Our Team


 

grin board

Cynthia Canter, Board President
Kenney King, Board President Elect
Eric Bisignano, Board Treasurer
Kathi Bubb, Board Secretary
Ron Smith, Board Member
Mallory Sribanditmongkol, Board Member
John Williams, Board Member
Marshall Zimmerman, Board Member
Joel Trainer, Board Member (Gahanna Christian Ministerial Association Representative)

grin staff

Brenda Johnston, Executive Director (paid position)
  • Beth Bentley, Program Director (paid position
    • Karen Dietz, Summer Lunch Program Director (paid position through July)
      • Colleen Heintzelman, Summer Lunch Site Coordinator (paid position through August)
      • Hannah Taylor, Summer Lunch Site Coordinator (paid position through August)
    • Abby Cochran, Weekend Snack Packs Coordinator
    • Dottie Franey, Back to School Fair Coordinator
    • Holiday Assistance
      • Thanksgiving Coordinator, open position
      • Connie Perkins & Kenny King, Christmas Coordinators
    • Nancy Williams, Volunteer Coordinator
    • Stephani Delisio, Check-In Coordinator
    • Jennifer Barnes, Clothing Pantry Coorinator
    • Cheryl Malone, Food Shopping Coordinator
    • Jane Crombie, Food Pantry Coordinator

 

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GRIN Through the Years

1972

Sarah and Jim Williams started a food pantry in their home.

1978

Mifflin Presbyterian offered to house the food pantry.

1999

GRIN formed with the support of the Gahanna Ministerial Association and Rotary under the leadership of Sally Williams and Reverend Roger Wagner from Mifflin Presbyterian.

2000

Holiday Assistance Program offering Thanksgiving boxes for families, as well as Christmas Adoptions.

2003

GRIN began providing assistance with utilities payments.

2012

The GMA began collaborating with GRIN to talk about consolidating services being provided in a variety of locations into a single location to serve the whole community.

  • Fall 2013 - A new Board was created to begin the planning and consolidation process.  

2013

The following services were provided by separate entities, but now integrated as part of GRIN: 

  • Food Pantry/Financial Assistance
  • Free Clothing store (at Stonybrook) - Clothing for 420 families 
  • Summer Lunch Club (as part of the BRIDGE) - served 4650 lunches

2014

Executive Director, Brenda Johnston elected to execute the directives of the Board.  

2015

GRIN began partnering with the Gahanna-Jefferson School District to provide:

  • April, 2015  --  GRIN moved into an office building to integrate the multitude of services offered
  • Snack packs to the 2015-2016 school year children in need on the weekends.
  • Back to School fair providing school supplies, book bags and other services needed to start the new school year.

2016

GRIN joined forces with Mid-Ohio

2017

Program Director, Beth Bentley was hired part-time to execute the directives of the Board

  • October, 2017, GRIN moved to a new facility at 165 Granville Street, Gahanna, OH, 43230