Staff and Board
Mike Darrow, Executive Director
Mike Darrow became the Executive Director of Feeding the Carolinas in September 2018. With extensive experience in executive leadership positions in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Mike is driven by a servant’s heart – helping people and mobilizing resources to solve problems and get results.
Mike’s for-profit experience includes operations and marketing positions with Food Lion, Sara Lee/Hanes brands and Lexington Home Brands. In the non-profit sector Mike served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics, serving the uninsured with their health care needs. Mike also was Chief Program Officer for the American Health Initiative, focused on recruiting retired health care professionals to bring their skills and experience to free clinics across the country through volunteering.
Mike earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his Master of Business Administration at Wake Forest University’s School of Business. Mike also earned the Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Mike lives in Lexington, NC, with his wife Amy and has three children and two grandchildren.
Cindy Stapleton, Farm to Food Banks Director
Cindy has 13 years of experience in the produce industry including procurement, operations, general management, logistics, sales and marketing. Her background includes expanding the business, increasing revenues, productivity enhancement, profitability improvement, strategic planning, food safety, logistics, negotiations, forecasting, team leadership and collaboration and excellent communication skills. Cindy attended the State University of New York College at Brockport where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.
Board of Directors
Peter Werbicki – Board Chair
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
Kay Carter – Board Vice-Chair
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Ron Pringle – Board Secretary
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Eric Aft – Board Treasurer
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina
Golden Harvest Food Bank
CEO – TBD
Harvest Hope Food Bank
MANNA Food Bank
Food Bank of the Albemarle
Elizabeth City, NC
Lowcountry Food Bank
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