Volunteers Keep The Food Bank Going

There are approximately 200 volunteers donating around 3,000 hours of volunteer work each month. Check out our volunteer page for more information.

Our Team

Lester Almanza (he/him), Outreach Coordinator

Lester is originally from the beautiful colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua. After over sixteen years of work with nonprofit organizations and community health programs around Central America, the past seven years of which he lived in Guatemala, Lester moved to Edmonds in May of 2021 with his wife Kim and their young son. Lester is also an English–Spanish medical interpreter, using skills cultivated throughout his years of work in the community clinic setting. In his free time, he corresponds with his seven-year-old daughter who lives in Denmark, trains Brazilian jiujitsu, goes hiking with his wife and son, cooks delicious Nicaraguan food, and reads both the news and Spanish novels of magical realism. Lester truly enjoys contributing to his community and helping people from different backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures. He is thrilled to be part of the team at the Edmonds Food Bank.

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Andrew Brokaw (he/him), Program Manager

Andrew started working with the Edmonds Food Bank in June 2021. After graduating from Valparaiso University with degrees in Global Service and Humanities, Andrew served in the Peace Corps and Sierra Leone, followed by spending a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA and helping to open a new food pantry with the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. Andrew is now enrolled in the Master’s of Nonprofit Leadership program at Seattle University. He has two dogs, Rose and Kiaayo, and enjoys spending time hiking and exploring Washington with his partner, Magen.

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Gabrielle Catton (she/her), Volunteer Manager

Like many of us, Gabrielle first worked with the food bank as a volunteer. She began full-time employment in 2021, after the Edmonds Food Bank became a 501(c)3. Gabrielle grew up in Port Angeles, Washington, went to the University of Washington and earned a master’s degree in teaching from City University of Seattle. She taught for ten years and substituted at Maplewood K–8 for fifteen years while raising her two daughters who are now in college. She loves animals, is a lifelong learner and enjoys gardening, travel, and dance. Gabrielle says, “I want to give back in any way that I can, and my heart has always been dedicated to service and helping those facing challenges beyond what I have experienced. I feel fortunate every single day that I have been given the opportunity to help our local community take on food insecurity.”

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Todd M. Clayton Jr. (he/him), Distribution Coordinator

While he was born in Toms River, New Jersey, Todd has lived in Washington since he was fourteen years old—he even graduated from the University of Washington. Todd started volunteering his Tuesday morning to work at the local food bank fifteen years ago. In 2021, when the opportunity came up to work with EFB, he couldn’t pass it up. When he is not coordinating distribution at the food bank, Todd is busy reading or writing, but he also enjoys fencing, kendo, and attending science fiction conventions, comic book conventions, and renaissance fairs.

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Casey Davis (she/her), Executive Director

Casey began working at the Edmonds Food Bank in 2018. She uses her background in business and degrees from the College of William and Mary (BBA) and Johns Hopkins University (MAS) to support the journey toward food security in Edmonds. In 2022 she earned a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. Married for twenty-seven years, Casey and her husband Steve have two grown children. She is a member of the Edmonds Lions Club, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, and Edmonds Petanque Club.

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Jane Derderian (she/her), Development and Communications Manager

Born in Massachusetts and coming to us from the high desert of Arizona, Jane has a background in nonprofit development, copyediting, and urban farming (she’d be happy to talk your ear off about her history in the maritime industry, too). She is thrilled to use her skills as a writer and her experience growing food to support the pursuit of food justice and food sovereignty. As an Armenian, Jane knows that food is tied to a sense of culture and belonging and she looks forward to working with EFB to support a community that not only feels like home, but tastes like it, too.

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Board Members

Pat Shields
Chair

Debbie Ryden
Board Member

Ashley Davis
Board Member

Edmonds Food Bank Annual Donors:

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