Meet the staff of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank

Leah Paley, CEO

Leah Aiello Paley
Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer Leah Paley guides the vision and leads the daily operation of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Paley joined the AACFB in September 2021, after serving six years as executive director at a human service-focused nonprofit in Laurel, Maryland. An Anne Arundel County resident since 2016, she is grateful for the opportunity to create a positive impact for community members experiencing food insecurity.

Growing up in Albany, New York, Paley’s parents — a teacher and a human service worker — emphasized the values of service and social justice. Volunteering in the community and empowering under-resourced community members laid a solid foundation for Paley, who completed a year of service in Baltimore City as an AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) after earning her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Providence College in 2005. She went on to earn a Master of Social Work in 2011 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with a concentration in management and community organizing and a specialization in social action and community development.

Favorite vegetables: Kale, red peppers, and Brussel sprouts

Sarah Reilly
Director of Development & External Relations

Sarah spearheads our comprehensive fundraising and communications efforts in service of the mission and vision of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. She has been an Anne Arundel County resident for over twenty years and is deeply committed to our community. Sarah brings extensive experience in fundraising and communications, most recently serving for four years as a major gifts officer with the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation. She also has experience in workforce development and in working with young people with developmental disabilities and students from underserved communities. Sarah holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and an M.A. from Boston College, both in American Studies.

Favorite vegetable: Artichokes

Marta Jones

Marta Jones
Human Resources & Logistics Manager

Marta manages the food bank’s human resources, including the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff, consulting with leadership on strategic planning, and serving as a link between the food bank’s management and its employees. She also handles our transportation logistics, coordinating our Retail Recovery and Feeding America pick-ups.

Favorite vegetables: Broccoli, asparagus, and green beans

Angel Woodall
Programs Manager

Angel assists with all our partner networks: food pantries, baby pantries, on-site feeding programs, senior pantries, and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Backpack Buddies program). She also coordinates the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) that we implement in Anne Arundel County.

Favorite vegetables: Peppers and onions

Angie Slattery

Angie Slattery
Warehouse & Inventory Manager

Angie is responsible for everything to do with running our warehouse. She works closely with our warehouse team members to ensure the constant flow of food from donations to distributing to over 80 member agencies.

Favorite vegetables: Corn, green beans, and cucumbers

Jason Vaughan

Jason Vaughan
Communications Manager

Jason handles the food bank’s array of communications, all driven to share our mission to alleviate food insecurity in our county. He has extensive experience in nonprofit marketing and graphic design and managed the communications efforts of the Baltimore National Heritage Area for nearly ten years.

Favorite vegetables: Bok choy, mushrooms, and jalapeno peppers

Juls Jacobs-Kaczmarek

Juls Jacobs-Kaczmarek

Juls is our “go to” person for keeping our books up-to-date and paying our bills on time. She brings over 35 years of bookkeeping experience to the AACFB team.

Favorite vegetables: Broccoli, corn, squash, zucchini, green beans, and spinach

Steve Deshaies

Steve Deshaies
Fleet Coordinator

You will see Steve’s smiling face around Anne Arundel County as he picks up food donations collected from community food drives and our Retail Recovery partners. Steve also drives the Mobile Food Pantry, bringing fresh produce, lean meats, and other items to communities where access to healthy food is limited. As AACFB’s Fleet Coordinator, he is responsible for maintenance of our fleet of trucks as well as training new drivers.

Favorite vegetable: Potatoes

Keiry Villlalta

Keiry “Katie” Villalta
Programs Coordinator

Katie is one of the first people you will see when you visit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. While Katie assists with welcoming visitors to the food bank, she also uses her data entry skills to support our data collection and reporting requirements. She also provides onsite support for our Mobile Food Pantry.

Favorite vegetable: Mushrooms

Karen Kelly
Database Coordinator

Karen brings a decade of nonprofit experience, as well as a background in higher education, to the food bank team. She provides expertise in administering the organization’s database including processing donations, data mining, constituent management, and reporting.

Favorite vegetables: Asparagus and yellow squash

Amanda Fields
Food Drive and Volunteer Coordinator

Amanda has a frontline role working directly with volunteers sorting and boxing donations and helping with Mobile Food Pantry distributions. She also works with community groups to encourage greater participation in hosting food drives that help sustain our inventory. She has extensive experience in customer service and volunteer management and holds a M.S. in education from Old Dominion. Amanda enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

Favorite vegetables: Onions, broccoli, and mushrooms

Trevor Breeden
Warehouse Distribution Coordinator

Our Network Partners see Trevor everyday as he focuses on ensuring the accuracy and efficiency of our pick-ups for food, baby, and senior pantries. He also handles entering distribution data into our inventory system. Trevor is a U.S. Army Reservist and has previously worked in the construction and warehouse industries.

Favorite vegetable: Asparagus

Gary Kilton
Warehouse Receiving Coordinator

The Anne Arundel County Food Bank is fortunate to rely on Gary’s more than 20 years of experience in warehouse and manufacturing operations. He is most often in the food bank’s “middle room,” helping to sort the donations we receive from grocery stores and retail centers. Born and raised in Maryland, Gary enjoys sports and is a classic muscle car enthusiast.

Favorite vegetables: Lima beans

Interested in Employment Opportunities?

Are you interested in joining our team? Please see our open employment opportunities, here.