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Service & Social Action

An Office of Campus Life & Leadership


Fred Bahnson
Fred BahnsonFrom 2005 to 2009, Fred Bahnson was the co-founder and director of Anathoth Community Garden, a community hunger relief project in Cedar Grove, NC. In 2012 he became director of the newly-formed Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. The author of Soil and Sacrament: Food, Faith, and Growing Heaven on Earth(Simon & Schuster) and co-author ofMaking Peace With the Land(InterVarsity), he lives with his wife and sons in western North Carolina, where they grow a 1/2 acre permaculture garden with berries, fruit trees, vegetable beds, and chickens.

Maureen M. Berner

Maureen Berner is Professer of Public Administration and Government at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She first joined the School of Government in 1998. She teaches evaluation and analysis courses for MPA students, and provides similar training and advising to state and local government officials throughout North Carolina. Her research currently focuses on food insecurity, particularly using longitudinal data gathered directly from food pantries. She works with nonprofits, food banks, local governments, and state agencies on improving food assistance programs. Berner received a PhD in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; an MPP from Georgetown University; and a BA in global studies from the University of Iowa.


Steve Caldwell
020Steven Caldwell is the Project Coordinator for the Campus Kitchen at Elon University. He coordinates student and staff volunteers with the collection, preparation and distribution of unused food from campus and community outlets, as well as developing and delivering culinary based community education programs to those in need in the greater Alamance County area. Steven is an honors graduate of Johnson & Wales University. He has extensive experience in the food and beverage/hospitality industry with organizations such as Carolina Inn, Fearrington House and Bloomsbury Bistro. He helped launch the inaugural Natural Chef program at Central Carolina Community College in the fall of 2010. He is an active volunteer with the Culinary Corps as well as Southern Foodways Alliance and Slow Food USA.

Brittany Forniotis
Brittany Forniotis is a junior at Wake Forest University from Matthews, NC majoring in History and Art History with the intentions of becoming a professor. This summer she served as an intern with The Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest focused on cooking shifts.  She is particularly interested in integrating scratch and vegetarian cooking into CKWFU’s food recovery cooking.  This year, she is serving as the Student Co-Chair of Wake Forest’s Hunger Advisory Board and as a shift leader with Campus Kitchen.

ellen furbyEllen Furby
Ellen Furby is a senior in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics at North Carolina State University.  She is from Southern Pines, North Carolina.  She became the first Executive Director of the NC State campus food pantry in November 2012.  Upon graduation, Ellen plans to pursue a doctorate in International Politics and hopes to become a professor.

Mike Giancola

NC State's Mike Giancola cares...Mike currently serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Leadership and Engagement and Director for the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, & Public Service at North Carolina State University.  Mike is also responsible for Student Media, Student Government, Student Legal Services, Student Organization Resource Center, Union Activities Board, and the Chaplains’ Cooperative Ministry.  Mike has received the Global Engagement Award, Outstanding Extension Service Award and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension at NC State University.  He was recognized as the Tarheel of the Week in the North Carolina newspaper, the News and Observer and received the Don Roberts Award for his commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Harriet W. Giles
Harriet W. Giles serves a dual role as managing director of the Auburn University Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) and as director of external relations for the Auburn University College of Human Sciences (CHS). In her external relations role, she is chief communications liaison for the College and provides leadership for a range of CHS outreach and programmatic initiatives, including the International Quality of Life Awards held annually at the United Nations. As managing director of the Hunger Solutions Institute, she oversees all of the programmatic initiatives for the Auburn War on Hunger, a unique partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that began in 2004; provides leadership and coordinates programmatic efforts for Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) , a network of approximately 300 higher education institutions worldwide that she co-founded with CHS dean June Henton of Auburn University in 2006; and works with the executive director of the Hunger Solutions Institute to build key public and private partnerships that will leverage the necessary resources required for the HSI to meet its strategic goals and to achieve global prominence.

Shoshanna Goldin

Shoshanna GoldinShoshanna Goldin, a sophomore at Wake Forest University, is studying Global Health with an emphasis in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. She has presented independent research on youth consumption of energy drinks to the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta and to President Obama at the White House Science Fair. Shoshanna was a Global Impact Fellow at Kalinga Eye Hospital in Dhenkanal, Orissa throughout the summer 2012. At Wake Forest University, she is the Social Action co-chair for Hillel, the Aramark Dining representative for Interfaith Executive Council, and the student chair for the Inaugural Wake Forest Hunger Advisory Board. Shoshanna plans to become a pediatric epidemiologist.


