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 four grandchildren.

(336) 365-3450

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.

(419) 308-9196

Erica King

Farm to Food Banks Administrative Assistant

Erica King joined Feeding the Carolinas as the part time Farm to Foodbanks Admin. Assistant in March 2020. Erica has experience in accounting, dairy farming, agriculture, food safety and has strong computer and communication skills.

She was raised in North Georgia and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with a concentration in Production and Management at Berry College in Rome, GA. Erica and her husband reside in St. Augustine, FL with their cats, dogs and bird. Her location offers accessibility for us to meet in person as needed.

Christina "Tina" Newsom

Grant Program Manager

Tina joined the Feeding the Carolinas team as the Grant Program Manager, focusing on the USDA/NCDA TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grant, in October 2022.  Tina comes to us from the State of North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency’s Housing Opportunities and Eviction Prevention (HOPE) Program, the largest rent and utility assistance program in State history.  Christina fulfilled a vital role in the implementation of the HOPE Program.


A native of the Carolinas, Tina grew up on a farm and developed a passion for food.  She believes that this passion coupled with the desire to help others, will be instrumental to her role. Tina brings her background with the NCORR HOPE Program and other organizations, as well as a strong work ethic and skillset, to help support the mission of Feeding the Carolinas.


Tina currently resides in Kernersville, NC and has three children and one grandchild.

(336) 671-0045

Board of Directors

Ron Pringle

Board Chair

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Raleigh, NC

Eric Aft

Board Vice Chair

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Winston-Salem, NC

Erinn Rowe

Board Treasurer

Harvest Hope Food Bank Columbia, SC

Nick Osborne

Board Secretary

Lowcountry Food Bank Charleston, SC

Lonnie Ballard

Board Member

Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina Fayetteville, NC

Amy Breitmann

Board Member

Golden Harvest Food Bank Augusta, GA

Kay Carter

Board Member

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Charlotte, NC

Claire Neal

Board Member

MANNA Food Bank Asheville, NC

Liz Reasoner

Board Member

Food Bank of the Albemarle Elizabeth City, NC

Ashley McCumber

Board Member

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina Raleigh, NC

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