Meet the Staff

Rhonda Chafin

Executive Director

Rhonda Chafin has been the Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee since 1993. She is a native of Bristol, Tennessee and a graduate of Virginia Intermont College with a B.A. Degree in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, Unicoi County and Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Leadership programs.

Ms. Chafin led the food bank to successful Building Capital Campaigns, relocated the food bank to Gray, Tennessee in 1998 and 2013 to our current location in Kingsport, Tennessee. Rhonda currently serves on the local Federal Emergency Management Association Allocation Board for Sullivan County through the Kingsport United Way, Northeast Tennessee Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Governmental Council for the Johnson City Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Bristol TN and VA Chamber of Commerce. Mountain Empire Policy and Economic Development Working Group. Previously she served as Chair for the Feeding America Central Region Association of Food Banks and National Council for Feeding America Food Bank Network.

From 1998 to present, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has continued to grow by starting new initiatives to help feed more people in need; Kids Café, Food for Kids, a back pack kids program, Prepared and Perishable Rescue Foods Program, Mobile Food Bank and Mobile Pantry Programs. In 2018, the food bank distributed approx. 11 million pounds of food to over 150 non-profit charities and 70 mobile sites that feed the hungry in the eight county region of Northeast Tennessee.

Awards and distinctions include:
1) 2012 Feeding America National Food Bank Network Hunger’s Hope Award for Food Bank Advocacy Program of the Year.
2) 2011CenturyLink Faith in the Future Region Non- Profit of the Year
3) 2011 Individual Distinguished Leadership Award-Johnson City Chamber of Commerce – to Executive Director Rhonda Chafin
4) 2011 Featured on NPR (National Public Radio) broadcast, 2013 Feature in the Washington Post and CBS evening news.
5) 2010 Bristol Mayor’s Award of Distinction – For the Food Bank making an outstanding contribution to Bristol, TN and the surrounding area in welfare to others.
6) 2002 Business Journal Top Forty under Forty in Northeast Tn/Southwest Va.
7) 1994 Rhonda Chafin Jaycee of the Year & East Tennessee Region William Brownfield of the quarter.

Tom Cromie-Senior Operations Director

foodsourcing@netfoodbank.org

Ann Rhem-Development Director

arhem@netfoodbank.org 

Beth Tanner-Comptroller

btanner@netfoodbank.org

Chuck Burrell-AIB/Warehouse Manager

warehouse@netfoodbank.org

Leyla Cruz-Programs Manager

programs@netfoodbank.org

Michael Ledford-Logistics and Facility Manager

foodoperations@netfoodbank.org

Josie Russell-Community Relations Manager

communityrelations@netfoodbank.org

Angie Sproles-Development Manager

asproles@netfoodbank.org

Cecile Wimberly-Advocacy Manager

advocacy@netfoodbank.org

Birchfield, Andrea
Executive Assistant
x234 executiveassistant@netfoodbank.org

Burrell, Chuck
AIB/Warehouse Manager
x217 warehouse@netfoodbank.org

Chafin, Rhonda
Executive Director
x206 executivedirector@netfoodbank.org

Cromie, Tom
Senior Operations Director
x218 foodsourcing@netfoodbank.org

Cruz, Leyla
Programs Manager/Mobile Food Pantry
x202 programs@netfoodbank.org

Davis, Heidi
Summer Feeding Coordinator
x205 summerfeeding@netfoodbank.org

Fortner, Wayne
Warehouse Worker/ Driver
x211 driver3@netfoodbank.org

Grim, Jon
Warehouse Associate
x215 whouse1@netfoodbank.org

Holder, Alecia
SNAP Outreach Coordinator
x216 outreach@netfoodbank.org

Hertzog, Justin
Warehouse Worker/Mobile Food Pantry Driver
x217 mrpdriver@netfoodbank.org

Hughes, Rick
Volunteer Coordinator
x225 volunteers@netfoodbank.org

Ledford, Michael
Logistics and Facilities Manager
x211 foodoperations@netfoodbank.org

Malone, Willard
Warehouse Worker/ Food for Kids Driver
x217 ffkdriver@netfoodbank.org

Miller, Jennifer
Special Events Coordinator
x228 specialevents@netfoodbank.org

Penley, Ashley
Kid’s Programs Coordinator
x204 feedthekids@netfoodbank.org

Phillips, Mary Ruth
Administrative Assistant/Donor Quest Coordinator
x212 administration@netfoodbank.org

Rhem, Ann
Development Director
x201 arhem@netfoodbank.org

Rhoten, Dave
Clean Room/Volunteer Warehouse Coordinator
x210 salvage@netfoodbank.org

Robinette, Phil
Development/Grant Writing/VISTA
x235 americorps@netfoodbank.org

Rountree, Dennis
Food Rescue Coordinator/Driver
x211 foodrescue@netfoodbank.org

Russell, Heather
Accounting Assistant / Data Analyst
x229 dataentry@netfoodbank.org

Russell, Josie
Community Relations Manager
x203 communityrelations@netfoodbank.org

Sams, Gary
Warehouse Worker/Driver
x211 driver1@netfoodbank.org

Smith, Kathy
Grant Writer
x227 ksmith@netfoodbank.org

Sproles, Angie
Development Manager
x227 developmentmanager@netfoodbank.org

Stevens, Jessi
Programs/Client Data Research/VISTA
x226 c4c@netfoodbank.org

Tanner, Beth
Comptroller
x207 btanner@netfoodbank.org

Wimberly, Cecile
Advocacy Manager
x238 advocacy@netfoodbank.org

Wright, Gretchen
Receptionist
x213 reception@netfoodbank.org

Underwood, Shanisha
Assistant SNAP Outreach Coordinator
SNAP@netfoodbank.org

OUR VISION

To ensure the hungry have access to food to achieve a hunger-free Northeast Tennessee.