Miette Michie, Chair
Miette has been a volunteer Driver with EFN for eight years. She enjoyed a successful scientific career with emphases in life sciences, biotechnology and patents, and was part of the senior leadership at the UVA Patent Foundation. In retirement she has served on multiple boards and volunteered for several local nonprofits, all with the aim of combating the effects of poverty in its various manifestations. Miette and her husband George share their farm with six donkeys and three cats.
Anne Ribble, First Vice Chair
Beginning as an office volunteer in 1997, Anne joined the Board as special projects chair in 2006 and moved to first vice chair in 2009. She is a former high school English teacher and now works part time for the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. Anne and her husband have two grown daughters.
Ryan Hanson, Second Vice Chair
Ryan has been a resident of Charlottesville for five years and an EFN Board member since August 2014. He had a 24-year career as a logistics officer in the U.S. Navy, followed by 15 years in the financial services industry. During that time, he served on church and other nonprofit boards in various capacities. He and his wife, Margaret, have two sons with growing families in Fairfax, Virginia.
Josh Reifel, Treasurer
Josh has been employed at Hantzmon Wiebel as a tax professional since May 2014, and moved to Charlottesville in September 2016. He commuted from Harrisonburg prior to that. Before becoming a tax accountant, Josh spent 15 years working for the dining services at James Madison University, where he participated in a pilot program that donated unused food to area shelters. He also served for 10 years in the Marine Reserves, including two deployments to Iraq. During his free time Josh enjoys reading, gardening, running, biking, and renovating the house he currently shares with his three cats.
Diane Bisgaier, Secretary
Diane and her husband moved south from New York City to a small farm in western Albemarle in 1992. Her main volunteer work in the past 25 years has been with her children's schools, Congregation Beth Israel, Hadassah, and the EFN. She joined the EFN as a volunteer driver in 1998 and joined the Board in 2009, where she has served as ways & means chair and interim chair, before becoming secretary.
Ted Haile, Development Chair
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ted has lived in Miami, Atlanta, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois and California before retiring to Charlottesville. With a degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Ted enjoyed a 35-year career in Product Supply management/leadership working for consumer goods organizations including ExxonMobil, Procter & Gamble, Avery Dennison and Huhtamaki, Inc. Since retirement, Ted stays active through volunteering at the EFN, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Red Cross and CASPCA. Ted deeply believes that every person deserves to have enough to eat.
Vacant, Outreach Chair
Tom Roesch, Bagger Chair
Tom coordinates all the folks who work to fill the grocery bags for our clients each day. Tom has been working as a bagger at the EFN for the past 10 years. He and his family have lived in Albemarle County since 1995. His two sons are students at U.Va. His wife, Beth, is a teacher in Albemarle County. Tom is an airline pilot for United, based at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Fred Schmoyer, Driver Chair
Fred has lived in Albemarle County for more than 40 years and is retired from his position at State Farm Insurance as an operations manager. His association with the EFN began after his classic car club had a food drive and Fred, as president, was responsible for the delivery of two carloads of groceries to the pantry. This led to his involvement with EFN’s daily activities and serving on the Board for six years.
Jacqueline Roper, Food Drives Chair
Jacqueline came to Charlottesville in 1999 as an English major at UVA. After graduation, she dabbled in book selling, nannying, production assisting and teaching until she found her true calling and earned her Nursing degree. She joined the UVA Health System in 2012 where she has been recognized for her compassionate care and teamwork. Her need to give back extends to the greater Charlottesville community, and in 2013 she began volunteering for the EFN as a bagger. After having successfully recruited friends and coworkers into various food drives over the years, she is excited to take on the role of Food Drives Chair for EFN. When she makes time for herself, you can find her reading, kayaking or around town listening to live music.
Carolyn Rathbun George, Distribution and Milk Chair
Born in Charlottesville but having moved to Texas as a toddler, Carolyn has gone from El Paso to Lubbock, Austin to Philadelphia, and finally back to Charlottesville nine years ago to begin the next chapter in her life. She immediately began volunteering at The Haven. While there, she met a wonderful friend who invited her to volunteer at the Emergency Food Network. Carolyn has worked in distribution ever since. She also works part time and dabbles in art.
Gwen Goodkin, Office Chair
Gwen Goodkin, a native of Philadelphia, has lived in Charlottesville with her family since 2002. Her professional background is in financial and database consulting. She worked for two small consulting businesses in St. Louis before moving to Boston in 1997 and starting her own firm. Gwen has been a volunteer for the Emergency Food Bank for many years, and joined the board in June 2018.
