Every organization is only as good as the people who represent it. The Josephine County Food Bank organization offers a group of individuals who are highly professional, have a deep commitment, and a dedication to what they believe in. There are times when some people can't see the forest through the trees, our team pushes through by working tireless hours in an environment which encourages innovation, flexibility, and demands creative solutions. This diverse group of individuals bring their talents and expertise to one of our communities most pressing social issues.
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Friends of Josephine County Food Bank Operations
Concerned Josephine County citizens formed the non-profit FRIENDS network to develop and implement long-term strategies in support of the Josephine County Food Bank. The 12 member team overseas funding for the Josephine County Food Bank.
Kevin Widdison Director
Kevin was named the director of the Josephine County Food Bank in April 2017. He comes to the Food Bank from a 38-year career as a journalist, the past 21 years at the Grants Pass Daily Courier. Long active in the community, Kevin was an integral part of the effort to establish Josephine Community Libraries and spent many years coaching in youth sports programs, among other volunteer efforts. He and his wife, Eileen, have two adult children, Frances and Ben.
Toni Drew Administrative Coordinator
Toni has been the admin glue that keeps operations running smoothly in our office since 2009. Handling everything from allocations to deposits, reporting to volunteers, the Food Bank would be lost without her and she has earned her title of the “Queen of Paperwork.” When she’s not being attacked by paper, Toni is a cross-stitching fiend and bookkeeper.
Jill Gleysteen Marketing
Jill has been a longtime supporter of the Food Bank and also joined the team as a part-time contract worker in 2013. Jill oversees many marketing pieces related to Raptor Creek Farm and the Food Bank, along with press and media outreach. She also helps the community fundraising committee and organizes fundraising benefiting the Josephine County Food Bank. When she’s not organizing or marketing, Jill can be found gardening or being involved in many other worthy community causes.
Richard Matteson Warehouse Operations Coordinator
Richard works in the county with donors and agencies to ensure that clients have filling and balanced food with which to build meals. He also helps to coordinate the many details with the Oregon Food Bank to make sure that any available food resource that can benefit our county make it on to local tables and plates. Richard has a background in cooking, farming, and information technologies. His caring nature brings client dignity and respect to all parts of food distribution.
Gif Gates Raptor Creek Farm Manager
Gif grew up in Grants Pass and has been farming in the Rogue Valley since 2012. He is passionate about growing healthy, fresh food for the Food Bank. He believes that Raptor Creek Farm is an important community project that is strengthening regional food security which is helping the hunger issues. When he is not out in the fields of Raptor Creek Farm overseeing production or an educational event, he often day dreams of how to inspire others to become a part of the food system that feeds us all.
Kristin Smith Farm Apprentice
Kristin has been farming the last two years and loves to grow vegetables more and more every year. She’s excited to grow produce for the community believing we all deserve access to organic food. After living in Portland for 5 years, Kristin relocated to the Rogue Valley to begin farming with Rogue Farm Corps and was eager to continue her education. When she’s not farming, Kristin loves to explore Oregon with her sweet pup “Lou.” Kristin invites you to see the farm and say hi!
Bruce Eskew Assistant Warehouse Manager
Bruce is the assistant warehouse manager. He joins the staff after several months as part of the Experience Works job training program. Bruce worked in inventory control for Cal Spas for 25 years and also worked in the newspaper industry for five years. On his time off, he enjoys sailing, surfing and scuba diving.
Gabrielle Rysula Volunteer Coordinator
Gabrielle moved to Southern Oregon in 2008 from Chicago to live a more agrarian life. With more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, she is an expert in service! This position is her first foray into the nonprofit world, and she couldn't be happier with the opportunity to help feed Josephine County.
Jean Betts Education Director
Rachel “Jean” Betts has relocated from Austin, Texas, with her fiancé to join the Southern Oregon community. After working as an urban planner and geospatial analyst in Texas, she decided to jump back into the world of farming and education — her true passion! Jean believes that all youths should have opportunities to get their hands dirty and enjoy growing food. When she’s not in the garden or teaching, Jean enjoys visiting all the wonderful swimming and hiking opportunities around Southern Oregon with her fiancé, Derrick, and their dog Dandy.
The Josephine County Food Bank and Raptor Creek Farm are operated under Friends of Josephine County Food Bank Network:
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