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Hungry? We Can Help

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Melissa Blevins

President and CEO

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As President and Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Blevins champions the Chattanooga Area Food Bank's mission to lead a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region. Her leadership will continue the Food Bank’s nearly 50-year history of serving anyone facing hunger across Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.

Melissa previously worked on the front lines fighting hunger during her tenure at the Food Bank as Director of Programs and Operations from 2011 to 2017. During this time, the organization experienced significant growth, more than doubling annual hunger relief efforts, and was recognized for its innovative approach to distributing fresh produce and milk by Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Melissa’s prior roles include leadership positions at Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, Beaulieu of America and McCain Foods.

Melissa is an active member of the Chattanooga community, volunteering with Susan G. Komen, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and, the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga. She has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College.

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David McCorkle

Chief Financial Officer

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David McCorkle joined the Chattanooga Area Food Bank in February 2015, bringing years of financial management experience. David has worked in finance across multiple industries since graduating from Presbyterian College. After spending most of his life in Winston-Salem, NC, David is now glad to call Chattanooga home. 
 “I have always supported local food banks through financial contributions, fund-raising dinners, or volunteering my time. I am now honored to say working with CAFB is my career.”
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Melanie Hammontree

Director of Development

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Melanie Hammontree has 15 years of fundraising experience. Melanie originally joined the Food Bank in September 2017 as development officer for northwest Georgia during which time she held responsibility for the nine Georgia counties served by the Food Bank. She was promoted in May 2019 to oversee development efforts for the Food Bank’s entire service area. Prior experience includes the Dalton Arts Project and Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo).

A lifetime resident of Dalton, Georgia, Melanie attended Dalton Public Schools. She earned an associate’s degree from Dalton State College and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southeastern Chapter, and an active member of various local chambers within the Food Bank’s service region.


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Shelley Armstrong

Director of Events and Major Gifts

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Shelley Armstrong has three decades of fundraising, special events and volunteer management experience. As Director of Events and Major Gifts, she leads event planning, coordination and sponsorship of the Food Bank’s largest event, HullaBOWLoo; collaborates closely with community partners on the annual WRCB Channel 3’s Share Your Christmas; and oversees food drives and community fundraisers.

Prior to joining the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Shelley was Senior Regional Director at the American Heart Association’s Southeast Affiliate where she most notably led the planning and coordination of the Heart Ball, Pulse Party and associated events. The American Heart Association recognized her with the Outstanding Fundraising Award in the Southeast Affiliate for seven consecutive years. She also coordinated CPR trainings, blood pressure screenings, and volunteer recruitment and training. This role was her second at the American Heart Association; after graduating from Mercer University, Shelley was director of income for the American Heart Association’s Southeast Affiliate during which she recruited and trained volunteers, and implemented many fundraising activities still in practice today.

Shelley was also previously Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, for nearly 10 years. She is still an active member of the congregation and serves as lay eucharistic minister lead, lector and more. 


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Ginger Gibson

Director of Agency & Government Relations

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As Director of Agency and Government Relations, Ginger Gibson supports the Food Bank’s more than 200 nonprofit agency partners, collaborates with public and private sector organizations to help meet the needs of our 20-county service area, and advocates for policies that address food insecurity.

Ginger is passionate about serving the needs of people and children facing hunger. In her last role as Deputy State Director of Child Nutrition for the Mississippi Department of Education, Ginger administered USDA child nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program. Previously, she was senior attorney for the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Family and Children’s Services. She has wide-ranging legal experience in private practice and as an Assistant Public Defender in Mississippi.

Originally from Mississippi, Gibson holds a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Jennifer Lockwood

Grants and Assistant to President & CEO

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Supporting the operational and strategic priorities of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Jennifer provides oversight and coordination of grants management. Working with the entire team, Board and community, she strives to create partnerships that propel our mission and vision forward.

As Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, she manages all administrative tasks for the Office of the President & CEO, and serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors.  While organizing and coordinating executive outreach and external relations efforts, Jennifer is mission-driven and community oriented.

A multi-tasking mama not afraid of a challenge, Jennifer loves spending her weekends with her kiddos, husband and three dogs.


Administrative Assistant / Front Desk

Rita Smith
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Volunteer Coordinator

Mark Schock
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Donor Relations Coordinator

Zach Collins
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Event Planner And Community Engagement Coordinator

Abbey Markus
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Facilities & Fleet Manager

Rick Jackson
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Facilities Associate

Steve Lawson

Food Reclamation Manager

Rodney McCullough
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Food Reclamation Associate

J. Rankin

Food Reclamation Associate

Rene Allen
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Food Reclamation Associate

Sam Snyder
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Food Procurement & Inventory Manager

Angela Nicholette
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Operations & Warehouse Associate

Rachel Lee

Inventory Specialist

Ashley Morton
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Food Rescue Retail Coordinator

Keisha Hamilton
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CFAP Food Distribution Coordinator

Ray McMullen

Receiving Manager

John Lippincott

Receiving Clerk

Todd Lusk

Warehouse Manager

Eddie Lundien
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Bob Stone


Chris Kecskes


Jon Thurmond


Josh Stone

Warehouse Associate

Kevin Rosenbaum

Warehouse Associate

Alec Peterson

Warehouse Associate

James Tumbling


Food Distribution Manager

Guy Hamilton
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Community Access Coordinator

Alexis Eaton
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Agency Relations & Program Manager | Northwest GA

Pedro Avila
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Nutrition & Programs Coordinator

Dory Cooper
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SNAP Associate

Leticia Garcia-Sanchez
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Senior Data & Strategy Analyst

John Bilderback

Garden Assistant

Laura Robinson

Agency Relations & Program Manager | Rural TN

Louise Bain
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Agency Relations & Program Manager | Hamilton County

Sarah Beth Riggs
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Northwest Georgia Branch

NWGA Facility Manager

Richard McCroskey
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