Board of Directors
The Franklin Food Pantry is guided by a committed board of directors whose members are devoted to ensuring we continue to meet our community’s need for hunger relief. Our board members come from a variety of backgrounds in business, civic and nonprofit leadership.
Jeffrey Ellis, CPA, Chair
Jeff Ellis volunteers as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. He joined the board in August of 2015 in an effort to help the community after researching the severity of the hunger problem in the town where he grew up. The driving force behind joining the board was to be able to assist the director and other board members in achieving their goals and growing the Pantry to mitigate the hunger problem in Franklin and surrounding communities. Jeff is a partner at the CPA firm in Norwood, MA and lives in Franklin with his wife and three children.
James Roche, Treasurer
Jim Roche joined the Franklin Food Pantry Board of Directors in June 2012, and was elected Treasurer in April 2013. Jim is a licensed C.P.A. in Massachusetts and received his M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. He runs a consulting practice focusing on helping owners understand the financial and operational aspects of their business. He continues to be very active as a volunteer for various community efforts. As the Treasurer, he is leveraging his professional background toward developing, overseeing & maintaining business systems and controls for the pantry. He lives in Franklin with his wife and three children.
Tina Powderly has 20 years of experience working in a variety of areas in the healthcare industry, including healthcare consulting, community benefits, and hospital business development and strategy. Currently, Tina works as an Executive Recruiter for Phillips DiPisa, a healthcare-focused search firm. Previously, Tina directed the activities of the CEO’s office at Milford Regional Medical Center and worked as an independent consultant in business development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping develop major expansion projects both in outlying communities and in Boston. Tina earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Health Policy Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has previously served on the Hockomock YMCA Board of Managers and as Vice Chair of the Franklin Town Council. Tina resides in Franklin with her three children.
Suzanne Gendreau is the former owner of The Annarealla Cookie Company, Inc. located in Franklin, MA. Previous to that, Suzanne spent over a decade working in the field of higher education endowment development specifically for both Boston University and Brown University. She is a graduate of Boston University (Ed.M.) and Stonehill College, and is a lifelong resident of Franklin. Suzanne is very active in the community, serving as Treasurer for the Franklin High School field hockey program for 3 years, and as a volunteer with the Friends of Franklin and The Relay for Life. She has served on both the Board of Directors and the Board of Incorporators for Franklin Children’s School. Currently she manages her family farm in Franklin.
Interim Executive Director
Amy Cataldo began volunteering at the Pantry in 2014 as Special Projects Coordinator. She joined the staff in 2016 as Special Projects Manager and was responsible for spearheading the Pantry’s signature fundraiser, the Empty Bowls Dinner, which is now entering its 4th year. Her many accomplishments include the research and implementation of a volunteer management software program, as well as the Pantry’s first strategic review that resulted in operational improvements for the Pantry. In 2018, Amy was promoted to Assistant Director and serves as a key member of the strategic team providing leadership and management to the organization. In February of 2019, Amy was invited to serve as the Pantry’s Interim Executive Director during a time of transition in leadership. Prior to coming to the Pantry, Amy served as Associate Director of Enrollment Solutions for Sun Life Financial in Wellesley where she worked for 11 years in a variety of project management and enrollment positions. She resides in Franklin with her husband and three children.
Many thanks to Leigh Anne Janell for donating her photography services for some of the above images.