Good Shepherd Center names new board and staff members

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Good Shepherd Center recently named three new members to the Board of Directors.

Tom Dodson, Vice President and Commercial Lender with First Federal, has been a supporter of Good Shepherd for many years throughout his banking career in Wilmington. Tom has served in various leadership positions including Chairman of The Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Fear Area United Way. Tom currently serves on the executive board of the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and says, “I am excited about working to help support the important mission of Good Shepherd Center as a member of its Board of Directors.”

Alexis Hinds has been in the staffing industry for over twenty-five years. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexis relocated to Wilmington in 2004. She has been networking in the greater Wilmington area for 10 years and has enjoyed building client and candidate relationships locally. She is passionate about the work of Good Shepherd. Katrina Knight, Good Shepherd Executive Director, says, “We are excited to have someone with Alexis’ enthusiasm and commitment to our community helping to lead Good Shepherd in the years ahead.”

David Helms, a retired CPA and chief financial officer, moved to Wilmington with his wife, Robin, three years ago and quickly became involved with Good Shepherd through the annual golf tournament. David’s background in finance and accounting has been an asset to both the Board and their working committees. “David has been responsible for bringing new energy to the golf committee and now to the Board of Directors and we are grateful for his time and expertise,” says Stephen Meinhold, Chair of Good Shepherd’s Board of Directors.
The Reverend James Franklin, Assistant Rector at St. James Parish joins a long line of supporters between St. James and Good Shepherd. “I am honored and humbled to be a part of the ongoing partnership between St. James and Good Shepherd,” says Franklin.

Janet Knott joined Good Shepherd Center as Associate Director of Development on November 1, 2013 after having owned and operated a successful retail art gallery in Carolina Beach. “Janet’s background in event planning, marketing, customer service, and research make her a perfect fit for the development team,” said Jane Birnbach, Senior Development Director. “Janet will be an integral part of helping Good Shepherd work toward ending hunger and homeless in this community,” Birnbach added.

Good Shepherd Center, located at 811 Martin Street in Wilmington, serves as a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, and rehousing solution for members of the Cape Fear community. Each year, Good Shepherd provides approximately 85,000 meals to hungry individuals and families; shelters more than 900 homeless men, women, and children; and helps over 150 homeless individuals, including families, transition to housing.

For more information about Good Shepherd Center, or what you can do to help, please call (910) 763-4424 x110.

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does a great job and fills a clear need.

But in this economy, with reduced public funding available, they need to bring in some folks with experience in private sector fund raising.

Perhaps they shall.