Kathleen Stress to Lead Food Bank of Central New York

July 08, 2013 at 9:03 AM

On Monday, July 8, Kathleen Stress will move into the role of executive director of Food Bank of Central New York.  Kathleen was named as the successor to Tom Slater, the Executive Director for the Food Bank from 1995 – 2013.  She has been employed by the Food Bank since 2007 in the role as Chief Operating Officer and has the full support of the Board of Directors, outgoing executive director and staff in her new role.   

“We are very fortunate to have Kathleen Stress take over as our new executive director.  Practically since she started here, Kathleen has proven herself as an organizer and leader. The rest of our employees have looked to her for guidance, and she has responded wonderfully!” stated William Murphy, Food Bank of Central New York Board President.

Kathleen began her career in non-profits twenty years ago in childcare.  She was quickly promoted into a director role where she assumed the responsibilities of overseeing three day care facilities.  Because of her detail-oriented work she was again promoted to head the continuous quality improvement initiatives of her previous employer.  Since her hiring at the Food Bank, she has supervised the day-to-day operations of the agency, including warehousing, agency relations, food sourcing and nutrition, outreach, philanthropy and technology. 

“If it weren’t for Tom Slater’s foresight and innovative planning I would not be here today as the incoming executive director. Tom’s leadership and guidance over the last 18 years leaves the organization in a strong position in the community. It has been the community’s belief in the mission that has allowed us to build a strong network of emergency food programs and it will be through their continued support that Food Bank maintains that presence. Thank you Tom, for being my mentor, guide and teacher!”

Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community.  Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 268 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 12,273,003 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.