Meet Our Staff:
Mike Womack, Executive Director
Mike has been a part of the Feed America First team since 2011, and was recently named Executive Director. He has been married to his wife Sherie for 24 years and they have three daughters: Cieara, Alisha, and Madison, as well as two new grandchildren. Mike is also the lead pastor of Salem Church in Cookeville. Mike is an avid Tennessee fan. VFL!
Richard Ryden, Operations Director
Richard and his wife Sherry had been volunteering with Feed America First for years, and Richard officially joined our staff two years ago as Operations Director. Richard and Sherry have been married for 8 years and together have 4 kids and 3 grandkids. "I'm married to most beautiful, wonderful woman in the world and I'm the luckiest man alive to be married to her," Richard said. In his spare time, Richard loves to play golf and travel, particularly to the gulf coast.
Regina Phillips, Business Manager
Regina, originally from Cookeville, is a retired licensed massage therapist and has also previously worked supporting veterans health care. She has been married since 1989 to her husband Mark, who is the Tennessee State Command Chaplain for the Tennessee National Guard. They live in Woodbury and have two daughters and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves hiking, sewing, crafts, and spending time with family. Regina joined the Feed America First team in winter 2020 and already fits in like family!
Ken "Pops" Lawrence, Warehouse Manager
Ken "Pops" Lawrence has been on the Feed America First team for 9 years! Pops and his wife Margaret live in Beechgrove and have 4 kids. They are members of Murfreesboro Community Church. Fun fact: Every Christmas, Pops decorates his yard with over 4,000 Christmas lights set to music!
Mark Young, Operations
Mark has been on staff for 5 years. Mark has a food ministry of his own, delivering food to neighbors in need in the Woodbury area. He and his wife Mary Beth also help with a women's prison ministry. They have two children and live in Woodbury.
Julie Vandel, Communications Director/Volunteer Coordinator
At 7 years old, Julie said she wanted to work at a soup kitchen when she grew up. Julie graduated from MTSU in May 2014 with a degree in Organizational Communication with a focus in non-profit organizations, and has been working at Feed America First ever since. She is studying to receive her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) Certificate. In her spare time, you will find her thrift shopping or playing with her two wild nephews.
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