Gail Powell: Board Chair
Gail has varied experience in Sales & Marketing in addition to her current position as a Paralegal. She is an active member of the Yalesville United Methodist Church. The link between Master’s Manna and her church provided Gail with her initial introduction to Master’s Manna. She witnessed its “growth” from a church basement on Parker Farms Road in Wallingford to its present location on North Plains Industrial Road. 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 the basic needs of a great number of our neighbors is on the rise. This is a trend Gail found disturbing.
We are told “to love our neighbor – as ourselves”. This great commandment is why Gail was motivated to join the Board of Directors of Master’s Manna. The mission of Master’s Manna is in complete harmony with her belief that every person has an inherent ability – and responsibility – to make a difference. We are all children of God – and we abide together in community to help and encourage one another.
Jeanette Bronsord: Board Vice Chair
Jeanette, Director of Surgical Services, Yale New Haven Hospital has been following Master’s Manna for several years as the organization has grown to meet an increasing need for services in Wallingford, Meriden and surrounding areas. As a lifelong resident of Meriden and Wallingford becoming a Board member of Master’s Manna provides an opportunity to contribute to the community in a meaningful way. Jeanette 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.”
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.
I have a lot of previous leadership experience. For example, in the Boy Scouts I served my troop as Senior Patrol Leader and was responsible for planning campouts and weekly meetings. I served as a liaison between the scouts and the adult leaders. I was also captain of my hockey team where I addressed concerns of my fellow teammates to the coaches. Through these leadership roles I have developed qualities such as time management, organizational skills, and working cooperatively with others. I feel I will bring these qualities and many more to my position at Master’s Manna. Through my volunteering at Master’s Manna I have realized the importance of its mission to serve the marginalized in our community. I am excited to work with a group of people who all support the mission to help those in need by providing food, clothes, and educational programs. Choate has taught me the importance of giving back to the community and I look forward to serving as student representative on the board for Master’s Manna
Lynn Cella~Coyne: Board Director & Statutory Advisor
Lynn is an attorney at Cella, Flanagan & Weber, P.C. in North Haven. Lynn is one of our newest Board Member and 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 benefit 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, what role Master’s Manna plays within the Wallingford/Meriden Community and how it is vital resource for those who are in need. ..I view becoming a Board Member as another opportunity to help support the community I live and believe in.”