Our Staff

Carly Robbins, Executive Director
Carly began working with people as the Development Director in 2015 managing the diverse development and capital projects that have helped Food for People grow into the thriving organization it is today. In July of 2023 she moved into the role of Executive Director for Food for People. A former Performing Arts Theatre Manager with a BA in Critical and Visual Studies from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, she brings a wide range of management, funding, and communications experience to the role. She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Eureka and is a founding member and past president of the Lost Coast Rotaract Club. She is passionately committed to creating a healthy community in which everyone has an opportunity to grow and thrive with dignity. Carly can be reached at crobbins@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 302. 

Allison Kenney, Local Food Resources Coordinator
Allison works with local farmers and backyard gardeners to utilize our region’s agricultural abundance to help supply Food for People programs with nutrient-dense produce. She is passionate about minimizing food waste and building community around food through the Gleaning program. Allison also manages our Food Drive program. Previously she has worked on organic vegetable farms in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Her background in growing food to feed her community inspired her to find a way to also help those in need. In her free time she can be found getting creative in the kitchen, backpacking in the Trinity Alps, or hunting for mushrooms. Allison can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 312.

Britt Gutierrez, Bilingual CalFresh Outreach Specialist

As Food for People’s Bilingual CalFresh Outreach Specialist Britt travels countywide with our network of food assistance programs to provide assistance and support, in both Spanish and English, for individuals and households who are interested in applying for CalFresh benefits and receiving assistance with post-application and benefit retention processes.Britt can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 318

Carrie Smith, Child & Senior Programs Coordinator
Carrie coordinates Food for People's Senior & Homebound programs (CSFP, Senior Brown Bag, and Homebound Delivery) and Child Nutrition Programs (Backpacks for Kids and Children's Summer Lunch). A Humboldt County native, she graduated from HSU with a degree in Psychology and Health Education. Her varied work experience includes working as a Health Educator for the Public Health Department, with at-risk youth in the Foster Care system, and as a Care Coordinator/Wellness Coach for those living with complex chronic health conditions. Carrie loves working at Food for People to help support, advocate, and coordinate local food distribution to seniors, folks who are homebound, and kids in our community! In her down time she loves to walk her dogs, hang out with friends and think about, prepare and consume good healthy food! Carrie can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 309.

Chris Frisk, Warehouse Inventory Specialist
Chris moved to Humboldt by way of Sacramento and Santa Barbara. Chris brings many skills to Food for People with approximately 20 years of retail and wholesale grocery experience, primarily in the produce world. As the Warehouse Inventory Specialist, Chris is heavily involved in our daily warehouse operations, helping to keep our inventory tight by tracking food usage and helping to plan and pack food orders for various program distributions. In his free time, you can find Chris on his mountain bike in the redwood forest or at home with his guitar in hand. Chris can be reached at @email.

Claire Weissbluth, Communications and Events Coordinator
Claire is a visual storyteller born and raised in the hills of Southern Humboldt. She has an M.A. in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz and a B.A. from Hampshire College. Claire worked as a freelance filmmaker and youth media educator for many years in the Bay Area before moving back home to Humboldt. In her free time she likes to hike, garden, and watch movies. Claire can be reached at cweissbluth@foodforpeople.org or 707-445-3166 ext 321. 

Corey Tipton, Bookkeeper/Business Resources Manager
Corey came to Food for People after many years working as a small business consultant and for other local nonprofits. As our Bookkeeper/Business Resources Manager, Corey wears many hats at the food bank (proudly sporting one for each day of the week). Corey brings a myriad of experience, from accounting and HR to IT to overseeing our vehicle fleet and building maintenance. A graduate of HSU with a degree in Journalism and Communications, with special emphasis in Environmental Ethics and Technology, Corey enjoys spending time with his young son, adventuring around the scenic beauty of Humboldt County’s beaches, rivers and mountains. Corey brings his passion for helping people - whether client, volunteer or staff - to ensure that everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Corey can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 307.

Deborah Waxman, Director of Programs
Deborah helps support overall food bank operations, providing training, guidance, grant reporting, and technical assistance for Food for People's staff and programs and ensuring that programs adhere to contracted regulations. She also helps facilitate the links between our food distribution programs and warehouse/logistics team. She formerly served as Food for People's Community Education & Outreach Coordinator, and has been with Food for People since 2007. Deborah graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Communications and received a Master's Degree from Humboldt State University's Environment & Community Program, with an emphasis on affordable housing. Deborah can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 314.

Ed Mitchell, Mobile Produce Pantry Specialist 
In his role as Mobile Produce Pantry Specialist Ed prepares for and conducts farm stand-style free produce distributions for low-income households at established sites in communities across Humboldt County with our large, refrigerated 20-foot box truck. The Mobile Produce Pantry travel as far north as Orick, northeast to Willow Creek, Hoopa, Weitchpec, and Orleans, all the way south to Redway, and many spots in between. Ed can be reached at emitchell@foodforpeople.org.

