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Our Team

The people who work at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen are dedicated to providing meals and services to anyone who asks for our help.

Joyce joined the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen as its executive director in June 2016. Prior to her employment at TASK, Joyce worked for more than 20 years at Catholic Charities of Trenton, where she was associate executive director for External Affairs. A professional social worker, Joyce earned her MSW degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She has been a passionate advocate for policies and programs that break the cycle of poverty and has provided numerous workshops on poverty and how to advocate for solutions. Joyce is an active participant in the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, a board member of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, and serves on various Mercer County human service-related committees. She was recognized for her work by Congressman Rush Holt on the floor of the House of Representatives during his presentation of a resolution for the 100th anniversary of Catholic Charities USA in December 2010. In March of 2016 NJ Assemblywoman Valerie Vanieri Huttle presented Joyce a resolution for Women’s History Month acknowledging her as a tireless anti-poverty advocate.
Xiumei joined TASK’s staff as Accounting Specialist in 2008 and became Manager of Finance and Administration in 2010. Xiumei holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Shanxi University, in China; a Master’s of Science degree from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in China; a Certificate of Accounting, and a Master’s of Business Administration from LaSalle University, in Pennsylvania. Xiumei has more than ten years of on-the-job experience with accounting and finance, including general ledger, financial statements, financial analysis, budgeting, cash management, and internal and external reporting.
Paul joined TASK in 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the food industry. He graduated from the New York Restaurant School with honors and is a Certified Professional Food Manager, Certified ServSafe Instructor, and a Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor. He also holds a ServSafe Certification, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certification, and Certificate of HACCP Course Completion from the Seafood HACCP Alliance. In 2018, Paul was promoted to Manager of Food Services and Facilities.
Jaime Parker has been at TASK in various capacities since 2001. She started as a Bonner AmeriCorps volunteer tutoring in the Adult Education Program before becoming TASK Program Assistant in 2005, Development & Community Relations Associate in 2007, then Development & Community Relations Coordinator in 2010. In 2013, she was promoted to Manager of Programs. Jaime holds a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in fine arts (theatre concentration) from Rider University. She also holds a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University. Ms. Parker created TASK’s performing arts program, the SHARE Project, in 2009.
Michelle joined TASK in 2021. Michelle holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. After practicing law for several years, Michelle moved into the nonprofit sector, where she has worked with a variety of organizations specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, communications, marketing and board, and staff development. Michelle has also worked as an adjunct lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for several years, teaching writing, public speaking, and persuasion.

Meet the Board

From a variety of backgrounds, the women and men on the board of trustees all share a commitment to advance TASK’s mission and provide food and services for all in our community.

Alfred Altomari is currently President of Agile Therapeutics, Inc. a speciality pharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of new prescription contraception products. Prior to coming to Agile, he held various senior management positions at Barrier Therapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company that developed and marketed prescription dermatology products.

At Barrier, he served as Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. From 1982 to 2003 he held various executive roles in general management, commercial operations, business development, product launch preparation and finance with Johnson & Johnson. He serves on the Board of Directors of Insmed Inc. and Recro Pharma, Inc…

He was named to the Drexel University 100 (Hall of Fame 2017) where he received his B.S. He also holds an M.B.A. from Rider University.

Francis E. Blanco is a seasoned administrator with over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles. She currently serves as Director, Women’s Empowerment Initiatives, Division on Women (DOW), Department of Children & Families, State of New Jersey. Ms. Blanco’s past experiences include serving as the Chief of Staff for Eric E. Jackson, Mayor, City of Trenton; Chief Executive Officer of Living Hope Empowerment Center (LHEC), a faith-based community development corporation (CDC); Director, State of New Jersey, Department of the Treasury, Division of Minority and Woman Business Development; Director, City of Trenton, NJ – Mayor’s Cabinet, Department of Recreation, Natural Resources & Culture and Executive Director, Mercer County Hispanic Association (MECHA), Mercer County, NJ.

Ms. Blanco completed her master’s degree in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University and has completed various fellow’s programs, including the National Hispana Leadership Institute, Leadership New Jersey, and Leadership America. She currently serves on several boards and commissions and has received numerous awards and recognitions. Most recently Pioneer Award from LUPEPAC, Inc., as well as “Black History Month-Celebrating Legends” from the Trenton NAACP & Women of Worth and Empowerment for work as a “social change agent”, and the “Annual Citizen Leadership Award” from The Citizen’s Campaign for work within and cross diverse communities.

Linda recently retired as Assistant Fiscal Officer of the Mercer County Board of Social Services (MCBOSS) where she was employed for more than thirty years. She worked as both social worker at MCBOSS and has served as both deaconess and on the Trustee Board of St. John Baptist Church in Ewing, where her husband is associate pastor.

