Energy, Enthusiasm and Extensive Skills Marks Baldwin’s Newest Staff Members

The Baldwin Staff has has recently added three new faces. According to Lisa Machesky, Baldwin Center’s executive director, they will be wonderful additions to the staff. “I’m very excited about the caliber of our newest hires. They bring energy, enthusiasm, and an extensive skill-set that will help Baldwin reach its mission in more powerful ways.” Jose Diaz has been appointed Baldwin’s Director of Food Services, Lauren Fuller is now Baldwin’s Youth Director and Matt Matthews is sharing time as a program associate and assistant youth director.

Jose Diaz, Baldwin’s new Director of Food Services comes to Baldwin after 27 years experience in the automotive industry, and coupled with his community service leadership experience, he is excellently positioned to see the overall vision of feeding the needy while finding efficient and productive ways of doing so.  “I hope to drive continuous improvement into what goes on in the background – the nuts and bolts of providing great food service to our neighbors who come in for lunch or dinner,” he reflected. Jose will have responsibility over Baldwin’s urban gardens and he is excited about expanding the teaching opportunities it offers to youth. “I’m excited about serving the community and providing great food services and programs overall.”  

Lauren Fuller, Baldwin’s new Director of Youth Programs, brings two years of classroom teaching experience to her new position leading the Baldwin Stars program. A Teach for America volunteer in Memphis, Tennessee, Lauren has learned more than just the ins and outs of managing children. “I’m excited to impact our kids’ lives by deepening the quality of instruction we offer, by showing love, and by empowering each of them to be leaders and to take ownership of their program.”

Matt Matthews, who splits his time in the program office and the youth department, comes to Baldwin with a tremendous amount of experience working with youth. As a faculty member at Northwest Missouri State University (he teaches online courses), Matt’s research and teaching focus on recreation, team building, and leadership development. “I run in triathlons and marathons, and I’m really excited to share my passion for fitness with our youth,” he shared. In Matt’s role facilitating some of Baldwin’s newer programs, he will have the chance to work closely with volunteers and staff to develop capacity and deepen the impact Baldwin makes.

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