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Our Team



The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell is run by a dedicated team of volunteers.  Daily operations and organizational development are managed by our Executive Director.  Board members represent a variety of backgrounds and are drawn from several area communities.  Board members are elected for three-year terms and meet regularly to provide organizational governance and administrative direction.


We are an active and proud member of the following community groups:

– Greater Boston Food Bank
– Merrimack Valley Food Bank
– The Non-Profit Alliance of Greater Lowell
– City of Lowell Food Security Coalition
– City of Lowell Hunger & Homeless Commission
– Enterprise Bank’s Non-Profit Collaborative

Board of Directors

Tom Buretta, President
Jody O’Hearn, Vice President
Marcy Szczepanik, Secretary
Mary Emanuel, Treasurer
Kevin Fahy
Paula Gendron
George Gibb
Andrew Gilmore
Christine Haskell
Paul Janocha
Veasna “Mao” Kang
Angela Shaheed
Rebecca Wisniewkski


Geoff Bryant, Executive Director
Bill Jenkins, Organizational Assistant
Christina Buretta, Volunteer Coordinator
Anna Burgoon, Wednesday Evening Pantry Coordinator
Tom Buretta, Operations Coordinator & Board President
Ellen Layton, Assistant Operations Coordinator


Existing, Active Ad Hoc Committees

New Truck Committee

Tom Buretta, Chair
Carl Courtright
Al Bates, Bob Gilmore

Space/Operations Committee

Bob Gilmore, Chair
Barbara Bates
Melissa Cariño
Darlene Goodwin
Ellen Layton
Ellen O’Neill
Jody O’Hearn


Standing committees

Development Committee (Communications/Fundraising)

Rebecca Wisniewkski, Chair
Geoff Bryant
Will Clements
Kevin Fahy
Jeff Heath
Marcy Szczepanik
Ray Peterson



We are also currently recruiting for the following committees

Board Nominations
Food Security
Community Partnerships
Client Advisory
Volunteer Advisory


Alan Wisniewski
Al Bates
Angela Cruz-Morales
Angela Shaheed
Anna Burgoon
Barbara Bates
Barbara Ritz
Bill Smith
Carl Courtright
Charlie Raske
Christina Buretta
Christine Haskell
Darlene Goodwin
Diana Glinos


Donna Grieb
Ellen Huber
Ellen J. Moore-Layton
Eucharia Obika
Gene Radwin
Helen Glinos
Helene Modeski
Irene Cole
Joan Dalton
Joanne Lambert
Jodi Demont
Jody O’Hearn
John O’Keefe
Joseph Regan


Julie Perkins
Keith Gilman
Kevin Fahy
Lois Reid
Louis Cruz
Malika O’Hearn
Mao Kang
Mary Hume
Maxine Barber
Mayra R. Miranda
Melissa Carino
Michael Doherty
Nicole Carpenter
Nicole Murray


Noemi Rivera
Norman Paquette
Patrick LaMarche
Paul J. Janocha
Paula S. Gendron
Pheak, Muth
Phil LaPolla
Robert Gilmore
Ruben Clarke
Sophy Pin
Sue Kirk
Thomas Buretta
Weegie Dodd
Will Clements