Meet our Board of Directors
Kathy Brasington, Vice Chair, has worked in the social service sector for many years as both a professional and volunteer. Her last position before retirement was as Executive Director of a food bank in Portland, OR.
Why is Missoula Food Bank important to the community? Missoula Food Bank is an essential component of the social service safety net in the Missoula area. Every person has the right to food and shelter and Missoula Food Bank provides 50% of that right.
Kathleen McCart, Secretary, was born in Oklahoma, and moved to Eastern Washington as a child. She attended schools in both Washington and Idaho. In Idaho and Montana, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the then-emerging Information Technology field, where she had great fun for 30 years, retiring in 2006. She now enjoys a daily walk, participates eagerly in UM’s extended learning program (MOLLI), and volunteers in several areas. She has found the most inspiration and reward from time spent at Missoula Food Bank.
Why is Missoula Food Bank important to the community? Missoula Food Bank is an outwardly-appearing low-key food distribution building, but inwardly is a remarkable heart of community, kept aloft and meaningful by the willing volunteers, staff and donors.
Tim Edwards has been a member of the Missoula community since 1983 as well as a fourth generation Montanan. He currently works at the University of Montana as the budget analyst for the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. He is married with two grown kids and two cats.
Why is Missoula Food Bank important to the community? Missoula Food Bank is important because no one should go hungry in our community. When Missoulians have access to food, good things happen.
John Passuccio is an Associate Vice President, Financial Advisor with D.A. Davidson & Co where he has worked for the past 11 years. He is a Certified Wealth Strategist through the Cannon Institute and received his MBA at the University of Montana where he also serves as an adjunct professor for the School of Business Administration, Finance department. When he’s not working he’s spending time with his wife, Jenny and daughters Gianna and Sofia. He enjoys rivers, fly fishing, home improvement projects and Grizzly Athletics.
Why is Missoula Food Bank important to the community? The children in our community represent our future. Children that experience hunger at an early age are at a greater risk for delayed development (not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well). Missoula Food Bank, and our community, has an obligation to put an end to families experiencing hunger – for our kid’s futures and our community’s future.
Gay Peterson is from Butte and was raised with a keen awareness that we are all responsible for each other in this world. A “community” is not a place where we live, but a way of life in which we are all connected. Gay has been lucky & blessed in this life, and wants to give back to those less-fortunate. For her, volunteering is the best way she can help others & truly be part of the community of Missoula.
Why is Missoula Food Bank important to the community? Missoula Food Bank provides the most basic, important need for survival. It is an honor to volunteer for the Food Bank, both in the store and on the Board.
Sharon Dinkel Uhlig is a retired University of Montana professor and academic leader. Her teaching focused on nutrition for sport; fitness, nutrition and weight control; and organizational leadership. Toward the end of her career Dr. Uhlig served as Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance and then Associate Dean for the School of Education – now College of Education and Human Sciences.
Why is Missoula Food Bank important to the community? Sharon believes Missoula Food Bank is an integral part of what makes Missoula so special – people caring about the wellbeing of others.
Jody Verity is a Montana native with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resource management throughout various industries. She is the current Director of Human Resources for Montana Rail Link.
Why is Missoula Food Bank important to the community? Missoula Food Bank is important to our community because it provides a primary component of life – food -to anyone who needs it: a child, a family, a senior, a person with a disability. We don’t only provide the food; we provide it with an experience of dignity, safety, non-judgment and compassion.
Jessica Yang loves Missoula. After obtaining her bachelors in Business Administration and masters of Accountancy from the University of Montana, Jessica decided to stay in Missoula and practice public accounting as a CPA. When not working, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and three young sons.
Why is Missoula Food Bank important to the community? Jessica believes that the Missoula Food Bank is absolutely essential to the community, because every person deserves to have access to safe, healthy food.