Norma-May Isakow
Norma-May IsakowNorma-May Isakow is the Associate Director of the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University. Norma-May graduated from law school in South Africa where she practiced law, taught at the University of Cape Town, and supervised student legal aid clinics. She received an LLM degree from the London School of Economics and is admitted to the California and Colorado State Bars. Her primary work is with the ACE Fellows Program (supporting faculty to incorporate service-learning in their teaching), Public Engagement Fellows Program (supporting students wanting to pursue careers and/degrees in public service, public policy and public administration), and Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program (enhancing development of undergraduate students by exposing them to multiple aspects of the nonprofit sector and expanding the capacity of community partners). Norma-May creates and supports initiatives to address hunger locally and globally and is a member of the Wake Forest Hunger Board.

Provost Rogan Kersh
roganProvost Kersh received his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1986 and returned as provost and professor of political science in July 2012.  Kersh has published three books, two on American political history and one on health policy.  He has been a Mellow Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.  Provost Kersh received his Ph.D in political science from Yale in 1996 and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, D.C.


Lisa Keyne

Lisa Keyne is the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, serving as the primary administrator for the organization and the essential link to North Carolina Presidents and Chancellors and the national network. She moved to North Carolina from Oregon where she was Vice Provost for Concordia University, Portland, OR. Dr. Keyne began her work in higher education as a faculty member and program director at Concordia University in Seward, NE, and then at Concordia University, Portland, OR, mentoring and equipping students for fulltime church work, and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Keyne has helped promote community engagement by serving on the board of the Servant Events Committee of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), and as leader for a team of college students who went to China for the summer to teach English. She served for seven years as member of the faculty development team for the Concordia University System, facilitating two system-wide faculty conferences. She currently serves on the Steering Committee and as the Chair of the Education Subcommittee for the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg, a project of the LCMS. Dr. Keyne served as a Commissioner and Vice Chair on the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service from 2008-12. In May 2008 she graduated from Leadership North Carolina, the statewide leadership program that seeks to inform, develop and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina. She has a master’s in public administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a Ph.D. in higher and postsecondary education from the University of Southern California, and recently completed Duke University’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

helen (2)Helen Mandalinic

Helen Mandalinic is a senior, studying Community Justice & Policies Studies at Guilford College. She is serving her second year as one of the two Hunger Fellows, which is a fellowship given through the Bonner Center for Community Learning. She co-coordinates four community service sites for Guilford students, three of which she co-founded: Community Kitchens Club, The On-Campus Farmers Market, The Guilford Mobile Market, and the Food Pantry. Helen works closely with local farmers, food justice & anti-hunger organizations.

Dennis McCunney
McCunney picDennis McCunney is director of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at East Carolina University.  He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Maryland, M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and is a doctoral student in higher education administration at Morgan State University.  His dissertation research focuses on the formation of student culture around civic engagement and activism, specifically at Jesuit universities. Before coming to ECU, Dennis worked at Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Community Service and Justice coordinating leadership development and co-curricular service-learning programs.  He also served as social justice minister at Canisus College in Buffalo, NY.  His professional interests include leadership development, service-learning, community partner development, social justice education, and qualitative research methods.

ryan odonnellRyan O’Donnell
Ryan is an undergraduate with a passion for creating meaningful and lasting social change. After leading the NCSSM Guinness World Record Food Drive, Ryan saw how 559,885 pounds of food only provided a temporary solution to a long-term problem. His focus shifted to building long-term solutions with sustainable social enterprise. Currently, Ryan is studying Business Administration and International Studies at North Carolina State University. His passion for social entrepreneurship drove him to launch Pennies 4 Progress. He and his team won the inaugural University of North Carolina System Social Business Competition, hosted by Muhammad Yunus. Pennies 4 Progress is a non-profit organization

built to make it easy for people to give “micro-donations” to support the causes they care about. Pennies 4 Progress directs these pennies to the most effective non-profit organizations. He continues to work with North Carolina State University, Stop Hunger Now, WFP, and Results on anti-poverty and hunger programs. He received the President Bill Clinton Hunger Leadership Award in 2012 and is a Caldwell Fellow at NCSU and a StartingBloc Fellow.

Sally Parlier
Sally Parlier is Volunteer Services Coordinator at Durham Technical Community College. During her two

sallypainteryears of service as a North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, she was part of the creation of the Durham Tech Campus Harvest Food Pantry, which provides assistance to members of the campus community experiencing food insecurity through partnerships with the Briggs Avenue Community Garden and other agencies. Parlier has also served as an NC-ACTS! volunteer with the Hunger and Health Coalition of Boone, NC. Parlier has a BA in English from Appalachian State University, where she was a member of Appalachian and the Community Together’s impACT Team.

