Al has been in food banking for more than 30 years. He has been director of four food banks, including an 11 year stint as executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane, Wa. He also has worked for Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest), most recently as senior vice president of member services from 2002-2007.
Al is married with two grown children, two grown step-daughters, and three grandchildren. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Fort Myers. He is a graduate of University of California at Davis.
He has been executive director of the Harry Chapin Food Bank since March of 2007.
Associate Director & Disaster Coordinator
Joyce joined the board of directors of the food bank in 1990 and has been on staff since 1993. Prior to food banking, she worked in the hotel/resort industry in Naples, the Florida Keys and Baltimore, Md. She is married and has three children. Joyce and her husband Hawley Botchford live in Fort Myers.
Neal has worked in the food distribution for more than twenty years. He was the director of operations for a national wholesaler in New Jersey. There he oversaw two facilities with more than 500,000 square feet of distribution and a staff of 175 employees.
In 2004, he owned a distribution company before selling it and relocating to Florida in 2006. He was the plant manager at two CEMEX companies before coming to HCFB.
Dave Najar recently joined the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida as director of administration. He is responsible for activities in finance, human resources, and information technology including the implementation of the Feeding America ERP system. Prior to joining HCFB, he worked at Hewlett Packard, Unisys, and Walt Disney, among others, in several management and financial assignments, spanning Asia, Europe, and South America. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Miriam joined the Harry Chapin Food Bank in November. Prior to working at the food bank, she spent almost 20 years as a print journalist, 17 of them as a reporter and editor at The News-Press. Working on stories about Southwest Florida’s neediest residents, especially those served by the Harry Chapin Food Bank, inspired Miriam to change careers and enter the non-profit world. Miriam has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida International University in Miami, her hometown. She is pursuing a master’s in business administration at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Chuck has been working in the accounting profession for more than 35 years and has a complete and diverse professional accounting background. A graduate of Ohio University with a BBA, Chuck has worked in public accounting, as a controller for various companies, as an accounting supervisor for a major real estate development company, and as a tax auditor for the government.
Special Events Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
Marta has worked in volunteer programs and administration at other non-profit organizations. She was assistant to the director of the Edison Festival of Light in Fort Myers, where she coordinated volunteer duties and community sponsorships for several annual events. She joined Harry Chapin in 2004.
Collier County Food Coordinator & Director of Programs
Katie Schweikhardt is the food bank's Collier County Food Coordinator. She is responsible for conducting assessments and developing and implementing working relationships with non-profits and other entities in Collier County. Prior to joining the food bank, she practiced law at The Schweikhardt Law Firm for 10 years, focusing on real estate and real estate planning.
As a native to SWFL, Homer has witnessed first-hand the need to overcome hunger throughout the communities. He shares and embraces the Harry Chapin Food Bank mission to eliminate hunger. As an aspiring chef, and business-owner, he brings a multitude of skills which he applies to his role at HCFB. As Agency Relation Manager, Homer is responsible to maintain and expand agency resources, act as liaison between partner agencies and the food bank, and monitor agencies to ensure compliance in all policies and regulations.
Chris came to the Harry Chapin Food Bank as part of the V.I.S.T.A. program (Volunteers In Service To America) in November of 2008. He was assigned to the Fresh Foods Rescue Project. His responsibilities include fostering relationships with local farmers, growers, and packers in an effort to secure donations of fresh fruits and vegetables for people in need. In the first two years of the project, more than 4.3 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables were distributed to Southwest Floridians in need. Today, Chris works under the director of operations. He manages all food purchasing and food sourcing.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Cape Coral in 2008 to escape the cold winters. Chris remains a die-hard Buckeye fan, and he enjoys golfing, fishing, playing soccer, and spending time with his family.