Finance Committee at food bank

The buck stops here!

Meet our Finance Committee: Keith Schwehr, Chair, Rob Blatter, and Ken Wratten. Every month these dedicated professionals comb through financial and budget reports. They provide an eagle eye on fiscal decisions and direction. The finance committee is responsible for reviewing Community FoodBank’s budget, performance against the budget, financial needs and strategies to meet those needs, and evaluate the potential liabilities and risks to the organization.

Keith Schwehr is well-credentialed to serve as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Community FoodBank. Keith brings his 20+ years experience as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant). He devotes his philanthropy time to the food bank because he has experienced both hunger and abundance, and for him, “sharing in the FoodBank vision is a great way to give back.” Keith’s passion for Community FoodBank drives him to keep identifying methods to bring nutrition and education to folks “regardless of barriers real or imaged, with dignity and abundance.” Keith works as CFO at Keith Day Company.

Rob Blatter has served on the FoodBank Board of Directors for six years. In addition to being a key contributor on the finance committee, he serves as Chairperson of the Audit Committee. Rob works at Pinnacle Bank in Morgan Hill as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. Rob carves out time from his busy career and personal schedule to devote time to Community FoodBank because he believes in the FoodBank “as a model for cross-cultural, apolitical, private/public problem-solving and community building.” What most excites Rob about Community FoodBank is “the humanity, respect, and dignity of neighbors helping neighbors through mutual giving and receiving.”

Ken Wratten is the newest member of the finance committee. He brings a different perspective than his financial colleagues as he is the Parish Priest for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hollister. However, he is no stranger to fiscal responsibility. In past years, Ken has served as a Trustee of Diocesan Corporation and Diocesan Board. Currently, he is a member of the Restoration Review Committee and the Chair of the Budget Advisory Committee. Ken devotes his time and talent to Community FoodBank because he “wanted to join a very big contributor to meeting the needs of the hungry in Hollister.”

Together, this trio’s vast experience and differing perspectives form a powerful tool to ensure a vibrant future for Community FoodBank.

Maria Lynn Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Food Bank of San Benito County.

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