The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is comprised of a close-knit team of around 35-40, all based in Birmingham, Alabama. Whether someone is in the front office or handling food in the warehouse, every member of the CFBCA staff is important and mission-minded. We are focused on feeding our neighbors in central Alabama, and we know that together, we can make an impact.
If you’re looking to join us, be sure to check our job postings regularly!
Brett R. Meredith is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Most recently, Brett served as Divisional Secretary for Business for The Salvation Army in Texas, where he was responsible for more than 20 employees, multiple departments, and budgets totaling more than $30 million including those for Disaster Responses. A strong leader known for his exceptional attention to detail, he has significant experience running complex nonprofits and establishing and growing strategic community partnerships. Prior to his tenure in Dallas, Texas, he held the positions of Regional Commander in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Regional Commander in Hampton Roads, Virginia; Regional Commander in Kerrville, Texas; and Commander/Corps Officer in Dallas, Texas.
Brittany Spain joined the Food Bank team in September 2020 as the Executive Assistant. She provides administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer to ensure the operation runs smoothly and effectively. She has a Bachelors’s degree in Supply Chain Management and has experience in warehousing and church ministry.
Jon Barnacastle is the Director of Agencies and Programs at Community Food Bank. On staff since November 2013, Jon oversees several of the Food Bank’s direct service programs including the Kids Meal Campaign—Weekenders Backpack, Family Market (or “school pantry”), and Summer Meals. Having served in multiple Feeding America capacity-building committees, he is well-versed in best practices shared by food banks across the country in expanding service to vulnerable populations.
Shalitha Bailey joined the Food Bank team in July 2017 as the Partner Relations Assistant, moved to Volunteer Coordinator, then moved to Community Health and Senior Program Manager, and is now our Assistant Director of Agencies and Programs. She has experience in management and community engagement along with a B.S. in Public Health from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Throughout undergraduate Shalitha enjoyed volunteering and exploring the great Magic City. Along the way, she developed a passion for helping those in our community. In May 2020, she graduated with her Master’s in Public Health at UAB with a focus on health behavior, expanding her knowledge and furthering her career serving those in need.
David Appleby joined the CFB team in early 2019, managing the grocery store donation program. Previously, as Food Safety and Compliance Coordinator, he oversaw our food safety programs and training courses. Currently, David is our Agency Relations Manager. He recruits, on-boards, and trains our Agency Partners in reporting, food safety, and shares best practices throughout our network. Before he began his career in food banking, David started a small publishing business. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Science in Management from UAB. Away from work, David enjoys running, grilling, and the outdoors.
Edwin Revell, Jr. is the Agency Relations Coordinator at the Community Food Bank. Edwin officially joined the team in November 2020 as the First Impressions Coordinator. He started as the Agency Relations Coordinator in June 2021.
Eli Ponder-Twardy is a Programs Coordinator at CFBCA. Eli has a background in the arts and academia but came to the Community Food Bank through experiences working in Alabama’s public schools and in community-driven arts initiatives. Eli, a native Alabamian, completed a Master of Arts at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar in 2016. Eli completed a thesis project on ‘Community Building’ and its implications for arts organizational practices in Leeds, UK. The impetus for this research and term of study came from Eli’s experiences working with the Hillsborough County Arts Council and College of the Arts Council at USF (at which he served as President) during his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida. Eli graduated from USF Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance in 2015. Upon his return to Alabama in 2017, Eli taught band students in the Oxford City Schools and college students at Jacksonville State University where he worked as a graduate assistant while completing Master of Arts studies and a thesis on music pedagogy. Eli began working with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s Kids’ Meal Campaign in 2019 as an AmeriCorps VISTA and completed his VISTA service in 2020.
Nicole Williams is the Director of Development of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. She joined the team in November of 2020 and oversees Fundraising, Communications, and Volunteers. Nicole brings a wealth of experience from the Alabama nonprofit sector and her past roles at community organizations like the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Sight Savers America, Kid One Transport, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Anna Ramia is the Marketing Coordinator for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. She joined the team in August 2020. Managing all the marketing and communications for the Food Bank, she has experience in graphic design and communications, having worked in advertising, publishing, and journalism as both a designer and writer. Anna has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Journalism from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, with minors in both Studio Art and Computer Science.
Daniel Martin is the Volunteer Coordinator at CFBCA. He joined the team in September 2020 and has been working closely with volunteers in the non-profit sector for three and a half years. Daniel ensures all of our wonderful volunteers are trained and knowledgeable about what’s going on at the Food Bank, as well as makes sure their daily tasks are providing the most impact for the clients we serve. He has an undergraduate degree from UAB in Theatre and, when he isn’t at work, enjoys participating in theatre, reading, and spending time with his three rescue animals.
Brian Haven is the Operations Office Manager for the Community Food Bank. Brian has been with CFB since January 2019. He assists agencies with billing, placing orders, as well as coordinating logistics for the Operations department. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Educational Counseling from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Management from Wayne State University. Outside of the food bank, Brian enjoys travelling, watching movies, and working in Theatre.
Mario Dorsey is the Retail Coordinator at the Food Bank. Mario has been with the food bank for many years as a driver and began coordinating our retail donation program in March 2021.
Kennetra “KeKe” Powell is the Volunteer Associate, working closely with volunteers and overseeing the day-to-day functions of the volunteers. KeKe joined the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in November 2020, working in the warehouse on the Operations side, and was hired on as the Volunteer Associate in February 2021. She is a valuable asset to the Volunteer Team, and her personality shines through in everything she does.
Adrian Anderson has been a SNAP Outreach Coordinator of Central Alabama since June 2014. Over her tenure, she has assisted with the growth and sustainable expansion of the SNAP Outreach program throughout the Central and North Alabama regions. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Humans Service and a Master of Science degree in Social Work. She has participated in seminars and conferences on both the local and national level, advocated for SNAP preservation and expansion, and continually works with community and agency partners to enroll and educate our neighbors in need about benefits that may help them end their cycle of hunger.