Meet Our Staff

Tom Balog began his role as Executive Director of the Lawrenceville Co-Op on January 1, 2017. He came to the Co-Op with 16 years experience working in a church environment, most recently as the church business administrator at McKendree United Methodist Church (Lawrenceville).

Tom has a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory; his undergraduate degree is in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University.

Throughout his life, Tom has been involved with missions and working in, and with, the community. He is guided by Mark 22:37-39: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment, and the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Ruth Hardy joined the staff of the Lawrenceville Co-Op in October 2017 as the Saturday Supervisor. Just two months later, she was promoted to the position of Assistant Director. Prior to being hired, Ruth volunteered for several years as our friendly Front Desk Screener.

Ruth has a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grade Education from Georgia State University. She worked for the Cobb County School System teaching math, reading and science at Griffin Middle School in Smyrna. When her daughter was born, Ruth left teaching to be a fulltime mom and homemaker. She homeschooled both her daughter and son and was very active in the Gwinnett homeschool community.

She is active in her small group that crochets and knits scarves for the homeless and prayer shawls. Ruth has always had a calling for serving others and enjoys helping our clients by understanding their needs, so that they may receive the proper assistance.

Lisa Engberg joined the Lawrenceville Co-Op in October 2021 as Director of Development and Communications. In this role, she primarily works on community awareness and involvement.  Lisa develops programs to help increase food and monetary donations along with volunteer hours.  She also develops website content, manages social media, helps to write key publications, and gathers stories and photos that document the work of the Co-Op.

Lisa has her marketing degree from the University of Tennessee.  She has worked in both the corporate world in sales, marketing, and analytics and in the non profit world running a church preschool and leading children’s ministry.

Lisa still works with the youth at her church and enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 girls.  She loves to talk about the Co-Op so please contact her to talk to your local church, group, or business!

Paula Anderson joined the Lawrenceville Co-op in February 2020 as Pantry Manager. She comes to the Co-Op with over 7 years of experience in youth ministry and office administration.  

Paula has her Bachelors degree in Childhood Education from Georgia State University.  Prior to her work with youth ministry, she taught preschool for over 8 years. 

Paula enjoys volunteering with the youth at her church. She also loves spending time traveling & having fun with her family.