An Upcoming Transition for Us

Early in 2021, our President/CEO Dan Maher will be leaving to accept a similar position at another Feeding America network food bank, the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank in Virginia. Our Board of Directors has formed a Search Committee that is actively soliciting qualified applicants and reviewing potential candidates.

“I originally came to Southeast Texas from Virginia,” said Maher in a news release about his upcoming departure. “I have enjoyed the community and the challenge of leading the Southeast Texas Food Bank through a period of growth amidst several local disasters, but the opportunity to again return to family roots and broader family connections is appealing at this time.”

Maher began as Executive Director of the Food Bank in 2013. Since that time, the Food Bank’s annual food distribution has doubled, a supplemental warehouse has been purchased, new land for future expansion has been acquired, a senior-oriented feeding program has been added, and the Food Bank has engaged in community response to several natural disasters and the current pandemic.

“Fortunately, the Food Bank has always been a strong non-profit in the community,” he said. “With 20 percent of Southeast Texans needing the hunger relief services it provides, it needs to be well resourced and well organized. We have been fortunate to add to its capacity and potential in recent years and I am honored to have been part of that. I know the Southeast Texas Food Bank and its important mission is in the good hands of a solid and dedicated staff, volunteer corps and board, and its mission is respected by the community. A new leader will be well positioned and well supported in making the Food Bank an even more vital community service.”

The Food Bank’s Board of Directors is moving swiftly to address the President/CEO vacancy that will exist in January. The Search Committee is tapping into local resources for possible candidates, as well as promoting the opening via the statewide and national networks the Southeast Texas Food Bank participates in.

“The Food Bank has been highly responsive and expanded its community engagement under Dan’s leadership and the Board is grateful for that impact,” said Southeast Texas Food Bank Board Chair Jeff Oliverio. “We expect to continue growing that impact under new leadership and look forward to the bright possibilities for improving food access in Southeast Texas that the future holds.”

Those who believe themselves to possess the professional background and experiences to engage in organizational leadership may view the President/CEO job description and find out how to express interest in the position by viewing the link below.

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