The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was excited to welcome Alicia LaMancusa and Jonathan Thornton to its board of directors earlier this year.

“Our board of directors are integral to the Foodbank’s strategic visioning for the organization’s future,” said Dan Flowers, Foodbank president and CEO. “The leadership, expertise and passion our board members bring to the table help drive our mission forward. We’re so pleased to welcome Alicia and Jonathan, who both bring such diverse backgrounds, insights and perspectives to our work.”

Currently, LaMancusa serves as the vice president of finance at Akron Children’s Hospital where she provides day-to-day leadership and direction in financial reporting, treasury functions, insurance, payroll and more.

“Because I am a farmer’s daughter and always had food on the table, I am moved by people today in the USA that don’t have food available to them.  A way forward on that issue is the good work of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.”

LaMancusa resides in New Franklin with her husband Philip. She enjoys playing golf, riding her bike on the Towpath Trail, gardening and spending time with her three nieces and their children. 

Thornton moved back to Ohio in 2016 after 10 years in Chicago to join the family business, ASW Global, a supply chain management company. He is the director of business development for the company’s supply chain business unit.

In his free time, Thornton serves as a board member for South Akron Youth Mentorship and is a member of Tiretown Golf Club. He previously served as a board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Akron chapter and has volunteered his time for charity golf outings, short term tornado disaster relief trips, and serving meals at homeless shelters. He is a graduate of Leadership Akron’s Diversity on Board Class 5 and enjoys playing ice hockey, golf and cycling.

“I chose to serve with the Foodbank because I strongly believe in its mission and vision. The Foodbank’s efforts to eliminate food insecurity and to close the Meal Gap are vital to bringing hunger relief to our community,” said Thornton.