|SARASOTA, Fla.—Aug. 16, 2013— All Faiths Food Bank is pleased to welcome three new staff members to help meet the organization’s growing needs. Laura Coyle joins the team as Director of Marketing, Jen Hayes is the new Outreach Programs Coordinator, and Julie Smith has stepped in as Donor Information Manager. All Faiths Food Bank has served residents in DeSoto and Sarasota Counties for almost 25 years and with the increasing need for healthy and nutritious food, adequate staffing is required to support its efforts.
“We are so excited to have them join the All Faiths family,” said Executive Director Sandra Frank, “It was challenging but necessary to restructure the organization to meet the increasing needs of the community, and to expand our programs. These three bring just the skills and expertise we need to move forward.”
Laura Coyle has worked in Sarasota’s nonprofit sector for more than a decade, including previous experience at a food bank. Her newly created position fills the communication and promotional needs necessary for raising awareness in the community of the services and programs the Food Bank provides. She has extensive marketing, PR, and communication skills, and earned her degree in graphic design. As Director of Marketing, she is also tasked with maintaining a strong brand presence for the Food Bank.
New Outreach Programs Coordinator Jen Hayes replaces Elise Burgher who left the Food Bank to earn an advanced degree. Jen relocated from Buffalo, New York, and has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo, and a Bachelor’s degree from Canisius College in International Relations and European Studies. Jen will be working with local educators and students to connect with families that will benefit from our food and nutrition programs, as well as those who are able to contribute to the growth of our programs in the schools.
Julie Smith joins All Faiths Food Bank as the new Donor Information Manager to fill the very large shoes of Bev Beishline who retired after 15 years of service. Before coming to the Food Bank, Julie was Director of Grants and Resources at Easter Seals Southwest Florida. Julie graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development and received a Master of Public Administration degree with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Florida. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter and brings extensive donor database experience to the position.
Pictured: Database guru Julie Smith comes to us from Easter Seals
About All Faiths Food Bank
All Faiths Food Bank is the hub of the hunger relief system in DeSoto and Sarasota Counties. Last year, All Faiths Food Bank distributed nearly 6 million pounds of food equating to 5 million meals through 180 partner agencies and programs. The mission is to feed those in need and educate the community about the hunger and nutrition. More information about the BackPack Kids program and Mobile Cupboards and other programs can be found at www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.