Lead Staff

Leadership

Richard LeBer

Richard LeBer

President and CEO

Richard LeBer has been president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank since February 2016. Since then, he has led the food bank to new records in sourcing and distribution of food to the Southwest Florida community it serves.

Richard has a long career of community involvement, transformation and impact, with deep experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, particularly food banking, fundraising, board leadership, strategy and operations. Richard has held numerous leadership positions, including interim executive director of the Florida Association of Food Banks, vice president at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and CEO of National Linen Service. Richard is past chairman of the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and former board member of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of Waterloo in Canada. Richard is married and has two grown children.

Phone:239-334-7007 ext. 125

Email:rleber@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Barbara Evans

Barbara Evans

Chief Development Officer

Barbara Evans joined the food bank as chief development officer in September 2019, responsible for leading strategic fundraising efforts in support of our mission. She has a nearly 20-year career in fundraising.

Barbara was formerly director of development at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation.  Prior to that position, she was the chief development officer for Grace Place for Children and Families in Naples. Under her leadership, the organization experienced explosive revenue growth, both in annual operating and capital revenue.

Barbara has previously served as a major gift officer for Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Mich. and the director of development for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by its Collier-Lee chapter. She is also a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.

Barbara has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. She and her husband, Jonathan, have two young children.

Phone:239-334-6881

Email:baevans@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Marissa Stress-Peterson

Marissa Stress-Peterson

Director of Programs

Marissa Stress-Peterson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Mason University and a graduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Boston University. She began her work at the food bank in November 2021. Ms. Stress- Peterson has over ten years of experience in nonprofit leadership managing and developing new programs, leading business operations in promoting continuity and streamlining procedures, and assisting with strategic planning. Before coming to Harry Chapin Food Bank, she worked with the Children’s Advocacy Center as the Director of Operations and with the Department of Juvenile Justice as the Operations Review Specialist.

Phone:239-334-7007 ext. 124

Email:mspeterson@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Steven Soucy

Steven Soucy

Chief Financial Officer

Steve has over 25 years of financial experience in both public and corporate accounting. Prior to joining the Harry Chapin Food Bank in October 2017, Steve was the vice president of finance for a manufacturing company in New Hampshire and prior to that he was the director of finance for Bostik Inc. He is a CPA and has a master’s degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Phone:239-334-7007 ext. 135

Email:ssoucy@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Anna Suarez

Anna Suarez

Director of Human Resources, Administration and Volunteers

Anna has been director of human resources and administration since May of 2017.  In January of 2019, she also assumed responsibility for the volunteer operation. Prior to becoming an employee, Anna worked with Harry Chapin Food Bank HR Committee through the board of directors since 2013.

Prior to joining the food bank, Anna spent 22 years with the Gannett Company where she worked in human resources and other roles.  She has a long history of community service in Southwest Florida, the Space Coast, upstate New York and the Midwest.  Anna received her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin.  She is a native of Peru, is married and has four grown children.

Phone:239-334-7007 ext. 114

Email:asuarez@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall

Director of Operations

Dennis Hall and his wife moved to Southwest Florida after five years of vacationing in Cape Coral. Dennis was an assistant warehouse manager for HP Hood in Pennsylvania before joining the food bank. He also brings 20 years of experience coaching youth sports, including football, basketball, baseball and softball.

Phone:239-334-7007 ext. 138

Email:dehall@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Media Contact

Ryan Uhler

Ryan Uhler

Marketing and Communications Director

Ryan joined the food bank in March 2016. A Long Island native, Ryan moved to Southwest Florida in 2001.  He has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Phone:239-334-7007 ext. 108

Email:ruhler@harrychapinfoodbank.org