Meet the Capital Campaign Committee
Lynn Calling serves as Executive Director for the Franklin Food Pantry and has almost 20 years of experience working in non-profit organizations, higher education, and community-based organizations, which includes the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MAAEYC), Green Schools Alliance and the MIT Alumni Association. Lynn specializes in volunteer management, fundraising, community outreach, and program management and development. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, from The University of Connecticut. Lynn also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Governors of the East Bridgewater Branch of the Old Colony YMCA.
Kim Cooper joined the Pantry as a volunteer in 2018. In 2019 she took on the role as Donor Relations Manager overseeing fundraising efforts as well as building and strengthening new and existing community partnerships. She is a graduate of Emerson College and has worked in both the entertainment and consumer products sectors in marketing and promotions for such companies as Radio Disney and Princess House. She has lived in Franklin almost 20 years with her husband Tom, two sons, Colby and Keaton and their energetic pup Crosby.
Originally from Georgia, Ingred has called Franklin my home for the past 15 years. She has loved raising her three children in Franklin and being a part of the same community where her husband grew up. There are deep roots for their family in Franklin, and she is excited to continue hwe involvement as a member of the Franklin Food Pantry’s Capital Campaign Committee.
Ingred has a background in public relations, and has also been involved with various non-profit organizations, including The Private Industry Council, promoting programs like the welfare-to-work initiative and other events for inner city children. She remains very involved with the Friends of Franklin organization which provides food and necessities to families in the area. The Friends of Franklin organization has always relied on the generosity of the Franklin Food Pantry to help serve this community. It only seems fitting that she now joins the Food Pantry and support their mission to raise the funds necessary to continue to better serve those in need in our town.
Jeff Ellis is a partner at the CPA firm QRGA, LLP in Norwood. He has been with the firm for over 15 years concentrating his practice in the areas of small business and individual taxes. Jeff and his wife are longtime residents of Franklin and have three children. In addition to other volunteer activities, Jeff served on the Board of Directors of the Franklin Food Pantry from 2015 thru 2019, two of those years serving as Board Chair. During Jeff’s time on the board the main goal was to find a new space of operations. Now that the current board has found that space Jeff is very excited to join the Capital Campaign Committee to help secure funds to ensure a bright and prosperous future for the Organization in their new space.
Chair Capital Campaign
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.
Glenn currently serves as an elected member of Franklin’s Town Council where he is the communications liaison and member of the Economic Development Subcommittee. He is a Master Electrician & Instructor with over 31 years in the electrical construction and engineering field. He has served on several Boards in the Franklin area including the Franklin Educational Foundation and the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership
Susan has been a resident of Franklin for over 20 years and has raised 3 children in Franklin. She loves our town and has been fortunate enough to have benefited from all that Franklin offers.
She recognizes that hard times can fall on any family at any time and the Franklin Food Pantry is here to help in a big way. As a community, she believes it’s important that we support each other and she’s happy to be part of a team who intends to raise the funds necessary to create a new, improved space for members of our community that need a helping hand.
Donna O’Neill and her husband moved to Franklin in 1972 and immediately fell in love with the community. They happily got involved in many organizations throughout the town. They raised their 3 children here and all attended Franklin schools. Her children are all married now and she is the proud Grandmother of 11….. 5 girls and 6 boys ranging in age from 8 to 16. She is their best cheerleader , following them all in sports and school activities.
She has been a volunteer at the Franklin Food Pantry nearly 8 years in the capacity of Receptionist. She loves greeting and helping our neighbors make future appointments. They are our neighbors and friends and it is a pleasure to assist them. During Covid I have recently been called upon to pack Kids bags, make calls to neighbors who are expecting deliveries and to make some of these deliveries.
Laura joined the Franklin Food Pantry as its Communications Manager in 2019. She brings over twenty years experience of public relations and communications experience. She served as manager for Apple Tree Arts’, a non-profit theatre and arts school, capital campaign which raised over five million dollars to revitalize a historical building into an accessible, vibrant theatre and building.
Laura graduated from Hartwick college with a Bachelor of Science degree in English. She resides in Grafton with her husband and two children. She currently serves on the Grafton School Committee.
State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 10th Norfolk District (Franklin & Medway) in 2012. He was re-elected in 2014, 2016, and 2018 and was appointed Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. He is also the House-Chair of the Manufacturing Caucus, which promotes and encourages “Making It” in Massachusetts and serves as a member of the House Committee on Personnel and Administration.
In 2011, he was elected to the Town Council in the Franklin, Massachusetts. In January 2012, he was selected to chair the town’s Master Plan Committee. Prior to that, he served on the School Committee, and served as its Chairperson for 9 of his 10 years of service with that board. He also co-chaired Franklin’s Anti-Bullying Task Force.
He has worked as an attorney in Massachusetts since 1986, and operates a law firm, Roy Law, in Franklin, Massachusetts. The firm is dedicated to vindicating the rights and expectations of consumers injured at home, work, or play. He has represented clients at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts. In addition, he has appeared in cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Superior Court, the Federal District Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Rhode Island Superior Court, Colorado Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
He has been married to his wife Maureen for 32 years and is the proud father of three children, all educated in the Franklin public school system. He is also a bicycle rider and 18-year participant in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge event, which raises money for the Jimmy Fund.
Steve currently volunteers as the Community Information Director for Franklin Matters, an online newsletter gathering and sharing information via social media about what matters in Franklin, MA. The newsletter collaborates with Franklin TV and Radio (wfpr.fm). Prior to his retirement he worked at John Hancock as a Senior Director of Information Protection. He has a long history of working with the Franklin Food Pantry, serving on its Board of Directors for four years in a variety of roles including: Chairman and Secretary.