New Vice President of Development and Marketing Committed to Advancing Regional Food Bank’s Mission

Cassie Gilman Set to Join Nonprofit in Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope in Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 1, 2017 – This week, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced Cassie Gilman will serve as the nonprofit’s new Vice President of Development and Marketing starting on July 3, 2017.

 

“I am excited to join the mission-driven team at Regional Food Bank to expand the fight against hunger in our state,” said Gilman.  “In my family, we show our love for others through food. Most social gatherings are surrounded by food and it saddens me to know one in six Oklahomans are hungry. After seeing the difference the Regional Food Bank can make, I am motivated to get to work helping serve those in need of food assistance.”

The majority of those served by the nonprofit are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet.  Even though the Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans every week, thousands of Oklahomans continue to struggle with hunger. 

“We are elated to have Cassie Gilman join our team,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of Regional Food Bank.  “She is a superb fit with our organization’s core values of innovation, vitality and stewardship.   Cassie’s incredible skills and experience, coupled with her caring and results-oriented style, will make her a vital leader for our efforts to expand our impact to help more Oklahoma families, seniors and children have the food and resources they need to live healthy and productive lives.” 

Most recently, Gilman served as the executive director of advancement for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, where she oversaw fundraising and communications for the university’s largest college.  Prior to that, she was the executive director of the President’s Associates Leadership Annual Giving Program and the Women’s Philanthropy Network at OU.  She also served as special assistant to the Secretary of Energy for the state of Oklahoma for four years, where she represented the Governor and Secretary of Energy on matters of energy policy. Gilman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and is working towards her Certified Fund Raising Executive certification.

“I look forward to advancing the Regional Food Bank’s mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope’ by working with staff, board members, volunteers and donors to fight hunger in Oklahoma,” said Gilman.  “Together, we will build partnerships to provide nutritious food to those places where it is scarce.”

As an active member of the Norman community, Gilman has served on the board of the Junior League of Norman and the Workforce Investment Board, and is a graduate of Leadership Norman and Leadership Oklahoma.

In her spare time, Gilman enjoys running, teaching fitness classes, cooking and cheering on the OU Sooners with her husband, Andrew and their son, HJ.

For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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