Cory Berkenes, State Director
Cory Berkenes has served as the State Director of the IowaFood Bank Association since January, 2013. He resides in the Des Moines Areawith his wife, Crystal, and two daughters, Elsie and Emerson. Prior to joining the Iowa Food BankAssociation, Berkenes served as Executive Director of the Waverly-Shell RockArea United Way for 5-1/2 years.
Berkenes’ current position as State Director of the Iowa FoodBank Association allows him to collaborate with the eight Feeding America FoodBanks in the state that serve all 99 counties. He directs the state policy andadvocacy efforts for the association, oversees the statewide SNAP outreachcontract, and establishes strategies for improved food and fund procurement forfood banks. Berkenes currently co-chairs the Iowa Anti-Hunger Coalition, serveson the Leadership Team of the Food Access and Health Work Group and co-chairsits policy committee, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Iowa Food andFamily Project.
During his time with United Way, he worked jointly withtwenty-three health and human service agencies serving children, adults,seniors, and individuals with disabilities. He served on many community andstate boards, including: President of the Bremer County Child Abuse PreventionCouncil, Chair of the Bremer County Transportation Coalition, Vice-President ofthe regional 2-1-1 Board, Regional Emergency Food and Shelter Board, WaverlyArea Volunteer Professionals, and the United Ways of Iowa Statewide AdvisoryCouncil.
Berkenes enjoys prioritizing his day around his family. Theyspend their time running around outside, exploring new parks, and chasing theirdog around the neighborhood. He enjoys working in the community, advocating forfamilies and children, and coaching and/or attending his kids’ activities.
SNAP Outreach Worker
Cindy spent much of her career in the public sector. As Executive Director of the Henry County Retired and Senior Volunteer program in Mt. Pleasant, she oversaw 350 senior volunteers serving in 40 non-profit and government agencies. In 1999, she moved to Des Moines to serve as Constituent Services Coordinator for Governors Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver, taking early retirement from the State of Iowa in 2011. Cindy joined IFBA in 2011 as our SNAP Outreach Worker in 50 counties in Southern Iowa.
SNAP Outreach Worker
Katie is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where she received a Master in Public Policy degree with a focus on public health policies. She previously worked with the Iowa Center on Health Disparities as a Program Coordinator helping the organization develop Regional Minority Health Coalitions throughout the state. In addition, she worked at the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration where she assisted in developing and implementing outreach programs for immigrants all over Iowa. As the newest SNAP Outreach Worker, she has embraced the challenge to increase the use of Food Assistance among eligible Iowans over the next few years serving 49 counties in Northern Iowa.
Operations Manager/VISTA Supervisor
Michelle joined the Iowa Food Bank Association in August of 2011 with over twenty years' experience in banking and insurance. Before coming to IFBA, she worked for seven years as the Operations/Accounting Manager at First Insurance Services in Waverly. She spent the early years in her career in various positions in credit unions and never lost that desire to serve in a nonprofit organization. Michelle's duties for the Association include all accounting and financial reporting functions, providing administrative support for our SNAP programs, and supervising our AmeriCorps VISTA project and the 10 VISTA members serving throughout the state of Iowa.