She previously served at the MCBOSS as the chairperson of the Employee Charitable Campaign for the United Way of Greater Mercer County and very active in the Ewing Recreation Basketball League, where she coached her sons and granddaughters’ basketball team.

She is also involved with her Family Restaurant and Catering Business in South Carolina and is currently a consultant to Mercer County Board of Social Services (MCBOSS) and Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Trenton.

She was educated at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina and Rutgers, The State University in Newark, New Jersey.

He is a partner at Ernst & Young for the past eleven years. Before that was Senior Vice President for Operations & Systems at AIG, Partners PricewaterhouseCoopers/IBM Consulting Services, Partners PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Supervisor General Accounting BASF.

Joe is a CPA and Certified in Production & Inventory Management. He has been involved in fundraising for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and youth football coach.

He holds a B.S. Accounting at Manhattan College and M.B.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Susan Jones is a Registered Dietitian who currently works as a Dietitian/Nutritionist at Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton, NJ. Prior to starting her current employment in 2012, Susan was the Director of Agency Services and Programs for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank for six years. Her responsibilities included serving as the liaison between the Food Bank and its sixty member agencies; developing, implementing and administering multiple programs: SNAP (Food Stamps) Outreach, Weekend Backpack Program (SHUP) and Food Distribution and Nutrition Education program

She also worked briefly as a Wellness Consultant for NJ Manufacturers Insurance and dedicated seven years to working with patients with HIV and AIDS at Mount Carmel Guild.

Susan was appointed to the Governor’s Hunger Advisory Board and served from 2011-2016. She and her husband raised their family and have resided in Trenton for over 30 years. Susan has a B.S. in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut and completed her Dietetic Internship at the East Orange VA Medical Center in East Orange, NJ.

Dr. Sadia Qazi is a board-certified internist with more than 19 years of successful experience in the field of Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She has a busy private practice in Hamilton NJ and serves a big population of individuals with special needs, primarily developmental disabilities, in Mercer County area. Dr. Qazi is also the Medical Director of the Muslim Center of Greater Princeton Clinic.

In the past held several leadership roles including the Advisory Board for Individuals with Special Needs at Horizon NJ Health: Medical Director for Care One Rehab and Assisted Living, and Medical Director for Embracing Hospice.

Dr. Qazi has made numerous medical presentations in NJ and conducted several research projects in Karachi,Pakistan.

She is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi.

He is President and CEO of Therios Healthcare,( pharmaceutical services start-up company based in Princeton, NJ and a partner in Hoopoe Capital ( a high-wealth management and investment firm.

Syed is very actively involved in civic activities and serves on numerous non-profit boards including, the Muslim Center of Greater Princeton (, Greater Philadelphia Health Action ( National Association of Specialty Pharmacies (, the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness and was the founder and President of the Medina Community Clinic. (

He is a registered pharmacist ( and holds an M.S. specializing in pharmaceutical marketing from St. John’s University.

She was employed for twenty-three years in a series of progressively responsible positions in the Law Department of Johnson & Johnson culminating in her serving as Chief Compliance Officer of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that Kathy served as an Attorney in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as a Policy Analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as an Analyst with Common Cause and as Legislative Aide in Congress.

She was employed for twenty-three years in a series of progressively responsible positions in the Law Department of Johnson & Johnson culminating in her serving as Chief Compliance Officer of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that Kathy served as an Attorney in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as a Policy Analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as an Analyst with Common Cause and as Legislative Aide in Congress.

She holds a B.A. from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and J.D. from The Catholic University of America.

He is Chairman and Chief Executive of The Tuchman Group, a firm with holdings in real estate, banking and international shipping. Earlier, while at the Railway Express Agency, together with a group of shipping engineers at the American National Standards Institute, he created the standards for intermodal shipping containers and chassis still in use today.

Subsequently, he co-founded Interpool, one of the nation’s leading container leasing companies and later formed Trac Lease, the largest chassis leasing company in the US. Together with his partner, they sold both of these companies in 2007 for $1 billion.

Mr. Tuchman serves on the Board of Directors of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure, LLC, a NYSE listed company and previously served on the Board of Directors of Horizon Lines, Inc. and SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd. In banking, he served on the Board of Directors of Yardville National Bank and as Chairman of the Board of First Choice Bank in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

He is currently on the Board of Diretors of The Bank of Princeton, a community bank with over $1 billion in assets.

Active in Parkinson’s Disease philanthropy, and as Chairman of The Tuchman Foundation, he works closely with Parkinson’s organizations to secure NIH research grant approvals. He is also on the Boards of the American Cancer Society of Mercer County.

