Good Shepherd Food Bank Executive Leadership

Kristen Miale


As a lifelong advocate for ending food insecurity, Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, has worked tirelessly to grow organizational partnerships throughout the state of Maine. She and her team of 80+ work with a network of more than 500 nonprofit organizations to distribute 25 million meals a year, making Good Shepherd Food Bank Maine’s largest hunger-relief organization.
Before Kristen became president of the food bank, she worked for over a decade in the private equity and business consulting fields. After volunteering for hunger relief organizations, she decided to make her passion for ending hunger her occupation. Kristen founded and ran Cooking Matters Maine, a cooking and nutrition education program, created by the national Cooking Matters organization and implemented through Good Shepherd Food Bank for low-income families.
Kristen received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University, where she studied both entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. This year, she was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Maine’s Business Hall of Fame. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Maine Philanthropy Center, the Board of Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative, the Steering Committee of the Maine Food Strategy, and is a member of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Development Advisory Council.
When she isn’t traveling the state from Aroostook to York, Kristen resides in in Kennebunk with her husband, Drew, and two sons (Sam and Alex). She enjoys reading (especially at the beach), running, cooking, and spending time with her two cats (Mango and Minnie).

Matt Chin

VP of Supply Chain

Matt Chin, vice president of supply chain, has been with Good Shepherd Food Bank for five years. Matt is responsible for growing the capacity of the Supply Chain so that we can meet our bold goal by 2025, ensuring that all food-insecure Mainers have access to the food they need, when and where they need it.  The Supply Chain organization includes distribution centers in Auburn and Hampden, our fleet of tractor-trailers, sourcing, inventory management, facilities and safety.
Prior to Good Shepherd Food Bank, Matt was the executive vice president of business operations at Goodwill of Northern New England.  Before Goodwill, Matt spent 25 years at Fairchild/National Semiconductor working in process improvement, sales operations, finance, IT and various marketing positions.
Matt received his Sc.B. from Brown University and his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He lives in Yarmouth with his wife and has two grown boys.  He serves on Maine Medical Center’s Planning and Program Committee and The Woodlands’ Handicap Committee.

Shannon Coffin

VP of Community Partnerships

Shannon Coffin, vice president of community partnerships, joined Good Shepherd Food Bank in 2010 and launched the first Youth & Families Initiatives partnerships in 2011. Under her leadership from 2011 to 2019, Youth & Families Initiatives grew from reaching 40 children in one school to over 5,000 families in over 150 schools. From November 2019 to August 2020, Shannon served as Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Director of Community Partnerships, helping to lead the transition of our Community Resources team. She grew the team from four Field Representatives focused on agency compliance to seven Community Resource Representatives, building agency capacity and managing relationships with local retail donors through increased partner engagement.
Shannon is a part of Full Plates Full Potentials Leadership Council and has served as Chair for both their Child & Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program committees. She is also very active in the national Feeding America network. Most recently, she was selected to be a part of Feeding America’s first Equitable Access Innovation Cohort. In the past, she has provided support to peers across the country as a Child Hunger Capacity Adviser and as a Child Hunger Corps Supervisor.
Prior to working at Good Shepherd Food Bank, Shannon was Marketing & Events Coordinator for Green Tree Event Consultants in Falmouth, Maine, from 2006 to 2010. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Advertising. Outside of work, Shannon is an avid gardener, mother of twins, and a local Girl Scout Leader.

Erin Fogg

VP of Development and Communications

Erin Fogg, vice president of development and communications, is responsible for developing strategies to raise the organization’s visibility and to significantly grow philanthropic revenue for strategic initiatives, annual operations and capital projects.
Erin has more than 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. She joined the Food Bank from The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), where she was most recently the director of development operations after serving in annual and major giving capacities. Before joining JAX, Erin held leadership roles in communications and event planning at Friends of Acadia in Bar Harbor, ME, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in Montpelier, VT.
Erin received a B.A. in Communications from Elizabethtown College and completed her M.B.A. at Husson University. A native Vermonter, Erin and her family have made Maine their home since 2007. She is a board member for Hall-Dale Youth Soccer and formerly served in volunteer capacities at Jesup Memorial Library and Maine Seacoast Mission.

