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Foodlink names Batiste, Tedesco as co-executive directors

Rochester Business Journal
August 22, 2014

Jeanette Batiste, left, and Julia Tedesco had been serving on an interim basis since the death of Foodlink founder and executive director Thomas Ferraro in February. (Photo courtesy of Foodlink)

Foodlink Inc. has a new set of co-executive directors after appointing the interim leaders to the position on a permanent basis.

The non-profit organization’s board voted to name Jeanette Batiste and Julia Tedesco as the organization’s co-executive directors. They had been serving on an interim basis since the death of Foodlink founder and executive director Thomas Ferraro in February.

Batiste worked for a non-profit organization in Malawi before moving to Rochester in 2008. She has served as Foodlink chief operating officer, a position she will retain. Batiste has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Tedesco, a Rochester native, has served as chief development and communications officer of Foodlink. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, where she earned a master of public administration degree. Tedesco will continue to serve as Foodlink’s CDO.

"The board is extremely pleased to announce that Julia and Jeanette are co-executive directors for Foodlink," said Matthew Ray, chairman of the Foodlink board of directors. "Their enthusiasm for the mission has never been stronger. With the support and confidence from the board, they have, and will continue to, carry on the Foodlink vision."

The organization, originally known as Genesee Valley Regional Food Clearinghouse, was incorporated as an independent non-profit in 1983. Today, it is a regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties. In 2014, Foodlink has distributed more than 18 million pounds of food.

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