Hunger Solutions New York’s dedicated staff combines years of diverse experience with a passion for the mission of alleviating hunger in New York.
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Linda is responsible to the Board of Directors for the strategic direction and management of Hunger Solutions New York. Linda has guided Hunger Solutions New York through several initiatives including changing the organization’s name to more strongly reflect its mission, strengthening partnerships with state and national organizations, and significantly expanding the organization to more effectively alleviate hunger across New York State.
Prior to joining Hunger Solutions New York, Linda worked for The Rensselaerville Institute, a national management and consulting organization, where she helped not-for-profits and government agencies implement results-focused management. Before that she worked in New York State Government, holding positions in Governor Mario Cuomo’s Executive Chamber, the NYS Job Training Partnership Council, and the NYS Department of Economic Development. Linda began her career in public relations after earning a degree in English from Siena College. Linda is honored to devote her private, public, and not-for-profit experience to Hunger Solutions New York’s mission.
Linda joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2006.
Arthur Lee Butler
Arthur oversees the daily management of the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators, providing them with ongoing program and technical support through an online reporting system, outreach approval process, trainings and site visits. He also provides extensive assistance in NOEP policy, procedure, and special project and event development. Arthur works to ensure the maintenance of NOEP program standards and program coordination.
In 1999, Arthur founded the Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS (CDAACA), a grassroots community-based not-for-profit organization. Under his direction and leadership, CDAACA developed a number of innovative and culturally specific initiatives grounded in science-based social and behavioral theories, which have benefited more than 30,000 individuals and their families. While working for the largest union in New York City, Arthur assisted in the coordination of the union’s participation in the 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historical March on Washington.
Arthur’s expertise is bringing people together for the greater good of the community. He is deeply rooted in service, community, faith and family.
He received a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from SUNY Binghamton.
Arthur joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2016.
Field Operations Associate
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Gail A. Cooney
Finance and Administration Associate
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Gail works with the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) subcontractors to process budgets for approval and monthly vouchers for payment, and also assists with the monthly New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance NOEP vouchers. Gail is also responsible for Hunger Solutions New York’s internal fiscal processes and various administrative operations.
Prior to joining Hunger Solutions New York, Gail worked for 13 years in fiscal administration/banking for a community credit union doing account reconciliation and interaction with the public. Gail has an associate’s degree from Southern Vermont College.
Gail joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2003.
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Patty oversees the daily management of the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators. She provides them with ongoing program and technical support through an online reporting system, outreach approval process, trainings, and site visits. Patty also provides extensive assistance in NOEP policy, procedure, and special project and event development. Patty works to ensure the maintenance of NOEP program standards and program coordination.
Patty has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany. During her 15 years of experience providing human service program management she supervised staff, including both Medicaid and grant-funded case management programs in which she worked with families, clients, and service providers. She also has extensive experience working with inner-city populations.
Patty joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2010.
Finance and Administration Associate
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Laura works with the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) subcontractors to process budgets for approval and monthly vouchers for payment, and also assists with processing the monthly New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance NOEP vouchers. Laura is responsible for all Hunger Solutions New York accounts payable invoices. She also provides technology troubleshooting and assistance, and processes all vouchers and budgets pertaining to the Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative.
Laura has an associate’s degree in business from Schenectady County Community College.
Laura joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2012.
Colleen Donovan, LMSW
SNAP Technical Assistance Specialist
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Colleen provides technical assistance around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators and community-based organizations.
Colleen has worked with NOEP for three years and has participated in a variety of volunteer activities targeting HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and hunger. Colleen holds a bachelor’s of social work from Siena College and a master’s of social work from the University at Albany.
Colleen joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2013.
William manages Hunger Solutions New York’s state contracts related to special projects for the provision of services with various nutrition assistance programs. He determines the strategic direction for each project and develops annual work plans, and serves as the liaison between all team leaders and subcontractors involved in each project. In addition to developing processes to improve project efficiency and effectiveness to achieve program targets, he collects and analyzes data, which influences project direction and priorities.
Prior to working for Hunger Solutions New York, William worked as the director of operations for the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, an adult educational nonprofit organization based in Ithaca, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from SUNY Fredonia and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University at Albany.
William joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2014.
Training and Instructional Design Coordinator
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Diana supports efforts in providing information and education for partners, supporters, community based organizations, staff, and other individuals. She also plans, prepares, and delivers trainings relevant to federally funded nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program including outreach, education, and application assistance for partners and community based organizations statewide.
Diana holds a BA in Social Science from The College of St. Rose, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany and a certificate in Distance Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Diana started her human service career as a service coordinator in Section 8 Senior/Disabled Housing. She has also been a Director of Case Management in a congregate care adult home. Diana has worked in training, training coordination and staff development in the areas of health and human services for more than 15 years.
Diana joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2014.
LeeAnn Mandrillo, MPA
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LeeAnn is responsible for all communications related to Hunger Solutions New York. She oversees the organization’s public message, develops communications strategies, works with the press, manages the website and keeps the public informed through social media.
Before coming to Hunger Solutions New York, LeeAnn was the managing director at LMC Solutions, a full service consulting firm assisting clients with leadership, organizational strategy, communications, public relations, cause marketing, needs assessment, evaluation, revenue generation and outreach needs. LeeAnn has extensive experience in the hunger and food security realm, prior to moving to New York she was with Rutgers University where she managed the federally funded programs Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program.
LeeAnn is on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood and Niskyauna Community Foundation.
