Our Team

Putting people first

Every day, 100+ dedicated members of our community contribute to Foodlink’s mission of ending hunger and building healthier communities. 

Leadership Team

Julia Tedesco

President & CEO

Julia Tedesco is the president and CEO of Foodlink, a nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger and building healthier communities in the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes region of New York. Over the past decade, she has led the organization’s evolution from one of the country’s oldest food banks, to an innovative regional food hub and resource center focused on addressing the root causes of food insecurity, including chronic poverty and systemic racism.

Julia began at Foodlink in 2008, shortly after graduating with her Masters of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She helped launch numerous food-related programs that nourish communities and foster economic development, and later served as Foodlink’s first Chief Development and Communications Officer. She was named executive director in 2014. During her tenure at Foodlink, Julia also played a key role in the relocation of Foodlink’s facility in 2012, the relocation and expansion of its Community Kitchen in 2016, and Foodlink’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Julia also serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State Food Bank Association, Rochester Regional Health, and Healthcare for the Homeless. She lives in Rochester’s Charlotte neighborhood with her husband and three children.

Julia Tedesco
President & CEO
585-328-3380

julia@foodlinkny.org

Mitch Gruber

Senior VP of Community Impact

Mitch Gruber is Foodlink’s Senior VP of Community Impact and has worked in a variety of roles for the organization since 2008. After graduating from Binghamton University, Mitch worked as a Head Start teacher for Action for a Better Community. He met Tom Ferraro while volunteering in the community and eventually came to work for Foodlink. He has filled a number of positions at Foodlink, with the common thread being expanding Foodlink’s partnerships in the communities we serve. Mitch holds a PhD in History from the University of Rochester, serves as a member of the Rochester City Council, and lives in the city of Rochester with his wife and two sons.

Mitch Gruber 
Senior VP of Community Impact
585-413-4060

Terra Keller

Senior VP of Finance & Operations

Terra Keller, Foodlink’s Senior VP of Finance & Operations, was born and raised in Rochester and Finger Lakes Region. She started as an intern at Foodlink in 2009, shortly after completing her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Geneseo. In 2017, she completed her MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School and actively participates on the school’s alumni committees. In her role as Senior VP of Finance & Operations , Terra oversees Foodlink’s distribution center, member services, community kitchen, facilities, and finance departments. Previously, she has served in a number of other capacities for Foodlink, including project management, event planning, and fundraising. She lives in Rochester with her husband and three young kids. 

Terra Keller  
Senior VP of Finance & Operations
585-413-4070

Jamie Warren

Senior VP of People & Culture

Jamie Warren joined Foodlink as the Senior VP of People & Culture in June of 2022. In this role, her goal is to optimize people-centered activities such as recruitment, training and professional development, and performance management. With 20 years of Human Resources experience, Jamie’s goal is to support the company’s growth and work with leadership to continue developing an organizational culture where staff find meaning in their work, are inspired by Foodlink’s mission and feel supported in bringing their whole self to work and safety in having their voices heard.

Jamie Warren
Senior VP of People & Culture
585-413-4095

Myshon Bryant
Director of Member Services 
585-413-5078

IIana Cahill
VP/Senior Director of Foodlink Community Kitchen
585-413-5063

Flo Clemmons
Director of Community-Based Strategies
585-413-4055

Mark Dwyer
Director of Marketing & Communications
585-413-5056

 

Casey Holenbeck
Executive Chef
585-413-4062

Macie McGowan
Director of Kitchen Programs
585-413-4097

Morgan McKenzie
Director of Food Bank Operations
585-413-4074

Michael Pitts 
VP/Senior Director of Distribution Center 
585-413-5054

Jes Scannell
Director of Career Empowerment Initiatives
585-413-5059

Carl Simon
VP/Senior Director of Infrastructure & Sustainability 
585-413-4073

Stephanie Vaiana
Chief of Staff
585-413-4080

Camille Verbofsky
Sr. Director of Program Development & Evaluation
585-413-5077

Elizabeth Woodward
Director of Finance
585-413-4084

Board of Directors

The Foodlink, Inc. Board of Directors is a diverse group of community leaders who are committed to leveraging their passion and expertise and guiding Foodlink toward fulfulling its mission.

OFFICERS

Thomas Kane

Retired 

Chair

Lisa Bobo

Bolder IT Strategies

Vice Chair

Ronald Little

Heritage Christian Services

Treasurer

Bonnie DeVinney

Retired

Secretary

Patrick Bourcy

Wegmans Food Markets

Assistant Secretary 

MEMBERS

Aaron Bertram

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Kimberly Braithwaite

University of Rochester Medical Center

Luis Burgos

Retired

Bobby Colón

Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Rick Constantino

Internal Medicine, Rochester Regional Health System

Carey Corea

Retired

Molly Cummings

True North Farms

BJ Davis

Xerox

Tonya Dickerson

University of Rochester

Meghan DiPasquale

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy, LLP

Loren Flaum

Flaum Management Company, Inc.

Orlando Ortiz

RocOn Property Management, LLC

Colin Sheridan

Lighthouse Autism Center

Robert Williams

Open Door Mission

Matthew Squires

Manning Squires Henning

FOODLINK FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS

George Wiedemer

Board Chair

Fernando Santiago

Vice Chair 

John Smith

Board Treasurer

James Grossman

Board Secretary 

Julie Camardo  

Joseph Casion

 

Arline Santiago

Key Staff Contacts

To make a donation:

Dia Allen
Development Coordinator
585-413-5051

To volunteer:

Carlton Quick
Volunteer Programs Coordinator
585-629-9002

For media inquiries:

Katie Bernardini
Communications Specialist
585-413-5070

To host an event or a food drive:

Allysha Serenati
Events & Community Engagement Manager 
585-413-4072

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