OUR LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Melissa Sobolik
Chief Executive Officer

Melissa began her stint as CEO July 2021 and becomes just the second CEO in the history of the Great Plains Food Bank. A veteran of hunger-relief, Melissa began her work with the Great Plains Food Bank in 2007 working with programs and agency relations and helped launch some of the organization’s most effective programs. She served as president from July of 2019 until being named CEO and previously served as director of the Ending Hunger 2.0 initiative, which focuses on long-term solutions and prevention to food insecurity. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Concordia College and previously served on the Fargo City Commission and the North Dakota League of Cities Board of Directors.

Email:  msobolik@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Kate Molbert
Chief Operating Officer

Kate officially started her role as chief operating officer in May of 2021 and oversees the day-to-day functions of the Great Plains Food Bank operations, programs and agency services and accounting and finance departments. This is in addition to assisting with the overall strategic vision for the organization. Prior to her work in hunger-relief, Kate gained extensive experience in finance, economics and business administration working for Target, Boston University, PwC and RDO Equipment Company. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Saint Thomas and both an M.B.A. and master’s degree in information systems from Boston University – School of Management. 

Email: kmolbert@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Joe Askew
Chief Financial Officer

Joe joined the Great Plains Food Bank staff as Chief Financial Officer in September of 2017 and oversees all technology and financial needs for the Great Plains Food Bank, which includes oversight of the organization’s $29 million annual budget. Prior to joining the Great Plains Food Bank team, Joe spent the previous 17 years as a controller for a multi-million dollar manufacturing company in Perham, Minn., and holds an accounting degree from the University of North Dakota and a business administration degree from North Dakota State University. Additionally, Joe serves in a volunteer capacity as treasurer both for Olivet Lutheran Church and the ELCA Eastern N.D. Synod.  

Email: joaskew@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Mark Lang
Operations Director

Mark Lang started his work as operations director with the Great Plains Food Bank in February of 2020 where he oversees all aspects of the operations team responsible for recovering and distributing more than 15 million pounds of food to those in need annually. Mark has brought a wealth of experience in team building, staff supervision and training, supply chain management, facility management, route scheduling, inventory management, customer service, safety programs, risk management and budgeting to the Great Plains Food Bank in a career that has spanned multiple decades. He previously served as operations manager for Mac’s Inc. and as warehouse manager/facility leader for DISH Network.  

Email: mlang@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Marcia Paulson 
Chief Development Officer

Engaging and mobilizing the community around the solvable problem of hunger in North Dakota and western Minnesota is a challenge Marcia takes seriously. “I believe ending hunger is a shared responsibility and that together we can make a huge impact on the lives of those who are currently hungry, or at risk of hunger.” Marcia’s passion for equality has led her to hold both paid and volunteer positions within the nonprofit community for the past twenty years around the issues of hunger, poverty, racism, affordable housing, homelessness and violence prevention. Marcia holds a degree in Speech Communication from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and a degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.  

Email: mpaulson@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Nancy Carriveau
Program Director

Nancy Carriveau joined the Great Plains Food Bank in April of 2016 as food resource manager and was promoted to program director in the fall of 2018 where she oversees aspects of all Great Plains Food Bank programs including its network of more than 200 partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. Before arriving at the Great Plains Food Bank, Nancy spent 15 years in retail, hospitality and food service management. She previously worked as a life skills educator with Lutheran Social Services in Duluth, Minn., before moving back to North Dakota with her family. Carriveau received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2007. 

Email: ncarriveau@greatplainsfoodbank.org

Dominic Goodman  
Director of Human Resources

Dominic joined the Great Plains Food Bank in July of 2021 as the human resources director where he oversees all HR duties for the organization. 

Prior to Joining Great Plains Food Bank, he spent the last two years working as human resources director for community health centers and the previous 10 years working with reputable organizations in the hotel industry and the Bahamas Government where he has held positions such as regional director of operations, regional human resource director and general manager. Dominic offers both national and international knowledge and expertise in HR and holds a triple bachelors of science degree in human resource management, accounting and business management from Dickinson State University and an M.H.A (Master in Healthcare Administration) from Purdue University Global. 

Email: dgoodman@greatplainsfoodbank.org 

 

 

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