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
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.
Mike comes to the pantry from the Mid Ohio Foodbank where he served as the Director of Food Resource Development. His passion for helping to feed our hungry neighbors developed there, and he is excited to see how this passion will grow as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Worthington Resource Pantry. Mike grew up right here in central Ohio - he is a graduate of Dublin High School - and he currently lives in Worthington. He holds an Associate's degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor's degree in Food Service Management. Most of Mike's professional experience has been in the food service industry. He has done everything from washing dishes, cooking, managing restaurants, selling center of the plate food, and every position in between. Mike has been happily married to his beautiful wife, Maria, for ten years, and they have a golden retriever named Tanner. When not providing healthy food to our neighbors, Mike can be found cooking, entertaining, restoring vintage Volkswagen Campers, hiking, camping and enjoying live music.
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.