If you have ever been in my office, you have likely seen this poster prominently displayed over my desk.
The "North Country" of New York is my home, it's where I grew up, where I went to college and where much of my family still lives. And I need to tell you now that I have accepted a position heading an organization that fights hunger in the North Country. I will assume the position on January 1, 2015. I will resign my position at Foodshare as of December 31, 2014.
You can be sure that this was done with very mixed emotions on my part!
While I leave Foodshare with a great deal of sadness, I know the team we’ve built shares my passion for fighting hunger and ending its causes and will be terrific stewards of this mission. I am grateful for the community, volunteers and staff support that has helped us grow Foodshare from a tiny, grass-roots organization to one that is currently building our capacity to both feed hungry people and engage in programs to end hunger in the region. I am so proud of the work, the staff and the dedicated volunteers who work every day to end hunger. All of you will always be like family to me.
The organization I will be heading, GardenShare, has an anti-hunger and food policy mission and serves St. Lawrence County, one of the poorest counties in New York. The opportunity to bring my skills and my passion for ending hunger back to the place I still call home was one I could not pass up.
Foodshare is well positioned for this transition, with a strong staff and Board of Directors, a clear strategic plan, and a succession plan to help the Board and staff through the process. I will certainly be here to help them with this transition in any way I can over the next few months.
I am very excited about this opportunity and this new chapter in my life, but I will miss all of you - staff, donors, volunteers, and the organizations and people we serve - tremendously. Thank you for being there for Foodshare and for me over these last thirty years.