Jay has been involved with both faith-based and community-based nonprofit organizations for over 35 years in various leadership roles serving the refugee and immigrant communities. Most recently, he was the Senior District Director at Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Jay is the organization’s first President and CEO as the Food Bank had been under Executive Director leadership for the prior eighteen years. Immigration and refugee work has been at the forefront of Jay’s professional career. He was involved with the refugee council at the state level and continued this work with the Korean Women’s Association and Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Prior to these endeavors, Jay found his passion for social work at two Seattle nonprofits — the SafeFutures Youth Center and Neighborhood House.
Amanda serves as the Development Director for the Thurston County Food Bank, bringing a wealth of experience in grant writing and leadership roles within the nonprofit sector. With a background spanning over a decade in education as a teacher and administrator, she possesses extensive knowledge in organizational management and strategic planning. Committed to driving positive change, Amanda excels in building partnerships and securing funding for impactful initiatives. Beyond work, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two boys, reading, and watching sports.
Becca is the Human Resources Director at Thurston County Food Bank. She works to ensure staff know they are appreciated, supported, and feel heard, as well as helping them find ways to grow professionally. She started as a volunteer with the TCFB in 2009 with her children and after 30 years of working as a state employee, accepted an opportunity to join the TCFB team as staff in December 2021.
Judy is our Senior Director of Operations. She works to cultivate and strengthen relationships to sustain and further the work of the Food Bank. Oversight of the Food Bank’s Procurement and Distribution work falls under her watchful eye. Judy has been working in the nonprofit field her entire professional career. In her spare time you may see her playing a tenor drum with the Clan Gordon Pipe Band based in Tacoma.
Terra has worked in accounting-related positions since college. She started at the Thurston County Food Bank in the summer of 2013 and remembers sharing a tiny office with four other staff members. She says her work is challenging, interesting and she’s always learning something new. Looking back, Terra says her time working with Client Services in our Olympia Food Pantry through the COVID pandemic is the highlight of her time at TCFB. When she isn’t working Terra enjoys house plants, kayaking, time with friends, and best of all, being a Grandma!
Andrew is the downtown Olympia Food Pantry Operations Manager. He oversees staff and manages the facility to ensure visitors experience calm, quiet and quick visits for their food and other products. Andrew is a 2nd generation Food Bank employee. He first volunteered here when he was just 9 years old!
Following the path of many art school grads, Dean has worked mostly in the industrial arena. After working seasonally for 20 summers in an Alaskan cannery, Dean tired of 9 months of vacation per year and embarked on a second career here at the Food Bank. Working his way from Seasonal Volunteer to Operations Manager at our Warehouse, Dean utilizes most of the skills he learned during his cannery life, only in a much safer way. The art school education comes in handy as Dean attempts to get on stage and perform as much as possible. He is a wonderful actor, and can emcee any event. He is also proud to boast the largest ashtray collection in Olympia. Not a smoker, he instead uses these ashtrays as serving plates and bowls, which brings a certain flair to every potluck!
Morgan started at the Food Bank as a work-study in 2010. She was an AmeriCorps Member for our School Gardens Program, a temporary worker picking up food drives, the coordinator for the FORKids weekend meal bag program, and is now our Lacey Food Pantry Operations Manager. Over the years she has seen the Food Bank grow from a single building downtown to a giant warehouse in Tumwater to the establishment of our second pantry in Lacey! In her free time, Morgan chips away at the never-ending list of restoration projects in her 1900s house, crafts with her friends, and listens to as many audiobooks as she can.