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    Gary Oppenheimer

    Founder/Executive Director

    Gary Oppenheimer is our Executive Director and Founder. A self described aging geek, he has worked with computers and communications going back to the 1970’s. As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called “Ample Harvest” to get the excess food to local food pantries. Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called AmpleHarvest.org to use the Internet educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states. Gary can be reached at [email protected] and @GaryOppenheimer

  • Leanne Mazurick

    OUTREACH COORDINATOR

    Leanne has worked in higher education for the last 10 years engaging students through volunteer experiences both domestically and internationally. Through these experiences, Leanne gained valuable insight into the complexities of social justice issues that impact so many. Hunger relief and sustainable agriculture are of particular interest to Leanne and she is thrilled to be combining those two passions as Food Pantry Outreach Coordinator for AmpleHarvest.org. Leanne can be reached at [email protected].

  • Jamie McCarthy

    MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

    Jamie has been digging in the dirt since she was little, learning by following her parents around their tiny but prolific garden. Early on, she realized her eye for design was stronger than her green thumb, so she picked up a pencil and became a multimedia designer and communications specialist. Jamie is also an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast who has experienced first-hand the improvements in performance and recovery by refueling with healthy fresh food. She loves the passion in the food and gardening communities and strives to continue making the social connections that help them to grow. Jamie can be reached at [email protected].

  • Brian Lowell

    DEVELOPMENT-OPERATIONS MANAGER

    Brian comes to AmpleHarvest.org with a four year background in non-profit management and development. Although lacking a green thumb himself, his experience working with an adult literacy organization has left him with an appreciation of how small acts of generosity can have profound impacts on communities, and change individual lives for the better. In his spare time Brian is an active member of both the New York and national ultimate frisbee communities as both an organizer and player, and spends an unhealthy amount of energy stressing out over the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club. Brian can be reached at [email protected].

Board of Directors

  • Wendy Gonzalez

    PRESIDENT Read Bio
  • Brian J Kirkpatrick

    TREASURER Read Bio
  • Alanna Arenstein

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  • Martin Baumann

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  • Terry L. McCrary

    PAST TREASURER Read Bio
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    Gary Oppeneimer

    FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Read Bio
  • Beth Rosenstein

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  • David Sank

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  • Steve Shah

    PAST BOARD PRESIDENT Read Bio
  • Matthew Strabone

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  • Mike Sutterer

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  • Joellyn (Joie) Townsend, Ph.D.

    Joellyn (Joie) Townsend, Ph.D.

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Advisory Board

  • Stephen Beninati

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  • Johnathan Bloom

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  • Ellen S. Cola

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  • Rachel Dlugash

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  • Robert Egger

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  • Tristram Stuart

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