Along with the generous support of our donors and volunteers, The Empty Stocking Fund functions smoothly thanks to the hard, unfailing work of our team members who are passionate about helping children in our community.

Manda Hunt

Executive Director

Manda has nearly 20 years of marketing communications and public relations experience from companies like Jackson Spalding, MagnetBank and even her own PR company. She began working with The Empty Stocking Fund in 2004, and in 2010, she took over as executive director. Each year, Manda fearlessly leads The Empty Stocking Fund toward success, from budgeting and financial reporting to toy and gift sourcing to volunteer coordination and fundraising. Originally from the Tampa Bay area, Manda has lived in Atlanta since 2000 and is an avid (and admittedly obnoxious) Florida State Seminoles fan.

Jill Arnold

Manager of Warehouse Operations

Jill joined The Empty Stocking Fund team in the spring of 2020. She is a seasoned professional with 15 plus years of volunteer services, sales, and marketing experience through her work with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Red Bull North America, Inc., and other organizations. She is passionate about community engagement and social justice. In her free time, she loves to laugh out loud (often) and walk the Atlanta Beltline.

Missy Rooker

Manager, Corporate Sponsorships and Foundation Grants

Missy has over 15 years of experience in education, ranging from teaching in the classroom to administration positions. She joined The Empty Stocking Fund team in 2014 as a volunteer and transitioned to her current position in 2017. Missy forges financial partnerships with our local corporations and foundations, as well as coordinating corporate volunteer groups. While traveling the globe as a military wife, Missy worked with numerous volunteer teams. She has enjoyed serving alongside each of these groups, but thinks The Empty Stocking Fund volunteers are the BEST!

Ray Wright

Warehouse Associate

After retiring in 2016, Ray began the next chapter in his life as a volunteer with the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Kids In Need Program. During Rays 2nd year as a volunteer, he accepted a part-time position with the Food Bank. In July of 2019, Ray made the decision to join the Empty Stocking Fund through the Kids in Need program merger.
Ray has over 35 years of Sales, and Sales Management experience from companies like Miller Brewing, US Filter/Coca Cola, US Foodservice, and Nordstrom. He is a strategic thinking team leader and excellent communicator, with extensive operational and management experience. Ray enjoys serving his community and taking long motorcycle rides.

Brenda James

Administrative Assistant

Brenda retired in 2001 from BellSouth with 32 years of service. She worked in various jobs during her tenure with BellSouth, including administrative and accounting positions. She has given back to the community through 25+ years of volunteer service with BellSouth and 10 years with Gwinnett Medical Hospital. Brenda joined The Empty Stocking Fund in 2005 as a seasonal employee and is an integral part of the ESF team. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren!!