Eight New Members Join Gleaners Community Food Bank Board of Directors

Damali Sahu Announced as New Board Chair

DETROIT (Aug. 25, 2023) – Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan is pleased to announce the election of eight new members to its Board of Directors.

The newest board members are:

  • Cassandra “Sandy” Harvey, Founder and President of Exodus Consulting Group, LLC.
  • Ryan Hoyle, Managing Partner – GOALS Professional Services, GOALS Media Group.
  • Jeffrey Lafferty, Senior Vice President & Commercial Team Leader, The Huntington Bank.
  • Mageada Mohamed, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Group Practice Ops Director, Henry Ford Health.
  • Katherine “Kate” Mora, Vice President of Merchandising, The Kroger Co. of Michigan.
  • Vin Nguyen, CPA, Partner, UHY LLP.
  • Jose Santrich, Vice President – Support Services, Penske Automotive Group.
  • Mary Jane Vogt, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Henry Ford Health.

In addition to instating new members, the Gleaners Board of Directors appointed Damali Sahu as the new Board Chair. Sahu is an attorney at Bodman Law.

“Our Board of Directors consists of longtime advocates, as well as new, passionate champions of our mission,” said Gerry Brisson, Gleaners President and CEO. “Our newest members are leaders in the business, finance, automotive, consulting and health care sectors. We are grateful for the variety of personal and professional experiences they bring to the table, and we look forward to their collective leadership and strategic vision as we work together to continue Gleaners’ legacy of service well into the future.”

Gleaners would also like to recognize three new non-appointed, non-board members selected to serve on board committees:  

  • Governance Committee: Bob Crawford, Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Customer Experience, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Audit Committee: Sara Gambino, Audit & Assurance Managing Director, Deloitte
  • Development Committee: George Rochette, President, Worldwide Home Healthcare

Gleaners is committed to ensuring its board represents the diversity of the community it serves. Board members live in four of Gleaners’ five service counties – representing Livingston, Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties – and significantly includes representation from Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and Middle Eastern backgrounds. The current board is composed of 15 men and 11 women and of a variety of ages, with two directors under 40 years of age, 15 directors between the ages of 40-55, and nine directors over the age of 55.

Directors are elected to serve terms of up to three years and may be re-elected for up to two successive terms. Gleaners’ Board of Directors currently has 26 members, reflecting a recently approved amendment to increase the maximum number of members on the board from 24 to 30.

A complete list of board members can be found at www.gcfb.org.

About Gleaners Community Food Bank:
Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners serves five Southeast Michigan counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, and Monroe. Gleaners provides food to more than 400 partner agencies, including schools, soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and others across the region, and supplements the efforts of those partners by offering direct-service, drive-up grocery distributions. Every dollar donated provides three meals, and 92 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs. For more information, visit gcfb.org.