Meet the Staff of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank
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, NY, 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 Degree 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Susan started working for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank as an Administrative Assistant in 2006. With her leadership skills and dedication to the Food Bank over the years, she naturally assumed more and more responsibility. She works closely with local, county and state officials, churches and clubs to make sure those people receive the help they need, including food, medical equipment, hygiene products, baby items, nutritional supplements, and more. Susan has put her heart and soul into the Anne Arundel County Food Bank for over 15 years, and because of her persistence and drive the Food Bank has been able to purchase box trucks to pick up more food, a custom built freezer so that clients can now receive meats and other frozen items, and helped the Food Bank expand very rapidly.
Favorite vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, peas, corn on the cob.
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 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, CT and an M.A. from Boston College, both in American Studies.
Favorite vegetable: Artichokes.
Marta helps to coordinate many aspects for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. She helps coordinate our volunteer program, all of our food drives, and the medical loan program. Additionally she manages human resources for our organization.
Favorite vegetables: Broccoli, asparagus, and green beans.
Member Relations/TEFAP Manager
Angel assists with all our member agencies (food pantries, baby pantries, onsite feeding programs, senior pantries, backpack buddies program, pet pantries, and more!), and also coordinates The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) that we implement in Anne Arundel County.
Favorite vegetables: Peppers and onions.
Communications & Development Manager
Melanie spearheads all our communication needs at the Anne Arundel County Food Bank, working to keep our website, e-newsletters, social media, and promotional materials up to date. Melanie also develops and implements our special events including Feeding Hope (May), Nutrition Month (March), and Hunger Action Month (September).
Favorite vegetables: Green beans and broccoli.
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.
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.
Warehouse Assistant Manager
Delvin assists our warehouse manager with the day to day operations and making sure that the flow of food continues seamlessly to our member agencies.
Favorite vegetable: Broccoli.
Keiry “Katie” Villalta
Administrative & Data Coordinator
Katie is one of the first people you will see when you visit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Katie assists with welcoming visitors to the Food Bank, coordinating our database, and other administrative functions.
Favorite vegetable: Mushrooms.
You will see Steve’s smiling face around Anne Arundel County as he picks up and drops off food donations.
Favorite vegetable: Potatoes.