Mission and People

Our Mission

Plenty! nourishes community and feeds hungry neighbors by growing and sharing food in Floyd County, Virginia. We value freshness in produce and program, generosity in giving and receiving, welcoming each and every person and preserving Floyd County’s land and culture. Our programs provide access to fresh, healthy food and teach growing and cooking skills in the Plenty! Fresh Food Pantry, Farm and Gardens, Schools and Gatherings.

Our Staff

Nancy – Executive Director


Rachel – Assistant Director

Mark – Farm Lead


Karen & McCabe – Founders of Plenty!

Our Board of Directors

Leslie Slusher, Phd –President Leslie taught for many years as a professor in the department of biology at WestChester University. She and her husband Roger moved to the family land in Floyd and established a market farm and a professional kennel called Fields Edge LLC. Leslie raises Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and shows them at dog shows around the country. Leslie is vice president of the Cavalier Health Foundation, and fully supports the mission of Plenty! by making sure that all farm surplus is donated to the food pantry.

Ken Presser – Vice President Ken is a retired Network Engineer.  He is on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Woodworkers. He has served various positions on the board, including Secretary, Treasurer and President.  He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Floyd United Methodist Church and serves on the building and grounds committee.  His main hobby is woodworking and enjoys creating things like vases and furniture.

Diane Allison – Secretary  Diane spent most of her career working in healthcare administration, principally Administrator of Gastroenterology Consultants and Endoscopy Center of Southwest Virginia, and previously 16 years in Administration at Carilion Health System.  Her hobbies include volunteering in the community, gardening, sewing, animal welfare, and cooking.  She is currently a member of the Virginia MGMA where she served as a Board Member for 8 years.

Tom Schaefer – Treasurer spent most of his life in New Jersey where he worked 38 years for a manufacturer of synthetic lubricants, serving his last 16 years as Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and R&D.  He and his late wife Katy discovered Floyd on a road trip in 2005 and fell in love with the people, spirit, and beauty of this community.  After taking an early retirement in 2007 they escaped New Jersey and settled in beautiful Floyd in 2012. In NJ Tom served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for The Petroleum Quality Institute of America, and President of the NY chapter of the lubricant society STLE.  In Floyd he volunteers for Plenty! and the Chamber of Commerce.  His passions include organic vegetable gardening, photography, art, and cooking.  He resides in Floyd with his new wife Debbie and three cats.

Elizabeth Warriner – Member After 35 years working with newspaper publishing technology, Liz and her husband settled in Floyd 7 years ago. In addition to working with Plenty, she loves exercise (running, cycling, kayaking and dancing) and singing.

Jonathan Evans, M.D. – Member Jonathan has not “retired,” but has moved on to new pursuits after an almost 35-year career as a pediatric gastroenterologist. His passion has always been nutrition beginning at the source, to the plate and beyond.  He continues to pursue his interest in food insecurity and childhood obesity. He had been coming to Floyd for the past 12 years and relocated to Floyd with his wife of 42 years in January 2020. He enjoys cooking for friends, doing the local markets and discovering his new home and all it has to offer.

Virginia Neukirch – Member After graduating from high school, Virginia went on to apprentice with saddle makers in Northern VA and the U.K. She owned a small saddlery shop in Ridgefield, CT for twenty-three years. After selling her business and moving to Floyd in 2000, Virginia took turns as a baker, caterer, and a respite provider for challenged adults. Says Virginia, “I love that Plenty! meets all individuals at their level and always finds a job for them to do!”

Helen McClain – Member Helen believes we are all here on earth to help each other thrive. She has substantial non-profit work experience, including working as the executive director of The Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy and years of work with Habitat for Humanity, Cleveland Free Clinic, Hospice House of Williamsburg, Girl Scouts and other organizations. She has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.

David Weeks – Member A 1968 Floyd County High School graduate, David Weeks and his wife, Kelly, have retired to the family farm in Topeco community. David spent over 40 years in Texas as a prosecutor finishing as the Walker County Criminal District Attorney.