Our Team

Organization Staff 

Kaila Rome, Executive Director
Kaila joined our 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 8 years, first at the Crisis Center of Johnson County, where she began as a volunteer on the 24-Hour Crisis Line. She worked as the Food Bank Coordinator and asKaila.png 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, on the Leadership Council of EPIC,  participates in the Community Transportation Committee, is a NL Kiwanis Club member, and is a graduate from the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program. Kaila brings with her skills in volunteer management, event planning, operational supervision, and fundraising. She can be reached via email at Kaila.rome@northlibertycommunitypantry.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 Emily Web photo.jpgLeisure, 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 volunteer@northlibertycommunitypantry.org

Amanda Vincent, Garden & Special Projects Coordinator
 Please welcome Amanda Vincent to our staff as full-time Garden & Special Projects Coordinator. She attended the University of Northern Iowa,  graduating with a Bachelor Amandaof 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 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


Jake Putnam, Marketing & Development Coordinator
Jake Putnam joins the NLCP team as the Marketing & Development Coordinator. Jake graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he began his experience in marketing as the social media manager for student run organizations; Luther College Active Minds, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for mental health, and the Luther College Speech and Debate Team. Jake served as an intern at the Artisan’s Sanctuary in Cedar Rapids, a non-profit organization that acts as a venue for art therapy and Jake Headshotprovides grants opportunities for artists regardless of personal barriers. There he also worked as Public Outreach Coordinator for the organization, and became involved in canvasing, grant writing, and social media management.

Jake brings experience managing social media and web design for multiple organizations, ranging from small non-profits, to large corporations. In his spare time, he does freelance chalkboard art for businesses throughout the corridor. Jake is thrilled to use his skills in the non-profit sector and sees NLCP as the perfect fit!

For Marketing or Fundraising related ideas or inquiries feel free to email him at Jake.putnam@northlibertycommunitypantry.org


Board of Directors

Beau Brown (Chairman)
Katie Tsilosani (Vice Chair)
Judy Bornkessel (Recorder, Fundraising/Marketing Chair)
Dave Jansen (Treasurer, Finance Chair, Executive Committee, Church Relations)
Greg Dils (Finance Committee, Grant Committee)
Nick Bergus (Fundraising/Marketing Committee)
Garret Locke (Garden Chair)
Allison Bates (Volunteer Support Committee)
Lori Meyer (Fundraising/Marketing Committee)
Andrew Shalla (Operations Chair)
Edith Cintora (Volunteer Support Chair)
Erek Sittig (Operations Committee)
Tricia Coobs (Grant Committee)


Board Minutes