Pets are her passion! Cindy and her husband Ken originally from Stockton, moved to Bakersfield in 2001. With a desire to work around pets, she started her pet sitting service. Cindy volunteered with several organizations and was on the original board of Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation, serving as a director for three years. In 2009, while helping her church and the Salvation Army at a church-run “soup kitchen” in Oildale, she recognized that many of the people needing food had hungry pets as well. The Frye’s purchased, portioned and delivered pet food to the church on a regular basis.Cindy’s friends saw the love, realizing the need was much greater than imagined, together they joined forces. That was the beginning of the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry.
Cindy and Ken currently share their hearts and home with their two dogs-Rubyann and Chip, their Bengal cat- Kokomo, a chicken named AJ, and their fish Calypso. Cindy asked God for love and purpose in her life and He threw her to the dogs . . . she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Christina Amoroso is an executive secretary at State Farm Insurance where she has been employed for over 16 years. She moved from Orange County to Bakersfield in 1989, and now calls Bakersfield home. Christina and her husband, John, have been married for over 10 years, and have a 4-legged furry companion, their white lab named Abby. As they say, Abby is their “delicate flower,” being 12 years old, she has earned that name. She received her notary designation in 2012. She was looking for a way to give back to her community and found the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry in January 2014. She worked with them coordinating their Bark-N-BBQ Birthday Bash event celebrating the Pantry’s five year anniversary. Christina joined the board June 2014, where she is currently the Vice President. She enjoys the work the Pantry does for the families in need in Kern County. If she is not at work, or not helping out at the Pantry, you might see her and John on the bike path some Sunday riding their tandem bicycle…she is the one on the back flapping her arms.
Cindy Ronaghan has been involved with the Pantry since 2010, where she began as a volunteer helping package pet food in a residential garage, and then distributed to individuals at different meeting places throughout the city.
Cindy’s involvement grew as she joined the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry as a board member later in 2010, she became Secretary of the board a few months later. She has had an opportunity to get involved in direct community projects, pet aid campaigns, and fundraisers to help animals in need in Kern County, as well as help the Pantry with our Spanish speaking community members. Together with Pantry volunteers and board members, they have taken the small bagging operation to the large operation the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry is today.
She is passionate about pets and believes pets are part of the family, as she says “the difference we make at the Pantry is not just feeding a pet, it’s about keeping families together in times of need.”
When not helping at the Pantry she likes spending time with her dogs and family.
Vicki Eick retired from Southern California Edison and has been married to her husband Frank for 52 years with two children, four grandchildren, and two step grandchildren. She has a lifelong love of animals and volunteered with the Kern County Animal Shelter for five years and joined the board of the Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelter Foundation for two years. She was then asked to join the board of the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry in April of 2010 and has enjoyed helping people keep their companion animals out of the shelter in times of need. She enjoys reading mystery novels and working in her garden when not working with animals. She has two Chihuahuas, Beans and Brutie, who run her household. Beans was adopted from the shelter and now thinks he is entitled to be a lap dog 24/7.
Robin Ackling has been involved with the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry since 2014, where she began as a volunteer helping package pet food for emergency distribution. Robin was asked to join the Pantry's Board of Directors as a member later in 2014, and was named Committee Chair. Robin has a soft spot for animals and children. She has assisted both in various capacities, professionally and on a volunteer basis over the years. When not helping at the Pantry she likes spending time with her four legged family members.