Leadership & Staff

 

Senior Leadership

A strong core of leaders continue to move hunger relief forward in the fight to end hunger entirely. These individuals lead Hunger Task Force on the mission to both sustain a hungry Milwaukee today and provide access and resources that will help end future hunger.

Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director

Sherrie has been the executive director of Hunger Task Force since 1997—the organization’s chief leader. She is a decision maker, lobbyist and fund raiser, as well as Hunger Task Force’s primary spokesperson. Tussler has extensive experience working with Milwaukee’s homeless, survivors of sexual assault, and adults with mental illness.  Sherrie received her BS in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

Gary Zajc, Associate Director

Gary is primarily responsible for Hunger Task Force’s recruitment and employee retention efforts. He supervises and provides consultation to the Leadership Team on strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development. Hunger Task has been recognized by its staff and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a Top Workplace since 2015. Gary joined Hunger Task Force in 2008.

Michael Jonas, Food Bank Director

Jonas works with a team of seasoned staff members who ensure that a supply of high quality, nutritional food is available for free to families and seniors in need. The Food Team ensures adherence to The Standards of Excellence maintaining relationships with 200+ community partners that act as distribution points. Jonas joined the organization in 1996 and has held the Food Bank Director role since 2009.

Maureen Fitzgerald, Director of Advocacy

Maureen leads Hunger Task Force’s anti-hunger public policy team as it advocates to end hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of low-income families in Wisconsin. Her team focuses on research, education and organizing to ensure awareness, access and participation in the federal nutrition programs. Maureen joined the organization in 2009.

Jonathan Hansen, Director of Development

Jonathan leads Hunger Task Force’s fundraising efforts, marketing and public relations, signature programs, community events and volunteer program. His team focuses on building strong community partnerships, delivering excellent donor stewardship and securing the resources Hunger Task Force needs to end hunger. He joined the organization in 2009.

Matt King, Farm Director

Matt has more than 12 years’ experience in anti-hunger leadership, including his time as an Emerson Hunger Fellow with The Congressional Hunger Center. Since 2012, Matt has led The Farm, the primary source of fresh produce to provide healthy food to people in need. Since that time, The Farm has grown and distributed over 4 million pounds of fresh produce to hungry families in Milwaukee County.

Lisa Feldmeier, Controller:

Lisa manages and oversees the financial aspects of Hunger Task Force, including administering the Hunger Relief Fund and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Milwaukee County. She joined the organization in 2013.

Board of Directors

Hunger Task Force is governed by a dedicated, veteran group of individuals who represent and support the local community.

Mike Zeka, President, Quarles & Brady

Paul Mathews, Vice President, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Mary Burgoon, Secretary, Rockwell Automation

Patrick J. Byrne, Treasurer, Erica P. John Fund

Todd Adams, Rexnord Corp.

Sally Callan, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

Jennifer Jones, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Jeffrey S. Manby, Kohl’s Department Stores

Sadhna Morato-Lindvall, Aurora Health Care Foundation

Edward Sarskas, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Sandy Pasch

Steve Palec, Colliers International

Anoop Prakash, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Sue Vincent, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Jose Yamat, Wells Fargo Advisors

Executive Council

In addition to our sustained Board of Directors, Hunger Task Force is also supported by an Executive Council of community members who support our vision and mission and additional guiding leadership to the organization.

2017 – 2018 Executive Council

Jennifer Braasch – Wells Fargo

Chris Brock – WaterStone Bank

Allan Carneol – Zetley, Carneol & Stein SC

Janice Falkenberg – Milwaukee Area Technical College

Nick Fallucca – Palermo’s Pizza

Patrick Farrell – MRA

David Ford – Clear Channel Outdoor

April Klinter – Ascension Information Services

Angela Loberg – UnitedHealthcare

Ben Lorber – WISN 12

Richard Marcus – Huntington Bank

Michele Marsh – Attorney

Mary Anne Martiny – Retired, Harley-Davidson Foundation

Sarah Martis – Wisconsin Bar Association

Meg McKenna – VISIT Milwaukee

Margaret Mittelstadt – Outpost Natural Foods

Cynthia Rigsby – Foley & Lardner

Kevin Riorden – The Boerke Company, Inc.

