Bread for Life Senior Pantry Team
Foundress | Executive Board Members | Board Members
Ms. R Claudette Fiskin
Ms. R Claudette Fiskin, M.S.W.
Foundress, Bread for Life Senior Pantry 2006
Director 2006 - 2018; Emeritus Director 2018-Present
Governor's Award for Volunteer Service in the Perseverance in Volunteerism Category-2012 and; GFWC of North Carolina Woman of Achievement Award-2014 for volunteer service on behalf of the elderly poor.
Current grant information contributor-former writer; distributor of "Yesterday's Children" Christmas boxes from the Sister Isacc Center, Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, to select BFLSP clients.
A zealous advocate for all hunger prevention efforts; an armchair cheerleader for all active volunteers in the cause; spiritual benefactor in the Franciscan tradition; St. Anthony of Padua pray for BFLSP!
Bread for Life Senior Pantry Executive Board
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Sue Kovaleski is an Elon graduate with an English Education degree and a Reading Specialist certification. After retiring from teaching, Sue moved to Wilmington and volunteered with “Bread for Life,” now called “Bread for Life Senior Pantry,” where she has served for 11 years. Sue first worked packing grocery bags but then advanced to administrative assistant, route deliverer, and community liaison. She now volunteers as Co-Executive Director for Volunteer Activities at the North Kerr Avenue location. She is responsible for scheduling and training volunteers, coordinating with the CENC Food Bank, and representing the pantry at various engagements.
Co-Executive Director for Food Programs
As Co-Executive Director for Food Programs, Carolyn Wagner directs and manages the organization’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), using USDA guidelines; prepares reports to the Food Bank and on the CSFP, and compiles and completes all documentation in preparation for the Food Bank’s annual audit. She also updates all databases in conjunction with the Grants and Data Bases Administrator; receives all applications from program applicants and helps to complete them, as needed; and assists in all aspects of BFLSP’s operations.
President of the Board of Directors
Joseph Michael Damitz is currently the President of the Board of Bread for Life Senior Pantry. As an Army veteran retiring after over thirty-nine years in the nuclear utility field as a Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, he decided to spend his time volunteering. This included various tasks at Bread for Life since 2008, Good Shepherd Homeless Center, St. Mark Church, Knights of Columbus, and the University of Notre Dame Club. Joseph feels that volunteering has been very rewarding, especially seeing positive outcomes Joseph believes that giving is better than receiving.
Vice President of the Board of Directors
Ann Tremblay is Vice President of the Board of Directors for Bread for Life Senior Pantry. Over the years, she has participated as a member at large providing print literature, publicity, outreach, and hands-on at food services. She also organized the first volunteer recognition for “Bread for Life…”. She began working with BFL after attending a Star News volunteer fair in 2010.
A Connecticut native, Ann received a BA in Sociology/Applied Social relations from Eastern Connecticut State College (now University) and worked in human resources and patient billing at a Rhode Island hospital. Ann continues to give back to the community with her work with Bread for Life Senior Pantry and GFWC-NC NC Sorosis. She has been active in PTSA/PTA and church committees while holding leadership positions in these organizations.
Susan Buckingham Reilly
Susan retired as a federal civil rights lawyer and manager in 2008 and moved from the Washington, DC, area to Wilmington with her husband, Bob, in 2008. She began volunteering with Meals on Wheels, Elderhaus by the Lake, the disAbility Resource Center, and her church, Basilica Shrine of St. Mary. She also assisted low-income people through the Sr. Isaac Center and as the coordinator of persons delivering communion to elderly/disabled Catholics unable to attend Mass. In the latter capacity, she met Claudette Fiskin, Director Emeritus of Bread for Life Senior Pantry, and began volunteering there. In 2018, she became a Board member and Secretary.
Robert F. Reilly, Sr.
Bob retired in 2008 as an IT professional in the Washington, DC, area and moved to Wilmington that year with his wife, Susan. He became a Board member and Treasurer for Bread for Life Senior Pantry several years ago. In that capacity, he heads the financial management and oversight for the organization; works closely with the Board to ensure members have a complete financial picture when making important decisions; and maintains ties with its bank, certified public accountant, and the IRS, preparing BFLSP’s Form 990 tax return.
Bread for Life Senior Pantry Board Members
Sal Tascone Jr. (Bud)
Sal lived in Long Island for most of his life, teaching high school biology for 34 years while working in a bank at night and on weekends. After retiring from both jobs, He and his wife moved to Pennsylvania, where he worked in a resort in retail sales for 11 years and volunteered as assistant treasurer of the local fire department. Now happily retired, He and his wife have joined their twin children in North Carolina and have lived here since 2016. He enjoys volunteering as a board member in community organizations such as the Bread for Life Senior Pantry.
Peggy became a Board member of Bread for Life Senior Pantry in 2022. She is Secretary of the Deaconess Board and serves in the Missionary Department of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Her husband (Jefferson) and she had resided in Wilmington for over thirty years. They retired from their business (Smitty Foreign Car Service) over ten years ago. During that time, she volunteered at a Vintage Value store and volunteered with the New Hanover County School District for many years as a substitute teacher. Currently, she participates in a food giveaway every November through her church. She makes sure elderly residents in nursing homes are never forgotten with some gifts and visits.
Michael W. Strickland
Mike joined the Board of Directors of Bread for Life Senior Pantry in September 2022. In 1998, he and his wife moved to Wilmington near the beach, and he was assigned in 2001 to the United Parcel Service Wilmington Package operations, where he remained there before his retirement in July 2018.
In 2019, he found an article in a local magazine about Bread for Life Senior Pantry. Reading their mission statement, he felt it matched the organization he was looking for. He began to volunteer with this BFLSP, where he remains until this day.