Board of Directors

Freestore Foodbank Board of Trustees


RamonRamon Rodriguez – Board Chair,  Fifth Third Private Bank
“I view hunger, especially childhood hunger, as completely unacceptable especially in a country as bountiful and as blessed as ours. The Freestore not only works to feed those in need, but beyond looks to lend a hand towards lifting up these families and in doing so breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger. I can think of no best mission to personally engage in!”

Brett BlackwellBrett Blackwell – Board Treasurer, Central Bank
“Hunger is a fundamental problem that can be a byproduct or cause of many social/economic issues that our region faces. Attacking that problem is paramount to improving our region as a whole. The Freestore has a long history of addressing the issue of hunger in our region and has made great strides in eliminating this problem. Its mission, coupled with its stellar reputation, is what attracted me to get involved with Freestore Foodbank.”

Marty Dunn

Marty Dunn – Board Secretary, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
“My interest in the mission of helping to feed people, along with my initial work as a member of the Corwine Board, is what inspired my involvement with the Freestore Foodbank.  There are many worthy and noble causes in our community, but overcoming the challenge of hunger and lack of nutrition is at the core of all that we can hope to do for our entire community.”

Tom Kirkwood

Tom Kirkwood, Vice Chair Development, Thompson Hine LLP
“I wanted to get involved with an organization dedicated to helping people. After doing some research, I knew that the Freestore Foodbank is where I wanted to focus my attention. The more I have learned about hunger in our community, the more passionate I have become about giving back. On top of my Board involvement, I now regularly serve as a volunteer at the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center, a partner food pantry of the Freestore Foodbank.

Julie McGeheeJulie McGehee – Vice Chair – Governance and Trusteeship,  The E.W. Scripps Company
“The Freestore Foodbank, whose mission is to provide food and services, create stability and further self-reliance for people in crisis, speaks to me and touches my soul. The services the Freestore offers uplifts people. It looks at the whole person and all of their circumstances to find the right solution for them. Whether using the services provided by the Customer Connection Center, the nourishment provided via the Foodbank and mobile services or the job training through employment programs, the Freestore offers hope and compassion that changes lives. I am in awe of the many employees and volunteers who make this place so special.”


Damon AllenDamon Allen, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
I once heard Dr. O’dell Owens speak about a child that was lactose intolerant. However, he came to school each day so hungry that he ate the free breakfast, including the free milk, despite how sick it made him. That inspired me to get involved in the Freestore Foodbank and help make a difference in the lives of hungry children.”

Kacie Maushart, The Kroger Co.
“Kroger and the Freestore Foodbank have a strong and long-standing relationship that’s driven by our common goal to feed our community. Whether it be through packing food boxes or serving on the board, I appreciate the opportunity to create positive impact in our neighborhoods.”

Bob Baer, BelFlex Staffing Network
“Our company and mission of Succeeding Together and the involvement we have with the LIFT the Tristate program.”


Sue Baggott, Power Within Consulting, LLC
“My early exposure to the Freestore Foodbank was when our family volunteered on the food sorting line – helping teach our kids about giving back.  While on the Impact 100 Board, I learned about the Cincinnati COOKS! and Power Pack programs.  Overall, I’m impressed with the comprehensive approaches the Freestore Foodbank has taken to provide critical hunger relief, as well as to make connections to services that build stability, self-reliance and life improvement.”

CassandraCassandra Barham, The Contact Center (Benefits Rights Advocacy Group)
“At one time in my life, I was on welfare and the Freestore helped me when I was low on food. Joining the board has allowed me to be a voice for the community and share the need that I have seen.”

Mark Bodnar

Mark Bodnar, AXA Advisor, LLC
“I was introduced to the Freestore Foodbank by late Board Member and Rubber Duck Regatta Founder Bob Edwards. He brought to light the issue of hunger right here in our own community. I was compelled to get involved to help make a difference. I currently serve as chair of the Rubber Duck Regatta, the Freestore’s largest fundraising event. It is an honor working with a tremendous team of Freestore Foodbank employees and volunteers to help make our community a better place.”

