Gleaners Welcomes New Board Members and New Board Officers at Annual Meeting

  • First ever board meeting open to the public included a “year in review” with program impacts, financial updates and future plans
  • New slate of board officers elected
  • Four new board members welcomed
  • Outgoing board members recognized

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana held its annual meeting on October 26, 2017. At this meeting, four new board members were elected, three outgoing board members were thanked for their service and board officers were elected for the coming year.

The newly elected board members are:

Hod Hefer – Market Fresh Operations Manager with Walmart

Mr. Hefer began his career as a Sam’s Club Hourly Associate in Kentwood Michigan in 2002. Since that time, he has risen steadily in the Walmart/Sam’s Club organization. He currently serves as the Fresh Operations Manager in key service areas for Sam’s Club, Neighborhood Markets and Supercenters. Hefer is a frequent volunteer at Gleaners and will serve on the operations and food sourcing committee. Hefer’s skills are critically important as Gleaners diversifies food sourcing and evolves to a more complex model of purchased food and greater emphasis on just-in-time supply chain models that revolve around produce and other healthy, nutritious perishable foods.

Laura McCaffrey – Public Affairs Specialist with the Indiana Hospital Association

Ms. McCaffrey supports state and federal legislative efforts at the Indiana Statehouse and on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining IHA in 2016, Laura served five years at Bose Public Affairs Group, where she developed and executed strategy for state and national public affairs campaigns with an emphasis on grassroots advocacy and coalition building to advance public policy. McCaffrey, who is the youngest person to ever serve as a Gleaners board member, represents a new initiative at Gleaners to empower highly talented young leaders in the community who bring solid skills needed in the fight to end hunger – both board and staff.

Yvonne Shaheen – Community Leader and Retired Corporate Executive

Ms. Shaheen is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bright Sheet Metal Company and Long Electric Company. Since her retirement in 2005, she has been a tireless champion of dozens of community and non-profit organizations, including Board positions for The Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, United Way of Central Indiana, Herron School of Art & Design, and WFYI. Shaheen brings a depth of financial stewardship and fund-raising skills to Gleaners at a critically important time of significant transformational change across the hunger relief sector.

Joe Vertin – Global Portfolio Leader, Enlist Weed Control System, Dow AgroSciences

Mr. Vertin has global commercial responsibility for the Enlist Weed Control System as well as a portfolio of established herbicide products. He is responsible for business results, long term strategy and management of assets associated with the portfolio of products, working closely with all functions that support the products as well as the marketing, sales, and product development personnel in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the United States. Vertin’s corporate experience is a perfect match for his service on Gleaners’ operations and food sourcing committee and strengthens what is already a long history of innovative DowAgrosciences commitment to feeding the hungry.

Newly elected officers for the 2017-18 fiscal year are:

Chair - Greg Fennig, Vice President of Customer Experience, Indianapolis Power & Light

Mr. Fennig has served in a variety of corporate and non-profit leadership roles in Indianapolis, often finding himself the right leader at the right time as organizations undergo significant change. Prior to serving as board chair, Fennig chaired the governance and nominating committee and led a significant rebuilding of the board and all governing documents.

Vice Chair - Georgiana Reynal, Chief Advocacy Officer, St. Vincent

Reynal brings not only significant leadership experience, but expertise in advocacy and communications at a critical time for the hunger relief community. Vice chair is a new position for Gleaners and Reynal is the first in Gleaners history. She will continue to provide strategic leadership as programs and services in support of hunger relief and healthcare converge.

Secretary - Paul Sinclair, Ice Miller LLP

Sinclair has been a significant contributor, working with staff leadership to raise the level of professionalism and planning, especially around human resources and governance issues. His legal expertise has been very helpful to Gleaners during a prolonged period of building and change and will remain critically important as the business model becomes more complex.

Treasurer - Chad Mayer, Director – Supply Chain, Cummins, Inc.

Mayer has long represented one of Gleaners most dedicated corporate supporters, Cummins, a source of resources and significant volunteer expertise, especially in Marion and Bartholomew Counties. Mayer previously chaired the development committee and helped rebuild Gleaners’ fundraising capacity.

Outgoing board members:

Former Board officers ending their term at the annual meeting are Jamie Browning (chair), Laurinda Swank (secretary) and John Wortman (treasurer). As immediate past chair, Browning will remain on the board and chair the governance and nominating committee. In addition to outgoing officers, Steve Ferguson of Elanco has completed his board service.

Gleaners President/CEO, John Elliott, expressed gratitude for the service of the outgoing officers, while looking forward to working with the new officers and board members. “Gleaners is emerging from a period of financial challenge and significant change, which, frankly is positioning us for even greater transformational change over the next few years. Our operating and financial models are rapidly becoming more complex. We are poised to at least double the volume of food through our distribution center. Gleaners would not have survived the recent change or be ready for the daunting change ahead without the extraordinary leadership of Jamie, Laurinda, John and Steve.” he said. Elliott noted specifically Board support for the Regional Produce Processing Center, the ongoing development of the CARE program, establishing 53 school-based pantries in a very short timeframe, rebuilding the financial resources of the organization, as well as enhancing capacity and building a structure of accountability around fundraising efforts.

Incoming Board Chair, Greg Fennig, noted his gratitude to Browning and the retiring Board members. “I’m honored to take the reins from Jaime Browning who has served so admirably for the past few years,” said Fennig. “Most importantly, I’m thrilled to work with this Board and Gleaners’ leadership to build on the good work done by Jamie and others as we move into a new year. The need is great in our service area, and I’m confident that Gleaners is well positioned to continue its impact.”