Request a Speaker

DMARC has a number of speakers available to present to your congregation, philanthropic group, university class, student organization, workplace, or other gathering. If you are interested in requesting a speaker, please fill out the form online below, or contact our office at or 515-277-6969.

Available Speakers – Staff

Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice
Executive Director
Reverend Schnucker Rice is DMARC’s Executive Director and a community leader in the fight against food insecurity. She has been with DMARC since 2008 and has also served as a member of the Food Access & Health Work Group and the Iowa Food Policy Council, in addition to work with many local organizations. Reverend Schnucker Rice has a master’s degree in divinity from Yale Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeast Missouri State University.

Rebecca Whitlow
Food Pantry Network Director
Ms. Whitlow is the Food Pantry Network Director and has been with DMARC since 2012. She brings to the organization more than twenty years of experience in product merchandising, warehouse operations, and distribution of goods. Ms. Whitlow is an expert in building community collaborations and customer relationships, and was instrumental in the development of DMARC’s new warehouse facility. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration-marketing, with a minor in sociology.

Luke Elzinga
Communications Manager
Mr. Elzinga has been the Communications Manager at DMARC since April 2014. In this role, he has given presentations to universities, schools, philanthropic organizations, neighborhood associations, and other groups. Mr. Elzinga attended Iowa State University, where he earned his BA in Advertising, and currently serves as the Marketing Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s Des Moines chapter.

Available Topics

Hunger in the Heartland
How is it that in the breadbasket of America, we still have neighbors struggling to put food on their plates? We take a hard look at food, poverty, and policy.

Poverty in America
We provide a broad look at poverty in America and Iowa, what some of the causes of poverty are, how poverty is classified, and steps we can take to reduce poverty.

Religions of Des Moines
Did you know that Greater Des Moines is home to a diverse set of faiths and beliefs? We provide a broad overview of the many diverse religious communities that call Greater Des Moines home.

40 Years of Food Assistance
The DMARC Food Pantry Network was founded in 1976, but has undergone many changes in its 40 years of food assistance. We will follow the Food Pantry Network from establishment to present-day.

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