Tony ColeTony Cole,  Anthony Cole Training Group
“CEO Emeritus John Young’s passion of feeding children inspired me to get involved with the Freestore Foodbank, as well as my wife’s passion of helping others. It’s great to do something that is meaningful in our community that can change lives.”

anne lily cone

Anne Lilly Cone, Anne Lilly Cone, LLC
“My personal beliefs are part of what inspired my involvement in the Freestore Foodbank. My family also has a history of giving back to the community.”

MarshaMarsha Croxton –  Immediate Past Board Chair, Foodbank, Retired, Women’s Crisis Center of N. Kentucky
“No one should be hungry, especially individuals living in the United States where we have abundant resources. I believe that if I don’t actively participate in ending the meal gap for our community then I become a part of the problem. Serving on the Board of Trustees has allowed me to become a part of the solution which is very rewarding!”

Jim DressmanJim Dressman  Dressman Benzinger Lavelle psc.
“Hunger is an issue that exists right here in our own neighborhoods. The more I learn, the more passionate I am about helping to make a difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors. As future generations look back, I want to ensure we’re seen as a society that cares for those in need.  The Freestore Foodbank’s mission does just that.  That is why I’m involved.”

Melissa Klein

Melissa Klein, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
“In my practice, I care for children from underserved communities whose families often worry about running out of food which impacts health and well-being. I wanted to be part of a forward-thinking community organization that helps children and families thrive, which is why I got involved in the Freestore Foodbank.”




Paula Neises

Paula Neises, Cushman & Wakefield
“I was first asked to join the Corwine Board, which oversees real estate assets/facilities for the Freestore Foodbank.  With my experience in commercial real estate I felt I could add value in this area to a worthwhile organization.  I immediately connected with the amazing leadership team and quickly learned just how vital the Freestore Foodbank’s services are to our community.  I was honored to be invited to join the Board and have greatly enjoyed serving this organization for the past ten years.”


Dick Rosenthal

Dick Rosenthal, Uptown Arts Foundation
“Long before I became a trustee, my mother made contributions to the Freestore Foodbank. Then, my wife, Lois, became a trustee and established the Rosenthal Fresh Food program. Like them, I’ve long been committed to helping folks become self-sustaining with dignity and well-founded hope for a better life.”

Marianne Rowe

Marianne Rowe,  Retired, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
“I was first introduced to the Freestore Foodbank in the 70’s by Paul Long, pastor of the Indian Hill Church. We began to volunteer, bringing food to the former Vine Street location. I have been interested and involved in the Freestore’s efforts ever since.”

David Taylor

David Taylor, The Procter & Gamble Company
“Before joining the Freestore Board, I spent eight years on the Board of Feeding America, including two years as the National Chair.  In that role I got the opportunity to visit many outstanding food banks, including the Freestore.  I saw firsthand the enormous positive impact that local and regional food banks have on their communities.  For this reason, I am honored to help the Freestore in any way that I can in whatever way that I can.”

Rich Vaughan

Richard P. Vaughan, Peoples Bank
“Kurt Reiber’s passion inspired me to get involved in the Freestore Foodbank. That passion is felt throughout the entire organization and ensuring over 94% of all donations go to those in need.  I’m inspired by the entire team at the Freestore Foodbank.  Seeing and hearing the stories of how the Freestore has helped change lives, for the better.  Giving people hope in their fellow man and treating people with respect and dignity.”

Warren WeberWarren WeberPNC Bank
Rich Boehne, chairman of the board, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, introduced me to the Freestore Foodbank and I continue to be inspired through helping our hungry neighbors.”

Larry Williams

Larry Williams, Retired CFO of Brandicorp
“The Freestore Foodbank and its partner soup kitchen, shelters, and food pantries have such a tremendous impact in moving people towards self-reliance. It’s a privilege to be a part of such an enthusiastic collaboration of people, companies and organizations from all different parts of the Tri-State, focused on one goal – making a difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors in the community.”

Dwinelva Zackery, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
“The work of the Freestore Foodbank is vitally important to addressing barriers to self-sufficiency among the most vulnerable in our community. I believe the vast array of quality services provided are essential to building capacity and addressing the broad impact of poverty. Fulfilling the basic need of food for our families is a social justice issue. I look forward to working hand in hand with the dedicated Freestore team to make a difference in our region.”