Meghan Cloud, Chair
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carolyn Rathbun George, Distribution 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 three 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.
Barbara Deaver, Office Chair
Since 1993, Barbara has been involved with the EFN in various capacities, both as a volunteer and Board member. She and her husband, Bascom, moved to Charlottesville in 1965. Bascom joined the physics faculty at U.Va. and Barbara worked at the Children’s Rehab Center as an occupational therapist. Their three daughters are all involved in education. Barbara has had numerous volunteer commitments over the years and is an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Any spare time at home is often devoted to gardening.
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.
Betty Haas, Milk Chair
Betty has volunteered with the EFN since 1992 in many areas: food chair, treasurer, bread chair, milk chair, and coordinator of our services to the Hispanic community. Originally from New Jersey, she has a master of science degree from West Virginia University and has taught mathematics at the elementary, high school, community college, and university levels. Betty and her husband have lived in Charlottesville for 32 years; they have four children and six grandchildren. She has been retired for 14 years and, aside from her volunteer activities, enjoys the gym, U.Va. basketball, Bible Study at her church, and hanging out with her children and grandchildren.
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.
Josh Reifel, Treasurer
Josh has been employed at Hantzmon Wiebel as a tax professional since May 2014, though he only 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. Josh and his husband are currently in the middle of major renovations of their house, where they live with their dog and two cats.
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.
Aubrey O’Hara, Outreach Chair
Aubrey is passionate about serving those in need, and believes that food insecurity is an issue we simply can’t ignore. Earning her B.A. from George Mason University in Government and International Affairs, she’s very interested in how food policy impacts our daily lives. After graduation, she worked at the School of Public Policy for several years. Her interest in hospitality and event management then led her to work for Four Season Hotels and Resorts and Whole Foods Market, as part of the marketing team. Currently, Aubrey works as a program coordinator at the University of Virginia. In her free time, Aubrey enjoys cooking, and sharing the natural beauty of Central Virginia with her husband, son, and rescue dog.
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.
Paula B. Johnson, Development Chair
Paula is a native of Pennsylvania and first moved to Charlottesville in 1999. She left in 2001 and lived in Denver, San Francisco, and the DC area with her partner, whom she met in Charlottesville and promised they would return—which they did, in 2014. Paula spent 25 years in the financial services industry and now enjoys serving clients with her real estate business. Her passion is social justice, and she has served on various volunteer boards across the country. Now that she is "home," Paula is thrilled to be using her background and skills to support the EFN. She and her partner love to cook, hike, kayak, entertain friends and family, and travel!
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!
Mike Signer, Member-at-Large
Mike began working on hunger-related issues in high school as a volunteer at the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. He is the managing principal of Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC, in Charlottesville, where he practices corporate and regulatory law; and an author, whose most recent book is Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father. He lives in the Fifeville neighborhood of Charlottesville with his wife, Emily; and their twin boys, William and Jacoby. Mike previously worked as counsel to then Governor Mark Warner in Richmond. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
Cari Brown, Office Manager
Cari is a UVA graduate with a passion for helping others. She brings over a decade of administrative experience to the Emergency Food Network. Cari and her husband, Nate, are native Virginians and have lived in the Charlottesville area for over 15 years. She led the PTO at her children's school for three years and is an active member of Meadows Presbyterian Church. She is honored to be part of the EFN.