Meet the team that is facing hunger together! Our diverse and gifted staff work diligently to ensure food gets in the hands of those who need it most. Want to join our team? Click here to see openings.
Rhonda Sanders — Chief Executive Officer
Rhonda Sanders is a former executive director of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, a statewide coalition of hunger relief groups with more than 100 member organizations, including Arkansas’ six Feeding America food banks. At the Alliance she implemented the Arkansas State Food Purchasing Program, the Arkansas Gleaning Network and, with Gov. Mike Beebe and the national childhood hunger organization Share Our Strength, Arkansas’ No Kid Hungry Campaign, which has become a model program achieving national attention. Prior to this, Sanders worked for 14 years at Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, where she served as Director of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs. Ms. Sanders was an original member of the Natural Wonders Partnership Council and was a co-author of the first Natural Wonders Report in 2007. Before joining Arkansas Advocates, she worked at the Arkansas Department of Health for five years, where she served as director of the Child Health Planning Project, acting assistant director of the WIC program, and lead trainer for the data processing department. Sanders has also directed the Arkansas Home Visiting Network at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where she developed and expanded a statewide network of preschool home visiting programs. Sanders is a member of the Children’s Behavioral Health Care Commission and served from 2003-08 as a member of the Child Health Advisory Committee for ACT 1220. During her tenure on the committee, the Body Mass Index project was implemented in Arkansas, and State Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards for Schools were adopted by the Arkansas Department of Education. She served as member of her local school board in Bryant, AR for 10 years and currently serves on the Bryant Chamber of Commerce Board. In January 2021 Rhonda began serving on the Bryant City Council as an elected member for Ward 4. Rhonda stays engaged with the community by serving on multiple committees, boards and task forces to help improve the well being of vulnerable Arkansans. She is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in Accounting and received a Master in Public Health from the UAMS College of Public Health.
Monique L. Sanders – Chief Financial Officer
Monique L. Sanders joined the Arkansas Foodbank with over 20 years in the accounting industry, which includes almost 10 years in non-profit and government accounting. She has been very involved in her community, holding past volunteer positions as a board member of both the Metropolitan Housing Alliance and the Little Rock Land Bank Commission. She also volunteered with Junior Achievement USA teaching youth how to build healthy finances for their future.
Monique obtained her BBA in Accounting Information Systems from Davenport University, her MBA with a specialty in Finance from Kaplan University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Monique and her husband have built a blended family with five children and seven grandchildren here in Little Rock.
Eric Shelby – Chief Operations Officer
Eric Shelby has been with the Foodbank since March 2011. Eric worked for the electrical contractor that constructed the current Arkansas Foodbank building. When the staff transitioned into the new facility Eric came on board to officially join the team. In the words of our CEO Rhonda Sanders, “This is Eric, he came with the building.” In the last 6 years Eric has overseen Facility Maintenance, Food Safety, Compliance, and Transportation for AF before being promoted to the role of COO.
Eric lives in Saline County with his wife, Julie. They have 2 kids, Nathan and Hannah.
Eric received a BA in Psychology from Henderson State University and holds a Master Electrical license.
Prior to stepping into the role of COO, Eric spent the last 3 years as a saltwater fishing tournament organizer.
Keisha Patterson – Chief Community Initiatives Officer
Keisha joined Arkansas Foodbank in November of 2021. In her previous role, she worked for Pulaski County Youth Services and performed extensive research and led the department in applying for and managing grants that supported programing at youth services. She also spent time building relationships with community partners. Before Youth Services she was employed at Heifer International for 12 years and held several positions there where she focused on developing community relationships, implementing education programs and managing volunteers.
From 1994 to 2006 she has held positions in several different organizations that involved building community relationships, managing volunteers and developing programs. Keisha graduate of Philander Smith College and Webster University and is a Certified Volunteer Manager. She is proud to be the wife of an educational administrator and mother of two sons who are recent college graduates.
Sarah Riffle – Chief Development Officer
Sarah joined Arkansas Foodbank in September of 2016, coming from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas, where she served as Director of Development for three years. Prior to that Sarah spent five years in the for-profit technology sector at Acxiom Corporation in Sales and Marketing. As CDO, Sarah oversees all aspects of the organization’s fundraising, raising millions of dollars in community support each year to support hunger relief programming across central and southern Arkansas.
In 2020, Sarah was named a Woman to Watch by Soiree Magazine and was named an honoree in the 2022 40 under 40 class by Arkansas Business. She is also a graduate of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greater Little Rock program and is a member of the Little Rock Rotary Club 99.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and lives with her husband Steven, daughter Grace and twin sons Bennett and Beau.
Crenisha Wright – Chief Information Officer
Crenisha joined Arkansas Foodbank in July of 2021. She has experience working with information systems, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.
Crenisha received a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Arkansas, a MBA degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, a MS degree in Information Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and she is currently a PhD Candidate in the Computer and Information Sciences program at UALR.
In her free time, Crenisha loves swimming, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Community Initiatives Department
Information Technology Department