Leadership & Board of Directors
Hillside Food Outreach Staff
Kathleen Purdy, Executive Director
Kathleen conceived of the program in honor of her late grandmother – whose kindness and lifelong charity prompted Kathy’s desire to help others. In Kathy’s words…
“Well into her 80s, my grandmother certainly had sufficient resources to live comfortably, but appeared to be struggling regardless. I investigated and learned that – in the senior citizens building where she was living at the time – my grandmother was sharing her food and supplies with neighbors who couldn’t “make ends meet” with only a social security check as income. With what remained, after rent and utilities had been paid, these seniors were left having to choose between medicine and food. There simply wasn’t enough for both.
It didn’t seem right to have my grandmother continue bearing this burden, so I coordinated an arrangement that would get food assistance to all of the 20 elderly neighbors whom she had been feeding.”
Kathleen never thought that this would be the course her life took but, she feels extremely blessed that this is what she gets to do with her life – to continue her Grandmother’s legacy of caring for those in need.
She was born and lived in Westchester for most of her life and currently resides in Connecticut. Kathleen is the proud mom of 3 grown children, 8 beautiful grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Anna LaRochelle, Associate Director
Lindsy Szymanoski – Development Director
Robert Yeranossian – Warehouse Manager
Jim Gallagher – Warehouse Inventory
Board of Directors
Selly Vazquez, President
Amy Gonch, Treasurer
Christina Wong, Secretary
Michele Nekos, Trustee
Kathleen Purdy, HFO Founder/Trustee