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2018-08-08 / Business

Area man, three others, elected to Food Bank board

A Clarence Center resident is among the individuals elected to the board of directors of the Food Bank of WNY during the organization’s annual meeting.

David J. Crisp is the executive vice president of business development for O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative Inc. in Batavia and is responsible for driving the growth of its dairy-based beverage business.

Prior to his career with O-AT-KA, Crisp has held positions, in both Canada and the U.S., in sales, marketing, new business development and general management for companies such as Nestle, Lactalis, Mott’s USA and Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.

Crisp is a graduate of Seneca College in Toronto, where he earned an honor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing.

He previously served as a member of the Food Bank’s board of directors from 2010 to 2016 and was a member of the organization’s Community Advisor Council from 2016 to 2018. He resides in Clarence Center with his wife.

Jerry Sheldon, chairperson of the Food Bank board, also announced the election of three other members: Nancy Blaschak, Louis M. Jacobs and Barrie Yochim.

Blaschak is the program director for the Health Leadership Fellows Program for the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York and also serves as a consultant for nonprofit organizations.

She previously was employed by the American Red Cross for more than 35 years in various management positions and served as an executive director of the Greater Buffalo Chapter for more than 20 years. In 2013 she was named the CEO of the American Red Cross’ combined Western New York and Finger Lakes regions serving 17 counties.

Blaschak earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in business administration from Canisius College, and she completed her postgraduate studies at the Hauser Center for Not-for-Profit Organizations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She currently resides in Eden with her husband.

Jacobs is the co-chief executive officer of Delaware North. In his position, Jacobs is responsible for the long-term strategic direction of the company, determining mergers and acquisition candidates, positioning the company in emerging markets, and working with financial institutions on overall business strategy.

He previously served as executive vice president of Delaware North, president of Delaware North Companies International and chairman of Delaware North’s Australia division. Additionally, Jacobs serves as an alternate governor for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He also is active in equestrian sports, as he serves on the board of directors for numerous horse shows and foundations.

Jacobs earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Harvard University. He currently resides in East Aurora with his wife and their two children.

Yochim has been the executive director of Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown area since 1999. He is a past president and past vice president of the Meals on Wheels Association of New York.

Prior to Meals on Wheels, Yochim served as director of communications with United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and was the founder and first chairman of United Way’s Statewide Marketing and Communications Task Force for New York State. He is currently a member of the Chautauqua Leadership Network and serves as the chairman of its Network Development Committee.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports communication and journalism from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. He currently resides in Jamestown with his wife and their two daughters.

Sheldon said the four “all possess unique talents and have a collective passion for helping the community, which is a great asset to the Food Bank of WNY as we continue to fight hunger one day at a time.”

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