Compassionately reaching out to nourish and meet the physical needs of the underserved and overburdened.

Board of Directors

About Our 
Board of Directors

We would like to introduce you to all of the Board Members for Feeding Denver’s Hungry. 

You may visit the Contact Us Page to send us message. If you would like to direct your message for any of the Board Members directly, please state that in the comments and your message will be sent directly to that Board Member.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Feeding Denver's Hungry
Jim Scharper
Jim is the founder of Feeding Denver’s Hungry. Formerly homeless himself, in 2008, he started feeding hungry people in Denver with 25 meat-and-cheese sandwiches. Today, his efforts have grown to encompass thousands of pounds of food, dozens of volunteers, and thousands of people served in each food giveaway. He is the leader of the most diverse volunteer group out there, inclusive of everyone, no matter what, accepting of anyone wanting to help.
President of Feeding Denver's Hungry
Debra Roads
- BS in Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles 
- Masters in Nursing, University of Colorado 
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital and Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center for 33 years. 
Board Member George Washington High School 
IB program Board member Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation 
Recipient of 2008 Helen Phelps Volunteer of the year. 
Denver Public Schools National Frist Humanitarian Award finalist 2007 

Married for 30+ years to Mike Roads and they have 2 sons.

Interests: Water and snow skiing, hiking, traveling. Currently, a foster parent at the Dumb Friends league. 

Joined Jim Scharper and friends March 2020.
Vice President of Feeding Denver's Hungry
Katie Turner
 Katie started as a volunteer with Jim Scharper in 2012, when Feeding Denver’s Hungry was just a few friends getting together to make 25 sack lunches. She enjoys giving back to the Denver community along with spending time with her family.  
Secretary of Feeding Denver's Hungry
David Hailey
I work full-time. Love cookies, and Spiderman. Like to help out the Feeding Denver’s Hungry organization as it feels good to give back to the community.
Treasurer of Feeding Denver's Hungry
Cathy Pergola

Jason Schilz
Member at Large

In Memory of

Corky Blankenship
Large Member
July 12, 1944 to February 12, 2021

Corky was 76 years young and loved life as he lived it to the fullest every day. Corky was retired so he spent all of his free time devoting it to dancing, family and volunteering to where he was able to help the community and give back to when he could!

Sadly, Corky passed away on February 12, 2021 as a result of Covid-19.

Corky's Pride

Corky had so much Pride in what he did. He was always wanting to help everyone that he could. He tried to start his own charity; however, that was to overwhelming. Instead, he joined other charities, such as ours.

Our Dancing Angel

When Corky was not volunteering for Feeding Denver's Hungry or another organization, you could place a bet on finding him on a dance floor somewhere. Corky loved to danced!

May have been short, but heart was LARGE!

Corky will always be remembered as our shortest friend. However, his height was no joke to him. He had the largest heart that anyone could have been given. He loved everyone, including the Broncos. His favorite past time was spending it with friends! His motto was, life would be boring if you were not with friends!.