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 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 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 over 40 million pounds of food per year. Today, the organization is a $60 million charitable food business, with nearly 550 agency partners, and a new, 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 staff, and the generosity and commitment of donors and volunteers, D'Amato is leading the implementation of an ambitious strategic plan, "End Hunger Here", that will increase food distribution to over 41 million pounds in 2013, or enough to provide 32 million meals. That will put GBFB closer to providing 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 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 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.
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.
Chair – Philip Licari, Babson College
Vice-chair – Woody Bradford, CFA President and Chief Executive Officer, Conning
Vice-chair – Peter S. Lawrence, President, ArQule, Inc.
Vice-chair – Verne Powell, Retired, Shaw's & Star Market
Vice-chair – Seth Weinroth, CEO, Aldwin Apartments
Treasurer – Lon Povich, EVP, General Counsel & Secretary, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Clerk – Trudi Veldman, Senior Director Biologics, AbbVie Bioresearch Center
Member Ex Officio – Catherine D'Amato, President & C.E.O, The Greater Boston Food Bank
Member Ex Officio – Christopher P. Flynn, President, Massachusetts Food Association
Carol Anderson, Former Managing Director of HarbourVest Partners, LLC.
Vivian Bolt, Independent Human Resource Executive
Robert Bralower, Principal, The Baupost Group, L.L.C.
M.W. Sam Davis, Senior Managing Director, Allstate Investments, LLC
John A. Fassak, Business Development Officer, Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Vicary M. Graham, Regional President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Minnie Joung, Former Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Fidelity Investments
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 CEO, JOH
Judith M. Palmer, Director of Marketing and External Communications, Stop & Shop/New England Division
Joanna Travis, Attorney (Also affiliated with Dunkin' Brands)
Anthony Hubbard, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo
Kip Tiernan (1926-2011), nationally recognized pioneer and advocate for the provision of housing and food to those in need. Read more here.
Chair – Gail Graham, SVP, United Capital
Hannah Commoss, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Public Markets and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Commonwealth of Massachusetts PRIM Board
Teddy Cutler, Founder, The Interface Group-Massachusetts
John Fish, President/CEO, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
David Frost, Vice President, Director of Corporate Accounting, State Street Corporation
Deborah Goldberg, Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Family Foundation
Karen Holmes Ward, Director of Public Affairs and Community Services, WCVB Channel 5
Joanne Jaxtimer, Regional Executive - New England, BNY Mellon
Kenneth Lee, Vice President, Global Business Services and Transformation, Avery Dennison
Mark Levine, Executive Vice President, Eastern Insurance Group
Wendy MacGregor, Senior Vice President, AOL
Theresa McLaughlin , Group Executive Vice President & Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, Citizens Bank
Rick Roche, CEO, Roche Bros.
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
Anne and Chad Gifford , Former Chairs, Bank of America
Mayor Thomas Menino, City of Boston
Matt Damon, Actor
Chris Flynn – GBFB Board of Directors; Massachusetts Food Association
Verne Powell – GBFB Board of Directors; Shaw’s Supermarkets, retired
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
Paul Nerney – Shaw’s Supermarkets
Rick Roche – Roche Bros.
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