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

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

Janelle Brandon
Program Director

Janelle began as the Great Plains Food Bank program director in April 2022 where she oversees the development, implementation, administration and evaluation of the organization’s childhood, senior, family and rural hunger-relief programs. She also works closely with the operations team to help ensure the delivery of services to a statewide network of partner food pantries and feeding programs. Prior to her work with Great Plains Food Bank, Janelle was the manager of women’s community programs for Sanford Health and the wellness and lifestyle medicine supervisor at Sanford Health Plan. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and has served on the City of Moorhead Park Advisory Board representing Ward 1 since 2017.

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