Board of Directors:
Founder and President
For me, the reason we are here is Love. We are here to love our fellow humans and do what we can to help them – without prejudice. I saw a real need around Thanksgiving, to help individuals and families that are struggling. Everyone should get to enjoy a bountiful and happy Thanksgiving meal. I am very pleased with how we have been able to grow the effort to touch the lives of thousands.
David is a 15 year veteran of the mortgage lending industry. He became a partner in Homestead Mortgage Company in 2000. Since selling the company in 2008, David has worked at community banks. He has a loving wife of 30 years and raised two girls in the Lewis Center, Ohio. “Thanksgiving has always represented families having a joyful meal together. The Byron Saunders Foundation allows families to preserve this institution no matter what difficulties they may have.”
Fundraising Committee Chair
I was introduced to Brian Wollenberg when I first moved to Columbus almost 3 years ago. His story of the mission of Byron Saunders Foundation truly spoke to my heart and I wanted to get involved immediately in any way I could. Family is very important to me & knowing that we help other families keep their Thanksgiving traditions and enjoying a meal in their own homes, is an unbelievable gift we can give year after year!
A number of years ago, I had an interest in bringing more structure and organization to the Byron Saunders Foundation. As time passed, I became fully immersed with the work of the Foundation as I fully believe in the scripture passage that the Foundation has adopted, “For I was hungry and you gave Me food…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me.” – Matthew 25:35, 40
Vice President / Marketing Committee Chair
One simple act of kindness can lend itself in a chain reaction of undeniable life changing consequences. Just “one small stone” tossed into the water that creates a ripple effect that goes on and on. We need to create sustainable idea’s and support to fight hunger right here in Ohio. No one should ever be hungry. It all starts with just one person. I want to help to make that difference.
Thanksgiving is one of my most cherished memories, as a child. Even then, I understood that nothing brings a family together, like a meal. That is why I am passionate about this organization. In a country that grows more food than any other nation on this earth, it is unthinkable that any one person should go hungry on Thanksgiving Day or any day.
President of Knox County Chapter
In 2003, I was asked to find families that were having struggles in life and too uplift them by a laundry basket of food and a gift card for a Turkey…for Thanksgiving Day. Twenty meals found a table for families in Knox County that year and the need hasn’t stopped. God says, the poor will always be with us, I just want to help them and be a witness for Him. The blessings sure out weigh the work.