Among his numerous honours, Mr. Tuchman was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and he and Interpool earned a Grand Prize in Cisco’s Growing with Technology Award. Mr. Tuchman received the Hero medal at The Smithsonian Institute and Interpool’s material is now part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

NJIT’s School of Management which shapes students to become technology leaders and managers was named in honour of its distinguished alumnus: The Martin Tuchman School of Management.

Mr. Tuchman earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and his MBA from Seton Hall University. Recipient of NJIT’s Alumni of the Year Award, he has been a member of the school’s Board of Trustees and is currently on its Board of Overseers and serves as a member of the University’s Joint Investment Committee.

She is the Director of Board Vice Chair for the Pemberton Township School District. Since 1984 she has been employed in the Pemberton School district in a series of progressively responsible positions including the elementary school principal, special education supervisor, educational technology resource coordinator, school facilitator and special education teacher.

In 2013 she was elected to the Hamilton Township School Board and was re-elected in 2016. She has over the years volunteered at various charities including St. Anns Food Pantry, Trenton Area Habitat for Humanity, and the New Jersey Tournament of Champions. She has also served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer, Vice President and President of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Mercer County. An avid sailing enthusiast, she serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Greater Wildwood Yacht Club and as an Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Yacht Racing Association, two organizations that promote the sport of sailing.

She earned her B.A. degree and her M.A. degree in Special Education from the College of New Jersey.

Faria Abedin is the Managing Partner of Abedin Enterprises, a property management company. Previously she was employed at ACRO Pharmaceutical Services, McKinsey & Company and General Electric Information Services Inc. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women for Women International, the Duke Islamic Center Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees of Medina Community Clinic.

She previously served on the Board’s of Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels of Ewing and as the Board President of the Princeton Girlchoir and the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.

She holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and M.S. in Computer Science from John Hopkins University.

Qareeb recently retired as Fire & Emergency Services Director for the City of Trenton after a distinguished career with the Fire Department which included service as a Captain, Battalion Chief, and Acting Deputy Chief. In 2011 he was asked, by the then Trenton Mayor, to come out of retirement after 28 years of service, to serve as the City’s civilian Fire Director (the first-ever African American Trenton Fire Director).

In addition to his dedicated career in fire protection, he has since 2003 been an Iman (religious leader) of the Islamic Center of Ewing. Over the years he has been involved with a wide range of professional, religious and charitable organizations including the Trenton Emergency Medical Services, Trenton African American Fire Fighters Association, Trenton Advocates for Quality Education, the PSAT Tutoring Program, Getting Out and Living Successfully Program, Co-chair of United Mercer Interfaith Organization. Islamic Council of Greater Trenton (as President) and The Zakat Fund (as Chairperson). He has also coached and sponsored basketball teams at Martin House and the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County and volunteered as a mentor at the Mercer County Correctional Center and as Islamic Chaplin for Capital Health Center hospitals.

He has taken a wide range of continuing education and certification courses at the National Fire Academy and taken courses in business management at Mercer County Community College and in Islamic Studies at Temple University.

She is the Director of Development at Trenton Catholic Academy and the new owner of the legendary Hamilton bakery Eet Gud. She previously was employed as Special Events Coordinator for Hamilton Township and for many years as the Vice President of Community Banking at Yardville National Bank where she began her extensive volunteer involvement with area charities.

She is former chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society of Mercer County and assisted numerous local charities with fundraising including American Heart Association, Dress for Success, Mercer County Bar Foundation, Mercer County Community College Foundation, NJ State Trooper Christoper S. Scales Foundation, PEI Kids, Ryans Quest, The Parkinson Alliance, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation. She was the 2015 recipient of Iron Mikes Foundation Service Award and recently co-founded a new charity, I believe in Pink, which assists breast cancer patients and their families.

She holds an A.A. Legal Assistant Mercer County Community College and a B.A. Liberal Arts from Rider College.

p>Michael is a managing partner of GluckWalrath, a law firm specializing in health care, corporate and government law, with offices in Trenton and Red Bank, New Jersey. He has practised for more than thirty years and has intensively studied intuitive counselling and mediation techniques and incorporated these new approaches in his practice in order to promote conciliation and avoid confrontation whenever possible and appropriate.

He is a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bar. He is currently a Commissioner of the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority and was a former Commissioner of the NJ Economic Development Authority, General Counsel of the NJ Highway Authority and a former member of the Association of Retarded Children. In 2011 he was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Kingsbridge Foundation.

He earned a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkley, and a Law degree from Rutgers Camden Law School and PhD. in theology and energy medicine from Holos University.

