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Meet the Team

Leadership Team

Director

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  • Name: Lauren McDermott
  • Major: International Studies
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: St. Charles
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I got involved with Tiger Pantry the first semester it was available to the Mizzou community. I wanted to be a part of something brand new that had unlimited potential.
  • Fun Fact: I am overly attached to the cast of FRIENDS.
  • Goals: My overarching goal as director is to create a nurturing and supportive environment for clients and coordinators, which will allow for optimal idea generation and provide our clients with the best experience possible. I also hope to assist in growing Tiger Pantry’s presence on Mizzou’s campus, so everyone knowledgable about what we do and the stigma surrounding food insecurity begins to diminish and expand upon relationships between Tiger Pantry and organizations within the Mizzou community, as well as Columbia.

Operations Coordinator

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  • Name: Sasha Gubina
  • Major: International Studies, Russian Studies
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Harrisonville, MO
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I got involved with Tiger Pantry my freshman year, because I wanted to be part of an organization in which I could give back to the University of Missouri for all four years. Now I cannot imagine being at MU without Tiger Pantry; I have a second family because of it.
  • Fun Fact: I was born in Lugansk, Ukraine and I lived there for ten years.
  • Goals: My goal is to build a relationship with the Central Missouri Food Bank, where  I can consistently get food from their organization in order to keep our pantry stocked at all times. With their help, I hope to provide fresh produce on a weekly basis for us as well. Additionally, I would like to establish a really good relationship with all of the new volunteers, managers, and of course our coordinators.

Volunteer Coordinator

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  • Name: Grace Gabel
  • Major: Journalism
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Columbia, MO
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: After meeting Nick Droege and he explained the program to me, I immediately feel in love with it. Having the chance to help students, faculty, and staff with the food and security need is an amazing way to unite Mizzou.
  • Fun Fact: Narwhals are my favorite animal.
  • Goals: I would like all exec members and volunteers to be on a first name basis. Everyone should feel comfortable coming up to any member and asking for assistance in any situation. I also want to plan more social events for those involved with Tiger Pantry.

Assessment Coordinator

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  • Name: Satya Kothapalli
  • Major: Biology; Minor – Business
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: St. Louis
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I found out a lot of information and the purpose behind Tiger Pantry on a random Wednesday when I was just doing homework at Memorial Union. It turned out that same Wednesday was also the 1-year Anniversary celebration of Tiger Pantry. I was really startled by the amount of food insecurity present at Mizzou’s campus through the touching speeches given that day of all the hard work that was put in and all the aid TP has been giving individuals. That’s when I began researching more information about how to get involved with Tiger Pantry.
  • Fun Fact: I play tennis!
  • Goals: My goals are to focus on creating more visual graphs to show everyone the improvement we are making. I want to have visual representations of the reports we make so it will make it more clear for everyone. I will be working on the weekly report so we can have a running total of the amount of pounds we give out, a monthly report, a semester, and finally a yearly one. I also want to organize all the records we have in terms of how much food is going out, how much is coming in and where it is coming from.

Assessment Chair

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  • Name: Adee Levinstein
  • Major: Dietetics
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Chesterfield, MO
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I applied to be part of the Tiger Pantry team before it was founded, and have seen it grow ever since!  This organization helps many on our campus and leaves a significant impact on the Mizzou community.
  • Fun Fact: I am Irish by association – I was born on St. Patrick’s Day!
  • Goal: My goal is to help out in any way possible in Tiger Pantry, even if it’s beyond my position’s description, in order to make sure it keeps growing for the pantry users.  I think Tiger Pantry will be most harmonious and successful if the Executive Board works as a team to accomplish whatever needs to be accomplished.

Co-Fundraising Coordinator

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  • Name: Morgan Wootten
  • Major: Fine Arts/Graphic Design
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: St. Charles, MO
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I got involved with Tiger Pantry because I truly love the Mizzou community. Volunteering has been an experience of a lifetime. I was fortunate enough to see how much of a difference a donation made to a family. Being a part of this organization blew me away. I have never seen so many passionate people strive to help those around them. Mizzou is such a loving and giving community. I can’t wait to see how much we grow in the future.
  • Fun Fact: I love to travel. I’ve been to China, Germany, France, Italy, Indonesia, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, England, The Bahamas, and Japan.
  • Goals: I would like to create an annual fundraiser that Tiger Pantry is known for. I also plan to contact other resources on campus such as STRIPES and Mizzou Athletics about possible food drives. In addition, I would like to create better systems for the bins as well as the Thank-You Cards.

