Leslie Loyd, President & COO

Leslie has spent her career working to alleviate hunger and poverty.  She was a founding member of Universities Fighting World Hunger, worked for the United Nations World Food Programme, and worked for miraclefeet, a nonprofit dedicated to ending clubfoot as a disability worldwide.

Leslie has been with A Simple Gesture since 2016, is a proud alumna of Leadership Greensboro, the Nonprofit Consortium’s Executive Director Academy, and is a recipient of the Community Foundation’s Game Changer Award. Contact Leslie at leslie@asimplegesturegso.org

Laura Oxner, Director of ASG Food Recovery (formerly known as RePurpose)

Laura has always been passionate about collaboration, the community and thinking creatively. She has rediscovered this in food recovery after several years as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

In 2016, Laura completed the Duke University Nonprofit Management Program. Her years as the NC Regional Director of Rock and Wrap It Up! (RWU), an award-winning food recovery think tank, has allowed for Guilford County to become a model of this work. ASG Food Recovery will continue this successful work of connecting donors of wholesome food and resources to vetted recipients in order to nourish the community rather than filling landfills. The core phrase of “feeding not wasting” is exactly what Laura strives for every day. Contact Laura directly at laura@asimplegesturegso.org

Karen Brudnak-Slate, Director of Development

Karen joins A Simple Gesture with a background in educational publishing. That experience is a good fit with her role as Outreach Coordinator for High Point. “Kids who come to school hungry can’t learn,” Karen says. “Being able to meet the basic need of making sure children have sufficient food is the very first step in helping them succeed in life. Being a part of A Simple Gesture gives me the opportunity to directly impact—and improve—the future of children in Guilford County. There’s so much need—and so many ways to help.”

Karen has been an active volunteer with A Simple Gesture prior to joining the team. She has a master’s degree in liberal studies from UNCG and a certificate in nonprofit digital marketing. Karen also volunteers for Guilford County Schools, Girl Scouts, and her church. Contact Karen at karen@asimplegesturegso.org

Maria Purcell, Director of Green Bag Program

Maria joins A Simple Gesture with a diverse work and volunteer background, including working in media and with technology education franchises. Maria grew up in Greensboro, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a BA in Journalism. She is an alumna of Leadership Davidson County.

Maria has always enjoyed making community connections, particularly connecting volunteers with opportunities to serve! She volunteered in her children’s schools for over 18 years and currently volunteers with ASG and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). To contact Maria, please email her at maria@asimplegesturegso.org

Julia Osborne, Director of SHARE Program

Julia joins A Simple Gesture as the Director of SHARE Program, working with schools to collect leftover food to share with any student who might need a snack during the school day. Julia comes to us after a 30-year career in education in Gwinnett County, Georgia, where she was a teacher and administrator.

Julia is excited to connect her passion for public education with the work SHARE does to support students during the school day. Students who are hungry cannot learn, and SHARE allows the school to focus on their core business of teaching and learning. If you are interested in connecting with Julia, email at julia.osborne@asimplegesture.org

Jan Swanton
Operations Manager

Jan joined A Simple Gesture in November 2021. Having grown up in Atlanta, she moved to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University and earned a BA in Sociology. She comes to ASG most recently employed by Westminster Presbyterian Church for 11 years as Finance Manager and, prior to that, Director of Local Outreach.

Jan has a heart for volunteering with nonprofits that focus on hunger needs such as Mobile Meals, Out of the Garden Project and BackPack Beginnings. She has been an active volunteer with A Simple Gesture since its inception in Greensboro. She also spends time volunteering at her church and Guilford County Schools. To contact Jan, please email her at jan@asimplegesturegso.org

Sheri DuPuis
National & Special Projects Coordinator

After many years of volunteering in different capacities with ASG, Sheri is pleased to have the opportunity to serve as National and Special Projects Coordinator. She’s enthusiastic about collaborating with other communities to help start up their own ASG chapters and sharing ASG’s model for success

Sheri also handles special projects in which she collaborates with ASG colleagues, community partners, supporters and businesses on special projects that support the mission of ASG.

If you’d like to start a chapter in your community, contact Sheri by emailing her at sheri@asimplegesturegso.org. She’d love to share ASG Greensboro’s model for success in helping communities keep their local food pantries stocked by a simple gesture of filling a green bag.

Rory Osborne
Route Coordinator

Rory joins A Simple Gesture/RePurpose after 30 years working in various technical jobs including serving as an Officer onboard US Navy submarines, working as a Management Consultant, a Process Control Engineer, an Airline Captain, and an Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA. Upon moving to Greensboro with the FAA, Rory became increasingly interested in volunteering and acting to help and improve the Greensboro community that he had quickly come to love.

Rory thoroughly enjoys volunteering with ASG and helping to get food to children and families in need. Through this affiliation, Rory discovered the efforts regarding sustainability, managing and reducing food waste. This mission spoke to Rory’s interest in systems and processes since it not only provides food to those who need it but also helps to eliminate waste and improve every step of the food cycle.

Rory brings his experience in process and system operations to help execute the organization’s current mission while preparing for future demands and developing additional programs to reduce waste in the food cycle.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Ricciardi, Board Chair

David Lees, Board Vice Chair & Director of Volunteer Drivers, High Point

Jill Painter, Board Treasurer

Dr. Vicki Foust, Board Secretary

Jamilla Pinder

Delas Addison

Edwin Bass

Bob Biggerstaff, Board Emeritus