Ilsa Svoboda – Executive Director
Ilsa is a social worker by training, with extensive experience in nonprofit operations and client services. She most recently served as Director of Social Work Services at the New York MOW program that provides in-home meal delivery, senior center sites, adult day care and other senior services. Ilsa is a trained gerontologist and has worked with the senior population for the past 15 years. She brings many rewarding qualities to the Meals on Wheels of Bennington County program including fundraising, volunteer management, senior programing, and community development. Ilsa has long ties to Bennington County and resides in North Bennington. On her downtime, Ilsa enjoys all aspects of the outdoors, running, hiking, kayaking, and xc skiing.
Vicki Gardner – Office Manager
Vicki has worked at MOW since 2011. She is that friendly voice that greets everyone on the phone and helps clients who come to the Café. She is responsible for all reporting, client records, and correspondence. She is graduate of Southern Vermont College, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Her hobbies include jewelry making, reading, and knitting. Vicki loves animals, and has two dogs and two cats, parakeets, and fish. Previously, she worked at the Humane Society in Menands. “I always worked for nonprofits,” she says. “It feels good to help people who don’t have their basic nutritional needs met. To me the food is important, but I think the visit from the drivers is even more important.” Vicki would like to coordinate a Meals on Wheels for pets, since “I see how much companionship pets provide to the homebound clients.”
Marin Iwashka – Executive Chef
Marin has been with Bennington County Meals Program for almost 2 years. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Marin as many years experience in preparing creative, low-cost meals for schools and nursing homes. She continues to teach culinary classes at the CDC in the evening. ” I’m excited to be able to use my skills and prepare healthy food for the people that use Meals on Wheels. We have great ingredients to work with!”.
Luke Shaw – First Cook
Luke has been with Meals on Wheels for a few years now and continues to progress the kitchen with delicious foods and innovative ideas. Luke has been cooking for over 11 years and is happy utilize his skills while helping the elderly and the community he belongs to.
Wendy Lampman – Waitress
Wendy has worked for Meals on Wheels for just over a few years and loves interacting with the elderly when taking their orders. She feels that this is a great responsibility to serve the community and the elderly who are in need of young help. Wendy is a joy to be around and feels the same for the seniors she serves.
Brian Seitz – Operations Coordinator
Brian is a will-do type of guy. He serves as our ”roundsman”. His duties include managing special dietary meals, organizing the Home Delivered Meals, delivering meals, picking up donated food, and helping in the cafe. “Every day is different at MOW”, states Brian,” and there are many things that need to be done”.
Ted Dow – Driver Coordinator
Ted has been with the program since its inception – 22 years with Meals on Wheels, following ten years with the Council on Aging. He enjoys visiting with our home-delivered clients, and sometimes takes our mascot Harriet along with him for deliveries. He says that the people he visits become like family to him. Ted’s hobbies include oil painting, hunting and fishing.