Lindsay truly leads this team by example. Since a young age she has lived a life of service in her community and abroad. After serving as the executive director of El Dorado Main Street, she decided it was time to follow her true passion for feeding those in need. Why Numana? What made you want to pursue this as a career? After 10 years in banking/finance, I realized how much of my time was spent volunteering for organizations that I was passionate about and decided to pursue a career in the non-profit sector. I soon became the Director of a community development organization. During my time there, I volunteered at the first Numana packaging event with my son in 2009. As we were packaging, he looked at the pictures of the children that we were helping and he said “Mom, those kids are my age. ” I was able to see the importance of what we were doing through his eyes and I realized how apathetic I had grown to those images that we see in the news all of the time, my heart was immediately changed. From then on, our family volunteered for Numana as much as we could. A few years and lots of prayers later, I was asked to join the Numana team. Everyday, I am reminded that people are good. I am blessed to work with some of the most giving and loving people across the country and the world who are all trying to help others. What has been one of your favorite memories with Numana? I was given the opportunity to spend time in 4 villages throughout Rwanda, where Numana food is being served in schools. I met many of the children and was able to visit the homes of some and see just how important the food is to these students and their families. For so many of them, the food served in the schools will be the only meal that they will eat that day. As I talked to some of the older students, I showed them pictures of packaging events and one boy exclaimed, “There are so many people who want to help us!” I wish that every donor and volunteer was able to see and experience the gratefulness of the children that they are helping. I came home from Rwanda with such a strong desire to help so many more people. Where can we find you when you’re not working? You will find me with my family. Spending time with my husband and two sons is where I am when I am not working. Whether it is watching the boys in sports, fishing at the lake, game nights, or our impromptu adventures; we really enjoy being all together. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? My quiet time in the morning with a big mug of coffee is very important to me (and those who are around me). My day just does not start off right if I don’t have some moments of silence and reflection in the morning.
ASHLEY BURNSEVENT MANAGER
Ashley comes to Numana after working for the Wichita Children’s Home, at a drop-in center for homeless youth, located in Wichita, KS. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Human Services from Friends University. Ashley has also made several trips to Haiti serving alongside Christopher’s Hope Ministry and Mission of Hope. Why Numana? I have always had a desire to serve. Not just with my hands, but mostly with my heart. In December of 2009, I was twenty-two years old and the Lord revealed the beginning piece of how I would fulfill that desire. Nine full days in Gonaives, Haiti changed my life, my heart and my dreams. Since then I have served with a full heart in different parts of Haiti over 8 unique trips. Short-term trips are an amazing opportunity to love and serve people, but they again are short term. Numana provides the honor and opportunity to serve full-term and long-term, where the service of my hands and heart reach across the globe. What has been one of your favorite memories with Numana? The first event I went to as staff. There was a moment where I walked into the church sanctuary that was filled with volunteers packaging food, and realized I was in a room full of people who had the same heart-driven passion as I did. It’s a powerful reminder to see the body of Christ working together before you. And this is my “job”. Where can we find you when you’re not working? It will be hard to find me. Because I’ll be tucked away in the middle of no-were Kansas in a river, pond or lake with a pole in my hand and a stinger full of fish. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? Adventure. Whether that means driving through the countryside looking for it, or jumping on a plane and having no idea what I am getting myself into. Favorite quote? “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
ERIK YOUNGEVENT LEADER
Erik comes to Numana after completing his master's degree in Communication from Wichita State University. While in school, he taught undergraduate courses in public speaking and served as the vice president of the Hunger Awareness Initiative - a campus organization dedicated to fighting food insecurity both on-campus and abroad. In this role, he led membership recruitment efforts, collaborated with other organizations for hunger awareness events, and helped establish the school as an official chapter of the national Food Recovery Network program. Why Numana? I want to say that it was around the end of completing my bachelor's degree when I fell in love with the concept of feeding hungry people. I had admiration for a professor who felt the same way and quickly became involved with the Hunger Awareness Initiative and what it stood for. I started researching food insecurity