After the passing of long-time Executive Director, Jane Avery, Community Harvest announced a new Executive Leadership Team in January, 2016. Carmen Cumberland, President, and John R. Wolf, CEO, bring considerable experience to Community Harvest.
Carmen Cumberland, Executive President
Community Harvest Executive President Carmen Cumberland is a Fort Wayne native and graduated from South Side High School. She was treasurer of the student accounting association, Haley Elementary PTA, and Kiwanis. She holds an Associate Degree in Business, and plans on obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Accounting in the fall. She is also a veteran, having served four years in the United States Navy.
Carmen has been in the non-profit sector for more than sixteen years. After spending two years as the accounting assistant at Catholic Charities, she joined Community Harvest Food Bank in 2001 and served as the Director of Finance and Human Resource Manager. In that capacity, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the agency budget and worked closely with senior staff and the board of directors. Carmen also managed Human Resource functions for Community Harvest, including employee recruitment and selection, benefits and compensation, training and development, and employee relations. In December 2014, Carmen was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director by Community Harvest‘s Board of Directors. She maintained her roles in finance and human resource management while leading all aspects of daily operations of the Food Bank as Interim Executive Director. In January 2016, Carmen officially became President of Community Harvest as part of the new leadership team with John Wolf, CHFB CEO.
Carmen has two sons – Cameron, an IPFW Chemistry graduate, and Casey, an IPFW Accounting major. In her leisure time, she likes gardening, walking, or spending time with family and friends at the lake.
John R. Wolf, CEO
CHFB CEO John Wolf is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and started his career pushing shopping carts at Walmart while attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Marketing and Management), he continued a career with Walmart that encompassed 34 years and 14 moves through Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, and Indiana. His extensive food background began in 1988 with the opening of the first Walmart Supercenter in Washington, Missouri. Before retiring from Walmart in 2015, he spent 24 years as a district/market manager, managing 8-16 Walmart stores.
Since his first 2005 meeting with Jane Avery, our late Executive Director, he has been involved with Community Harvest Food Bank in some capacity. He was involved with test markets to establish the retail food pickup program which resulted in 1-1.5 million pounds donated annually to Community Harvest since inception. He served on the Community Harvest Board of Directors until 2015, and is a former Board President. In January 2016, John officially became CEO of Community Harvest as part of the new leadership team with Carmen Cumberland, CHFB President.
John is a lifelong Cardinals baseball fan, and he also enjoys tennis, golf, fishing, and target shooting. He has been married to his wife Patti since 1983 and they have two sons. Jason is a Pittsburgh graduate, and he and his wife are both Physician Assistants. Matthew is a Ball State graduate and is Assistant Manager at Landmark Theaters.