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Joyce Campbell Named Next Executive Director of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

Joyce Campbell

After an extensive search, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) selects Joyce Campbell, Catholic Charities Associate Executive Director for External Affairs, to succeed TASK Executive Director Dennis Micai, who will retire Aug. 1, 2016. Campbell enters TASK with more than 30 years of nonprofit experience and a strong record of collaborating with nonprofits and community and government organizations to advocate for resources for the area’s most vulnerable.“After reviewing approximately 90 applicants, we decided on Joyce because of her commitment to our area, broad experience, history of collaboration, and knowledge of nonprofits and government at all levels,” said Jim Parker, TASK Board Chairman.

Campbell, whose career is dedicated to working with those living in poverty, has broad experience in community-based social services and nonprofit leadership and management. Over the last 20 years of Campbell’s tenure at Catholic Charities, she rose through the department of Emergency Services to become Service Area Director, then was named Director of Community and Government Relations before she was named to her current position.  Campbell is Vice President of the Board of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey and a member of the Board of Trustees of NAMI Mercer, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Campbell has served on numerous boards and advisory groups at the local, state and national levels. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. About her new role, Campbell said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead such a well-respected organization.  TASK not only nurtures the body, but clearly the human spirit, as well, and I will endeavor to build upon the legacy so finely crafted by previous Executive Directors.”

To effect a smooth transition, outgoing TASK Executive Director Dennis Micai will welcome Campbell on board June 20. One of her first challenges will be overseeing the soup kitchen’s building expansion, for which TASK has received a $450,000 challenge grant. TASK hopes to break ground in the fall. Of the transition, Micai noted, “I have known Joyce for many years and am familiar with her outstanding record of achievement.”

“We cast an extremely broad recruiting net and received applications from many exemplary candidates,” said Sajid Syed, TASK Vice Chair and a member of TASK’s search committee.  “Joyce stood out based on her extensive background, outstanding reputation and proven track record of developing partnerships that collaboratively address pressing community problems.”

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