Kaila Rome, Executive Director
Kaila joins our staff 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 5 years 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 at the center and then moved into her recent role as Development Coordinator. Kaila is an Illinois native who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Health Promotion at the University of Iowa. During Kaila’s 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. She is on the Leadership Council of EPIC and is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program. Kaila brings with her skills in volunteer management, event planning, fundraising, team building and community outreach.
Ilsa DeWald, Garden & Operations Coordinator
Ilsa was born and raised in central Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa where she studied Environmental Science and Sustainability. Ilsa became very invested in the UI Student Garden during her time at the U of I. The UI Student Garden is operated by students and volunteers to increase UI campus community awareness about local food including community health, the local economy, and the care of the environment. Ilsa was also an intern at the UI Office of Sustainability for 3 years promoting student leadership and community emphasis on environmental education. Ilsa has met many passionate and motivated people dedicated to improving their community, and she can’t wait to expand her horizons to the community of North Liberty.
Carley Kleinhans, Volunteer & Services Coordinator
Carley Kleinhans has joined the NLCP team as Volunteer and Services Coordinator. She comes to us from a local area pantry and is familiar with training and coordinating volunteers as a Food Bank Floor Manager.
Carley graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. While at Grinnell, she supported anti-hunger and food recovery efforts through Grinnell’s Food Recovery Network. Upon moving to Iowa City, she continued those efforts through volunteering with Table to Table. Being a supporter of equality of opportunity, she also worked with Grinnell’s Liberal Arts in Prison Program, which provides no-cost, college-accredited courses to incarcerated individuals.
In her free time, Carley enjoys finding creative ways to cook on a budget and reduce kitchen waste. She also likes spending time outdoors, by camping, biking, and hiking.
Please welcome Carley on your volunteer shifts as she settles into her new role at the pantry. She can be reached via email at Carley.firstname.lastname@example.org