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Wayside's Mary Zwolinski, John Leeming, Don Morrison

(Pictured above from left, Mary Zwolinski, John Leeming and Don Morrison.)

Wayside Food Programs has named Mary Zwolinski, formerly president of Wayside’s Board of Directors, as its executive director. In other changes, John Leeming will succeed Zwolinski as board president, and Don Morrison, who was director of Wayside’s Food Rescue Program, will become operations manager. The moves are effective on Jan. 1.

Zwolinski, who served as interim executive director since August, will be focusing on development, with an emphasis on community relations, fund raising and long-term development planning.

Morrison will assume Wayside’s day-to-day, operational responsibilities, ensuring the ongoing quality and effectiveness of Wayside’s current programming.

“These are great moves for Wayside,” says Leeming, who served previously as Wayside’s vice president. “Mary’s background in non-profit development and her knowledge of and passion for Wayside’s work are a good match as we move forward. And Don brings valuable experience in management of food operations and a can-do attitude to his expanded role.”

Zwolinski began working as a volunteer in the former Oxford Street kitchen for Wayside in 2006. In 2008, she joined the Board of Directors and became Wayside’s president in 2010.

Prior to her work in Portland, she served as the program director and interim director for The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, N.Y.  Zwolinski, who has a BA in psychology and an MA in folklore and museum studies, has worked as a consultant to arts and cultural groups and museums. She completed an arts administration fellowship at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Morrison, who joined Wayside in 2009, was previously co-owner of Portland Coffee Roasters, owner of Morrison’s Maine Course, and worked as a department manager at Browne Trading Company.