Jeremy Ireland (Bilingual) – Regional Director
As the Regional Director, Jeremy oversees Catholic Charities’ programs and services in the Piedmont area. These include the Durham Community Food Pantry, Joseph G. Vetter Family Enrichment Center, and Centro La Comunidad. Jeremy was originally acquainted with Catholic Charities by serving as an AmeriCorps member at Centro La Comunidad while he was an undergraduate. After completing a master’s degree at the University of Chicago, he returned to direct Centro La Comunidad and, later, the nine-county Piedmont region. During his time at Catholic Charities, Jeremy has also represented the agency by serving on and chairing multiple boards and committees as an advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities.
Sue Williams – Program Director
919-286-1964, ext. 2101
As the Program Director, Sue is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the DCFP. She joined Catholic Charities after moving from New York and has a wealth of experience working with economically disadvantaged populations and more than a decade of experience in nonprofit program management.
Cecilia Hernandez (Bilingual) – Family Case Manager
Cecilia graduated from NC Central University with Bachelor of Consumer Science with a concentration on Child Development and Family Relations and started her journey with the Durham Community Food Pantry in Fall of 2021, having previously worked at Durham’s Early Head Start. As Case Manager, Cecilia connects with families and individuals of the local community to provide them with resources and works to improve their lives through financial assistance, community collaboration and advocacy.
Luisa Martin-Price (Bilingual) – Full Accredited DOJ Representative
919-861-7441 Ext. 2400
Luisa Martin-Price has been with Catholic Charities since November 2016 and currently serves as Fully Accredited DOJ Representative. She has volunteered for CpFH on and off since 2000. She currently serves as the chair of the Justice for Immigrants Ministry for Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh. Luisa has a B.S degree in Education in Mathematics and Physics from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and is certified to teach in NC schools. She became a U.S. Citizen in 2008, is fluent in Spanish and English, and has dedicated herself to helping immigrants. Her favorite hobby is playing bridge and going hiking with her husband and dog. She is a proud mother of two adult children.
Harold Davies – Warehouse Associate
919-286-1964, ext. 2102
Harold Davies manages the warehouse and maintains the food inventory to make sure the pantry has an adequate supply of fresh produce, meat, grains, dairy, and nonperishables to distribute. He receives deliveries and picks up food from the grocery stores and farms that donate to the Durham Community Food Pantry. Harold is also a vital part of our mobile pantry, where he helps distribute healthy groceries in surrounding counties. He brings with him several years of experience in warehouse management and expertise in OSHA, forklift safety, food safety, and quality assurance.
Heather Wendeln – Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteers are central to our ability to get quality food to those who need it. The Durham Community Food Pantry has nearly 1,200 dedicated volunteers, around 100 of whom serve at least one day a week. As the Volunteer Coordinator, Heather manages the recruitment, training, and scheduling of volunteers to ensure that all aspects of the food pantry have adequate coverage every day. Prior to joining the staff of the Durham Community Food Pantry, Heather was a volunteer at Catholic Parish Outreach, our sister food pantry in Raleigh. She is an experienced recruiter and trainer. Heather also boosts our presence on social media to inform the community about the pantry and the other services we offer, including case management, disaster services, and immigration legal services.
Maricela Garcia (Bilingual) – Office Manager
Maricela has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and has experience working as a finance controller in the United States and Mexico. Maricela performs administrative, bookkeeping, and office management tasks, as well as customer service for the Piedmont Regional Office, the Durham Community Food Pantry, the Reverend Joseph G. Vetter Family Enrichment Center, and Centro La Comunidad. In her spare time, Maricela enjoys interior decorating and gardening.