Amy Regan Gallant

VP of Public Policy and Research

Amy Regan Gallant, vice president of public policy and research, joined the Food Bank in December 2019. Her work includes state and federal advocacy, working with partner agencies to utilize research tools to assess the impact of our work, and engaging our Board, donors, volunteers, community, and those who have lived experience of hunger in grassroots advocacy. Gallant’s work is grounded in building relationships with elected officials and staff on all sides of the political aisle. You can find her in Augusta, DC and on the road throughout Maine.
Gallant was previously employed by AARP Maine as the advocacy director and built the successful Tuesdays at the State House constituent engagement program. She began her career at Preble Street, a social services organization in Portland, Maine, and oversaw the Maine Hunger Initiative, Healthcare Outreach to Veterans, and Homeless Voices for Justice.
Gallant is a volunteer with The Prouty, the Eastern Trail Alliance, and is a board member of Portland Ovations. She cares deeply about the “New Mainer” community and organized the 2019 Welcome Picnic for 300+ asylum seekers. Gallant grew up in Buxton and is a proud graduate of Catherine McAuley High School. She graduated from Saint Anselm College with a BA in Politics, New York University with an MS in International Development, and lives in South Portland with her husband, daughters, chickens, and bicycles.

Bryan O’Connor

VP of Finance and Administration

Bryan O’Connor is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Good Shepherd Food Bank, where he oversees the accounting, human resources, technology, and risk management functions.
A Certified Management Accountant, Bryan has 18 years of experience in accounting and leadership roles. Before joining the Food Bank in 2015, he served as Vice President of Finance at United Way of Greater Portland.
A graduate of Bentley University, Bryan is a father of two, a self-published author, and a Little League baseball coach.

Good Shepherd Food Bank Development Team

Erin Peck Yarema

Director of Major and Planned Giving

Erin Peck Yarema, director of major and planned giving, acquired a passion for development from her time as a college student receiving scholarship support and witnessing dynamic change on campus fueled by generous donors.
Working in the fundraising field since 2003, Erin is inspired by working with people to make transformational gifts that intersect a donor’s philanthropic goals and Good Shepherd Food Bank’s strategic vision.
A native Mainer and graduate of Waynflete School and Bard College, Erin enjoys gardening, cooking and time with her nine-year-old son, Nicholas.

Melissa Huston

Major Gift Officer

Melissa Huston, major gift officer, joined the Food Bank in 2010 and is passionate about the foundational role that nutritious food and good health plays in helping individuals and communities thrive.  Melissa is honored to work with donors to identify their philanthropic goals that might also advance the Food Bank’s strategic plan to ensure food security for all Mainers.
Melissa has an established background in development and community outreach with several eastern Maine area nonprofits, including St. Joseph Healthcare, Maine Adoption Place Service and Community Health and Counseling Services.  Each of these organizations allowed her the opportunity to help strengthen families and provide children with the stability needed to reach their full potential.
Maine has been Melissa’s home since 1988 but she is originally from Alabama and is a proud alumni of Auburn University where she majored in Public Relations and Communication.

Robin McCarthy

Annual Giving Officer

With a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications, Robin oversees direct marketing and annual giving strategies for the food bank.
Robin calls upon her experience with direct mail and donor engagement to create experiences that connect donors to the issues and values that matter most in their communities. She’s happy to talk your ear off about the value of a recurring monthly donation, and appreciates crafting a good thank-you note.
Robin grew up in central Maine, has lived and worked in the Midwest and Washington, DC, and now resides in Bucksport with her husband and dog.

Ethan Minton

Major Gift Officer

Ethan Minton, major gift officer, joined the Food Bank in 2017. He obtained a passion for ending hunger in 9th grade while completing an English assignment and, as he entered college, Ethan started raising money for organizations including Save the Children and Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Ethan has over 20 years of experience in broadcasting and prior to Good Shepherd Food Bank he was a trustee and then program director at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention.
Ethan studied business management at the University of Maine and lives with his wife and daughter and their cats in Brunswick.