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.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Mellissa joined the Loaves & Fishes team in March 2022. She holds two Associate’s Degrees in both Business Administration and Liberal Arts. She worked for over 5 years as the supervisor in a busy translation department, coordinating the translations of documents into most languages spoken around the world. She also worked for many years as the head waitress of a small Chinese restaurant. Mellissa lives in Winchendon with her family, her dogs, cats and chickens.
Client Services Coordinator
Grace joined Loaves & Fishes in July 2019. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Atlantic Union College and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University. Grace has a background in individual and family counseling, group therapy and intensive stabilization. She is an active volunteer within her church and community.
Eileen joined the Loaves and Fishes team in January 2022. She has a background in museum work and academic administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. Eileen lives in Harvard with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. Some of the things she enjoys are skiing, swimming, reading, and spending time with her family.
Bill recently joined Loaves & Fishes as a Client Counselor. He has an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College in NY and a Masters in Psychological Counseling from Bridgewater University. He spent most of his career working in correctional settings in MA and several other states. Bill lives in Harvard with his wife and son, dogs and cat, and a whole yard full of farm animals. He is an avid gardener and a mediocre golfer.
Jocie joined the Loaves & Fishes team in May of 2023. She has an undergraduate degree in education from Lesley University and a master’s degree in Special Education. Jocie lives in Shirley with her husband, son, and their two dogs. She enjoys reading and throwing pottery.
Food Coordinator Assistant
Sarah Smith has a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and a master’s in education from Tufts University. She spent 30+ years as a middle school and high school educator. She has been volunteering at Loaves and Fishes for the past 6 years and is looking forward to joining the staff. She lives in Ayer. When not at the pantry, she may be found on her mountain bike, doing yard work, helping at church, or walking her dog.