FARGO, N.D. – The Great Plains Food Bank on Tuesday announced the hiring of David Stachon (chief financial officer), John Morrison (accounting manager), Nicole Outka (regional service manager for eastern North Dakota), Emily Otto (office coordinator) and Cara Newberry (digital communications coordinator), joining the state’s largest hunger-relief organization providing needed food assistance to more than 121,000 individuals annually.
Stachon began his role with the Great Plains Food Bank in February of this year. As chief financial officer, he oversees the finance and accounting, information technology, inventory and administration needs for the organization. Prior to joining the Great Plains Food Bank, Stachon gained valuable experience in tax, finance and business at Eide Bailly and RDO Equipment Co. He holds a bachelor’s of accountancy degree from North Dakota State University (NDSU).
Morrison joined the Great Plains Food Bank as accounting manager in February of this year. In his current role, he oversees the accounts receivable and accounts payable processes along with payroll, state billing for grants and most internal accounting functions. Morrison received a bachelor’s of accounting and finance degree from NDSU in 2021 and previously worked at Emerging Prairie.
Outka started as regional services manager for eastern North Dakota in August of this year. In her current role, Outka works with the Great Plains Food Bank’s large network of partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in all areas including infrastructure, compliance and capacity building along with overseeing mobile food pantry distributions on the eastern side of North Dakota. Prior to joining the Great Plains Food Bank, Outka served as a health promotion graduate assistant at NDSU while she received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in exercise science and nutrition.
Otto joined the Great Plains Food Bank in April of this year. As office coordinator, she manages a range of tasks including answering phones, data entry, bundling monetary donations and assisting with scheduling for food deliveries to the Great Plains Food Bank large network of partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. Prior to joining the Great Plains Food Bank, Otto spent eight years at Target.
Newberry started as digital communications coordinator with the Great Plains Food Bank in August of this year where she executes digital strategy for the organization’s development and communications department along with day-to-day management of a range of social media accounts and digital platforms. Prior to joining the Great Plains Food Bank, Newberry spent three years creating and managing digital marketing and social media campaigns for several e-commerce brands, after prior experience in manufacturing and communications.