Gina Crumbliss brings over 30 years of non-profit experience to her role as President & CEO of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Serving in a variety of capacities—including senior staff member, board member, committee chair, and volunteer—Gina has tirelessly worked to strengthen the Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia community through her involvement at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Zoo, and the Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place.
She joined the Food Bank in 2016, bringing with her a successful track record as a bank executive, a strong reputation for achieving desired results, and a passion for leading non-profit organizations to advance social good. A Chattanooga native, Gina graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Covenant College. She’s a graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing & Management and a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga. In April 2016, Gina was recognized as a 2016 Women of Distinction Honoree.
Melissa joined the Chattanooga Area Food Bank team in October of 2011. She has more than 16 years experience in operations and warehouse management, much of which was gained at Beaulieu, and she holds her B.A. in Business Management from Covenant College. Melissa uses her “can-do” attitude and love of service to others to motivate the operations team of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank to do their best every day to help the families and agencies the Food Bank serves.
Scott Bruce joined the Chattanooga Area Food Bank in November of 2016 as the Director of Marketing & Communications. He oversees all media relations, develops marketing strategies and streamlines communications in an overall effort to engage the community in the fight against hunger. As a former Advertising Specialist at the Chattanooga Times Free Press and music columnist for Chatter Magazine, Mr. Bruce joins the Food Bank with a successful track record as a multi-media expert. His in-depth experience in marketing, along with the relationships he has built in the community, is invaluable in bringing more awareness to the Food Bank.
A South Carolina native, Mr. Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications from Clemson University. He is a past board member of the American Advertising Federation of Chattanooga, and he currently serves as a board member for SoundCorps.
Laura Kilpatrick was named Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s Director of Agency and Government Relations in early 2017. She began her journey with the Food Bank in 2009 as an intern during her senior year of college. A year later, she became the Agency Services and SNAP Outreach Coordinator for our 20-county region, where she dedicated her efforts to implementing programs and working closely with our agency partners. She has a well-rounded understanding of food banking, partnering with agencies, and program challenges and solutions, and she is very passionate about ensuring that food bank programs address the real needs of the communities served.
Laura holds a Bachelors degree in Human Services: Nonprofit Management and a Masters degree in Public Administration: Nonprofit Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Throughout her Master’s program she focused her research and work on food insecurity and public policy addressing hunger issues in America.