Our Leadership


Mike Harlin, Board Chairman

Mike comes to us after retiring from more than 30 years as a Macy’s executive. Recruited by his wife Jane to help out “once in a while”, he has been a regular volunteer on Wednesdays and fifth Mondays since 2016. He and Jane are members of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Seneca, where he chairs the Child Development Center’s Steering Committee and is a regular participant in the Monday night pickleball games. Mike lives in Mountain Rest, where he enjoys fishing, hiking, and peace and quiet.


Steve Finger, Board Vice Chairman

Steve and his wife retired to the Upstate several years ago and have been working at the Food Pantry ever since. They love working with all the wonderful, dedicated volunteers and appreciate the opportunity to join other agencies and churches in Oconee County serving the needs of the less fortunate.


Jeff Heaton, Executive Director

Jeff joined the Food Pantry in December 2012 as Operations Director responsible for day-to-day operation of our new facility. Jeff was promoted to the position of Executive Director in Ocotober of 2016. Jeff has a great background in working with volunteers. This history includes over 20 years as a volunteer in the Oconee County Fire Service where he served many positions from Firefighter to Fire Chief. His background also includes OSHA safety requirements and protocols, construction skills, sales and customer service in both construction and food industry. Jeff resides with his beautiful wife JoAnn in Salem, and has five children and two grandchildren. He and his family are active in the Newspring Church Clemson, SC Campus.


Tom Fuss, Facility Manager

Tom has been actively involved with the food pantry since early 2009 and became a board member in January 2011. As the Facilities Director his current responsibilities include oversight for construction, maintenance and repair of all structures, property and equipment at the pantry. Tom retired after a 33 year career with The Procter & Gamble Company. He held various leadership roles in Customer Service, Logistics and Sales/Marketing. Prior to joining P&G Tom served in the U.S. Army having spent a tour in Vietman. Tom and his wife Robin have been married for 25 years and have two children and two grandchildren.


Marilyn Allen, Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator

Marilyn J. Allen, JD, is a semi-retired attorney who was formerly the Sr. Vice President/General Counsel of MAG Mutual Insurance Company, located in Atlanta, GA. Marilyn also served on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Region of the American Red Cross. In addition to volunteering at the Golden Corner Food Pantry, Marilyn also volunteers at The Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson.

Mark Torres, Treasurer

Mark retired to the Seneca area in November, 2012. He was a Michigan CPA, specializing in the taxation of small to medium-sized businesses, including taxation of associated individuals, with some employee benefit work on the side. In his spare time he served as treasurer for a small nonprofit community theater group, obtaining and maintaining their 501(c)(3) status. Currently, as a hobby, he designs, creates and maintains simple websites for several small groups and organizations locally and back in Michigan.

Ron Kaufman, Assistant Treasurer

Ron grew up in Northwest Ohio and worked for Ernst & Young for 37 years in Fort Wayne, Indiana including four years overseas. Ron is a retired CPA and served as an audit partner. Ron and his wife Kathy moved to the Upstate after he retired in 2009 and enjoy their time here very much.

Our Board of Directors

Mike Harlin – Chairman

Marilyn Allen

Stephen Finger

Tom Fuss

Jane Harlin

Father Bill Hearne

Ron Kaufman

Marcus Mauney

Jim Redmond

Ann Smith

Mark Torres


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