Executive directorship changes hands at FOOD For Lane County

A major leadership change is happening this week at FOOD For Lane County. Longtime Executive Director Beverlee Potter is stepping into retirement and Tom Mulhern, former E.D. at Catholic Community Services, will take over Oregon’s second largest regional foodbank.

“I have been at FFLC for 11 years, nine of those as executive director,” said Beverlee. “I’ve loved my job working with our staff, our board of directors, our volunteers, our donors and our many, many community partners. This community is special with its generous support for the work we do and its commitment to easing hunger for our neighbors in need.” 

During Beverlee’s tenure, FFLC has expanded its capacity for relieving hunger through the addition of new programs to provide more food for the community. She served for four years as the Chair of the Oregon Food Bank Network of 21 food banks and four years with United Way of Lane County’s Board of Directors.

“The FFLC Board of Directors is grateful for the tremendous leadership Beverlee provided during her nine years as executive director,” said FFLC Board Chair Linda Eaton. “Beverlee is leaving the legacy of a compassionate and effective organization, poised for future growth and expanded service. We wish her all the best in her future adventures in life.”

The FFLC Board of Directors also announced that Tom Mulhern is joining the team as the new executive director. Mulhern is no stranger to FFLC; he has been the executive director of Catholic Community Services, one of FFLC’s highest-volume food pantries, for the past eight years.

“FOOD for Lane County plays a pivotal role in the effort to end hunger in Lane County.  I’m honored to take on the role of executive director, and I’m excited to join the board, staff, volunteers and partner organizations working together in this critically-important enterprise,” said Mulhern, new FFLC executive director.  “Joining FFLC gives me the opportunity to have an even wider and deeper impact on the issues of food, hunger and poverty in our community.”


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