Our Team

Organization Staff 

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 DSC_7234Crisis 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.rome@northlibertycommunitypantry.org

Sloane Terrill, Volunteer & Services CoordinatorSloane
Sloane was born and raised in Iowa City and attended the University of Iowa where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a focus on Community Based Services. During her time at the University of Iowa, Sloane was an active volunteer within the community and worked at the Arc of Southeast Iowa. She learned that she enjoys helping others and wanted to make an impact on her community. After graduating from the University of Iowa in May of 2020, she joined AmeriCorps VISTA and did a year long term at Shelter House as their Volunteer Coordinator. She soon discovered that she has a passion for serving the community and wants to encourage others to serve as well.

In her free time, Sloane enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cat, going to concerts and traveling. Sloane is excited to continue to serve the community through her role as the Volunteer and Services Coordinator at NLCP. For any volunteer or service needs, contact her at volunteer@northlibertycommunitypantry.org.

Mike Lawler, Special Projects & Services Coordinator
img-5748 Mike joined the staff in November of 2021 and is eager to get to work. Originally from northeast Illinois, Mike has lived in Johnson County for ten years between North Liberty and Iowa City.  After graduating from the University of Iowa School of Social Work with a bachelor’s degree, Mike went to work for The Crisis Center of Johnson County (now CommUnity) as the Emergency Assistance Coordinator, providing financial assistance to keep families secure in housing and utility service as well as to eliminate barriers to employment. He most recently worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a social worker with the Health Care Benefits Assistance Program working with under-insured patients to help secure coverage for medical costs and discharge needs. Mike also serves on the advisory board of the Congolese Health Partnership and volunteers at the Free Medical Clinic of Iowa City.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as keeping up with the Iowa Hawkeyes. He is looking forward to establishing new connections with the community and getting to know more neighbors in North Liberty and rural Johnson County. If you have questions for Mike, send an email to mike.lawler@northlibertycommunitypantry.org.

Laurel Hibbard, Marketing & Development Coordinator
IMG-9577Iowa 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 enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, listening to live music, and enjoying the outdoors. Laurel appreciates the opportunity to connect with others and serve neighbors in her community through this position. Reach out to her at laurel.hibbard@northlibertycommunitypantry.org.

Fatima Elbadri, Garden Coordinator
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Fatima is very excited to be working for the North Liberty Community Pantry as the new garden coordinator. Although she grew up in Seattle, Washington, her family moved to Iowa City in 2007 and she has been in the area ever since. She has a background working in social services, mainly in violence prevention and advocacy for Black immigrants/vulnerable populations. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s in English and double minors in Arabic and African American studies.

In her free time, Fatima likes to read and write poetry as well as craft, bake, and spend time with her family. You can reach Fatima at garden@northlibertycommunitypantry.org.

Jade Nguyen, Community Closet AmeriCorps
JadeJade is our Community Closet AmeriCorps through IEDA AmeriCorps, and we are lucky to have her on board throughout the summer. She is working primarily on organization and special projects with the Closet. Born and raised in Des Moines, Jade is going into her second year at the University of Iowa as a Social Work major. She is the co-president for the upcoming school year for the Asian American Student Union which is a student organization at the University of Iowa. Jade will also be a programming assistant at the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center at the University of Iowa in the upcoming school year.

Jade adopted a 5 year old cat recently and named him Marmalade. In her free time, she’s likely to be found having a strawberry smoothie or blueberry muffin while enjoying a show.

Board of Directors

Erek Sittig, Board Chair – Executive Committee, Operations Committee, Building Committee
Allison Bates, Vice Chair – Executive Committee, Volunteer Support Committee
Greg Dils, Treasurer – Finance Committee, Grant Committee, Building Committee
Lori Meyer, Recorder – Fundraising/Marketing Committee
Abdouramane Bila – Finance Committee, Building Committee
Beau Brown – Operations Committee, Building Committee
Britta Cavinder – Operations Committee
Tricia Coobs, Past Chair – Grant Committee, Operations Committee
Micah Ariel James – Operations Committee
Garret Locke – Garden Committee
Jon Maakestad – Operations Committee

Reports

Board Minutes