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Open Hand Atlanta Announces 2016 Board of Directors

Open Hand Atlanta today announced its 2016 Board of Directors. The slate of new and returning Board members brings years of collective experience in leadership and expertise across a broad range of fields, including public health, manufacturing, corporate affairs, cause-related marketing, wealth management, education, and professional development.  

 Officers for the Open Hand 2016 Board of Directors are Kent Lindner, president; Helen S. Carlos, president-elect;  Todd Tautfest, immediate past president; Charles E. Mendez, Jr., treasurer; Suzanne E. Mott Dansby, secretary; Alex Garcias, M.D., at-large; and J. Stephen Eaton, at-large. Directors who will be continuing their service to the Board in 2016 include Kimberly Rask, M.D., Sally Dorsey, Debra Carlton, M.D., Jay Williams, Esther Dabney, Meg C. Reggie, Ed Patterson, and Michael Muchnicki.


Barbarella DiazBarbarella Diaz is among the recent appointments to the Open Hand Board of Directors. As Executive Vice President of Community Affairs for Diaz Foods, Barbarella is very active within the Atlanta nonprofit community, currently sitting on the Boards of both the Atlanta History Museum and The Institute of Mexican Culture, and serving on the Emerging Leaders Committee for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.


Alison Lukacsko2Alison Lukacsko, PhD, not only joins the Open Hand Board of Directors in 2016, but continues to volunteer in the organization’s kitchen every week with her family. Alison is a very accomplished business strategist, having led companies such as Lighthouse Innovations, Georgia Pacific, Church & Dwight, and Bristol Myers Squibb in their efforts to build or improve brands, products, revenue, profits and/or processes. Known for assembling and inspiring high performance teams, she has a strong, diverse technical and business pedigree in CPG and B2B environments. Alison also serves on the Board the Georgia Goldsmiths Guild and the Advisory Board for Rainbow Village.


joevellaheadshot 1Joe Vella, currently the Director of Corporate Giving at Macy’s, Inc., returns to the Open Hand Board after having served the organization from 2003-2009.  In Joe’s 30+ years of leadership at Macy’s, he has won numerous community service awards and has been responsible for generating millions of dollars of nonprofit support both locally and on a national scale through his extensive cause marketing, employee engagement, and corporate philanthropy efforts.


Andrea BackAn accomplished marketing executive, Andrea Back joins the Open Hand Board of Directors with many years of experience in executive leadership, strategy development, and financial management at HomeBanc Mortage, Precision Aviation and most recently as Director of Marketing Communications at Worldpay US. Andrea also worked in the nonprofit sector with Easter Seal of North Georgia and the National Kidney Foundation.


Bloom, SimonSimon H. Bloom, is the newest appointment to the Open Hand Board.  Simon is a Partner with the Atlanta law firm Bloom Sugarman.  With a unique focus in the real estate industry, he provides advisory, counsel, and litigation support  to developers, builders, property owners, and brokers throughout the U.S.  Simon is recognized for the work he does to serve the community.  Governor Sony Perdue twice appointed Simon to the Governor’s Commission on Public Service and Volunteerism.  He has served as Chairman of the state board of the Department of Community Affairs and is very active with the Boys and Girls Clubs of metro Atlanta.

 “Open Hand is extremely proud to welcome its newest Board members and honored to continue the relationship with the returning members to its 2016 Board of Directors,” said Matt Pieper, executive director of Open Hand. “We look forward to the Board’s continued leadership, commitment, and individual expertise as we enter this exciting new phase in our growth. With their support, Open Hand will continue to focus on our commitment to food as medicine as we seek to reach more at-risk individuals and families in our community.”






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