Kier has been with Food Finders for many years. She started as a Program Coordinator and she kept moving up to new positions. She is now our Chief Operating Officer where she manages our development efforts and programs here at FFFB. She has done a lot for Food Finders and we are lucky to have her on our team. Let’s learn more about her!
- What did you do before you came here? Lots of different things – I’ve been an innkeeper twice then mostly worked in hospitality sales and marketing then public relations.
- What is your education and/or training? I have a Bachelors degree from Purdue in Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Why did you decide to work for Food Finders Food Bank? As a fresh, young Purdue graduate, I became obsessed with finding my “purpose” and finding a career that fulfilled me both creatively and holistically. I have always believed strongly in finding a career that utilizes and extends your natural skill set. Although I loved different aspects of previous jobs, none of them quite satisfied that yearning to do something more worthwhile (in my mind) with my life. I grow bored very easily and it wasn’t until I met Katy while working in hotel sales and had a conversation with her about the food bank that it hit me that maybe I should consider looking into nonprofits. Up until then it simply hadn’t dawned on me that nonprofits also need those skills in sales, marketing, pr and relationship building that had I had honed in pervious roles.
- What is your role here at Food Finders Food Bank? How long have you been in your role? I was named Chief Operating Officer as of August this year. In our organization that means I oversee our Development and Program departments. I initially joined the food bank in 2010 as our first Program Coordinator, and then moved into Agency Relations, Development and Community Relations & Marketing before I left the food bank for a short stint in corporate PR.
- What is your favorite thing about your job or Food Finders Food Bank?m My favorite thing about my work at FFFB is that I can go home at night feeling good about the work that we do. Our entire staff witnesses their work and the difference it makes in our community on a daily basis. I’ve already come to realize that many jobs do not offer that sort of immediate satisfaction. It’s both a blessing and a challenge at times to work in such a small organization, as we all find ourselves wearing many different hats. However, I’ve recently discovered that I enjoy that about my job – the variety of work from day to day, it keeps me from getting bored.
- What do you think that Food Finders Food Bank has to offer Indiana? Not only does FFFB provide emergency food assistance to those that need it, we are the leading hunger resource in North Central Indiana. We supply 160+ Partner Agencies with the food they need to fight hunger on the front lines, we educate and share best practices with our program partners and we’re getting ready to add education opportunities for our clients to really aim at addressing the root causes of hunger.
- What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since you have been part of Food Finders Food Bank? Working here keeps you humble and full of gratitude. I’m not only touched by the client stories that I hear, but even more so by the stories of people that are giving of their time, energy and resources to make a difference in the lives of others. There are hundreds of these unsung heroes all around us and often no one is aware! We meet these amazing people every day who think they aren’t doing anything “special” but they are! Everything they are doing whether or not it’s giving of their time, hosting a fundraiser or running a pantry – every one of their actions is helping someone else in need.
- What do you like to do in your free time? My husband and I love to take off on road trips, weekend getaways, go exploring, etc. whenever we can. But mostly I find relaxation through hanging out with my animals, my girlfriends, baking and watching reality TV – a guilty pleasure!
- What is one thing about you that might surprise people? I know all the words to just about any ‘80’s country song. I also have a soft spot in my heart for Britney Spears.
- What is your favorite ice cream and why? Graeter’s Mint Chocolate Chip – it’s perfectly minty with giant chunks of soft chocolate bits.