Meet Our Staff:

Mike Womack, Executive Director - (931) 265-5878


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 a new grandson. Mike is also the founder and lead pastor of The Experience Church in Cookeville. Mike is an avid Tennessee fan. VFL!

Richard Ryden, Operations Director - (615) 480-5704
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.

Connie Hughes, Business Manager - (615) 478-2813

Connie started volunteering with Feed America First in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, and has volunteered weekly ever since. A former instructor of accounting at MTSU and TSU, she recently joined our staff as our business manager. Connie regularly attends World Outreach Church.

Lidia Graham, Director of Development - (615) 405-7570   


Lidia joined Feed America First in August 2014 with a passion for feeding families. Being a Christian, wife, and mother, she understands the significance of serving others. She earned a MBA in Marketing from Middle Tennessee State University in 2000 and worked as a Marketing Director for five years in a music non-profit. This gives her the knowledge to propel Feed America First into the future. She is excited to see what God has planned for Feed America First and how she can be hands and feet in the process.  

Ken "Pops" Lawrence, Warehouse Manager

Pops 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 - (931) 993-4715


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.

Tom Henry, Founder - (615) 512-5915


Tom Henry grew up in Pasadena, Texas before making his way to Georgia Tech, to graduate with an Industrial Engineering degree. After 30 years in the restaurant business with the likes of Steak and Ale, Houston’s Restaurants, and Rio Bravo Cantinas, Tom found his passion in feeding the hungry. He and Don Herbert (since deceased) chartered Feed America First in June of 2000. Tom and Linda married in 1977 and live in Franklin, TN, attending Bethlehem UMC. He is proud to be father to Allison Evans, Jessica Conner, and Chelsea Henry, and grandfather of six. Tom retired in 2019 but is still regularly involved. 


  Our Board of Directors:

  • Dave Speer - Board President
  • Al Adams; Safe-T-Cover - Board Treasurer
  • Bill Santi; Santi & Associates
  • Chris Whitney; One Gen Away
  • David Edwards; Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Sharon Brawner; Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Jason Martin; MTSU James E. Walker Library
  • Andy Vaughn; Regions
  • John Francis: CKE