Meet Our Team

 


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Kurt Reiber
President/CEO
kreiber@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-3737
Education: BS Finance & Economics, Baldwin-Wallace College, M Business Administration, University of Toledo
With the Freestore Foodbank since 2011

What does the Freestore motto, Food-Connection-Hope mean to you?
I believe that we, the staff, the donors and the volunteers of the Freestore Foodbank, are the “connection” that enables our clients to secure “food” which provides them with “hope”. By helping our clients make this “connection” we help them achieve “self-reliance” during these times in their lives when their need is greatest.


Tim Weidner
CFO
tweidner@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-7530
Education: MBA, Xavier University
Job Duties: Oversees Finance and Budgets
With the Freestore Foodbank since 2001

What does the Freestore motto, Food-Connection-Hope mean to you?
“It means our goal is much more than just putting food in people’s stomach. It is about changing lives.”


J-Ebelhar-150x180Jennifer Ebelhar
Vice President of Development
jebelhar@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-7539
Education: BA, MBA Xavier University
Job Duties: Head of Development Department, fundraising, through direct mail, newsletters, e-fundraising, grant writing and special events.
With the Freestore Foodbank since December 2002

What does the Freestore motto, Food-Connection-Hope mean to you?
“For as long as I have been at FSFB, we have struggled with how to explain and convey the depth and breadth of what we do to help people in need. This motto helps us do that.”


 

Bernice Cooper
Vice President of Customer Connections
bcooper@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 357-4817
Education: MA
Job Duties: Oversee Customer Connection Center at 112 E. Liberty St. and its programs
With the Freestore Foodbank since October 2008

What does the Freestore motto, Food-Connection-Hope mean to you?
“It means that the FSFB distributes food to individuals and organizations to help build relationships with each one respectively. As you build relationships with the individuals or agency, you work with them to help with whatever the reason they needed food for in the first place. We won’t be able to give them hope for the future unless we can help change what their current situation is.”


Brian Weichert
Vice President of Foodbank
bweichert@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-4535
Education: BA Purdue, MA Valparaiso, MBA Northwestern Kellogg
Job Duties: Distribution Operations, Agency Services, Programs, Liberty St. Food Room
With the Freestore Foodbank since September 2010

What does the Freestore motto, Food-Connection-Hope mean to you?
“Food insecurity is a symptom of the social and economic inequities that exist in our community. Our mission is to help those in need and seeking food assistance out of crisis and into a stable environment.”


Melanie Burden
Vice President of Human Resources and Volunteer Management
mburden@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-7527

Education:

• BA Economics, University of Cincinnati
• MA, Labor & Employment Relations, University of Cincinnati
• MS, Executive Leadership & Organizational Change, Northern Kentucky University

Job Duties: Head of Human Resources & Volunteer Management- oversee all employee and volunteer recruitment, engagement, training & development, and retention efforts.
With the Freestore Foodbank since April 2004.

What does the Freestore motto, Food-Connection-Hope mean to you?
“Food, connection, and hope allows us to reach our customers in multiple ways. Food allows us to initially reach people’s basic needs, but we do so much more for individuals. We connect them to other needed services which may help them through some of their most difficult times. It is these three simple words that bring the true meaning of stability for our clients. ”


 

 

 

 


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