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.
Vice President of Perishables
B.J.’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Jack MacAskill is the V.P. of perishables at B.J.’s Wholesale Club, Inc. He oversees chain-wide club and e-commerce sales, item compliment and marketing for the perishable food departments. Prior to this role, Jack worked in the retail food industry for nearly 45 years. Jack earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Newbury College. He and his wife, Lori, reside in Franklin, Mass., and have three children: Kristin, Erin, and Kevin, and two granddaughters, Emily and Maddie. He and Lori enjoy traveling and spending summers with family on Cape Cod.
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.
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Erin has dedicated the past twenty years of her career to strengthening nonprofit organizations. She holds national certification in Nonprofit Leadership through the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Innovation. In her previous roles she served as Executive Director of a seventeen-organization strategic alliance, secured a multimillion dollar community grant for the Phoenix area, administered the Arizona Department of Economic Security Volunteer Services contract, and served with the Points of Light Foundation. She is certified with the International Association of Facilitators, and has been trained in Group Facilitation Methods by the Institute of Cultural Affairs. She currently resides in Franklin with her two children and enjoys working with this community towards a time when no children go hungry.
Many thanks to Leigh Anne Janell for donating her photography services for some of the above images.