Annie Beth Parrish

Annie Beth Parrish studied elementary education at Mars Hill College and  received a MA in Elementary Education, Higher Education, Adult Education at Appalachian State University. She has been a full-time Instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Western Piedmont Community College for nine years. Annie began using service learning in coursework in 2006 and, in addition to teaching, began tracking service learning and civic engagement activities, planning campus-wide civic engagement activities, and overseeing a Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning grant in the fall of 2009. She has continued with the planning, tracking, and reporting after the grant ended, to the present day.

kenpattersonKen Patterson
Ken Patterson joined RESULTS as the Global Grassroots Manager in June of 2005. In this capacity he provides coaching, training, and organizing support to a national network of over 70 RESULTS chapters. He provides leadership with the RESULTS Global Team to orchestrate effective citizen activism that shapes policy and mobilizes resources for programs that reach the world’s poorest.  Prior to working for RESULTS, Ken worked as an organizational development consultant. His clients include the U.S. Peace Corps, Salvation Army, and other non-profits. He has a Masters Degree in Organizational Change Management from New School University in Manhattan, New York.  He has 5 years of experience in urban economic development working with Shorebank Enterprise Group in Cleveland, Ohio where he provided consulting and loan services to small businesses, and managed a handcraft development social enterprise and recycling enterprise development program.  Ken has over 7 years of international development experience working with the Peace Corps in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, a training consultant, and as the Associate Director for Agriculture and Training Manager. Ken also has an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in English from Cornell College in IA.  You can reach Ken at, 828 398-4562. Twitter: krampatt.

David Ribar

David C. Ribar, Ph.D. is a Professor of Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has conducted and published influential research on families’ food assistance participation and food outcomes, parents’ decisions regarding the care of their children, youths’ transitions to adult roles, the consequences of teenage fertility, the economic motivations behind public and private charitable behavior, the economic and demographic outcomes associated with welfare reform, and the administrative burdens of assistance programs. Professor Ribar is currently the principal investigator on a study funded by the Economic Research Service of the USDA to examine how food assistance affects family routines and a co-investigator on a study to investigate how food assistance reduces childhood hunger. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, a member of the council of the European Society of Population Economics, a co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Population Economics and the Review of Economics of the Household. Professor Ribar was previously a Professor at The George Washington University and has served as a research fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau and as an analyst at the Administration for Children and Families.

Shelley Sizemore

Shelley Sizemore is Assistant Director of Campus Life and Service at Wake Forest University and Coordinator of the Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest.  Shelley graduated from Wake Forest University from 2006 and 2009 with a Masters in Communication where her research was primarily focused on the rhetoric of social movements and nonprofit organizational communication. Since beginning as Campus Kitchen Coordinator at Wake Forest in 2009, Shelley has been passionately focused on growing student leadership around fighting hunger in the Winston-Salem community through the growth of the Campus Kitchen leadership team and the establishment and chairing of the Hunger Board. In addition to her work with Food Justice, Shelley’s primary responsibilities include oversight of domestic service initiatives at Wake Forest including Wake Alternative Break programs, the Pro Humanitat Honor Roll Program, and the SPARC program. She is a committed advocate of social justice and diversity education serving as a Gatekeepers and Safe Zone facilitator.


Kate Thornton

Dr. Kate Thornton currently serves as the Director of Hunger and Sustainability Initiatives at the International Hunger Institute at Auburn University. She has served in this capacity since January 2012 following a Hunger Post Doctoral program also at Auburn. Dr. Thornton earned her doctorate, as well as an MBA, and MS in Consumer Affairs from Auburn University. She also holds a BS in Biochemistry and a BFA in Painting from Clemson University. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Thornton worked as a chemical and biological weapons analyst in Washington, DC.  P.s. You can just call her Kate.

Steve Virgil

Steve VirgilSteve Virgil is the founding director of the Institute for Public Engagement and a professor of law.  Steve is also the founding director of the School of Law’s Community Law and Business Clinic, where Wake Forest clinical students offer legal services to non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs who create new businesses in low-wealth areas in Forsyth County.


Jessica Wallace
jessiceFew services rely as strongly on experience as much as catering. Jessica Wallace is no stranger to delivering the best. As The Posh Plate Catering Director for Wake Forest University, she serves over twenty years of experience at every table.  There aren’t too many residents in the Triad that have not experienced firsthand, at one event or another, a table that has been set or a meal that has been prepared by her. Awarded the Professional Catering Executive Certificate, Jessica also holds many prestigious memberships including the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and the International Caterers Association (ICA). She has been graciously published throughout her career and has had the pleasure of being the caterer of choice for the domestic queen herself, Martha Stewart and many others such as Presidents, Mayors,  and Senators.   She sits on many committees at Wake Forest, but the two that she is most proud of are the Wellbeing Committee and the Sustainability Committee.Whether she is catering for your private dinner or the ACC, Jessica always delivers an incomparable experience.

Devin Yeomans

Devin Yeomans is a graduate of Auburn University from Montgomery, Alabama.  She majored in Nutrition with a minor in Hunger Studies and served as the College of Human Sciences’s representative to Auburn’s Universities Fighting World Hunger Chapter, the Committee of 19.  She is currently a first year graduate student and Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Graduate Program at Auburn where she is conducting a food security assessment of local counties to pinpoint where potential exist and identify potential solutions.