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.

Leslie Alvarez, Community Resource Coordinator
We are excited to welcome Leslie to the Pantry! (Photo to come!) Leslie grew up in Cedar Rapids and went to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. She lives here in North Liberty with her husband, son, and dog. Leslie come to us from the Credit Union industry where she was responsible for going out into communities across Iowa and teaching financial wellness. Her passions lie in people helping people. In her free time Leslie likes to be with her family and friends by being outdoors either camping, hiking or boating. She is looking forward to working with the team to continue to grow services offered by the Pantry to meet the needs of our community. She can be reached via email at
leslie.alvarez@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 a development director at an area school. 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 excited to be working for the North Liberty Community Pantry as the garden coordinator since she loves all things nature! 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. She is also a certified Functional Nutrition Counselor.

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

Grace Katzer, Delivery Program AmeriCorps

Grace is the newest member of the North Liberty Pantry and is very happy to be serving as an AmeriCorps member assisting with the delivery program at the pantry.IMG_4143

Grace is a student at the University of Iowa studying Journalism and Mass Communications and Ethics and Public Policy. She is also a news reporter at The Daily Iowan in Iowa City. She is originally from Northwest Iowa and recently moved to Johnson County. Grace is especially excited to connect with the North Liberty community through opportunities at the pantry and loves getting to know new people. In her free time, Grace can usually be found writing, watching movies, planning road trips, and baking cookies with friends and family.

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, Church Relations Committee
Samantha Fordyce – Fundraising/Marketing Committee

Reports

Board Minutes