He is retired after a long and distinguished career in government and the non-profit sectors. He served for more than thirty years with the Mercer County Board of Social Services rising to the Director of the $65 million agency. He also served as Executive Director of Arc Mercer and for nine years as Executive Director of the TASK.

He is retired after a long and distinguished career in government and the non-profit sectors. He served for more than thirty years with the Mercer County Board of Social Services rising to the Director of the $65 million agency. He also served as Executive Director of Arc Mercer and for nine years as Executive Director of the TASK.

He has served on dozens of boards and commissions over the years including Chairperson of the American Public Human Services Association’s, President of the County Welfare Directors Association of New Jersey, Chairperson of the of Mercer County Human Services Advisory Council, Medina Community Clinic and as the Founding Chairperson of the Mercer County Alliance to End Homelessness.

He has B.S. in Criminal Justice/Psychology from the College of New Jersey and M.A. in Public Administration from Kean University.

Jim Parker is the founder and owner of Riverview Studios which provides broadcast and video production services globally. Jim has been telling stories via his camera for 42 years throughout the world and from his studio in Bordentown, NJ. His travels lead him to Uganda which inspired him to create the Parker Mother and Child Foundation which has earned him many awards for his humanitarian and philanthropic endeavours.

Jim is also on the board of trustees of New Jersey Policy Perspective, has been an adjunct professor for Bucks County Community College. Jim is proud to use his business and skills to help many of the area nonprofits, but he also has been honoured by the NJ Citizens Action Council for his activism at our state capital to better the lives for all our citizens.

He has a B.S. in Special Education from The College of New Jersey.

She had a twenty-five year diversified career with the State of New Jersey (Transportation, Environmental Protection, and the Office of Information Technology). She has extensive state and federal management experience in many areas, ranging from fiscal administration to motor pool operations to affirmative action/contract compliance.

In addition to being a long-time volunteer on the serving line at TASK, and a more recent volunteer tutor with the Adult Education Program, she is extremely active at St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish where she has served for many years as the Chair of the Social Concerns Committee. She is currently Treasurer of the Elderberry Senior Club and was a member of the Parish Pastoral Council. For many years she facilitated an Alzheimer Association sponsored support group for family members of persons with Alzheimer Disease. She received the 2006 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Hamilton Township Knights of Columbus, the 2015 Geltzer Family Foundation ’s Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2018 was one of ten New Jerseyans honoured in the Jefferson Awards’ Community Pillar Award category.

She holds a B.A. degree with honours in Political Science from Wellesley College.

Joanne P. Tangney is co-founder, President and CEO of Success Rehabilitation, Inc., a premier post-acute rehabilitation program for individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injuries located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Success Rehabilitation Inc. was founded by Ms. Tangney in 1990. Ms. Tangney has dedicated her entire professional career to working with individuals who have an acquired or traumatic brain injury.

She sits on the Board of Directors for the Rehabilitation Community Providers Service Organization (RCPSO) and RCPA Board of Directors (Rehabilitation Community Providers Association) and is an active member of both organizations to ensure that the needs of individuals with brain injuries are addressed at the State and Federal level.

Ms. Tangney was named Lehigh Valley Business’s 25 Women of Influence Award Winners 2018. The Women of Influence award honours women business leaders for their contributions to their companies, industries, and communities.

She graduated from the University of Maryland with an Undergraduate Degree and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University

Is the co-owner with his sisters of the Pennington Quality Market. He joined the family business in 1990, nine years after his father purchased the market. Before that, he was employed in the food industry with Procter and Gamble and the Mott’s USA Division of Cadbury Shweppes.

Is the co-owner with his sisters of the Pennington Quality Market. He joined the family business in 1990, nine years after his father purchased the market. Before that, he was employed in the food industry with Procter and Gamble and the Mott’s USA Division of Cadbury Shweppes.

Mike is involved with a wide range of area charities including Advancing Opportunities, the American Cancer Society, the Hopewell Valley YMCA and the Breast Cancer Center at Capital Health. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the New Jersey Food Council, Treasurer of the Board of the Academy of Food Marketing at St, Joseph’s University and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Hopewell Township Health Department.

He holds a B.A. degree from Saint Joseph’s University in food marketing.

She is committed to building healthy relationships and modelling positive support in order to help the people she works with developing inner strength and personal ideals of success. As an experienced therapist in practice since 2002, Young has worked with a variety of populations in various treatment settings, including schools, an active-duty military clinic, and as a director of an adolescent partial care facility, with a commitment to children and young adults. She is also a certified EMDR and DBT therapist.

Currently, she works as a counsellor at Rutgers Preparatory School and also works as a psychotherapist in private practice at Comprehensive Mental Health Services in Pennington, N.J.

She received a B.A.S.W. from the University of Pittsburg and a M.S.W. from New York University

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