Meet Our Leadership Team

Our Staff Members

Headshot of Katharine Ray Executive Director

Katharine Ray
Executive Director

Headshot of Missy Hamilton Garden Manager

Missy Hamilton
Garden Manager

Chef Sydney Desind

Bijal Mehta Volunteer and Outreach Manager

Bijal Mehta
Volunteer & Outreach Manager

Headshot of Tonya Whitaker Client Manager

Tonya Whitaker
Client Manager

Headshot of Susan Poteet Kitchen Manager

Susan Poteet
Kitchen Manager


Nutrition Educator


Fundraising & Development Manager

Board of Directors

Wade Weaver
President of the Board: Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Jenni Bradley
Director - Strategy & Planning, Provider Network Partnerships at
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Blake Boyd
Senior Vice President at
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Joseph Conner
Senior Publicist at
Essential Broadcast Media
Don Diffendorf
Board Treasurer: VP, Financial Services Account Manager at GE Healthcare
Kevin Elkins
Attorney at Epstein Becker & Green, PC
Kathie Heimerdinger
Founder of The Heimerdinger Foundation
James O'Brien
Startup Advisor and Investor
Dr. Sharon D. Peters
Executive Director for Community College Initiatives at Tennessee State University
Andrew Sartoris
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Regent Surgical Health

Advisory Board

Lacy Wright RD, LDN, CLT