From Jamie Anthony, and the MEND Board of Trustees:
It is with mixed emotions that we are writing to you today. Sharon Reilly-Tobin has decided, after more than 33 years of dedicated service, to step down from her active role as MEND Coordinator at the end of 2017. Since joining MEND in 1984, Sharon has overseen tremendous growth in MEND’s mission to support those in need in Essex County. Her leadership, faith, and dedication within our interfaith network of food pantries have contributed immeasurably to MEND’s ability to have served more than 1.7 million Essex County residents since its founding.
While we are saddened by Sharon’s departure from MEND’s daily operations, we are pleased to announce she will remain a Trustee on our Board. We look forward to Sharon’s continued guidance and remain inspired by her tireless commitment to fighting hunger.
In light of Sharon’s departure, and MEND’s recent efforts to increase its fundraising and visibility, the Board of Trustees has determined that it is now positioned to hire an Executive Director to continue our momentum. MEND has asked Robin Peacock to serve in this role, effective January 1, 2018. Robin has worked as our grant writer and special projects consultant since November 2015, and is familiar with our programs, pantries, funders, and needs. As an attorney and a community volunteer and leader, Robin is well-suited for her new position within MEND and has already begun to work with Sharon to assure a seamless transition for our organization’s continued growth and success.
MEND plans to continue the good work it has been doing for over 37 years, from supporting our interfaith food pantry network with food, funds, social service referrals, and volunteers to addressing the root causes of hunger. If you have questions about MEND, I would be happy to answer them. In the meantime, please congratulate Sharon on all that she has achieved through MEND on behalf of the poor and marginalized in our communities, and wish Robin every success in taking us forward.
Jamie R. Anthony
MEND Board of Trustees