Our Leadership Team
Meet Our Officers
President and CEO
Stephen Davis became President and CEO of Harvesters in July of 2022. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Harvesters for seven years. Prior to Harvesters, he worked nearly 11 years with the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas. Stephen was the Director of Budget and Business Operations where he had leadership responsibility for eight departments. Prior to that, Stephen served more than eight years in the food service industry as Director of Food and Nutrition Services and then later as Area Manager for Sodexho Management Services at facilities in Oregon, Nevada and California.
Stephen earned his MBA at Mid-America Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Washington State University. While at the Blue Valley School District, Stephen was a member of the Kansas Association of Business Officials, serving as Vice President, President Elect and then President in the 2014-2015 school year.
Stephen has served on many Feeding America national network committees including: Annual Leadership Conference Planning, Member Engagement (Better Together) Committee, Connect (IT) Council, Contract Task Force, Food Packing Task Force, Disaster Response Committee, Mid-West Regional Disaster Response Committee, USDA/TEFAP Task Force, and the Operations Technology Consortium.
His community involvement includes time as a board member and current board president of the Blue Valley Industrial Association and a board member for the Kansas City Industrial Council. Past activities include serving on several other community nonprofit boards in the Kansas City region and other ad hoc advisory groups within the region. Stephen lives in Lenexa with his wife and daughter.
Chief Resource Officer
Joanna Sebelien oversees Harvesters’ fundraising, volunteer, food acquisition, communications and advocacy programs and activities. Joanna joined Harvesters in August of 2001; she previously worked in higher education and youth-based nonprofit organizations for 23 years. Joanna graduated from Boston College with honors and obtained her master’s degree from Central Michigan University. She has served on the national food sourcing, constituent relationship and public policy advisory committees for Feeding America and on the Breakfast in the Classroom and Hunger Leader groups for the Food Research and Action Center. She is a member of Feeding Missouri (Missouri Food Bank Association) and the local and Kansas State boards of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Food and Shelter Program. She is a founding member of Hartsook Companies Kansas City Advisory Council and Global Advisory Council, a member of the American Association of Fundraising Professionals, Rotary 13, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions, Chamber Champions, and the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation. Past activities include service on the board of Empower Missouri (formerly Missouri Association of Social Welfare), member of the Non-Profit Advisory Group, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and the Heart of America Hunger Coalition. In 2008, Joanna was recognized as Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid America Chapter.
Chief Financial Officer
Robin is an accountant with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public accounting sectors. The focus of her career has been to provide meaningful financial data to external clients and internal customers. As CFO of Harvesters, she oversees the organization’s finance, accounting, and budgeting functions. Robin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is licensed as a CPA. She began her career working in the public accounting industry for CBIZ/Mayer Hoffman McCann, a position that was foundational in her training. After her tenure there, she began working in the nonprofit sector in Kansas City. In her present role in the food banking industry, Robin serves as Chair-Elect on the Feeding America National CFO Steering Committee, a committee which addresses financial matters impacting the nation’s food banks. Robin is an alumna of the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has been honored by CBIZ in their Women Transforming Business awards, and she has been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a CFO of the Year.
Chief Operating Officer
Monic J. Houpe joined Harvesters in August 2021. She first served as Director of Agency Partnerships and Capacity and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2022. Monic oversees the operational, agency, and programmatic activities of the organization including the areas of Community Impact (which includes Agency Partnerships), Operations, and Quality Assurance.
Previously, Monic advanced through roles of increasing responsibility in Product Development/Brand Management and Information Technology at Hallmark for over 21 years. She acted as the volunteer BackSnack program leader for a decade and a half at Hallmark. Throughout her career, she has been a strong advocate for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Serving on multiple diversity councils, as member coordinator for Hallmark’s inaugural African American ERG, and as recruiter for diverse talent, she has dedicated her life to invoking change for others.
Monic is a servant leader who has made significant contributions to the local community. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for High Aspirations and works on several teams for her local church. She also previously served on the board of the American Jazz Museum and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Emerging Leaders Council. Houpe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration majoring in management information systems from Iowa State University. She also earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.