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, 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
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
Director of Programs
Kea comes to us with decades of experience working in nonprofit organizations with a focus on program and project management. She is passionate about building relationships and watching mission-driven organizations grow and succeed. As the Director of Programs, she is responsible for leading AACFB county-wide programs such as the food pantries, onsite feeding programs, and our new Mobile Food Pantry program. She was born and raised in Maryland and has been an Anne Arundel County resident for over 10 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina.
Favorite vegetable: Spinach
Human Resources & Logistics Manager
Marta manages the food bank’s human resources as well as our transportation logistics, coordinating our Retail Recovery and Feeding America pick-ups, and agency deliveries. She also coordinates our volunteer program and individual- and community-organized food drives.
Favorite vegetables: Broccoli, asparagus, and green beans
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
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 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 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
You will see Steve’s smiling face around Anne Arundel County as he picks up and drops off food donations.
Favorite vegetable: Potatoes.
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
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
Food Drive & Volunteer Coordinator
Conor is AACFB’s coordinator for food drives throughout Anne Arundel and the food bank’s volunteer program. A life-long Marylander, Conor attended St. John’s College in Annapolis and has worked with several food and social service nonprofits. Building relationships and working to alleviate food insecurity is his passion, and Old Bay runs through his veins.
Favorite vegetable: Broccoli and tomatoes