Every year, VEAP initiates a search to recruit and interview additional community members and leaders to join our dynamic Board of Directors. We are pleased to formally introduce four new board members this year!
Dion Evans is a Vice President for Target and he oversees Planning for the Hardlines business. He has also served in the Active Duty Air Force and the Air National Guard. Dion was drawn to VEAP’s board as he is passionate about addressing food insecurity in our community based on the first-hand challenges he experienced while growing up. He believes VEAP does extraordinary work in this area and he enjoys supporting our efforts in making a positive impact on people’s lives. Dion gets tremendous joy from spending time with his young children and being outside in nature, even just for a walk around one of our beautiful city lakes.
Tai Giwa works as a Senior Site Manager for Aeon Management. She was drawn to VEAP because of our commitment to serve and uplift the community through direct services. She is looking forward to using her professional experience, expertise, and passion to serve the community. Tai has a great love for cooking and excels at recreating recipes from scratch at home. When dining out, she can easily replicate dishes just by tasting them. She can whip up an appetizer, entree and desert in less than an hour!
Shannon McCormick is a Principal Marketing Associate with Medtronic, and works to develop and commercialize minimally invasive solutions for people with mitral valve disease. She felt compelled to join VEAP’s board because of her personal alignment to the mission and inclusivity of our organization. She is excited to be a part of an organization that has the infrastructure and resources to provide access to food, housing, and supportive services to all. Shannon enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her baby daughter. She loves spending time out in nature, especially in environments where her two dogs can be off leash and roam.
Sarah Streitz is a Bilingual High School Math Teacher for Richfield Public Schools. She desired to serve on VEAP’s Board after seeing firsthand as an educator how many students and their families struggle with food insecurity and how this impacts their ability to engage fully at school. In the summer of 2020, Sarah started volunteering at VEAP and was impressed by our commitment to provide healthy food sources. She looks forward to using her experience living in Guatemala and working with Latinx families to continue to expand VEAP’s commitment to providing culturally- relevant food options. Additionally, she wants to find ways to better support young adults in our community who are struggling to meet their basic needs. Sarah loves working with and learning from young people; she especially enjoys watching her son and students play soccer.
Welcome Dion, Tai, Shannon, and Sarah! We look forward to leaning on your expertise as we work to advance our mission.