Our Team

Board of Directors

Food Advisory Team:

Leadership Team for Community Gatherings:


Joy Shillingsburg 

Joy is a lifelong educator who served as the Director of Youth and Outreach at St, John’s Episcopal Church in Wake Forest for more than a decade.

Prior to that, she spent 15 years as a classroom history teacher outside of Philadelphia and in the Wake County Public School System. Her commitment  to teaching historical truths and how those truths have the power to liberate and transform lives and society has been a through line of her work.

Joy founded Wake Forest Community Table after building a meal distribution program with community partners that started in 2017. This thriving nonprofit has served more than 26,000 meals since 2020 and has connected diverse members of the community to each other through quarterly gatherings that explore the history, laws, personal stories and the systems that necessitate the twice weekly meal distribution.  

Joy earned her master’s degree in history education at Villanova University and loves biking, hiking, traveling and podcasts almost as much as reading! 



Emily Baird

Emily Baird is an AmeriCorps VISTA Food Security Specialist serving as the Director of day-to-day operations for Wake Forest Community Table (WFCT) since Sept. 2023.

In this role, she is responsible for growing WFCT’s capacity and developing systems and relationships that will sustain the organization.

Emily is a 2023 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in political science. 

In 2022, Emily was a George Washington Carver intern at the World Food Prize Foundation for 10 months where she gained comprehensive skills in conference planning, administrative and logistical tasks, communications, and research.

Her involvement with the North Carolina Youth Institute and the Global Youth Institute further solidified her commitment to community engagement.

In her spare time, Emily teaches group fitness classes, indulges her love for hiking and wellness, and plays the oboe.