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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 most of her life, attending Gaither High School and the University of South Florida.  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.e

Beth's passion to help others and assuring the CFP runs efficiently and in compliance in all areas makes the CFP one of the best in Tampa. We are blessed she is on our team!

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Ryan Goldstein, programs and technology coordinator

Ryan began working for the Community Food Pantry as a volunteer in 2015.  He 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 the USF Bulls.  He also enjoys spending time with his two nephews.

Ryan leads our Trailer team as the driver who picks up donations from PUBLIX and other grocery vendors.  He is an important team member and an asset to our mission.

 

Interns

College Intern

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.

Sean is great team member for the Community Food Pantry and turns down no task he is asked to do.  Always service with a smile.

 

 

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). She has 4 Adobe Certifications in Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. 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. As a regular volunteer on Sundays, Mariah assists with the administrative task of the CFP.

 

High School Intern

Nicole Mosquera

Nicole is a senior at Sickles High School and will be graduating in May 2018. She spends her time volunteering at many different organizations and hanging out with her friends. Previously, Nicole interned with Metropolitan Ministries working with children. She has a scholarship from the Tampa Bay rays and plans to study Pediatric Nursing for 2 years at HCC, then USF. She has been volunteering at the pantry for 2 years and is now an intern. 

 

Creators of Bags of Hope

Alyssa Kowalczyk, Karina Wilson, and Genna Green