Leslie Isakoff, 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.isakoff@asimplegesturegso.org

Leslie Isakoff, A Simple Gesture

Murphy Sullivan, Vice President and Executive Director

Murphy holds a Masters degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). For more than 20 years, she has built the capacity of various nonprofit organizations, securing over $200.5 million and creating plans with up to 100% annual growth. Murphy’s background includes operations, marketing, public policy and government affairs. She has served the Office of the United States Vice President and the White House in Washington, D.C. and represented 4,000+ businesses in Raleigh, NC.

Murphy is also a proud alumna of Leadership Greensboro and is a long-time VOICES Committee Chair for the Guilford County Family Justice Center. She is honored to be a part of A Simple Gesture and passionate about feeding hungry children and ending the trajectory of poverty for life. Contact Murphy at murphy@asimplegesturegso.org

Julia Osborne, Volunteer Coordinator

Julia Osborne comes to A Simple Gesture after a 30-year career as a teacher and administrator in Georgia’s largest school district. A serendipitous meeting with Leslie Isakoff in 2019 led Julia to enthusiastically join Leslie and the volunteers at A Simple Gesture on their mission to end childhood hunger in Guilford County as the Volunteer Coordinator.  She has a passion for sharing with others the foundational role nutrition plays in academic achievement and the corresponding long-term effects on community economic development.

Julia particularly enjoys the positive space A Simple Gesture holds in the community. As she often notes, she only deals with people who are at their best. People are happy to give food, collect bags, and otherwise donate their time and talents to the united cause of feeding their neighbors. She feels that it is truly a blessing it is to be surrounded by such extraordinary positivity and community spirit. Contact Julia at julia.osborne@asimplegesture.org

Karen Brudnak-Slate, Outreach Coordinator for High Point

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

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Dave Marlin, Chair

David Lees, Vice Chair

Jill Painter, Treasurer

Tom Ricciardi, Secretary

Delas Addison

Jamilla Pinder

Butch Sherrill


A Simple Gesture Greensboro

Bob Biggerstaff


Dave Marlin, Corporate Kindness Program

Anne Hendrix, Director of Volunteer Drivers, Greensboro

David Lees, Director of Volunteer Drivers, High Point

Denise Hill, Director of Warehouse Volunteers



Tom Ricciardi, Chair

Karen Brudnak-Slate

Katie Danis

Sheri DuPuis

Bobby Mitra

Heather Rooney