Kellie O’Connell is the Chief Executive Officer of Lakeview Pantry where she leads the organization in addressing complex social issues and strategic decision-making.
Kellie comes to Lakeview Pantry with over 18 years in the non-profit sector in strategic planning, management, communications, fundraising, and social service delivery and outcome measurement. She was most recently Director of Advancement at Northwestern Settlement House.
Prior to joining the Settlement, Kellie was a consultant for nonprofits and government agencies, and spent eight years at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), the nation’s third largest public housing authority, including serving as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Public Affairs.
A Chicago native, Kellie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.
Bill Thomas serves as Lakeview Pantry’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Bill oversees all administrative, operations and programs functions, including food acquisition and volunteers. He guides the organization in delivering creative, cost-effective and measurable results that allow the organization to further its mission.
Prior to joining the Pantry in 2018, Bill served as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. In this role he has been responsible for leading a $6 billion food sourcing program, managing multi-million corporate partnerships, including Walmart and Starbucks, and developing a nationwide strategy that led to historic increases in healthy foods such as fresh produce. Prior to joining Feeding America, Thomas spent 10 years with Barilla America and 19 years with the Quaker Oats Company.
Thomas earned a master’s degree in marketing from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in general management from Purdue University.
Ashley joined Lakeview Pantry in October 2013. She previously held the role of Development Manager until March 2017. In her role as Director of Development, she manages the day–to–day operations of the agency’s development team and oversees all fundraising efforts.
During her time at Lakeview Pantry, she has helped to grow overall fundraising revenue by 20% by maintaining a 77% donor retention rate, growing the direct mail program by 34%, and working with community partners to increase awareness of Lakeview Pantry’s work on Chicago’s North Side.
Ashley received her master’s degree in international studies from DePaul University. Before joining Lakeview Pantry, she worked for Sarah’s Circle and the Women’s Global Education Project.
Angie joined Lakeview Pantry in March 2016 and leads the marketing and communications efforts.
Before coming to the Pantry Angie worked as a marketing and public relations consultant for various organizations including local nonprofit, Options for Youth, and investment service firms, Ennis Knupp & Associates and Aon Investment Consulting.
Angie sits on the Board of Directors for Options for Youth and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan.
Greg has been the Pantry Coordinator at the Broadway (and now Sheridan) location since May of 2001, and was promoted to Manager of Food Programs in 2017, continuing his work with homeless and low-income populations on Chicago’s North Side. Greg contributed to the planning and design of our new facility at 3945 N Sheridan as a member of Pantry’s board-led Real Estate committee. Besides his work at the Pantry, Greg is a musician and performs regularly with a variety of ensembles in Chicago.
Colleen started as the Pantry’s Manager of Social Services in January 2018. Prior to joining the Pantry team, Colleen worked in various non-profit agencies with an emphasis in providing case coordination services to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Colleen is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and practices from a strengths-based perspective with a focus on empowerment training and systems building.
Before Drew stepped into his current role as Manager of Volunteers, he worked with Lakeview Pantry as both a volunteer and the Volunteer Program Assistant. He now has the privilege to supervise and work alongside one of the most talented and diverse volunteer corps in Chicago, managing nearly 50,000 hours of volunteer time each year. Drew is also an Licensed Professional Counselor and provides psychotherapy services to clients within our Mental Health Counseling Program.
Sarah started at Lakeview Pantry as a volunteer before stepping into her current role as Manager of Community Engagement where she manages in-kind donations. She loves working with such a vibrant and caring community.
Sarah holds a Masters in Public Service Management from DePaul University and serves in the Illinois Army National Guard. She likes walking her dog during Chicago snowstorms, cooking and Crossfit.
Megan stared at Lakeview Pantry in August 2017 as the Sheridan Pantry Coordinator. Previously, she worked in progressive positions at Whole Foods Market gaining valuable skills in merchandising and retail operations. Additionally, Megan organized a Summer Food Service Program as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Megan loves to implement her unique skill set in her role as Pantry Coordinator and enjoys working alongside the wonderful staff and volunteers at Lakeview Pantry.
Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in Global Studies and Spanish. Outside of work Megan enjoys biking and visiting her sister in Hawaii whenever possible.
Carrie began working at Lakeview Pantry as a Pantry Coordinator in 2002. She loves that her duties involve working with clients, volunteers, community members and the other staff. She is also the current president of the Northside Anti-Hunger Network, an association of non-profit providers in Chicago. When she’s not at the Pantry, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Abby Greaney serves as the Pantry Coordinator where she assists with food distribution, volunteer coordination, client service, and social services. Abby previously worked at the Pantry as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 2017 and as an Amate House volunteer in 2014-2015.
Abby received her bachelor’s degree in education from Valparaiso University and is currently pursuing a masters in Social Work at the University of Chicago. When she’s not at the Pantry, Abby enjoys reading, music, hanging out with friends, playing nerdy board games like Settlers of Catan, and going to the beach.
Kandis began her career at Lakeview Pantry in April 2015 and serves as the Pantry’s Volunteer Coordinator. Previously, she held positions at Chicago Cares, the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Center, and the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Chicago.
Kandis earned her bachelor’s degree in English Writing from DePauw University in 2011 and has pursed work in the nonprofit sector since 2012.
What she appreciates most about working at Lakeview Pantry is the close connections she gets to build with volunteers that go a long way in bringing support and dignity to Lakeview Pantry clients. In her spare time, Kandis enjoys eating pizza while watching reruns of Parks and Recreation (and unashamedly aspiring to be more like the show’s lead character Leslie Knope).
Jessie serves as one of Lakeview Pantry’s Development Coordinators. In this role, she focuses on Individual Giving and Event Assistance.
Jessie worked in the nonprofit sector for two years in both New York and Boston before transitioning into marketing. She relocated to her hometown of Chicago, and her passion for fundraising guided her to Lakeview Pantry. Jessie loves volunteering and is dedicated to spending time giving back in the community for various organizations.
Jessie graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences and a minor in Political Science. When she is not at the Pantry, Jessie spends her time teaching yoga and enjoys playing with dogs and traveling.
Grace began volunteering with Lakeview Pantry in the fall of 2017 before moving into her role as Development Coordinator in March 2018 where she assists in the Pantry’s fundraising and communications efforts. She previously worked for an Internet service provider in southeast Michigan before moving to Chicago and making the transition into the nonprofit sector.
Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and enjoys reading and exploring the city with friends on her time off.