Staff

Patricia A. Stern

Executive Director

Patty joined the Loaves & Fishes team during the summer of 2008 following a 25-year career in public school administration as a School Business Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Business from Fitchburg State College. Patty resides in Shirley with her husband Steve and their daughters, Laura and Erin.

Karen DeGagne

Office Coordinator

Karen started at Loaves & Fishes in October of 2012. She is a long-time resident of Ayer with two sons ages 17 and 15. Her background is administrative, and her most recent non-profit experience has been with the Montachusett Opportunity Council in Fitchburg as an Administrative Assistant.

Theresa Wilson

Client Advocate

Theresa came to Loaves & Fishes as a volunteer while conducting a job search before she was hired as the Client Advocate in October 2009. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Westfield State University and has 15 years experience working in Human Services as a Counselor. When she is not at Loaves & Fishes Theresa is a full-time dance, basketball, and softball mom.

Maureen Johnson

Volunteer Coordinator

Maureen began volunteering at Loaves & Fishes after a long career as a Director of Software Engineering at several Massachusetts high tech companies.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simmons College, with post graduate training in engineering, business and finance.

Maureen resides in Berlin, Massachusetts.

Paul Niemira

Food Coordinator

Paul started as a receiving area volunteer at Loaves & Fishes in April 2008 and was appointed as the Food Coordinator in December 2009. He has a background in fixed income portfolio management and quantitative investment research with over 22 years of experience working for various investment firms. Paul has a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a degree in Mathematics from Rutgers University.

John Cauley

Food Coordinator Assistant

John joined the Pantry in June of 2016.  He is a retired Engineer with a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell.    He has taken the lead in expanding The Neighborhood Food Project.

Lifting and feeding our neighbors since 1983.