Gleaners Honors Outgoing Board Members, Welcomes New Board Members and Elects Board Officers at Annual Meeting

  • Board meeting was open the public, and included a “year in review” with program impacts, financial updates and future plans under the new strategic plan
  • Eight new board members welcomed
  • Board officers elected
  • Four outgoing board members recognized

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana held its annual meeting on November 21, 2019. At this meeting, eight new board members were elected, four outgoing board members were thanked for their service and board officers were elected for the coming year.

The newly elected board members are:
  • Amy David, Clinical Strategy Program Director, Anthem, Inc.
  • Christina Hage, VP External Affairs, Managed Health Services
  • Sabine Karner, VP and Controller, Citizens Energy Group
  • Susan Lewis, Sr. VP, Enterprise Operations, Corteva Agriscience
  • Scott Martin, Chief Operations Officer, Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Molly McCully, Director of Public Affairs, Eli Lilly & Company
  • Deon Rowie, Reliable Staffing, Inc.
  • Esme Tebbe, Service Director, DEEM, LLC

Officers for the 2019-20 fiscal year are:
  • Chair – Georgiana Reynal, Chief Advocacy Officer, St. Vincent Health
  • Vice Chair – Chad Mayer, Director – Supply Chain, Cummins, Inc.
  • Secretary - Paul Sinclair, Ice Miller LLP
  • Treasurer – Bud Graessle, VP, Corporate Finance and Reporting, One America

Outgoing board members:

Former Board officers ending their term at the annual meeting are Mark Lantzy (IU Health), Laura McCaffrey (Indiana Hospital Association), Joe Vertin (Corteva Agriscience), and Jamie Browning (Browning Investments, Inc.).

Browning was recognized for his 15 years of service to the Board and to Gleaners by outgoing Chair Greg Fennig. The board room was renamed the Browning Board and Community Room in his honor, thanks in part to a gift from Michael Browning, recognizing his brother’s service to Gleaners and community leadership.

According to president & CEO John Elliott, “The strength, quality and commitment of the board of directors to a non-profit’s mission is critical to the long-term success and sustainability of that non-profit. Gleaners has benefitted greatly from the strength of our board leadership over nearly 40 years. Jamie Browning’s leadership over 15 years has been uniquely impactful, three of those years as chair. He was critical to the success of our move to the current building, two CEO transitions, strengthening board governance, building the on-site food pantry and adding a St. Vincent health clinic to that pantry. Greg Fennig also has been the ideal board chair as we stabilized and grew the financial, food and staff strength of the organization, added a regional produce co-operative serving nine states, built a very ambitious strategic plan for transformational growth and positioned Gleaners for unprecedented collaborative partnerships across our service area.”

Elliott continued, “We are very thankful for the board service of Mark Lantzy, Laura McCaffrey and Joe Vertin. Joe has chosen to play a special role following his retirement from both Corteva and our board, working closely with the board and senior staff to ensure diligent adherence to and completion of our new strategic plan. Georgiana Reynal’s leadership of our board for the next two years is very appropriate to our new strategy, with significantly stronger emphasis on hunger and health outcomes, a healthier, more nutritious variety of food shared with our clients, our growing leadership role within the national Feeding America network and our increasing state and federal advocacy on behalf of clients.”