Walnut Creek, CA, January 13, 2020 – Meals on Wheels Diablo Region is pleased to announce that Caitlin Sly will lead the organization through our next stage of growth as its new Executive Director. Sly comes to MOW Diablo Region with strong management and leadership skills as well as extensive experience with and understanding of the obstacles of food security many elderly in the Diablo Region face on a daily basis.
In her previous position as the Program Director at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Sly developed a deep knowledge of the challenges and opportunities to overcome food insecurity, and the growing needs of seniors in Contra Costa County. She developed nine new programs during her tenure at the Food Bank, and oversaw two programs focused particularly on seniors. Sly made innovative changes to the Food Bank’s Senior Food Program, which provides free groceries, twice a month to low-income individuals who are 55 or older.
In addition to her work at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Sly has served as the President of the Concord Chamber of Commerce, successfully guiding that organization through its own executive transition. She also sits on several committees throughout Contra Costa and Solano counties addressing nutrition and food access in low-income communities. In these capacities, and in her 11 years at the Food Bank, Sly has worked extensively with many of the organizations that MOW Diablo Region currently partners with. She holds a degree in Latin American History from UC Davis, and speaks fluent Spanish.
“We conducted a comprehensive E.D. search and are fortunate to have Caitlin join Meals on Wheels Diablo Region as its new Executive Director,” says Christine Scimia, MOW Diablo Region Board President. “She has a passion for and deep understanding of our work. Under her leadership, MOW Diablo Region will continue to grow and serve seniors who so desperately need our meals and wrap-around services to remain safe and healthy at home.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the outstanding team at MOW Diablo Region. I have been so impressed by the amazing work MOW Diablo Region does and feel honored to be a part of it,” says Sly. “I look forward to helping this great organization continue to grow its impact in service of seniors.”
Every day for the last 50 years MOW Diablo Region has provided the support that allows Contra Costa County’s most vulnerable older adults to remain healthy and independent. Close to 10,000 people every year call us looking for help. For each of our clients, trained staff makes a holistic assessment of life needs. This coordinated care service approach allows us to not only assess a client’s situation, but to then provide links to a broad network of support services from nutrition to social interaction to fall prevention to health and wellness. Our goal is to empower older adults to live independently and with dignity in their homes for as long as possible.
Sly will begin serving as MOW Diablo Region’s Executive Director effective
January 21, 2020.