Jeanette Bronsord: Board Chair
Jeannette Bronsord, Director of Surgical Services, Yale New Haven Hospital followed Master’s Manna for several years as the organization grew to meet an increasing need for services in Wallingford, Meriden and surrounding areas. As a lifelong resident of Meriden and Wallingford, becoming a member of the Board of Directors at Master’s Manna provided an opportunity to contribute to the community in a meaningful way. Jeannette states, “The philosophy for providing services such as food, clothing, and meals with respect, preserving the dignity of persons served is consistent with my own personal values. I believe this experience will enrich me as a leader and most importantly as a person.”
One of the goals instilled in me by my parents and community, was to leave this place in a better condition than you found it. My involvement with Master’s Manna is a small attempt to reach for that mark. The mission at Master’s Manna is to alleviate food insecurity from the list of monthly issues that people face. Fortunately, we live in a land of plenty, so our daily task is to reclaim the excess and quickly turn it around to those in need. The fundamental belief at Master’s Manna can be summed up straightforwardly by stating, “Food is not an option.”
Gail Powell: Past Board Chair & Administrative Service Director
Gail is an active member of the Yalesville United Methodist Church. The partnership between Master’s Manna and YUMC provided Gail with her initial introduction to both the needs and accomplishments at Master’s Manna. She witnessed its “growth” from a church basement on Parker Farms Road in Wallingford to its present location. In most cases, growth of an entity is a good thing. However, in the case of Master’s Manna, this growth trend is an indicator that many of our neighbors are unable to attain basic human needs. Gail found this rising trend to be disturbing.
We are told “to love our neighbor – as ourselves.” The great commandment provided the motivation for Gail to join the Board of Directors. The Mission Statement of Master’s Manna is in harmony with Gail’s belief that every person has not only an inherent ability – but also the responsibility – to make a difference. We abide in community specially purposed to help and encourage one another. At Master’s Manna, Board members, Staff, Volunteers and the community of donors endeavor to improve the quality of life for those in need by “Building a Stronger Community ~ Together.”
Bill is the President and CEO of Fosdick Fulfillment and is specifically well acquainted with the non-profit world of the greater Wallingford-Meriden area having served on several other non-profit boards. Building collaborative partnerships is one of Bill’s strengths. When Bill was first introduced to Master’s Manna a few years ago he stated that “Master’s Manna is the best kept secret in Wallingford”. Along with an understanding of and commitment to the mission of Master’s Manna Bill brings a willingness and the know-how to “leak the secret” and poise this organization for continued growth and success
Ian Brooks: Board Secretary
Ian was raised in the United Kingdom and came to the USA in 1978 after serving as a residential Social Worker in Edinburgh. With his wife, Beth, he is very active in the local community as their 3 children are launched. Ian presently serves on the Board and Development Committee of Community Mediation in Hamden. Ian is also a member of Rotary International, North Haven and Eagle Toastmasters, Wallingford.
Over the past two years Ian has participated in activities, attended board meetings and volunteering regularly prior to accepting a position on the Board. He was warned that Master’s Manna does come with a warning label. If you enter the third time you are “addicted”.
Ian possesses a natural ability to speak with people, make them feel comfortable and deduce where they may best volunteer. He also likes to see accomplishments.
William Barnes: Board Director & Historian
William “Bill” Barnes was introduced to Master’s Manna after reading an article in the paper about a new food pantry in Wallingford. Like many people he did not realize there was a need in this town for such a service, and quickly learned differently.
“Food is a basic necessity for life, and I am thankful to be able to help feed people in need. In my involvement with Master’s Manna, I have received far more than I have given by knowing that people are being helped” states Bill. Bill has been involved with Master’s Manna since 2007.
Bill is a hometown boy who grew up in Wallingford, is married to his wife, Kathy, and works for Spectra Energy.
Lynn Cella~Coyne: Board Director & Statutory Advisor
Lynn is a private attorney, formerly a partner at Cella Law Firm, P.C. in North Haven. Lynn states, “For me, being active in one’s community, not only makes the community stronger, but provides a sense of belonging to a group of people who are striving to provide benefit for something they believe in. I first became acquainted with Master’s Manna when my sister-in-law told me that she had been donating to the organization. She explained, both to my mother and me, the role Master’s Manna plays within the Wallingford/Meriden Community and what a vital resource it is for those who are in need. I view being a Board Member as another opportunity to help support the community I live and believe in.”
Tracy Rightmer-Guarneiri: Board Director
Robert McKenzie: Board Director
Over many years, I have been actively involved in several business and community organizations. After a friend told me about Master’s Manna, I stopped in, received a tour and decided this was a non-profit where I could volunteer effectively. I strongly believe in the mission at Master Manna. After visiting a Board Meeting, I was pleased to join the Master’s Manna Board of Directors. The vast amount of Marketing experience gained from my work and other volunteer activities can help me to make a positive impact as a Director. My experience and love of interacting with people will help to provide some of the basic needs of the organization. I believe I can help Master’s Manna grow develop a network of support.