Our Mission : Executives & Board

The Board and Executive Team of The Greater Boston Food Bank bring skill and passion to our mission. They come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, and are leaders in both the business and nonprofit communities of eastern Massachusetts.


PRESIDENT AND CEO

Catherine D'Amato

Catherine D'Amato has been in the food business since her Italian immigrant parents opened a restaurant when she was eight. She's been a leader in the nation's food bank network for 32 years, coming to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) as Executive Director in 1995, and named President and CEO in 1997. Under her leadership and guidance, GBFB's distribution of food has increased from 8 to nearly 48 million pounds of food per year. Today, the organization is a $65 million charitable food business, with nearly 550 agency partners, and a state-of-the-art food distribution warehouse in the heart of Boston. Last year, GBFB distributed enough food to feed as many as 545,000 people in need.

D'Amato's passion for ending hunger was instilled by her hard-working father, whose modest restaurant had a policy of feeding homeless and hungry people, and whose compassion and generosity still inspire her. She believes people have a right to food, and that letting them go hungry is simply wrong. This drives her vision for GBFB, and frames her message to government, business and community leaders. "Hunger can be solved," she says. "But it will take social and political will, greater awareness and more resources."

With the support of GBFB's dedicated board and team, and the generosity and commitment of donors and volunteers, D'Amato is leading the implementation of a new and ambitious strategic plan, "End Hunger Here",that will increase food distribution by enough to provide 45 million meals by 2016. That's enough to provide at least one meal a day to those at risk of hunger in eastern Massachusetts.

"Achieving that goal will require everyone to play their role in ending hunger in our community," continues D'Amato. "With our member hunger-relief agencies already working beyond their capacity to meet the region's growing hunger problem, GBFB is expanding its own food distribution programs, and collaborating with public and private partners to provide healthy food to those who earn too much to receive government food assistance, but still can't afford to feed themselves or their families."

"Food banks are evolving to meet ever-increasing needs," she concludes. "We're expanding our capacity, working in innovative and collaborative ways with partners and supporters, and becoming more efficient and effective. With under- and unemployment still too high, this is our future, and what we have to do if we're going to end hunger here."

Click here for Catherine's complete biography.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Carol Tienken

Carol Tienken has been Chief Operating Officer of The Greater Boston Food Bank since 1999. Prior to joining The Food Bank, Tienken was at Polaroid Corporation in Domestic and International Marketing for 18 years. She also was an employee member of the Polaroid Foundation for five years, working on grant responses for the Boston-Area Community Committee. She serves on the board of directors of the Newmarket Business Association and is an active member of its Issues Committee. Tienken grew up in Sub-Saharan Africa as the daughter of an American diplomat and received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and MSJ in Magazine Editorial from Northwestern University.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

David Noymer

David Noymer joined The Greater Boston Food Bank as Chief Financial Officer in July 2009. In this role, he is responsible for Finance and Accounting, along with Information Technology. Prior to joining The Food Bank, Noymer served as CFO for several different service sector companies over the past 22 years. Most recently, he was CFO at Accounting Management Solutions. Previously, he served as CFO at Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Information Mapping, and Clinical Data. Noymer also served as a Director for the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International from 1999 – 2001. He earned a BSBA in Accounting from American University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Noymer is a CPA in Massachusetts.

Board of Directors

The Greater Boston Food Bank is fortunate to be guided by a dedicated and generous board of directors who are devoted to our mission to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Vivian Bolt, Clerk
Independent Human Resources Executive

Woody Bradford, Chair
CFA/President and Chief Executive Officer, Conning

Carol Anderson
Former Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, LLC

Robert Bralower
Principal, Baupost Group, LLC

M.W. Sam Davis
Former Senior Managing Director, Allstate Investments, LLC

John A. Fassak
Business Development Officer, Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

Vicary M. Graham
President, Wealth Management New England

Minnie Joung
Former Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Fidelity Investments

Kenneth Lee
Vice President, Global Business Services and Transformation, Avery Dennison

Philip Licari, Past Chair
Managing Director, Research Ventures and Licensing Group, Partners Healthcare

Mary Jo Meisner
Vice President, Communications, Community Relations and Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation

Les Nanberg
President, Cornerstone Wealth Management

Sharyn Neble

Philanthropist & Community Activist

Chip O'Hare
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, JOH

Judith Palmer
Director of Marketing and External Communications, Stop & Shop New England

Lon Povich, Treasurer
EVP, General Counsel and Secretary, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.

