Board of Directors

Milly’s Pantry’s Board of Directors are responsible for the management of the affairs and business of this organization. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held once a month at The Pinwheel Market & Cafe. Notice of these meetings are shared on Milly’s Pantry Facebook Page. The public is invited to attend these regular meetings.

Susan Wolff

Board President 2012-present, member since 2009

Susan grew up in Colorado, attended universities in California and Indiana, and moved to Yates County in 1980. She spent her professional career in software design/development, first at a small company in Rochester and then at WolffPack Inc., a firm specializing in financial aid management software, which she founded in 1989 and retired from in 2012. Even before retiring, Susan was drawn to Milly’s Pantry by the work being done by Becky Holder (Milly Bloomquist’s daughter), and Carolyn and George Schaeffer to support vulnerable local children. She joined the organization early in its life as a sort of jack-of-all-trades at the Pinwheel Market and Café, helping to establish business practices, supervise volunteers, and open the kitchen, and then as the Business Manager and chief cook. She was elected to the first formal Board of Directors in 2009 and has served, at one time or another, in all of the Board officers’ positions. Originally elected President of the Board in 2012, Susan remains an active part of managing the kitchen, market, and other fundraising activities at the Pinwheel Market, the building owned by Milly’s Pantry on Main Street in Penn Yan.

Carleen Wilson

Vice President 2013-present, member since 2012

Carleen Wilson is a retired junior high/high school math teacher who taught in the Dundee Central School District for 34 years. After retiring she worked part time for a few years at the New York State Education Department. Carleen has two adult sons. She volunteers at The Pinwheel Market, most often as a baker, and with Our Brothers Keeper making quilts for the Yates County Christmas Program. Her winters are spent in sunny Florida and the remainder of the year here in the lovely Penn Yan area. Carleen loves to travel with friends and to see her sons. She enjoys flower gardening, reading, and sewing. Carleen has been a Milly’s Pantry Board member for several years and the Vice President for a few of those years.

Kris Pearson

Secretary 2016-present, member since 2014

Kris spent more than a decade working in rural community development and nonprofit fundraising around the country following stints in private education and radio media. She grew up in Fairport but lived primarily in northern New England from high school on, returning to the Finger Lakes region in 2008. Currently the executive director at the Arts Center of Yates County, Kris lives in Branchport and is often seen walking her Labrador Retriever around town. She’s a great believer in creative partnerships that cheerfully exploit local talents to benefit the community as a whole.

Tom Close

Treasurer 2018, member since 2017

Tom, now retired, worked for the Eastman Kodak Co. for 37 years as an engineer and later as a patent attorney. In 1978 he and his wife Susan purchased a property on East Bluff Drive in the Town of Jerusalem, where they currently reside. After retirement from Kodak Tom attended the violin making school at the University of New Hampshire. He conducted a violin making and stringed instrument repair business from his home for several years and now volunteers to repair musical instruments donated to the Once Again Shoppe in Penn Yan. He was on the Board of Directors of the Keuka Food Pantry. When their operations were taken over by Pro Action in 2017 he happily accepted a position on the Board of Milly’s Pantry.

Nicole Landers

Board Member 2017-present

Nicole Landers has lived in the Finger Lakes since 2002. In addition to her involvement with Milly’s Pantry, Nicole currently volunteers as a tax preparer for the AARP Tax Aide group in Penn Yan, a Board member of the Bluff Point Association and a vestry member for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Branchport. She enjoys editing and writing press releases and content for newsletters of the various organizations she volunteers for. Currently, she is a contributing writer for Mountain Home Magazine and Life in the Finger Lakes. When not volunteering or writing, Nicole spends a great deal of time walking her two Labradors, traveling with her husband, and playing music or painting with friends.

Heidi Fecik

Board Member 2017-present

Heidi Fecik was born and raised in Penn Yan. She graduated from Marcus Whitman school district in 2004 and furthered her education at Edinboro University in PA receiving a bachelors in English Literature. She immediately went to art institute for pastry Arts in Philadelphia in 2008, where she graduated with honors. She has worked in the food industry for 8 years and recently became a foster Mom and put Chef life aside to focus on other things. She has been a huge supporter of Milly’s Pantry since 2010.

Alex Andrasik

Board Member 2017-present

Alex Andrasik is from Fredonia, New York, but relocated to Penn Yan in 2014 to serve as the adult services librarian at the local public library. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in French and creative writing from Lycoming College and a master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University at Buffalo. He is a co-founder of PY Writes, an editor of the local literary magazine Bluff & Vine, and a facilitator of Keuka Compass, a local LGBTQ+ group, among other pursuits. He is an avid reader, board gamer, and traveler.

Dan Burner

Board Member 2018

Adam Hunt

Board Member 2018