Shakura began working in hunger relief as a college student at Clark Atlanta University, volunteering at local nonprofits that support under-served communities. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in communications, she spent the next 15 years in marketing, research and business development. She served with the Action Ministries Regional Hunger Relief team as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2013 to fulfill her greater passion in community development. She was later hired as the program coordinator for Action Ministries Feed the Hungry, where she managed key partnerships, local distribution and volunteer engagement. Warehouse operations, volunteer engagement, supplier relations, inventory management and budget control became part of her growing toolbox since 2013. The development and rapid growth of the SuperPack program shows her continuous efforts to identify and develop tools that best meet the evolving needs of the communities Action Ministries serves. In her words, she believes in “building local communities that endure and sustain, that spread hope and breathe possibility.” Outside of work, Shakura enjoys traveling, running and exploring the beautiful state of Georgia with her husband and two kids.
Amy oversees the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program and helps guide the growth and implementation of the Feed the Hungry Food Box and SuperPack programs throughout Action Ministries’ service areas. Amy grew up in Statesboro and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She taught school in Perry, Ga., and was a senior sales consultant with Scholastic Book Fairs, working closely with educators to promote literacy in the classroom. Most recently, Amy helped build the Gwinnett County Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program, increasing kids served by more than 30 percent. She and her husband attend Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys international travel, playing golf and watching college football.
Eugene oversees procurement, management and distribution of food as well as volunteer opportunities at Feed the Hungry. He was born in Virginia Beach, Va., and he spent most of his childhood between Hampton Roads and Detroit, Mich. He played football at the University of Tennessee while studying at the university’s acclaimed nuclear engineering program. His work has taken him around the world managing various aspects of warehouse flow. Before joining Action Ministries, he spent three years at Home Depot as the Inventory Control & Quality Assurance Operations Manager followed by the Sr. Supply Chain/Process Engineer. Eugene enjoys traveling the world.
Katherine joined Action Ministries in 2005 as a VISTA volunteer and later became a permanent staff member in August 2006. Katherine has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and masters’ degrees in community counseling from Argosy University and nonprofit management from Regis University. As the Women’s Community Kitchen Manager, she ensures that all area homeless and low-income women and children have a safe and secure place to receive the basic essentials of life. Katherine is a native of St. Louis and enjoys spending time with her two daughters, a special education teacher in Gwinnett County and a Clark Atlanta University student pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
Staci graduated from Georgia State University and has worked as a family advocate for at-risk populations and a case manager supervisor for local mental health in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. Staci has extensive experience in writing and peer-reviewing both federal and state jail diversion and mental health grants. She attended North Georgia College and State University and Argosy University, Atlanta, to pursue a master’s degree in community counseling. Staci owns an organic-certified 14.5-acre farm in Lula with more than 100 animals, orchards, outside gardens, a Georgia Department of Agriculture-certified kitchen and a 1,400-square-foot underground greenhouse. Staci has two grown sons, one a graduate of Georgia State University and the other a graduate of University of Georgia.
Bonnie has worked with Trinity Table since 2013, scheduling churches and other organizations to provide the food and volunteers needed to serve meals to its guests every Sunday. Bonnie retired from BellSouth after 26 years with the company and then consulted for various organizations before retiring again from the US Army Reserves, where she was a business analyst. Bonnie resides in Stockbridge, Ga., and she has one grown daughter, four stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She sings in the church choir at Ebenezer UMC, and she and her husband enjoy volunteering for special projects there.