Mike Sattell – Ovation Communities

Dan Sidner – Blackshoe Hospitality

Gary Sievewright – Raymond James & Associates

Kelly Skindzelewski – GE Healthcare

Mark Strachota – CBS 58

Eric Thomas – ComLoan Consulting

Staff

Hunger Task Force is made up of a diverse group of hard-working individuals who come to work each day dedicated to fighting hunger. They are uncompromising when it comes to ensuring that Milwaukee’s undeserved receive the highest level of service and support. The principal strength of Hunger Task Force is its compassionate and committed staff.

Administrative Team

  • Christopher Andrews, IT Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2015
  • Alyson Herdeman, Executive Administration Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2011
  • Wendy Trudell, Front Desk Coordinator
    – Ending Hunger since 2006

Advocacy Team

  • Cheryl Antzoulatos, Development & Advocacy Administrative Assistant
    – Ending Hunger since 2007
  • Natalie Czarkowski,  Field Organizer, Hunger Relief Federation
    – Ending Hunger since 2016
  • Jendayi Mbalia, Child Nutrition Organizer
    – Ending Hunger since 2018
  • Bard Meier, Educator
    – Ending Hunger since 2016
  • Matt Stienstra, Advocacy Campaign Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2013
  • Maggie Yarbrough, Nutrition Program & Policy Analyst
    – Ending Hunger since 2016

ACCESS Team

  • Martha Collins, ACCESS Project Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2017
  • FoodShare Assistants
    • Fue Xiong (Lead) Ending Hunger since 2009
    • Josefina Contreras – Ending Hunger since 2017
    • Carmen Delvalle Ending Hunger since 2016
    • Jennifer Immler Ending Hunger since 2010
    • Tammy-Jo Keen Ending Hunger since 2017
    • Mar Mar Lin Ending Hunger since 2014
    • Latoya Marshall Ending Hunger since 2017
    • Carolina Ramos  Ending Hunger since 2015
    • Bianca Shaw  Ending Hunger since 2018
    • Alicia Williams  Ending Hunger since 2009

Development Team

  • Cheryl Antzoulatos, Development & Advocacy Administrative Assistant
    – Ending Hunger since 2007
  • Kyle Buehner, Community Relations Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2018
  • Liz Hall, Raiser’s Edge Administrator
    – Ending Hunger since 2016
  • Sarah Kikkert, Communications Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2016
  • Ashley Kluck, Development Assistant
    – Ending Hunger since 2015
  • Michele McCormack, Individual Giving Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2018
  • Michelle Zimmermann, Grants & Develpment Officer
    – Ending Hunger since 2015

Farm Team

  • Sarah Anderson, Farm Community Development Officer
    – Ending Hunger since 2016
  • Sarah Christman, Farmer
    – Ending Hunger since 2016
  • Kate Holter, Dietitian Educator
    – Ending Hunger since 2018
  • Kyle Koch, Farm Operations Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2014
  • Dave Mueller, Fish Culturist
    – Ending Hunger since 2012
  • Adam Romanak, Park & Natural Areas Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2012
  • Aleka Shewczyk, Farmer
    – Ending Hunger since 2018
  • Amy Wallner, Farm Produce Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2014
  • Sarah Wisniewski, Farm Horticulturist
    – Ending Hunger since 2016

Food Team

  • Alex Cirino, Inventory Coordinator, South Distribution Center
    – Ending Hunger since 2017
  • Shirl Gordon, Site Developer
    – Ending Hunger since 2016
  • Marie Jewel, Senior Services Volunteer Coord.
    – Ending Hunger since 2006
  • Lee Knouse, Logistics Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2003
  • Rick Lewandowski, Senior Services Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2007
  • Susan Martinez-Lucena, Food Administration Assistant
    – Ending Hunger since 2006
  • Imelda Roman, Site Developer
    – Ending Hunger since 2014
  • Nicole Weeks, Community Network Dietitian
    -Ending Hunger since 2018

Warehouse Team

  • Jerry Pipp, Warehouse Manager
    – Ending Hunger since 2013
  • Route Representatives
    • Nicole Boettger – Ending Hunger since 2017
    • Willie Bryant – Ending Hunger since 2012
    • Bernie Dahlberg (Mobile Market) – Ending Hunger since 2013
    • Brian Murray  – Ending Hunger since 2009
    • Corey Rohde – Ending Hunger since 2013
    • Howard Turluck – Ending Hunger since 2008
    • Jeremy Warwick – Ending Hunger since 2017