Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice
Sarai’s educational background includes a master’s in Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northeast Missouri State University.
Food Pantry Network Director
With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing and a Sociology minor, she oversees the daily operations of a 12-site food pantry network distribution system serving 34,000 consumers annually, and will be invaluable to the growth of the system. Becky is a gifted speaker and regularly presents to faith, civic and student groups about food access needs in Greater Des Moines, and the work of the food pantry network.
Food Pantry Network Assistant Director
Mr. Beck grew up in Ames, Iowa, and after graduating from Ames High School, has had a variety of study focuses but is currently studying in the field of criminal justice. In his time away from work and class, Daniel enjoys reading, studying health, exercising, and trying to improve his culinary knowledge.
Mobile Food Pantry Manager
Joe joined the DMARC team in April 2013, and is a Chicagoland native who moved to the Des Moines in June 2012. Joe previously studied criminal justice in Illinois. In Joe’s time away you can normally find him volunteering in the community or spending time with friends. Joe enjoys hiking and camping, or just being outside.
Luke Elzinga joined DMARC in April of 2014. As Communications Manager, he writes, edits and designs The Voice, creates and distributes the eVoice, designs and maintains dmarcunited.org, takes photos at events, produces videos, manages social media, designs print pieces and graphics, and other communications tasks.
Luke attended Iowa State University, where he earned his BA in Advertising. After graduating, he served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Montana Legal Services Association in Helena, Montana. Luke currently serves as the Marketing Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s Des Moines chapter.
In his free time, Luke enjoys reading, documentary films, coffee, progressive politics and social justice, and working on video projects with his friends.
Linda Vander Hart
Linda and her husband, Dan, have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Linda’s leisure time is spent reading, going to grandchildren’s sport events and movies, and spending time with family and friends.
John E. Robinson
Red Barrel / Food Drive Coordinator
As a professional actor, he is a founding member and ensemble player with the Repertory Theater of Iowa. (Find him in the family-friendly movie, SMITTY, starring Mira Sorvino and Peter Fonda.) John began as a food pantry warehouse assistant in 2011, and now serves as coordinator for the Red Barrel program as well as various food drives and other special events.
Pam and her husband, Bob, moved to Des Moines from Lawrence, Kansas, over 25 years ago. They enjoy staying connected with their three adult children and four grandchildren, canoeing and college basketball.
Food Pantry Warehouse Associate
Drew graduated from Ankeny High School (Ankeny, IA) and attended Des Moines Area Community College studying accounting and business administration. In Drew’s free time he enjoys traveling, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.