Dori Hoffman-Latter, Donor Appreciation Chair
Dori was a special education teacher in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County Schools for 38 years. Now retired, she volunteers as a Patient Support Volunteer at Martha Jefferson Hospital and also volunteers at the Albemarle County Jail. She began working in distribution 3 years ago for the Emergency Food Network, and joined the board a year and a half ago. She and her husband Gordon have two grown children. She enjoys working out and spending time with family and friends.
Julie Fisher, Food Chair
Julie has been on the board for approximately 10 years. She grew up in southwest Virginia in the town of Narrows and attended Virginia Tech and Wytheville Community College. In 1991, after some time in California, she came back to Virginia, this time to Charlottesville, where she works at UVA Hospital as a registered nurse. She and her husband have two daughters, one dog, and a 17-year-old cat. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, travel, and movies.
George Payne, Record Chair
George has worked for the EFN in some capacity for 15 years and has been on the Board for 10 years. He’s been in Charlottesville for more than 30 years, showing up as a U.Va. student and never quite leaving. When George isn’t working for U.Va.’s Law School or the EFN, he and his wife, Helen, are busy tending to the varying assortment of dogs that seem to accumulate around their house.
Jane Ford, Produce Chair
A New Yorker and Yankee at heart, Jane has called Charlottesville home since 1986. After careers as a film editor, a chef, and in public relations, she decided when she retired in 2012 it was time to give back to the community. Jane joined the Emergency Food Network in the fall of 2013. She is an avid reader and enjoys getting together with her book group, cooking for friends, walking, and exercising at the gym.
Shamim Sisson, Special Projects Chair
Having served as a volunteer driver for over 20 years, Shamim joined the EFN Board in 2016. She enjoyed a long and rewarding career in higher education administration in the field of student affairs, retiring from the University of Virginia in 2006. Since then art has been her focus: studying in classes and workshops, painting from her studio in Charlottesville, and showing her work locally and regionally. She is a yoga enthusiast and avid traveler with her husband, including two voyages on the faculty of Semester at Sea.
Rita Smith, Member-at-Large and Dietitian
Working as a registered dietitian for the past 40 years in the field of nutrition and disease prevention makes Rita realize two things: 1) we all need access to good food, and 2) what we eat affects our health and well-being. She feels it has been a privilege working with the Emergency Food Network, ensuring that our clients receive a variety of fresh and nonperishable foods. When not teaching a class, providing diet-specific counseling, or sharing healthy menu and recipes ideas on TV or radio, Rita can be found playing with her sweet grandchildren, digging in her garden, enjoying a long walk, or reading an interesting book.
Sue Goldman, Member-at-Large; Cheese and Margarine Procurement
Sue moved to Charlottesville from New York 19 years ago. She brings to the EFN a background in accounting and nonprofit management and holds the designation of Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives. Her passions are her family, reading, knitting, and working toward making this world a better place. Her current volunteer efforts focus on Hadassah and the Emergency Food Network.
Devyani Goradia, Member-at-Large
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Devy and her husband came to the United States in 1981 and moved to Charlottesville in 1983. She became a CPA in Virginia and owns her own business, Accounting Solutions. Devy has served on the Board for about five years, both as treasurer and currently as a member at large. She has two daughters and she loves to dance!
Meghan Cloud, Member-at-Large
Meghan is a native of northwestern Pennsylvania who came to Charlottesville (via New Jersey and D.C.) in 1998. A reading and running junkie, she has worked in the book-publishing industry and currently practices law. She strives every day to make one life breathe easier because she has lived.
Rebecca Gibson-Wilkins, Member-at-Large
Raised in southwest Virginia, Rebecca has devoted her professional life to public service. With a MSW from Tulane University and a law degree from Case Western University, she has worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and as a public defender in Cleveland OH. Most recently, she has served as a co-chair of the board of the Chancellor Street Preschool. Rebecca lives with her husband, young daughter, bluetick coonhound and kitty, and spends her spare time in her flower and vegetable garden or advocating for animals.
Rick Seaman, Member-at-Large
Rick and his wife Linda grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York and found their way to Charlottesville in 1974, where he spent his professional career developing IT systems for UVA. He has a Master of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering and is a Certified Computing Professional. Over the years, he has volunteered with the Rivanna Trails Foundation, the Places 29 Community Advisory Committee, McIntire Botanical Garden, Dunlora Forest HOA, and the Charlottesville Camera Club. Since retiring from UVA he has enjoyed spending time with his interests in photography, travel, woodworking, gardening and golf. He has become acquainted with EFN as a volunteer shelver.
Alaina Schroeder, Office Manager
Alaina is excited to support the Emergency Food Network's mission of reducing hunger in Charlottesville and Albemarle, and she joins the EFN with over a decade of local nonprofit administrative experience. Alaina and her husband, John, have lived in Charlottesville for 20 years and volunteered with the EFN for over a decade as Baggers.