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Second Harvest of the Big Bend names new CEO

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 16:19:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Second Harvest of the Big Bend has named a new CEO.

Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s Board of Directors announced Wednesday that Monique Ellsworth will become CEO of the organization. This concludes a search that began late this summer after Rick Minor stepped down from the position.

Ellsworth has served the last four years as CEO of CESC, Inc. in Tallahassee. Second Harvest says she has developed a reputation as a community leader and dedicated professional in the areas of homelessness, poverty and food insecurity.

“We interviewed several outstanding candidates for this position, but it was Monique’s experience, vision, and energy for Second Harvest’s mission that really stood out,” said Jowanna Oates, Board President of Second Harvest. “Monique has a strong track record of nonprofit experience and coalition building, and she is a great fit for our organization. She has the full support of the board of directors.”

Ellsworth has an extensive background in social services. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professionals, and received her Master of Social Work from Florida State University.