Board of Directors

board April 2015

KAFB is guided by a board of directors comprised of representatives of each of the 7 member food banks. They have over three decades of combined experience providing leadership to secure and distribute food to feed struggling Kentuckians, including program management, fiscal oversight, fundraising and advocacy efforts. The board meets quarterly to review financial reports, programmatic reports and discuss progress made toward strategic plan goals.

Board members (click here for contact information):

Kurt Reiber (Chair), President & CEO of Freestore Foodbank

Brian Riendeau (Vice Chair), Executive Director of Dare to Care Food Bank

Gary Miles (Treasurer), Executive Director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland

Cynthia Kirkhart (Secretary), Executive Director of Facing Hunger Foodbank

Mark Davis, Associate Director, Purchase Area Development District

Michael Halligan, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank

Glenn Roberts, Executive Director of Tri-State Food Bank


Ashley Lauren is serving as our 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA member for KY Kids Eat. Prior to AmeriCorps, she served as a computer engineer at one of the nation’s largest healthcare companies where she successfully led a multi-million dollar acquisition project. She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Austin Peay State University. Ashley is a rock-climber, antique store vulture, fried okra addict, crazy Boykin Spaniel and Schnoodle dog owner, and married to her fiddle-playing sweetheart.





Mary McCarty is the newest member of the KAFB team, serving as 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA. She is originally from a rural town in Southwest Virginia, but came to Berea to pursue her education. Mary earned her degree in English Literature from Berea College in May 2018. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, writing, travelling, and spending time with her husband and their three cats





Kate McDonald has served as No Kid Hungry KY Coordinator since November 2017. She is originally from Mobile, Alabama, but arrived in Kentucky via New Orleans. She graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Art History. After a short stint at the Capitoline Museum in Rome and the Heriard-Cimino Gallery in New Orleans, she left the art world to join the Louisiana Delta Service Corps as an AmeriCorps member at Second Harvest Food Bank Feeding South Louisiana. In her spare time, Kate coordinates a national youth conference for the Episcopal Church, cooks for friends, and travels as much  as possible. 





Tamara Sandberg has served as Executive Director since 2011. She has been volunteering at food pantries and soup kitchens since high school and has worked in the nonprofit realm for over two decades. Tamara has a master’s of science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Wyoming. She lives in Berea with her husband, two dogs and two cats; her daughter and son are both students at Belmont University in Nashville.  Tamara likes to spend her free time hiking or curling up with a good book.






Sarah Vaughn joined KAFB in 2015 and currently holds the position of Programs Coordinator.  She is a member of Kentucky Women in Agriculture (KWIA) where she serves as representative for District 11 which includes nine Central KY counties: Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Harrison, Madison, Nicholas, Powell, and Scott.  Sarah is a 2014 graduate of Berea College, where she majored in Child and Family Studies and minored in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Originally from Lancaster, Kentucky, Sarah currently resides in Berea. In her spare time, you can find her working outside or playing with her two dogs, Milo and Otis. Sarah Vaughn