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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greg joined the staff of Harry Chapin Food Bank in January of 2018 after relocating to Florida from Massachusetts. Prior to getting involved in food bank fundraising, Greg worked for five years in development in the education sector, which was a welcome change from his 20-year career in commercial real estate in the greater Boston area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies – chemistry from Middlebury College.
Ryan moved to Cape Coral from East Islip, NY, in 2001 to attend Florida Gulf Coast University. Harry Chapin was a household name in Long Island, N.Y., and his humanitarian work was well known in the community. Ryan found the same thing was true when he made the 1,287-mile move south. Ryan joined the food bank in March 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in marketing.
Meg is a Massachusetts native, who was excited to join the non-profit world after 15 years in the private sector. Starting in March 2012 as a coordinator for the capital campaign, she now manages events and food drives. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and the University of Southampton, England she is proud to work alongside so many caring board members, fellow staff, and donors in the Southwest Florida community.
Connie joined the food bank in September of 2019, working under the Chief Development Officer, responsible for developing and managing the stewardship of donors and database management for the Development Team.
Connie moved to Cape Coral from Springfield, Missouri in 2014 where she worked for 20+ years in marketing and advertising as well as being co-owner of Results Media, Inc. She has always been passionate about helping others and enjoys spending time with her family.
Becky is a native of Upstate New York and is excited to rejoin the nonprofit world after a grants administration role with local government. Previously, she worked in higher education development and environmental conservation communication. She is passionate about community, and while living in New York, often volunteered at the local farmers’ market. Becky received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a concentration in creative writing from Hartwick College. Since graduation, she and her husband have been avid travelers, and in her spare time, she also enjoys running, cooking, reading, and watching Marvel movies.
Annie moved to Florida in December 2004. Prior to receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida Gulf Coast University, she worked in healthcare for over 20 years in intensive care, emergency room, medical/surgical, geriatric psychiatry and memory care units as a nursing assistant. Annie joined the food bank as the commodity supplemental food program coordinator in April 2017.
Monica is a native of Colombia. Before joining the food bank team, she worked for Florida’s Department of Children and Families and Department of Health for over 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism.
Born and raised in Southwest Florida, Lissette joined the food bank in September 2019. Prior to that, she worked with the Peace Corps as a community health education volunteer in Belize, where she lived in a rural village providing health education to students and adults. She has always had a passion for serving and helping others. Lissette has a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida. She loves spending time with her family and friends, reading and traveling.
Melissa is a Fort Myers native. She joined the food bank in 2008 as a volunteer and in 2009 became part of the Operations Department team. Melissa first started in Agency Services, and she now manages food distribution and order processing. Melissa loves dancing and binge-watching movies.
Barbara joined Harry Chapin Food Bank in November 2004 after moving to Florida from Woodbury, NJ in 2002 to escape the cold winters. In her almost 15 years of service, she has worked with agency services, operations and now finance. As inventory control coordinator, Barbara maintains computerized records of all food inventory received in our warehouse, so that our partner agencies can place their orders online. She enjoys boating, her animals and family.
Kevin is an IT professional with 15-plus years of experience covering everything from development to systems integrations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Florida Gulf Coast University, and his talents have led him to speak nationally on a variety of topics, ranging from analytics to security. Kevin joined the food bank in 2012 and manages all technology-related systems. A New England native, Kevin moved to Florida in the 1990s, yet still has a love of the snow.
Damon is a Fort Myers native, a proud University of Florida Gator graduate, and worked for many years running Hertz branches at multiple five-diamond hotels in Orlando. He came to the food bank as a volunteer for the programs department over two years ago. Not long after, he was hired as the programs data coordinator. He was recently promoted to the position of continuous improvement manager, where he is working to improve the processes and workflows throughout all food bank departments.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Lori moved to Florida in May of 2019 looking for warmer weather and sandy beaches. Prior to joining the food bank she worked for Nutrition Consultants, a company that helps businesses prepare for specialized certifications such as Gluten Free, Kosher and NON-GMO. Along with the Research and Development of new products. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Hospitality Management.