Co-Fundraising Coordinator

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  • Name: Nicole Andrews
  • Major: Marketing
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Batavia, IL
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I got involved with Tiger Pantry because I want to be able to see first-hand the work our team is doing to help those in need.
  • Fun Fact:I love the Chicago Blackhawks!
  • Goals: I would like to make the ‘Beat Arkansas’ food fight a successful, annual event held in the spring. I would also like to contact businesses outside of Mizzou’s campus and spread awareness of the work we do to these businesses so that they can potentially hold food drives. I would also like to develop a definite pick-up schedule for the donations that are given to the pantry.

Co-Marketing Coordinator

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  • Name: Liz Skretkowicz
  • Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication; Minor – Business
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Memphis, TN
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: To me, Tiger Pantry is a great representation of what Mizzou is all about – Tigers helping Tigers. I got involved with the Pantry as a way to give back to this university that has given me so much.
  • Fun Fact: I had three different first grades in three different states.
  • Goals: I plan to reconstruct the TP website. I think by making our website more aesthetically pleasing and user friendly, Tiger Pantry marketing will be immensely improved. I also want to work with the other coordinators to plan more activities on Mizzou’s campus. Last, I want to provide other ways for people to volunteer/donate.

Co-Marketing Coordinator 

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  • Name: Sequoyah Moore
  • Major: Journalism
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I got involved with Tiger Pantry because I love helping people and educating others about important issues (such as food insecurity) that people face in their everyday lives. By being a marketing chair, I’ll be able to help my fellow Tigers as well as put to work my passion for sharing information and educating my community.
  • Fun Fact:  I’m named after the world’s largest trees (Giant sequoias), but I barely reach 4’10″.
  • Goals: My overall goal is to spread information about Tiger Pantry on-goings, fundraisers, and events to communities that we haven’t really targeted before (social justice centers, freshman populations, residence halls, student organizations, etc.) and bring about a more general understanding of food insecurity and the importance of the work that the Tiger Pantry does.

Resource Coordinator

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  • Name: Shannon Orbe
  • Major: Double Major – International Studies and Religious Studies
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: St. Louis
  • Why you got involved in Tiger Pantry: I’ve always been interested in service work and wanted to expand my knowledge on food insecurity, especially how it impacts our Mizzou community.
  • Fun Fact: I studied abroad in the Middle East this past summer traveling throughout Jordan and Israel taking Arabic classes.
  • Goals: I will strive to make Tiger Pantry volunteers educated to assist clients with SNAP forms.  I will do so by working closely with Columbia’s local Department of Social Services, our Tiger Pantry team, and all our wonderful volunteers. This will be an opportunity for greater education on food insecurity for volunteers and provide friendly, convenient help to our Pantry clients who may be eligible for assistance.

Pick-Up Team Coordinator

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  • Name: Stephanie Monticelli
  • Major: Biochemistry
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Columbia, MO
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I have been involved with food banks for years, and I believe Tiger Pantry embodies the values and ideals of Mizzou and is a necessity on campus.
  • Fun Fact: I have a twin sister that goes to Mizzou!
  • Goals:  My goal is to  create an efficient organization/communication system for drop offs and pick ups and organizing the volunteers and  getting more pick-up team volunteers throughout the semester.

 

 

 

Tuesday Pantry Manager

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  • Name: Allie Beydler
  • Major: Finance
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Concordia, Missouri
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: Service is a very important aspect of my life and with Tiger Pantry being the first service organization I heard about my freshman year, I couldn’t help but apply. The goals and achievements of Tiger Pantry in the last year and a half within the Mizzou community have been remarkable and I am very excited to continue to serve with such a fantastic organization!
  • Fun Fact: I am currently socializing a service dog in training.
  • Goals: My goal is to continue to find ways to help Tiger Pantry improve its operations through obtaining volunteer and client input. I would like to further encourage dialogue between volunteers and clients to create an even more inclusive environment for everyone.

Wednesday Pantry Manager

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  • Name: Tyler Hessler
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Branson, MO
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: I grew up around pantries and often volunteered countless hours, helping me understand how much some people are in need of food.
  • Fun Fact: I have a condition called Dextrocardia, simply meaning my heart is on the wrong side of my chest (weird huh?).
  • Goals: I would like to see Tiger Pantry to continue to grow in the community and to eventually serve all those who have been deemed in need of food due to financial disability.

Sunday Pantry Manager

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  • Name: Sammy Zino
  • Major: Biology
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Springfield, IL
  • Why you got involved with Tiger Pantry: TP is an extremely impactful organization on campus and I wanted to play my part in giving back to the Mizzou community.
  • Fun Fact: I was once attacked by a wiener dog and have been scared of them ever since!
  • Goals:  I hope to make the volunteer experience enjoyable for the fellow volunteers by increasing communication and encouraging friendships. I’d also like to foster better relationships with our patrons. This past semester, I observed some patrons who display a little bit of uncomfortableness when they visit the pantry. I’d like to help ease any tensions through treating our patrons as nice as possible, whether it be asking them how their day has been or even doing something as simple as giving them a smile.