Nick Linkenhoker joined the Worthington Resource Pantry as the Volunteer Coordinator in February 2016, and he became the Executive Director in May 2018. Nick's impact at the pantry cannot be overstated: he knows the operations inside and out, he knows every volunteer by name, he knows our partner agencies and organizations, and he knows the neighbors we serve. Besides his all-encompassing knowledge of pantry operations, Nick has experience working for other non-profit organizations, and he is a recognized leader. He is the Immediate Past President of the Volunteer Administrators' Network of Central Ohio, and he serves on the Worthington Community Relations Commission.
According to Nick, "My passion for our mission and my commitment to this community is strong. Our whole team shares the goal of ensuring that every family in our service area has access to fresh, healthy food and that we keep focused on that in our fundraising, our community engagement, and our service to neighbors."
Nick comes from the small town of Bellevue, Ohio in northern Ohio. He and his wife, Jeanine, live in Worthington. Nick says that, “Worthington has all the benefits of living close to a big city, but keeps that small town feel, and part of that is giving a hand when your neighbor needs it. That’s what brought me to the Worthington Resource Pantry.”
Director of Development
Tarra Nystrom has more than 12 years of nonprofit leadership experience, and she enjoys engaging with the communities we serve to enhance our development efforts. As a grant writer and grant writing trainer, her knowledge of where to find and how to best position the Pantry for grant funding complements her 23 years of special event planning. She is a proud alumnus of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Strategic Communication, and she earned a MBA from Ohio Dominican University. Tarra is the humbled parent to two adult children who are accomplished, witty, and compassionate. Traveling anywhere (Key West is a favorite) or taking in a local festival or exhibit captures her attention when she is away from work.
Janet George Blocher joined the Worthington Resource Pantry as the part-time Communications Specialist in late 2016 after spending many rewarding hours volunteering at the pantry. Janet spent the majority of her career as a faculty member at Capital University Law School. Before that, she practiced law in Columbus and in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a life-long volunteer and has committed herself to helping others in her community. She is thrilled to be helping our Worthington neighbors access food as well as information about available resources.Janet and her husband, Roger, have lived in Worthington for nearly their entire married life. Their two grown sons, Craig and Kyle, are products of the Worthington Schools. And Janet has a new addition to her family: baby Andrew arrived in November of 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Janet is happy to show you a picture -or two- of sweet baby Andrew.
Christa Hester is eager to join the Worthington Resource Pantry as the new Volunteer Coordinator. Bringing with her seven years of experience coordinating programs and volunteers, and a deep care for the community, Christa looks forward giving her energy to this organization to support volunteers and neighbors alike. Professionally, Christa previously served as an AmeriCorps Service Member at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, which led to working on the staff as a Program Coordinator for school & community-based programs. Most recently, Christa has worked as an Administrative Assistant for an HR management firm in Columbus, while outside of work she has been engaged with youth programming in central Ohio, and she occasionally volunteers with Columbus Gives Back.
Christa earned a BA in Communication from the University of Cincinnati and had minors in Organizational Leadership and Spanish. During her 4-year tenure, she prioritized building into the community on campus as a Resident Advisor, a member of the Programs and Activities Council, and a founding member in the university’s chapter of College Mentors For Kids, where she led student volunteers and organized learning activities for 4 years. These experiences have paved the way for Christa’s career pursuits and passions.
Christa finds a lot of joy in her active social life, spending regular time with family and her close group of friends. She enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking at Highbanks Park or playing sports like sand volleyball or tennis. She is always looking for her next chance to travel, or for opportunities spend the night in playing cards or games with friends.