Meet Our New Board Members

West Suburban Community Pantry recently announced the appointment of three new members to the organization’s board of directors.

Joining the board are Mary Hutchinson, Renee Montgomery and Greg Stientjes. Mary brings a wealth of knowledge on fundraising best practices from top anti-hunger organizations and seven years of nonprofit board experience. Renee has cultivated invaluable marketing and business expertise and held voluntary leadership roles with several community organizations. Greg’s diverse background in strategic insights, marketing and research has enabled him to deliver results for a wide array of businesses, including leading food companies.

“Each of our board members possesses unique leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to the fight against hunger,” said Laura Traut-Coyle, Executive Director of West Suburban Community Pantry. “As we welcome three new members, we look forward to drawing on their expertise in fundraising, digital marketing and strategic insights, among other areas, to provide a growing number of hungry families across DuPage and Will Counties with the meals and resources they need to thrive.”

Mary Hutchinson is a seasoned fundraising and grant-making consultant to local, national and international nonprofit organizations. Previously, she served as deputy development officer and vice president of philanthropy operations for Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States.

Mary earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, specializing in nonprofit management.

Mary is an active volunteer in her children’s schools, and she served as a board member of Amate House from 2012-2018. She lives in Naperville, IL with her husband and three young children.

Renee Montgomery is vice president of marketing at Evergreen Bank Group, headquartered in Oak Brook. Renee also manages Evergreen Cares, the philanthropic division of Evergreen Bank Group. Before joining Evergreen Bank Group, Renee was marketing and communications director at Christ Church of Oak Brook for nine years.

Renee has served on her company subdivision’s board of directors and on the boards of various community organizations, including Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church’s Mega Garage Sale, Feed My Starving Children, and Turtle Trot 5K.

Renee earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota, a master’s degree in business administration from North Central College and certification in digital marketing from Benedictine University. She lives in Naperville, IL with her husband and daughter, and her four adult children live in Naperville, Westmont, and LaGrange, IL as well as Boston, MA.

Greg Stientjes is the senior vice president of client insights at IRi, a market research company that partners with leading companies to help them grow. In his role, Greg leads IRi’s engagement with Conagra Brands and The Hatchery. Previously, Greg served as director of strategic analytics at Hillshire Brands and director of new business development at Nielsen.

Greg earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in business administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome more leaders onto our board who have achieved success at the highest levels of business and philanthropy,” said Mike Olson, member of West Suburban Community Pantry’s board of directors and chair of the Governance Committee. “Their dedication to our mission and enthusiasm for our vision will help us reach new milestones as we seek to serve more people in need with renewed focus and vigor.”

Mary, Renee and Greg are joining a board made up of seasoned professionals in business consulting, real estate and health care, among other sectors, with decades of experience contributing their time and talent to community organizations.

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