harvesting for the hungry

Team Members

Staff Members

Stephanie Wooten

Executive Director

Stephanie was hired as GleanKY’s first full-time staff person in October 2014. Stephanie is proud to work for an innovative non-profit that tackles food waste and hunger in a creative way and is passionate about seeing the GleanKY model take hold across the state. Stephanie finds joy in many things – gardening, practicing sign language, listening to live music, and whatever her kids are into at the moment (currently sharks). Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Indiana University and has master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Public Administration. Send Stephanie an email.

Ben Southworth

Program Director

Ben joined GleanKY’s staff in the spring of 2016, working first as the organization’s Development Director before moving into his current role as Program Director in 2018. In his free time, Ben practices woodworking and picture framing. As a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Arts Administration program, and having spent portions of his life working for a produce farm, Ben is grateful to work in a way that combines his love for food and nonprofit work. Send Ben an email.

Bekah Worster

Development Director

Bekah joined GleanKY in 2018. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from Western Kentucky University. In her free time, Bekah is an active member of Junior League of Lexington and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets outdoors and exploring Central Kentucky. Bekah is passionate about the community and giving back. She is excited to see GleanKY continue to grow. Send Bekah an email.

Jimmy Earley

Fayette County Coordinator

Jimmy grew up in Central KY and has variously been an Owner and Production Coordinator of a Fair Trade coffee roasting cooperative in Madison, WI, General Manager of a farmer owned local food distributor here in Kentucky, Farm-To-Kitchen Coordinator for FoodChain and GleanKY, as well as a truck driver for a Wisconsin multi-farm CSA business, a bike messenger and a professional musician.  On any given night, Jimmy can be found on a stage somewhere in Lexington, playing music with one of the several bands of which he is a member, or spending time with his sweetheart, their lovely baby cuddle monster, and Red Dog, their 100 Lb. muppet dog. Send Jimmy an email.

Will Torres

Outreach Coordinator

Will joined GleanKY in 2017. He is finishing up his 4th year at the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors in Public Health. He also works in the marketing department at Red Mile and has a passion for creating music. As an inner-city Chicagoan he has seen a copious amount of community issues, and he believes that food insecurity is a problem that tends to be overlooked. He is excited to bring his experience and knowledge from his AmeriCorps experience at the Greater Chicago Food Depository to GleanKY and help individuals throughout Kentucky gain access to fresh produce. Send Will an email.

Board of Directors

Betsy Davis

Chair

Betsy fell in love with GleanKY when she discovered that they deliver apples to the elementary school where she volunteers as a mentor. From a small town in western Kentucky, Lexington feels like the big city to her — a big city with a big heart and lots of good food. She is regularly floored by the generosity of businesses and farmers in Lexington who donate to GleanKY. Betsy obtained her undergraduate degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and her law degree from the University of Kentucky. She currently works as an attorney in Richmond. She also loves yoga, reading, hiking, cooking, fresh produce, hot tea, and donuts (but not necessarily at the same time).

James Gagel

Treasurer

James Gagel joined the board of GleanKY in July 2017. He has worked over 10 years as a CPA, primarily in Louisville and Lexington, Ky. James is married with two boys. During his free time he enjoys running, lifting, hiking, volunteering for various local nonprofit organizations, and spending time with his family. James is very excited and thankful to join this great organization that helps so many people.

Emily Camp

Secretary

Emily Camp began gleaning with GleanKY after a seed sale event that took place at Lexmark International, where she is employed as a mechanical engineer, and joined the board in 2013. Raised in a large family, the concept of “waste not, want not” has always been paramount in her life. As a member of Pax Christi Church, she had volunteered with the Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together (YACHT) group to prepare and serve meals at the Catholic Action Center and had joined the Garden of Eatin’ committee to create and maintain a parish garden that fed the needy. Emily’s other interests include serving on the executive board for the Bluegrass Society of Women Engineers, where she often participates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach activities with children at East 7th Street Center; UK Engineering Day; the Kentucky Science Center; Girl Scouts; and various schools throughout the region. She also enjoys volunteering for events empowering young women, such as the Be Bold and Young Women Lead conferences. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and homebrew judging.

Erica Horn

GleanKY past-president and co-Founder Erica Horn came to the organization by falling in love with the idea of gleaning. As co-Founder John Walker put it: there is extra food and there are hungry people, we should be able to marry the two. Excited by the prospect of feeding hungry people, Erica began executing John’s vision. According to Erica, no volunteer experience has been more rewarding than this one.

Erica is a compulsive helper, as is demonstrated by her non-professional activities. She is actively involved in her church, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, which is a huge supporter of GleanKY. Additionally, she has served on numerous nonprofit boards and volunteered for over 45 years. She has been a board member of Lexington Planned Parenthood, the Nathaniel United Methodist Mission, the Kentucky Women’s Leadership Network, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation and Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Erica has served in leadership positions in many of the organizations with which she has been involved. Professionally, Erica is a CPA and lawyer.

Holly Hughes

Holly is passionate about GleanKY’s double mission to reduce food waste and to provide fresh produce to the food insecure. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a CPA and corporate controller. Then after an amazing stint as a stay-at-home mom, she received her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and embarked on a second career to follow her other great passion of providing a welcoming community for immigrants and refugees. Although not the fastest or most flexible, she enjoys running and yoga. While traveling the world, she seeks out cafes and street food; in Lexington, she loves to cook and enjoys the bonds created by sharing meals with family and friends.

Jillian Pyatte

Jillian Pyatte first learned of GleanKY through her work at University of Kentucky helping students volunteer in the community. After discovering a passion for supporting the food insecure by working with UK’s student serving food pantry and graduating from the Get on Board program, Jillian became a GleanKY Board Member in February 2018.  She loves the dual mission of preventing food waste while supporting our recipient sites with fresh produce.  Jillian has a B.S. & M.A. from Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and has called Kentucky home since 2011. She is married to a wonderful man and they spend their time loving on their rescue dogs, completing DIY projects on their house and playing board games.

Klint Arnold

Klint Arnold first learned about GleanKY in 2017 while participating in the Get on Board program at The Plantory. He joined the Board of Directors in July 2017. Klint is a proud Kentuckian, and equally proud to call Lexington home. He graduated from the University of Kentucky and has lived in Lexington, Ky., since 1997. He has worked for Starbucks Coffee Company in multiple roles since 2004—leading teams, developing employees, growing businesses, and giving back to the community in the Kentucky and Ohio region. Klint is married and has one daughter. In his free time, he is passionate about travel, photography, sports and exploring the outdoors.

Christian Torp

Christian Torp joined the board of GleanKY in 2013. He is a local attorney, missionary and advocate for social change. He first came to know GleanKY when his wife was contacted about partnering while he was away fundraising by hiking the Appalachian Trail. An avid gardener and advocate for healthy, sustainable foods, he believes that a society is only as good as it treats the least of its members. He and his wife, Tanya, were GleanKY’s first Neighborhood Ambassadors, distributing fresh produce from their front yard in Lexington’s East End.