association

County Government

  • Stephanie Gioia, Health Policy Advisor for Supervisor Ron Roberts

Community Food Projects

  • Jennifer Gilmore, Kitchens for Good
  • Diane Moss, Project New Village
  • Richard Winkler, Co-Director, Wild Willow Farm & Educational Center; Chair of San Diego Food System Alliance Food Recovery Working Group

San Diego Food System Alliance

  • Elly Brown, Director

2-1-1 San Diego

  • Claire Oksayan, Director of Enrollment Services


  • David Lynn, Lynn Family Fund
  • Niki Mazaroli, Leichtag Foundation and Chair of San Diego Food Funders
  • Becky Modesto, Price Philanthropies
  • Rabbi Jonathan Stein, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Social Service Agency (serving seniors and active duty military)

  • Brenda Bothel-Hammond, Senior Director Aging & Wellness Services, Jewish Family Service

School Nutrition Services

  • Gary Petill, Nutrition Services Director, San Diego Unified School District

Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

  • Lindsey Wade, Vice President, Public Policy

Local Researchers

  • Paul Watson and Bill Oswald, The Global ARC (Action Research Center)
  • Peter Brownell, Research Director, Center on Policy Initiatives (participates in CalFresh Data Working Group)

San Diego Hunger Coalition Board Members

  • Ernie Borunda
  • Vince Kasperick
  • Ellen Waddell
  • Jennifer Gilmore