Kim moved to Charlotte from Buffalo, NY in 2001 to pursue a career as a clinical social worker. She worked for several years as a case manager and mental health therapist with children and families until she decided to stay home with her two young children. She then started her own small business, Natural Wonders Play Studio, LLC, providing open-ended, sensory-rich play to children. She has always had a passion for helping others and feels that feeding people is one of the greatest expressions of love. In her free time she loves to travel with her husband and two teenagers, read historical fiction, work out at the YWCA and cuddle with dogs and babies. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Communications
Sarah has been serving as a volunteer since the early days of Feeding Charlotte, helping with social media, newsletters, and finding ways to tell our good story. Sarah is a writer, a yoga teacher specializing in adaptive yoga for people with disabilities, and a social media and communications consultant for nonprofits and small businesses. She loves the Feeding Charlotte mission’s intersection of care for people and care for the planet. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading, making art, spending time with her three kids, husband, two dogs, and three cats. You can contact her at email@example.com
Food Rescue Coordinator
Selwa moved to Charlotte in 2019 after graduating from Millbrook High School in Raleigh. She currently attends the University of North Carolina as a Philosophy and French student. Through the Philosophy Department she has been able to intern with Charlotte’s Safe Alliance as a Grant Writing Intern. Throughout this experience she discovered a passion for non-profit work and supporting her community. Outside of work, Selwa is a member of her university’s Women’s Rugby Club, a STAR for UNCC’s chapter of Leadership Fellows, as well as a Communication Consultant and Peer Tutor. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and weight training. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Melissa Elder is the founder and owner of Deeper Roots Therapy, a somatic psychotherapy practice treating Eating Disorders. Melissa’s background includes work in the non-profit sector with City Harvest, a fellow food rescue organization in New York, NY. Melissa has served as board chair since Feeding Charlotte’s founding and lives in Charlotte with her family.
Daniel is a therapist, philosophy professor, and former grantwriter. He is passionate about animal welfare and cllimate ethics and believes that “food rescue” is a key step towards sustainable living.
Paul is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. Moved to the U.S in 1997 to pursue a career in Hospitality and has called Charlotte, NC his home since 2010. Paul has a degree in Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management from Johnson & Wales University. Prior to his current role as Director of Dining for Compass Group North America, Paul worked and oversaw a number of foodservice operations at renowned hotels, private restaurants and universities across Florida, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, South Carolina and North Carolina. Paul is married, has 2 boys, and a daily run is his favorite type of therapy.
Elaine is a CPA and the Chief Financial Officer for Threadline Products. By ninth grade, she had lived in 5 states and attended multiple schools. At times during her youth, her family was food insecure. She is passionate about long term sustainability for food production as well as eliminating food insecurity. Her knowledge of accounting practices and reporting is how she contributes to the community and to Feeding Charlotte. Elaine has been in Charlotte for almost 20 years and is an avid Panthers fan. She is married to Michael Johnson, a director at Atrium Healthcare, and has three teenagers.
Raj Merchant has lived in Charlotte since 2015 but has roots in the Carolinas (Greenville SC and Greensboro NC). By day, Raj works as a Practice Director at Perficient, an information technology and management consulting firm. Raj’s interest in tackling food waste was born out of his experience as an EMBA student at UNC Chapel Hill, during which time he spent three months working on a consulting project for F4A (https://f4a.com/). F4A is a Luxembourg-based startup that has developed a technology solution to help supermarkets reduce food waste by applying dynamic pricing to expiring (but still safe to eat) food. As part of this project, Raj learned just how massive the food waste problem is, especially in the US.
Raj is passionate about supporting the Charlotte community and especially its nonprofit ecosystem. As a Partner at Social Venture Partners Charlotte, Raj has served on SVP’s Investment Committee, Revenue Diversification Committee, and SEED20 Steering Committee. Raj is also SVP’s Lead Partner for its relationship/investment with Families Forward Charlotte. Raj recently joined the Board of Directors at HELPS Education Fund based in Raleigh. Finally, Raj actively volunteers with Apparo to provide technology and project management expertise to local nonprofits including The Independence Fund.
Raj holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Certificate. Raj lives in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte with his wife, Leigh Ann, and their six-week-old baby Thomas.
Neil Bloomfield is a member of Moore & Van Allen PLLC where he co-heads the Financial Regulatory Advice and Response practice group. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. Neil believes in giving back to the community. In addition to his work with Feeding Charlotte, he has performed pro bono and volunteer work in the areas of domestic violence, veterans’ rights, and housing. He is married to Dr. Hima Maramreddy and they have two daughters.
Shelley is a CPA and worked 4 years in public accounting (audit), 9 years for LendingTree as Assistant Controller and 7 years part time for Peak 10 (now Flexential) as Manager of External Reporting then as a consultant. She has stayed home since 2015 doing some bookkeeping on the side for friends who own businesses and has also been Treasurer for both St Gabes PTO and Holy Trinity PTO (2019-2021). She has 3 daughters – Lauren (17), Jordyn (14) and Madison (12).
Shelley is currently the bookkeeper for Feeding Charlotte and has worked diligently to keep our finances in order.
Betty was born and raised in Mecklenburg County and raised her two daughters in the greater Charlotte area. She also has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Betty worked at Presbyterian Hospital in environmental services and was a manager overseeing several departments, including child care. She started her own business doing commercial cleaning and currently cares for seniors in her community. She is an Elder at Faith Liberation Community Christian Church and oversees the hospitality program. Betty has a passion for making sure people’s basic needs are met, especially food and clothing.