Some New Faces on our Team


New Faces

We are excited to welcome some new staff members to our Second Harvest family. Beverly Lizanich, Director of Member and Program Services, has rounded out her staff with some bright, enthusiastic professionals who recently came on board. “I am thrilled to work with these talented, inspiring women. I finally have the "super team" I've dreamed of assembling - I just need to add the capes! ” shared Bev.

Brittney Hopkins is from Lorain. She is our AmeriCorps Vista who will be acting as our PantryTrak coordinator for this coming year. Brittney has a real heart for helping people because she has been doing it all her life. Her mother is Norva Ross who runs the Pathways Enrichment Center. Recently, when Norva was ill, Brittney took over running the food pantry. “I am really excited about this opportunity,” said Brittney. “As an AmeriCorps Vista, you get education credit, a stipend and can serve the community.” When she is not working, Brittney enjoys praise dancing, cooking and journaling. Best activity of all, though, is spending time with her 8 month old son, Michael.

Sarah Horan joined Second Harvest in June as the Member Compliance Coordinator. She volunteered at the Second Harvest in St. Paul, Minnesota, so when she returned to Vermilion she knew it was something she wanted to try when our new building opened. She learned about our job opening while she volunteered here and the rest is history. She has already been on two partner charity site visits with more to come. Sarah shared, “I am impressed with our strategy and direction towards direct distribution. I am excited to see how many more people we can serve.” Her pastime activities include golfing, bike riding, tennis and almost anything outdoors.

Samantha Flores has rejoined the staff at Second Harvest as our Program Coordinator. She was an AmeriCorps Vista for Second Harvest from 2009-2011. After her term here was done, she moved on to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank where she helped open the call center and the SNAP Outreach effort. After a year, she moved to Seoul, South Korea where she taught young school children English as a foreign language. She found great joy in her work but eventually decided it was time to return back to the United States. She kept in touch with Bev over the years and is happy that she could return to Second Harvest. Samantha will be responsible for coordinating the Farmer’s Markets and will be helping to build new partnerships. “There is a lot more forward motion here now,” she shared. “We have a big vision. I love the question of what next?” Samantha is still trying to get settled but is looking forward to getting back to running and getting reacquainted with the theatre scene and classical music concerts in northern Ohio.

We are happy to welcome these young women to our Second Harvest team as companions on the journey towards hunger relief.


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