She has a BS in nutritional sciences and an MPA in public administration and affairs from Rutgers University.
LeeAnn joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2017.
Senior Accountant and Compliance Manager
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Denise is responsible for the NOEP subcontractors’ fiscal oversight such as fiscal visits, approval of budgets and budget amendments, review of monthly vouchers, and compliance with policies, procedures and quarterly reporting. She also provides general assistance as needed with monthly OTDA and NYS contract vouchers, genera agency accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, journal entries and human resource functions.
Prior to joining Hunger Solutions New York Denise held positions as Finance Manager for the City of Yonkers Office for the Aging, Business Operations Manager for Varsity Network, Inc., and Account Clerk for Yonkers Public Schools in the departments of Budget and Payroll. Denise has many years of experience in Banking. She has a BS in Business Administration from Pace University.
Denise was the Director of Finance and Administration for Hunger Solutions New York from 2011-2015. She started a consulting business focusing on grant writing and non-profit accounting. Denise rejoined Hunger Solutions in 2017.
Misha Marvel, MSW
Child Nutrition Programs Specialist
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Jennifer is responsible for the design of outreach materials for the organization, including campaign-specific toolkits for the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program, direct outreach materials for the Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative, and program-specific outreach for Child Nutrition and SNAP policy specialists.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from SUNY Cobleskill. Prior to joining Hunger Solutions New York, she worked as a kitchen designer and freelance graphic designer.
Jennifer joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2015.
Jessica Pino-Goodspeed, LMSW
Child Nutrition Programs Specialist
David Rimai Reynolds
Director of Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Field Operations
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David is responsible for increasing participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Summer Food Service Program, and School Breakfast Program through administration of the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) grant. David oversees the NOEP management team to support NOEP Coordinators in creating innovative community-based outreach efforts.
David has a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from New York University. He has worked extensively in the HIV field through the Alliance for Positive Health and the Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS. He is also the author of “Scooter’s Journey – I Did it My Way,” a biographical story of an HIV positive teenager, as told by his grandmother who raised him.
David joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2006.
SNAP Policy Specialist
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Dawn provides technical assistance around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), facilitates the SNAP Network, and advocates on SNAP issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
She has been an anti-hunger advocate for over two decades, working with communities to expand their capacity to provide their most vulnerable citizens with access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food. She started this journey working with a coalition of food pantries in the 1980s and has continued on this path working in statewide organizations focused on improving access to federal nutrition assistance programs across New York State.
Dawn joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2007.
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Sheldon oversees the daily management of the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators. He provides them with ongoing program and technical support through an online reporting system, outreach approval process, trainings, and site visits. Sheldon also provides extensive assistance in NOEP policy, procedure, and special project and event development. Sheldon works to ensure the maintenance of NOEP program standards and program coordination.
Sheldon graduated from the Junior College of Albany. Prior to joining Hunger Solutions New York, Sheldon was the Director of Housing Services for Support Ministries, Inc. He also worked as a teacher for Capital Region BOCES.
Sheldon joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2008.
Sherry Tomasky, MA
Director, Public Affairs
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Sherry oversees the public affairs and communications work for Hunger Solutions New York. In this role, she coordinates a comprehensive, integrated public affairs strategy that combines advocacy, technical assistance, education and lobbying. This includes leading administrative and legislative lobbying efforts to advance policy solutions that combat hunger, overseeing communication efforts and representing Hunger Solutions New York externally and on anti-hunger coalitions.
From 2012 to 2015, Sherry served as director of outreach for the state’s health insurance exchange, NY State of Health, at the New York State Department of Health. In that role she planned and implemented outreach efforts to inform New Yorkers about new health coverage options in the Exchange. She also coordinated the interactive communication with the exchange’s five Regional Advisory Committees.
Sherry spent 11 years as government relations director for the NY/NJ Division of the American Cancer Society, which cemented her passion for public health advocacy and policy work.
Sherry has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in health communication from a joint program at Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
Sherry joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2015.
Pat oversees the daily management of the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators. She provides them with ongoing program and technical support through an online reporting system, outreach approval process, trainings, and site visits. Pat also provides extensive assistance in NOEP policy, procedure, and special project and event development. Pat works to ensure the maintenance of NOEP program standards and program coordination.
Before working with Hunger Solutions New York, Pat served for many years as the Child Development Director at the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency. She is a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, and also holds a nursing degree from Mohawk Valley Community College.
Pat joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2004.
Andres J. Vives, MBA
Associate Executive Director
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Andres oversees the implementation and management of contract responsibilities for Hunger Solutions New York. He manages the reporting processes for all contracts and is responsible for staffing, project management, and cross-functional organization. Andres worked at Hunger Solutions New York from 2008-2010 as a Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Contract Manager.
Andres’ past experience is in finance; as the Director of Finance & Operations at an Albany high school he was responsible for all fiscal-related operations including budgeting, purchasing, financial reporting, compliance, and human resources. Andres has a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University at Albany and a Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University.
Andres re-joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2012.
Kara Williams, MSW
SNAP Helpline Coordinator
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Kara provides individualized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application assistance to potentially eligible households in Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk counties, as part of a collaborative SNAP outreach project.
Kara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master of Social Work from the University at Albany. She has prior anti-hunger work experience, most recently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA determined to increase access and participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in the Capital Region.
Kara joined Hunger Solutions New York in 2017.
Hunger Solutions New York is a caring and informed voice for hungry New Yorkers. We believe no one should ever wonder where their next meal is coming from.