Our Team


Debi Genthe, Executive Director

Debi has displayed a passion for her clients and volunteer care throughout her career. She was the Executive Director of Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County, Wisc., a start-up non-profit network of volunteers that grew to serve more than 1,200 seniors a year with transportation, food services, and other chores like shoveling snow. Before that, she worked with the American Heart Association as an Area Director and as a Fundraising Specialist.



Jennifer has worked in development for a variety of non-profits and supported many missions, including financial education, community solar, social services, and housing. She spent 11 years with the national office of Rebuilding Together in Washington, DC. She is excited to be living and working in Evanston with Meals on Wheels NEI and meeting everyone in this wonderful community.



Matti Moran is a recent graduate of Loyola University and has worked with various local businesses as a Web Designer and Web Developer. She has experience working with underprivileged women in the Chicago area, but has a passion for working with older adults. She is excited to be a part of Meals on Wheels NEI and loves interacting with the volunteers on a daily basis and speaking with clients.



Delane Haro recently joined the Meals on Wheels NEI team, and she enjoys her daily contact with the organization’s clients. She previously worked for Aim High in Chicago, coordinating programs for low-income high school and college students. She spent seven years working for the Department of Music at Stanford University, doing project management, PR, and marketing for concerts, festivals and series. She is passionate about the work she does at Meals on Wheels NEI and has done volunteer work for other nonprofits in her community, including Connections for the Homeless and Interfaith Action of Evanston.

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Sam Landman learned cooking at the side of a master chef from Johnson and Wales University culinary school. Sam comes to MOW NEI with more than a decade of experience in the senior healthcare field. He has been involved in everything food service related from menu engineering and cooking to budget and inventory control. He most recently led food service efforts at Bridgeway Senior Living in Bensenville, IL, was chef at Park Plaza Retirement Center in Chicago, and executive kosher chef for Aramark at the University of Chicago.


Our Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors is a group comprised of people in our local community who care deeply about the well-being and happiness of their neighbors. Our diverse, eclectic mix of volunteers work hard to make sure everyone who needs it has a hot meal.

Thekla Metz, President

Warren Lupel, Past President

Carolyn Haack, Treasurer

John Barner, Director

Skip Frost, Director

Cherylette Hilton, Director

Joan Kerr, Director

Joseph Orefice, Director

T. Karen Parsons, Director

Robert Roth, Director

Emily Sharpe, Director

Danny Williamson, Director

Jonathan Loew, Director