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Staff

Monica Wilson, Director

Monica began serving in the food pantry in 2010. She was inspired to volunteer by one of her children, after he witnessed a family he knew in need at Village Presbyterian Church. Monica served as a lead volunteer of the Community Food Pantry until 2015 when she became the Director, and is humbled how it continues to serve the needs of those hungry in our own community.   This is truly a passion for helping those in need for Monica beyond food insecurity, but for helping the whole person.

Monica has lived in Tampa since the young age of seven and considers herself a native. She graduated from Gaither High School and studied Business at the University of South Florida.  She then spent over 10 years selling real estate in the Tampa Bay area with her father.  Monica is married to a 20-year U.S. Army veteran, Reggie, who now works in the private sector of secondary education. They they have four amazing children. 

Monica volunteers alot, loves fishing, reading, attending sporting events for her children and living so close to the beach. She and her family are big Tampa Bay Lightning, Rays, Buccaneer and Bulls fans and love living in beautiful Tampa near the water.

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Beth Dhondt,  Development and Grant COORDINATOR

Beth is a semi-native Floridian, after having moved here from the arctic tundra of Pennsylvania. She is a Penn State alum with a BA in English (hence the grant writing!) but has spent most of her career life in some sort of financial management, from internal audit to operations to compliance. Go figure? She has two daughters and a husband of 29 years, with whom she about to be an empty-nester.

Beth enjoys golf and discovering new local craft beer as well as out-of-the-way eating establishments with her family and friends. Contributing to the CFP keeps her skills sharp, her heart full and her head grounded.

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Ryan Goldstein, programs and technology coordinator

Ryan began working for the Community Food Pantry as a volunteer in 2015.  He has added an amazing creative flair to the Community Food Pantry with his technical skills and website development.  He earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Geography from USF in 2008.  He studied abroad earning his Master’s Degree in Human Geography from Stockholm University in 2012.

Ryan enjoys kayaking, hiking and camping.  He has a fond love of ketchup and puts it on almost anything you can imagine, except donuts, a close second favorite! He is a HUGE baseball fan, loves the Tampa Bay Rays and spending time with his two nephews.

Interns

College Interns

Chris GOMEZ

Chris graduated from Freedom High School and was a star football player in 2016. Chris is a second year dietitian student at HCC. As an intern, Chris oversees incoming vendor donations and our Sunday distributions. Chris is a hard worker and a dynamic leader.

 

Sean Kowalczyk

Sean graduated from Steinbrenner High School in 2015 and has since studied Data Science at New College of Florida and Pasco-Hernando State College. He considers himself very artistic, and finds passion in creating new things, whether they be on the computer, on paper, or in clay. Sean began working with the Community Food Pantry as a volunteer in 2012, and was a part of the Village Presbyterian Youth Group in the later part of high school. He now works as a Front Service Clerk at Publix while continuing his education and being utilized as a jack-of-all-trades for the Pantry.

 

MAdELEINE RHEIM

Madeleine Rhein is a senior at The University of South Florida. She is pursuing a double major in Finance and Management and will graduate in Spring 2018. After she graduates, she hopes to work in the Finance sector for non-profit organization. She is a supervisor at Jeremiah's Italian Ice. At the Community Food Pantry she created an online system that allows the nurses to keep track of patient info, collecting information on career sources and health information, and organizing providers for the upcoming October health fair.

 

High school Interns

Mariah Thomas

Mariah is a senior at Sickles High School. She is a member of the National Honors society and is a district graphic design award winner for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Mariah also enjoys the martial arts practice of Krav Maga. Mariah will graduate in May 2018 and will pursue a college degree in graphic design. As a an intern at the pantry,  Mariah has been working on social media and the website for the Community Food Pantry.  She is extremely proficient in all of her work.

 

AMADEO BRandon

Amadeo is a senior at Sickles High School and an honor student. He has been periodically at the pantry since November 2016 through our NHS club and is currently a summer intern. He truly love this type of volunteering because of the atmosphere, the importance and impact and the direct connections and conversations I make with our patrons. Volunteering here is rewarding beyond anything else. Nothing is really more joyful than providing food to those in need. Food is an important bridge between people and having the opportunity to do so under Gods hand displays inherent Stewardship. He is a HOSA club President the Chief of Staff for Sickles Student Council. He hopes to go into a pre-liked program or seek business oriented degree also in either a Florida or California university.