Staff

Ron Karp

Executive Director

Ron Karp has served as Executive Director at Food For Thought since 1996. He brings a combination of skills to the organization which includes previous non-profit...

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Rachel Gardner

Deputy Executive Director / Client Services Manager

Rachel co-founded Food For Thought’s organic gardens and horticultural therapy project in 1999, and joined the staff full time as Client Services Manager in 2001....

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Elisa Baker

Volunteer Manager

Elisa began volunteering at Food for Thought nine years ago and loved it –always leaving feeling better than when she arrived. She was hired as the Volunteer...

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Lucy Barnett

Associate Director Resource Development

Lucy Barnett brings over 30 years experience working for hospice, initially as a Home Health Aide, then volunteer coordinator,  and eventually as a fundraiser....

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Robert Bogdanoff

Office Manager

Robert brings a wide range of experience to the position of Office Manager. From 20 years in the film industry managing demanding project schedules, over ten years in...

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Mark Brudzinski

Creative Director, FFT Antiques

Mark Brudzinski comes to FFT Antiques with 25 years visual merchandising and store design experience, beginning in Topeka with Macy’s and traversing  the...

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Allen Chivens

Manager, FFT Antiques

Allen came to Food For Thought as a garden volunteer in 2004. He had worked in Southern California as a container garden and interior plant display specialist before...

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Karen Gardner

Development Manager

Karen began working with Food For Thought in 2014 and brings ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is currently working toward her M.P.A. in Nonprofit...

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Daniel Gonyea

Development Associate

Daniel joined the development team at Food For Thought with a design and marketing background. He also brings extensive publishing and event planning experience; co-...

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Dave Hall

Food Program & Facilities Manager

Dave was hired for the Food Program and Facilities Manager in 2012.   He brings a wide variety of skills, technical knowledge, organization and service to Food...

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Amanda Wood

Food Drive Coordinator

Amanda Wood volunteered with Food For Thought in 2003.  She returned at the start of 2012 to take on the position of Food Drive Coordinator.  Years of...

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