ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced on Thursday, June 29th, it has appointed a new President and CEO. Mark Bordeau is set to take over on August 14th, replacing Natasha Thompson, who stepped down from the position in February.

“With Mark at the helm, I am confident that the Food Bank will continue to thrive and make an even greater impact in our community,” said Karen Dehais, diocesan director and president of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester.

Bordeau has experience in the hunger relief and non-profit sectors. He also served on the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Board of Directors from 2009-2018, and said he can't wait to get started in his new role. 

"The opportunity to lead an organization that is dedicated to combating hunger and making a positive impact in the lives of individuals and families is both humbling and inspiring," said Bordeau.

He joins the Food Bank after serving as executive director of the Rural Health Network of SCNY since 2021. Prior to that, he worked as senior director of food service for Broome-Tioga BOCES for 22 years. In that position he administered the child nutrition programs for 15 school districts throughout two counties.  

“Mark brings with him an exceptional track record of leadership and a deep commitment to fighting hunger in our community. His strategic thinking, collaborative approach, and dedication to empowering individuals and families in need will be invaluable as we work towards a hunger-free future," said Dehais.

Bordeau will oversee the organizations operations, strategy, and partnerships of the Food Bank.