Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is proud to announce the addition of a familiar face to our staff. Kelly Schwartz, a supporter of the YMOW mission since 2002 and a member of the board since 2013, has been chosen for the role of Operations Director.
In this new position Kelly will manage the day-to-day operations of YMOW, ensuring that food and other services are delivered safely and efficiently to the homebound residents of the Ypsilanti area. With Kelly taking care of the mission on the ground, Executive Director Alison Foreman will commit more time to furthering YMOW’s impact on the community by engaging with community partners and working toward long-term goals of the organization.
“Kelly has been an important part of the YMOW team. We are excited to have her enter this new role and to help YMOW become a stronger and more efficient body,” Alison said.
Having most recently served as chairman of the YMOW Board of Directors, Kelly stepped down from that role upon acceptance of the Operations Director position. Board Treasurer Paula Dykstra will serve as interim chair through February 2021.
Kelly brings with her a long history and vast knowledge of non-profit work and community service, having previously worked in leadership roles at Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and Humane Society of Huron Valley. As Director of Operations at the Humane Society, Kelly helped to initiate the Bountiful Bowls program through which YMOW supplies pet owners with food and other necessities.
A resident of Ann Arbor, Kelly holds bachelor and master’s degrees in business administration.
As board chairman, Kelly was committed to helping the staff and volunteers of YMOW find new and better ways to enhance and improve the lives of the community’s homebound neighbors. As Operations Director, she continues that mission.
“I’m thrilled to serve YMOW and the community in this new role,” Kelly said. “Access to food and other supportive services is paramount for our aging and disabled population and I’m proud to be part of an organization that makes that happen. I hope that my many years of non-profit work will be an asset to the organization as we continue to find new and improved ways to support our clients.”