Our Team

putting people first

Every day, dozens of dedicated people contribute to Foodlink’s mission of ending hunger and building healthier communities. 

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.

Leadership Team

Julia Tedesco
President & CEO
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Terra Keller
Chief Operating Officer
585-413-4070

Mitch Gruber
Chief Partnerships Officer
585-413-4060

Martha Bush
Chief Marketing Officer
585-413-4095

Meg Demment
Chief Impact Officer
585-413-5058

Carl Simon
Director of Finance & Administration
585-413-4073

Morgan McKenzie
Director of Operations
585-413-4074

Julie Burke
Director of Development
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Jes Scannell
Director of Career Empowerment Initiatives
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Stephanie Vaiana
Director of Human Resources
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Casey Holenbeck
Executive Chef
585-413-4062

Camille Verbofsky
Director of Community Heath Progams
585-413-5077

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

Joseph Casion, Harter, Secrest & Emery, LLP

Chair

Lisa Bobo, Bolder IT Strategies

Vice Chair

Ronald Little, Heritage Christian Services

Treasurer

Bonnie DeVinney, Retired

Secretary

MEMBERS

Aaron Bertram, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Patrick Bourcy, Wegmans Food Markets

Luis Burgos, Retired

Dr. Rick Constantino, Internal Medicine, Rochester Regional Health System

Bobby Colón, Rochester Institute of Technology

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.

Thomas Kane
Constellation Brands, Inc.

Mark Kolko
Retired

Orlando Ortiz
The Gleason Works

Colin Sheridan
Germanow-Simon Companies

Matthew Squires,
Manning Squires Hennig

Erin Tolefree,
Baldwin Richardson Foods

Robert Williams,
Open Door Mission

FOODLINK FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS

George Wiedemer, Board Chair

Mort Kolko, Board Treasurer

James Grossman, Board Secretary 

Fernando Santiago, Vice Chair 

John Smith

Key Staff Contacts

To make a donation:

Krista Jenkins
Development Manager
585-413-4078

To volunteer:

Jessica Lockett
Volunteer Programs Coordinator
585-413-4094

For media inquiries:

Mark Dwyer
Communications Manager
585-413-5056

To connect with us about produce or sliced apples:

Patrick Jennings
Produce Strategy Manager
(585) 413-4003

To learn more about our meal service partnerships, contact:

Claire Savini
Child Nutrition Programs Manager
(585) 413-5063

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Employment opportunities

Visit our employment page to learn more about recent job openings at Foodlink.