Announcing New Board Member, Vinessa DePinto

Board of Directors Welcomes Vinessa DePinto

September 21, 2021: Meals on Wheels Chicago is pleased to welcome Vinessa DePinto to the Board of Directors. Vinessa, Director of Brand Design Strategy at Tyson Foods, has joined the leadership team committed to serving seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout Chicago that are struggling with food insecurity.

“I am thrilled to welcome Vinessa to our leadership team because she understands the profound importance food plays in uniting and opening our hearts to each other,” said Elise Geiger, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Chicago. “Vinessa joins a leadership team dedicated to the long-term success of our program. Their efforts help keep thousands of our homebound neighbors nourished and safe in their own homes. We are grateful to this team of dedicated volunteers for their continued commitment to our organization and programs.”



New Meals on Wheels Chicago Board Member Vinessa DePinto

“Food is a joy, and it provides an opportunity to experience different cultures, recall memories, respect traditions, and enjoy time with others. I am honored to contribute to an organization that values the joy and sustenance that quality food can bring to everyone in our communities, especially our seniors.” – Vinessa DePinto

About Meals on Wheels Chicago

Meals on Wheels Chicago envisions a community in which all basic needs are met and barriers to achieving independence are eliminated. Our goal is to support programs that offer individuals a choice in their care and living arrangement, despite age, income, or ability. Meals on Wheels Chicago has raised both private funds and awareness to accomplish our mission to ensure that both homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities benefit from programs that improve quality of life and maximize independence.

The Meals on Wheels Chicago Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from a diverse set of fields including finance, law, medical, culinary arts, food and beverage, and public service. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide guidance in the operation of the organization and to raise awareness and funds for the Meals on Wheels Chicago program.

Executive Committee
President:  Shannon Murphy, Bluedog Design
Immediate Past President: Amy McCarty, Monahan Law Group
Secretary: Elizabeth Bleakley, Bleakley Law LLC
Treasurer: John Gnospelius, J.P.Morgan Chase Bank
DFSS Representative: Nikki Proutsos, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Board at Large
Jordan Dalton, Cell-Safe Life Sciences
Bobby Daw, The Bulow Group
Vinessa DePinto, Tyson Foods
Larry Feller, Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered
Anthony Fiore, Open Kitchens
Suneet Lad, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network
Jennifer McConnell, Alix Partners
Cory Morris, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Jane Park, ComEd
Veeral Sheth MD, University Retina/University of Illinois at Chicago
Ben Topp, Midwest Care Management Services
Elizabeth Turnbaugh, Sazerac | My Charcuterie | Re/Max
James Vogdes IV, Hub International