Erin Tharp, Choice Pantry Coordinator
Erin brings a lot of experience to her role as our Choice Pantry Coordinator, having spent a long time volunteering in the pantry before getting hired on to manage our senior and homebound programs. Originally from Santa Cruz, she moved to Humboldt County in 2013 with her kids (who by the way, love going to the beach and hiking through the woods with their mom). Erin believes in the work we do at Food for People and feels it is really important to our community. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of that work. When she has time off, she loves to cook for her family or cozy up with a good book. Erin can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 317.

Heidi McHugh, CalFresh Outreach & Policy Advocacy Coordinator
Heidi coordinates Food for People's Calfresh Outreach, Hunger 101, and advocacy programs. A graduate of HSU with a degree in Zoology, Heidi proceeded to become a passionate advocate for social justice. When she's not working, you can find her wrangling her two young sons and her dogs. She also loves working in her garden surrounded by her sunflowers. Heidi can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 308.

Jessy Preciado, Child & Senior Programs Specialist
As the Child & Senior Programs Specialist, Jessy works with Food for People’s Child & Senior Programs Coordinator to pack and distribute food for our countywide Senior & Homebound Programs, in addition to facilitating food distribution for our Backpacks for Kids and Children’s Summer Lunch Programs. Jessy can be reached at @email.

Jose Mendez, Operations Manager
In his role as the Operations Manager, Jose is responsible for coordination and supervision of Food for People’s food receiving, storage, usage, and logistics systems at our various warehouse locations. Jose can be reached at @email or (707)445-3166 ext. 304.

Judy Langley, Fundraising Administrative Assistant
Judy assists our Development Director with processing donations and completing a variety of other projects that need attention. A retired postmaster, with a BA in English/Theatre Arts from Humboldt State, she brings a variety of skills to Food for People. She has served on the board for Redwood Coast Montessori for four years as Chairman and belongs to Redwood Empire Quilters Guild. In her free time, she enjoys her family, volunteering at her daughter’s school, quilting, reading, playing computer games, and teaching her children to grow food and create new food dishes. Judy can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 320.

Julie Ryan, Volunteer & Direct Services Manager
Julie wants you to volunteer at Food for People, and she is the main source for upcoming and ongoing opportunities to fit almost any schedule. Whether it's a weekly food distribution, monthly packing project in the warehouse, or special drive-through distribution, Julie ensures that Food for People is a safe welcoming space for all. Julie enjoys wearing many hats and helping to support all of Food for Peoples programs. She is a Humboldt State graduate who has served the local community by working and volunteering in the non-profit sector and is dedicated to making her corner of the universe a better place. When not at Food for People, Julie spends her time volunteering, reading, gardening, and delights in taking her dog on adventures. Julie can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 310.

Karen Asbury, Sourcing & Inventory Control Manager
Karen manages our complex Inventory Database. She has a long history of working with non-profits, coming most recently from the Ink People Center for the Arts. Karen is a computer science major with an AS in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and is a Certified Networking Technician. She enjoys using her specific set of skills to benefit Food for People and our programs. Karen can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 316

Lori Rudebock, Finance Director
As Food for People’s Finance Director, Lori is responsible for overseeing the food bank’s budget and financial transactions to ensure that they are in accordance with established nonprofit accounting procedures. Lori can be reached at @email.

Magnolia Bowman, CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator
As Food for People's Nutrition Education Coordinator Magnolia creates cooking classes, taste tests, and recipes for Food for People's programs, with the goal of teaching how to prepare healthy meals on a tight budget. Magnolia can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 305.

Matthew Seitzler, Warehouse Specialist
Matthew is a Warehouse Specialist at Food for People where he works as a part of the team responsible for the efficient day-to-day operations of Food for People’s warehouse, including supporting distribution programs’ warehouse logistics, food transfers, delivery of food pallets to remote site partners, and training and supervision of assigned volunteers in the warehouse. Matthew can be reached at @email.

Nora Lovell, Pantry Network Coordinator
Nora is the Pantry Network Coordinator at Food for People. She helps make sure that all of our remote pantry locations are stocked with the food and resources they need to serve their communities. She loves meeting all of the people who work at our various pantries (from Orick in the north to Garberville in the south, and out east to Hoopa, Bridgeville, and beyond) and making sure we all feel like one big Food for People family. Nora grew up in Humboldt County before getting a degree in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems from UC Davis. In her free time, Nora is often baking, gardening, and hanging out with her pets. Nora can be reached at @email or 707-445-3166 ext. 313.

Robert Sataua, Emergency Food Response Coordinator
Robert has a background in business administration, landscape construction, non-profit leadership, and the arts. He is passionate about food security and is excited to be developing Food For Peoples’ ability to respond to emergencies by working with a network of agencies and organizations focused on disaster relief. Robert is the Board President of the Ink People Center for the Arts where he promotes culture and artistic expression. In his free time, Robert is often at one of the local disc golf courses or home gardening with his family. Contact Robert at @email or 707-445-3166 ext. 311.

Veronica Nunez, Receptionist & Choice Pantry Support Specialist
Veronica provides excellent customer service to all phone and in-person visitors and ensures easy access to Food for People programs and volunteer opportunities. She works as part of our direct services team, providing support to our Eureka Choice Pantry. Veronica can be reached at @email or (707) 445-3166 ext. 301.