About Us

Lead Staff

Lead Staff

Al BrislainAl Brislain

President & CEO

Al has been in food banking for more than 30 years. He has been director of four food banks, including an 11 year stint as executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wa. He also has worked for Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest), most recently as senior vice president of member services from 2002-2007.

Al is married with two grown children, two grown step-daughters, and three grandchildren. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Fort Myers. He is a graduate of University of California at Davis.

He has been President & CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank since March of 2007.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 125


Default avitarKari Lefort

Director of Programs

Kari moved from Massachusetts to Southwest Florida to accept a position with the Harry Chapin Food Bank in August 2014. She has worked with non-profit organizations including Horizons for Homeless Children, Advocates Inc, and Catholic Charities for the past 15 years.  Kari received a BA in Social Work from Evangel University in Missouri and an MSW from Florida State University.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 129

Email: klefort@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Dave NajarDave Najar

Director of Administration

Dave is responsible for activities in finance, human resources, and information technology including the implementation of the Feeding America ERP system. Prior to joining HCFB, he worked at Hewlett Packard, Unisys, and Walt Disney, among others, in several management and financial assignments, spanning Asia, Europe, and South America. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 142

Email: davenajar@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Miriam PereiraMiriam Pereira

Director of Development

Miriam joined the Harry Chapin Food Bank in November 2011. Prior to working at the food bank, she spent almost 20 years as a print journalist, 17 of them as a reporter and editor at The News-Press. Working on stories about Southwest Florida’s neediest residents, especially those served by the Harry Chapin Food Bank, inspired Miriam to change careers and enter the non-profit world. Miriam has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida International University in Miami, her hometown. She is pursuing a master’s in business administration at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 127

Email: mpereira@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Marianne PiccirilliMarianne Piccirilli

Collier County Outreach Manager/NCEF Lunchboxes of Love Manager

Marianne's role is to raise awareness of hunger issues in Collier County as well as HCFB’s work in Collier County. She also manages the Lunch Boxes of Love initiative, which is funded by the Naples Children and Education Foundation. The initiative provides food to Collier County children through the food bank's mobile pantries. Marianne is also the site supervisor for AmeriCorps volunteers assigned to the food bank's Collier County warehouse. She has been licensed to practice law since 1990. She has lived in Naples for six years. While living in upstate New York, she sat on several not-for-profit boards, including the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, chairing the corporate governance committee and co-chairing the capital campaign.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 200

Email: mpiccirilli@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Default avitarLisa Scott

Director of Operations

Lisa Scott is a former military officer with more than 14 years’ experience in logistics, supply chain management and performance management.  She spent most of her career overseas including two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior University, Albany, N.Y. She is also a graduate of the Program in Advanced Logistics and Technology from Kenan-Flager Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C. Lisa is also a certified black belt in Lean and Six Sigma..

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 133

Email: lisascott@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Joyec JacobsJoyce Jacobs

Associate Director & Disaster Coordinator

Joyce joined the staff of directors of the food bank in 1990 and has been on staff since 1993. Prior to food banking, she worked in the hotel/resort industry in Naples, the Florida Keys and Baltimore, Md. She is married and has three children. Joyce and her husband Hawley Botchford live in Fort Myers.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 130

Email: joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Marta Hodson Marta Hodson

Community Relations Manager

Marta has worked in volunteer programs and administration at other non-profit organizations. She was assistant to the director of the Edison Festival of Light in Fort Myers, where she coordinated volunteer duties and community sponsorships for several annual events. She joined Harry Chapin in 2004.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 132

Email: martahodson@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Carolyn JonesCarolyn Jones

Partner Relations Manager

Non-profit professional with over 12 years experience in the not-for-profit sector 6 of those years have been working in hunger relief. She has worked for City Harvest as the Senior Manager of Agency Relations and for the Food Bank For New York City as the Community Programs Specialist. Was a key member of the Feeding America/Starr Foundation Grant Committee which disseminated $20 million dollars to emergency feeding programs in New York City. Carolyn is passionate about helping people overcome homelessness and hunger. She moved to Fort Myers 2 months ago with her 7 year old daughter.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 129

Email: cjones@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Kelli KingKelli King

Philanthropy Relations Manager

Kelli holds a BA from Francis Marion University. She relocated from North Carolina where she worked extensively with non-profit organizations.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 202

Email: kelliking@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Tanya PhillipsTanya Phillips

Volunteer Manager

Tanya Phillips started as a volunteer at a mobile pantry for a food bank in Madison, Wis., several years ago and advanced in the organization to volunteer services manager. She relocated to Florida to be closer to family. Tanya is a busy mother of four children and an avid coupon clipper.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 141

Email: tanyaphillips@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Chris RobinsonChris Robinson

Food Resourcing Manager

Chris came to the Harry Chapin Food Bank as part of the V.I.S.T.A. program (Volunteers In Service To America) in November of 2008. He was assigned to the Fresh Foods Rescue Project. His responsibilities include fostering relationships with local farmers, growers, and packers in an effort to secure donations of fresh fruits and vegetables for people in need. In the first two years of the project, more than 4.3 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables were distributed to Southwest Floridians in need. Today, Chris works under the director of operations. He manages all food purchasing and food sourcing.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Cape Coral in 2008 to escape the cold winters. Chris remains a die-hard Buckeye fan, and he enjoys golfing, fishing, playing soccer, and spending time with his family.

Phone: 239-334-7007 ext. 137

Email: chrisrobinson@harrychapinfoodbank.org

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