Kaila Rome, Executive Director
Kaila joined the staff in 2016, and was eager to continue the work and success already set forth by the North Liberty Community Pantry. She has served in the community for the last 10 years, first at the Crisis Center of Johnson County, as a volunteer on the 24-Hour Crisis Line, then as staff as the Food Bank Coordinator and later Development Coordinator at the center. Kaila is an Illinois native who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Health Promotion at the University of Iowa. During her undergraduate career, she took an interest in human services and the issues surrounding the community, participating in many volunteer events throughout her time as a student and later joining a local AmeriCorp program. In addition to her daily work to combat hunger issues, she works as a fitness trainer in her spare time.
Kaila is an active member of the NL Unity Coalition, is a graduate from the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program, participates in the Community Transportation Committee, and is a NL Kiwanis Club member. She is currently the Johnson County Emergency Food & Shelter Program Local Board Chair, is on the board of directors at the Iowa Hunger Coalition, serving as Secretary, and is the agency representative on the board of directors at United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties. She can be reached via email at Kaila.firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Meirick, Volunteer & Services Coordinator
Emily was born and raised in southeast Minnesota. She moved to Iowa to attend the University of Northern Iowa where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leisure, Youth & Human Services and a certification in nonprofit management. During her time at the University of Northern Iowa she was an active volunteer within the community and a member of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She also worked at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, where she worked closely with many families who were facing food insecurity. She says that seeing hunger through the eyes of the kids and families she worked with is what first sparked her passion for ending hunger and making sure all people have enough to eat.
Most recently, Emily was the Culinary Programs Manager at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, where she learned a lot about food pantries and food insecurity. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and puppy, kayaking, and cooking. Emily is excited to continue serving people and building stronger communities through her role as the Volunteer & Serves Coordinator at NLCP! For any volunteer or service needs, contact her at email@example.com
Amanda Vincent, Garden & Special Projects Coordinator
Amanda attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She spent many summers helping children develop a passion for the outdoors working at YMCA Camp Wapsie, serving as Camp Counselor and Camper Services Director. As a Cedar Rapids resident, she returned to the area to follow her passion of serving children and families in her community. She worked for Tanager Place, an area nonprofit focused on providing trauma informed care to youth and addressing mental health needs. During her time at Tanager Place, Amanda served as Community Relations Specialist and as a Treatment Counselor in the residential facilities, while also working as a member of the Advisory Committee. She has gained significant experience working in child welfare, and has become well acquainted with community resources in Johnson and Linn Counties.
Amanda has earned her Master Gardener certificate and is eager to share her love of gardening and is looking forward to learning from North Liberty Community Pantry volunteers and the community. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, attending concerts, gardening, and camping whenever possible. She can be reached via email at Amanda.Vincent@northlibertycommunitypantry.org
Laurel Hibbard, Marketing & Development Coordinator
Laurel Hibbard recently joined the NLCP team as our Marketing and Development Coordinator. Iowa girl born and raised, Laurel grew up in central Iowa and has been in the Iowa City and North Liberty area since college. Laurel graduated from Wartburg College with Communications majors in Journalism and Public Relations. She has a heart for helping others, which is reflected in her professional and personal life. Her career has been exclusively with development and marketing, having worked most recently as Development Director for Willowwind School in Iowa City. She also held various positions at the University of Iowa Foundation for many years, with the majority of her time spent on the fundraising team for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Laurel also serves as the Social Media and Web Manager for a local church and participates in fundraising events for multiple health organizations.
Outside of work, Laurel is grateful to spend time with her family, playing with her dogs, live music, and enjoying the outdoors. Laurel looks forward to learning about and serving her community more through this position. Reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Tricia Coobs (Chair)
Erek Sittig (Vice Chair)
Judy Bornkessel (Recorder, Fundraising/Marketing Chair, Executive Committee)
Greg Dils (Treasurer, Finance Chair, Executive Committee)
Dave Jansen (Finance Committee, Church Relations)
Abdouramane Bila (Finance Committee)
Garret Locke (Garden Chair)
Katie Tsilosani (Fundraising/Marketing Committee)
Allison Bates (Volunteer Support Committee)
Lori Meyer (Fundraising/Marketing Committee)
Beau Brown (Operations Committee)
Andrew Shalla (Operations Chair)