Jennifer came to the Worthington Resource Pantry in July of 2013 as the organization’s first full-time Executive Director. She runs the day-to-day operations of the pantry and carries out the pantry’s mission to support our neighbors. Jennifer loves to live what we are doing at the pantry. On busy days you can find her sorting produce, shopping with neighbors, or even greeting folks as they walk in the door. She says, “I have to say that being the Executive Director of a smaller not for profit does require me to pull off things that are challenging, but I wouldn't have it any other way.”
Jennifer has been in the community nutrition field for 16 years, beginning her career at Visiting Nurse Health Systems in Atlanta. She worked for LifeCare Alliance for 14 years, and her final position there was Nutrition Programs Director.
Jennifer, her husband Paul, and her two sons, Jay and Matt, have made Colonial Hills (a Worthington neighborhood) their home for 14 years. It is know as "The Friendly Community," and Jennifer likes to call Worthington as a whole a friendly community. She can often be found out and about in Worthington walking her dog, Baron von Fralic, or hanging out at her sons' swim meets.
Jennifer's go-to dinner is 5-Ingredient White Chicken Chili. It takes just 15 minutes and smells amazing!
Director of Development
Kelly McConaughey joined the Worthington Resource Pantry in May 2017 as Director of Development. Kelly brings with her more than 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience, having worked on a multitude of community initiatives in a variety of roles. Her work has focused on housing, sustainability, and community development; her favorite projects centered around food justice. Kelly is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer; she spent two years in the Gambia, West Africa working as an agro-forestry development extension agent. She earned her BA in Sociology at The Ohio State University.
Kelly works with community partners and supporters of the Worthington Resource Pantry, always looking to strengthen the relationship with the community. She directs development activities and coordinates efforts around organizational funding.
Kelly and her daughter, Ahmie, are new to Worthington and excited to live, work, and play in such a wonderful community! You can find Kelly and Ahmie at many a playground, enjoying the trails at High Banks Metro Park, and camping when possible.
Kelly’s favorite recipe to share comes all the way from West Africa and is called Domoda. This savory peanut butter dish with chicken and lots of vegetables is always a hit.
Nick Linkenhoker joined the Worthington Resource Pantry as the Volunteer Coordinator in February 2016. He is also the Vice President of the Volunteer Administrators’ Network of Central Ohio, and has experience managing volunteer programs for nonprofit organizations and private companies. He has worked in healthcare, youth development, veterans’ services, and the public sector.
As the volunteer coordinator, Nick serves as the first point of contact for new and long-time volunteers. He manages the orientation and training of new volunteers, develops volunteer policies and procedures, and works with WRP volunteer leaders to find the best ways to serve our Neighbors and our community.
Nick comes from the small town of Bellevue, Ohio and he and his wife, Jeanine, recently purchased their first home 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.”
Nick’s favorite dinner is Bone-in Ribeye.
“Salt and pepper. Grilled to medium rare. Absolutely nothing else required, although boiled sweet corn in the summer is always a nice addition, also with salt and pepper. Serve with your beverage of choice!”
Janet George Blocher
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- or 100- of sweet baby Andrew.
Janet’s favorite meal centers around maple-glazed salmon, a quick and delicious dish that makes it easy to get dinner on the table.