picture by: Ashley Golledge

Just Food staff are pictured at 1000 E. 11th St. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. L-R: Aundrea Shafer, Program Director: Tory Roberson, Food Recovery Manager; Jessica Cooney, Head of Client Services: Paul Peach, Director of Operations; Ryan Bowersox, Director of Outreach; Steven Elliott, Volunteer Manager; Elizabeth Mayfield Keever; executive director; Brett Salsbury, Director of Finance and Development; Michaela Cantrell, Community Health Specialist. Absent from photo: Wayne Briggs, Food Recovery Assistant.

The Lawrence Just Food pantry on Wednesday named an interim executive director.

Effective May 14, Brett Salsbury, director of finance and development at Just Food, will take over the reins from outgoing leader Elizabeth Keever.

Salsbury originally joined Just Food as the organization’s administrative assistant in August 2019 and was promoted to director of finance and development in March 2020, according to a press release from the non-profit organization.

“I am honored to continue to work with Just Food in this new role,” Salsbury said in the statement. “The ongoing fight against hunger has required innovative solutions to the ever-changing barriers our community has faced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges that have arisen. Our work at Just Food and the fight against hunger has never been more prescient and important.

Salsbury grew up in Kansas and attended the University of Kansas for her undergraduate degree, then earned an MFA at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Keever announced in March that she was leaving Just Food after nine years to join the leadership team at Heartland Community Health Center as director of development.