FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 10, 2020
Meals on Wheels Durham Appoints New Executive Director
DURHAM, NC —- Meals on Wheels Durham has appointed Jason Peace to lead the nonprofit into a new decade.
Peace will officially begin his role as Meals on Wheels Durham Executive Director on April 1, 2020. He has worked at BrightSpring Health Services in Raleigh for 17 years, starting at the human services provider as a clinical supervisor in 2003. During his time there, he specialized in connecting Wake County residents with intellectual disabilities to home- and community-based healthcare services. He worked his way up to executive director in 2014, providing strategic leadership to 21 facilities and more than 250 staff members, as well as overseeing more than $10 million in annual revenue.
Peace received his master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, along with a certificate in nonprofit leadership. He grew up in Durham and attended Northern High School.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to join Meals on Wheels Durham and further its commitment to supporting the nutritional and safety needs of Durham residents,” Peace said. “As a Durham native, I look forward to working with my new colleagues and fostering partnerships that continue to grow the impact of the organization.”
Gale Adland, Meals on Wheels Durham’s current executive director, is retiring on March 31 after serving for a full decade. Since Meals on Wheels Durham was founded in 1975, it has grown from serving about a dozen clients to more than 500 Durham County residents each weekday.
The Meals on Wheels Durham staff and Board of Directors, along with Armstrong McGuire & Associates, a Triangle nonprofit management firm specializing in executive transitions and strategic planning, conducted the executive director search.
“Gale Adland has been a tremendous force for good in Durham by increasing the number of vulnerable Durham residents who receive nutritious meals and socialization,” said Wendy Kuhn, Meals on Wheels Durham board chair. “Jason will build on that legacy, applying his leadership skills, compassion, deep Durham roots, healthcare experience, and experience working with vulnerable populations. We feel lucky that he, along with our talented staff, will lead Meals on Wheels Durham moving forward.”
Adland and Peace will both attend the third annual Meals on Wheels Durham “Feed the Need” gala on February 22.
Meals on Wheels Durham is a nonprofit agency committed to enhancing the quality of life for eligible homebound adults in our community. Our mission is to serve the elderly, frail, disabled, convalescing and others who cannot provide proper nutrition for themselves. Dedicated volunteers deliver lunches to our clients each weekday, with the objective to improve the nutritional status and health of these individuals. It is our goal that this combination of nutritious meals and social contact will help our clients remain independent as long as possible.
For more information or to make a much-appreciated gift that supports Meals on Wheels Durham clients, visit mowdurham.org.
Contact: Antoinetta Mosley
Development and Communications Director
Meals on Wheels Durham