About Us


Debra Vizzi

President and CEO
Debra Vizzi, who has dedicated her life and work to helping those in need, took the helm of the FoodBank in 2015 as the second CEO in the history of the organization. Her passion for helping families is rooted in her personal experience as a foster child in New York City, where, at young age, she was moved from one placement to another and faced hunger. Taking inspiration from a social worker, who saved her from an abusive household, she has spent her career working to provide a “hand up” for vulnerable populations.
A licensed Clinical Social Worker, Debra received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University and her bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State. In addition to being a widely sought-after speaker on issues including poverty and child welfare, Debra was honored with a 2015 New Jersey Humanitarian Award from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Monmouth County and received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Buffalo State.

Karen Leies

Vice President of Development
Karen Leies oversees all of the FoodBank’s philanthropic programs. Karen was previously Senior Director of Development and Special Events at New York City Ballet. She also served as Vice President of Development of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and as Director of Development at Lincoln Center. Karen is a graduate of Ithaca College.

Jeffrey Mott

Vice President of Finance
Jeffrey Mott oversees the Community FoodBank of New Jersey's financial operations. Prior to joining the FoodBank, he spent 4 years in roles as head of Internal Audit and as Corporate Controller for Phoenix House Foundation -- a leading national substance abuse treatment provider. Jeffrey also has more than 6 years of experience in public accounting, focusing on nonprofit organizations. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Richard Uniacke

Vice President of Southern Branch
Richard Uniacke leads the organization’s hunger-relief efforts in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties. Over the years, he has played a number of key roles at the FoodBank, ranging from program development and evaluation to fundraising and marketing. Richard has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Kean University and a Master of Business Administration from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Tonya Walley

Vice President of Logistics
Tonya Walley provides strategy and leadership for food sourcing and distribution, agency relations and operations. Prior to joining the FoodBank, Tonya spent 22 years at Verizon Communications. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in computer science from St. Peter’s College and has a dual master’s degree in telecommunications management and engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Tonya also holds a Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University.
  • Board Of Directors
    • Josh Weinreich


    • Alan C. Levitan

      Vice Chairman

    • Joseph F. Dempsey Jr.

      Senior Regional Officer
      Capital One

    • Michael Rimland

      Managing Director
      Goldman, Sachs & Co.

    • Alma DeMetropolis

      Managing Director
      JPMorgan Private Bank

    • Robert H. Doherty

      Bank of America, New Jersey

    • Andy Federbusch

      Managing Director
      Credit Suisse

    • Antony J. Ferolie

      ESM Ferolie

    • Jill Gateman

      Executive Vice President, Northeast Corporate Banking

    • Ronald B. Giles

      Director, Quality Assurance
      Goya Foods, Inc.

    • Steven F. Jureller

      President and CEO
      Cauldwell Wingate Company, LLC

    • Brian W. Kronick, Esq.

      Kronick Resolutions

    • Wendy M. Lazarus

      Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs
      Pfizer, Inc.

    • Karen Meleta

      Vice President, Consumer and Corporate Communications
      Wakefern Food Corp.

    • Michael A. Ostroff

      Patella Woodworking

    • Sekhar Ramaswamy

      Vice President and CTO
      Prudential Financial, Inc.

    • Judith A. Spires

      President and CEO
      Kings Food Markets, Inc.

    • Tom Uhlman

      Managing Partner
      New Venture Partners, LLC

    • Josh S. Weston

      Honorary Chairman
      Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

  • Southern Branch Advisory Board
    • Bob D'Augustine, ESQ

      Attorney at Law

    • Jann Mevoli

      1st Vice-Chair
      Sturdy Savings Bank

    • Brendan Jerome

      2nd Vice-Chair
      11th Floor Creative Group, LLC

    • Robyn Begley

      AtlantiCare Health System

    • Kathleen Corbalis

      Kathleen Corbalis Communications

    • Scott Cronick

      The Press of Atlantic City

    • Peter Davidson

      TD Bank

    • Beverly DiMeglio


    • David Goldstein

      Smithfield Foods

    • Frank Kearns, EdD.

      Community Representative

    • Todd Noon

      Triad Associates

    • Elizabeth A. Sheridan

      Inspira Health Network

    • Cookie Till

      Steve & Cookie’s By The Bay