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.
Acting Chair and Treasurer
Jim Roche joined the Franklin Food Pantry Board of Directors in June 2012, and was elected Treasurer in April 2013. He is currently serving as the acting Chair of the Board. 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.
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.
Nancy Schoen recently retired after thirty-six years of teaching, thirty-three in the Franklin Public Schools as a music teacher and K-12 Director of Music. In 2005, she represented Franklin and the Massachusetts Teachers Association as the 2005 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Nancy continues to teach in the Franklin Lifelong Learning’s String Program. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst, (BMus) and Cambridge College (MEd). Nancy continues to be an active volunteer in the Franklin community. She is currently Chair of the Franklin Cultural District Committee and is an active member of St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Society. Nancy and her husband Scott have lived in Franklin for thirty-four years where they have raised their four children.
Roberta DeBaggis Trahan
Roberta DeBaggis Trahan is a lifelong member of the Franklin community. She is a retired Critical Care Registered Nurse having worked in Adult ICU for 44 years, is a graduate of FHS, Saint Vincent Hospital School of Nursing and Worcester State University. She is actively involved as a volunteer with many community organizations: (Vice President of Franklin Downtown Partnership; FPAC/TBB member; Vice President of The Franklin Education Foundation; Chair of Saint Mary Parish Council, FPS Student Wellness Advisory Council member and The Franklin Cultural District Committee. She is a past member of the Franklin School Committee having served for 10 years and has served on various other community organizations in the past).
She resides in Franklin with her husband Roger, has four grown children and 6 grandchildren.
Vicki Coates has over twenty-five years of senior leadership experience in product development, operations and contracting for various Massachusetts health and dental insurance carriers. She received her master’s from Clark University and her undergraduate degree from Colby College. She was a co-founder of the Franklin Education Foundation and the former Partners in Education program at the J.F. Kennedy School in Franklin. She and her husband have resided in Franklin for over 30 years and raised two children, both graduates of the Franklin Public Schools.
Susan Dewsnap is a Vice President and Relationship Manager at Rockland Trust. She a graduate of The University of Massachusetts Amherst (B.B.A.) and Bryant University (M.B.A.). Her professional financial experience includes both corporate and personal financial planning. Her volunteer involvement includes 10 years on the Franklin Finance Committee and Treasurer of Tockwotton Home in Providence, RI. She also enjoys helping at school events and cheering for her kids at sports and music events. Dewsnap lives in Franklin with her husband and two children.
Chris Kilburn recently retired from Fidelity Investments, where he was a Senior Vice President and Head of Technology Architecture. In that role his responsibilities included the strategic vision, design and delivery of technology, enabling customers to confidently make decisions that drive better health and financial outcomes. Previously he held several technology leadership roles across Fidelity’s market-leading workplace retirement business. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Marketing at Boston College Carroll School of Management.
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., Tina previously was an Executive Recruiter for AMN Healthcare in its executive and leadership division. Tina also has 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 served on the Franklin Food Pantry’s Board of Directors since 2017, including two years as its Chair, and has also served on the Hockomock YMCA Board of Managers and as Vice Chair of the Franklin Town Council. Tina resides in Franklin with her husband. They have five children.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
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 recently celebrated its sixth 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. In July of 2020, Amy was promoted to Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this capacity, Amy is responsible for budget planning as well as overseeing large scale projects. She currently serves as the co-chair of the building committee with Sue Kilcoyne. 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.
After seven years of volunteering in various roles, Anne joined The Pantry staff in 2021 as the Operations Manager. In her role, Anne manages food inventory and distribution to the Pantry’s neighbors. Prior to her position at The Pantry, Anne spent 15 years as the Manager of the Franklin School of Performing Arts spotlight shop and implemented the first online shop in 2020. Anne has lived in Franklin for 33 years but is a Badger at heart, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Many thanks to Leigh Anne Janell and Linda Rondeau for donating their photography services for some of the above images.