and was surprised by the scope of the problem - not only around the world but even in our own communities. As my passion for the cause grew, I knew that I wanted to work in a field where I could apply my talents and serve. Numana, naturally, became the perfect fit for me. What has been one of your favorite memories with Numana? I look forward to having many fond memories down the road, but I vividly recall first stepping foot into the Numana warehouse... the amount of food ingredients waiting to be taken all over the country to be packaged by people wanting to make a tangible difference in the lives of others really gave me pause. It was then that I realized the importance of my role and everything just seemed to "click" in my mind - I knew I was on the right path. Where can we find you when you're not working? Good luck trying! I have many interests and hobbies that keep me busy in my off-time. Tell us one thing you wouldn't be able to live without? This one is easy: my family. Second most necessary thing? A good set of turntables and some music to mix. Favorite quote? "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." -Psalm 55:22
Why Numana? Numana was an easy decision for me. This organization is the perfect marriage of my previous experiences. Since 2009 I have been flying in and out of Haiti. I have served with Christopher’s Hope Ministry and Mission of Hope,both partners with Numana (I didn’t now that at the time). I spent about four months living at Mission of Hope, it was there that I learned about Convoy of Hope (another partner of Numana). My main focus at MOH was actually the orphanage. Working with the kids, I soon learned about Numana’s food because that was what was for dinner. They paired the Numana food pack with their own amazing sauce and I loved it! Numana also combines the experience I have with the food industry. I have worked with the Texas Roadhouse of Wichita for several years. The fast-paced environment has equipped me with the skills to lead food packaging events for Numana. What has been one of your favorite memories with Numana?I had just gotten back from Mission of Hope, Haiti, and I went to volunteer at a Numana event, It was one of the first events I had ever been to. I walked in and saw a table of miscellanies items that were being sold. On the table, I also saw a pamphlet about Mission of Hope. The pamphlet had photos of the kids I had spent so much time with. I picked up the pamphlet, took a picture of it, sent it to the kids in Haiti then called them to hear sheer laughter. In that moment my Haiti world and my American world collided and I knew I wanted to be a part of Numana for more than one event. Where can we find you when you’re not working? When I’m not working you can find me spending time with my family or trying out new work-out classes. If the weather is nice, you will most definitely find me on the lake with my best friend. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without?Um, I’d say coffee. I love that stuff. Favorite quote? “Be still and know that I am God” Pslam 46:10
JASON HECKEROPERATIONS MANAGER
Jason is truly a man of many talents. He has previously worked in landscaping, welding, and trucking. We are excited to have him join the Numana team as our “official trucker” for events! He also helps throughout the Numana headquarters preparing for events and outgoing food shipments. Where can we find you when you’re not working? Usually at the lake or in the garden. Maybe around a fire pit or out bicycling. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? Music. I love good music that moves you. Favorite Quote? “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”- Mahatma Gandi
DAVID GROVEWAREHOUSE/ NUMANA GARDENS
Where do we begin with David? David joined the Numana team after working with the City of El Dorado. He now helps lead our local initiative at the Numana Gardens in El Dorado. His hard-work and dedication have been a huge asset to our team. Aside from that, he is the life of the party! We can always count on him to keep the morale up and keep everyone smiling! Where can we find you when you’re not working? Enjoying time with friends and family! Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? QuickTrip fountain drinks. Favorite Song? Garth Brooks, Standing Outside the Fire.
BRENT HAMMETTCREATIVE DIRECTOR
Brent comes to Numana from a career as a creative director at a large church in Louisiana. Before that, Brent worked in the music industry both touring as a drummer and creating media content for artists. Why Numana? My family adopted a beautiful little girl from DR Congo. Our daughter was suffering from malnutrition, failure to thrive and terrible parasites. After nursing her back to health, it became my burning passion to help other children who were in the same condition. Numana’s mission to serve the hungry aligns perfectly with that passion! No brainer! Tell us about yourself. I drink a LOT of vanilla coke zero. I love to waterski and mountain bike. Where can we find you when you’re not working? With my family! They are the best. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? Traveling. If I’m home for more than a few weeks, I get a little antsy. Favorite quote? “The ragamuffin who sees his life as a voyage of discovery and runs the risk of failure has a better feel for faithfulness than the timid man who hides behind the law and never finds out who he is at all.” Brennan Manning