Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan’s President and CEO, oversees Michigan’s largest food bank, enabling more than 400 agency partners in the delivery of over 20 million pounds of food per year to our neighbors in need.

WHERE BORN: Hastings–on–Hudson, New York.

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON: “My father. My dad was an immigrant who came to this nation from Portugal with his brothers. He was a laborer, worked in a mill by night and in gardens by day. He believed in hard work. But the other thing that dad really demonstrated, as well as mom, was the importance of giving to others, of taking care of your neighbors. Dad was a physical guy, a strong, hardworking man, but once when we were driving through Georgia to visit my sister and my brother-in-law we became hopelessly lost. We were on this dirt road down south and we came into this area where there were these weathered shacks. Dad stopped to ask for directions, and when he came back to the car we could see he was crying. And the reason he was crying, was when he asked for directions, he could see these people had very little food, and he gave them money to buy food. He asked my mom, Gloria, how in this country can anybody let anybody else go without food? That was truly a defining moment for me. My sister and I still talk about it.”

LAST BOOK READ: “‘High Performance Nonprofit Organizations’ by Christine W. Letts, William P. Ryan, and Allen Grossman.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Humorous, caring and mission driven.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “Sadly, this is a growth industry in which there is a growth in demand and a reduction in resources.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My Verizon-powered PalmOne Treo – it rocks! Just the ability to stay connected with the office with as much traveling as I do, with the ‘automagic’ – that’s a word I use -- updating of my schedule.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “New England, for its history, antiques and architecture.”


FAVORITE FOOD: “Anything Italian.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Woodworking.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “That I helped others.”