Trudi Veldman, Vice Chair
Senior Director Biologics, AbbVie Bioresearch Center

Joanna Travis
Attorney


Ex-Officio

Catherine D'Amato
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Greater Boston Food Bank

Christopher P. Flynn
President, Massachusetts Food Association


General Counsel

Anthony Hubbard, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo


FOUNDER

Kip Tiernan (1926-2011), nationally recognized pioneer and advocate for the provision of housing and food to those in need. Read more here.

Board of Advisors

Hannah Commoss
Director - Investment Strategist, Windrose Advisors

John Core
Professor of Accounting, MIT Sloan School of Management

Ted Cutler
Vice President, The Interface Group

John Fish
President/Chief Executive Officer, Sufflok Construction

David Frost
Vice President, Director of Corporate Accounting, State Street

Deborah Goldberg
Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Family Foundation

Gail Graham, Chair
Senior Vice President, United Capital

Karen Holmes Ward
Director of Public Affairs and Community Services and Host and Executive Producer, CityLine WCVB-TV5

Joanne Jaxtimer
Regional Executive - New England, BNY Mellon

Joe Kelley
President, Stop & Shop New England Division

Mark Levine
Executive Vice President, Eastern Insurance Group

Monica Lewis
Senior Vice President, Beacon Trust Company

Wendy MacGregor
Senior Vice President, AOL

Rick Roche
CEO, Roche Bros.

Tracy Stevens
Attorney


THE GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK BOARD REPRESENTATIVES

Sharyn Neble, 
Philanthropist & Community Activist

Judith M. Palmer,
 Director of Marketing & External Communications,
 Stop & Shop/New England Division


HONORARY MEMBERS

Anne and Chad Gifford, Former Chairs, 
Bank of America

Thomas Menino,
 Former Mayor, City of Boston


CELEBRITY MEMBERS

Matt Damon, 
Actor

Food Industry Council

Chris Flynn – GBFB Board of Directors; Massachusetts Food Association

Lori Hall, BJ’s Wholesale Club

Mark Hintlian, Leavitt Corp.

Judy Knapp, Hannaford’s Supermarkets

Kimberly Rose, Whole Foods Market

Don King, Acosta Sales & Marketing

Barry Milanese, Costa Fruit & Produce

Chris Reisner, Kayem Foods

Kevin Griffin, Griffin Publishing

Rick Roche, Roche Bros.

Larry Mayes, Catholic Charities Boston

Joe Kelley, Stop & Shop New England

John Scuccimarra, Shaw's & Star Market, Inc.

Mark DeMichaelis, Olivia's Organics & State Garden Co.

Chip O'Hare, Johnson O'Hare Co.

Agency Advisory Council

Mary Anderson - Family Pantry Corp.

Sr. Joyce McMullen and Edna Bates - Project Care and Concern

Linda Sottile - Franklin Food Pantry

Fabrizio Bordo - Elliot Community Human Services (ECHS)

Michelle Burch - Hebron Food Pantry Inc.

Kathy Casaletto - Community Supper Inc.

Beth Chambers - Catholic Charities/Boston

Joe Consalvo - Hyde Park Food Pantry

Sue Gabriel - Beverly Bootstraps Community Services, Inc.

Kathi Garrison - ERSCC/Quincy Crisis Center Food Pantry

Rev.John Hopkins - Lighthouse Christian Ctr. Food Pantry/Bethany Gospel Food Pantry

Phyllis Horsley - Grant AME/ Self Help

Julie LaFontaine - Open Door Food Pantry & Meal Program

Mae Lang - Full Gospel Tabernacle Food Pantry

Joyce Lonergan - St Anthony Shrine/Franciscan Food Center

Yvonne Mitchell - Church of God/Roxbury

Sue Morong - Women's Lunch Place

Jack Nolan - Pine Street Inn

George Paiva - Annelle Delorme Hagerman Food Pantry

Bill Pye - Sacred Heart Outreach Pantry /Middleboro

Dick Rogers - MHSA/Bristol Lodge

David Andre - American Red Cross

Brenda Swain - Falmouth Service Center

Lyndsay Haight - Our Neighbor's Table Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen

Paul Yates - Hope House Inc

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