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  • Second Helpings Begins Year with New Slate of Officers and Welcomes Four New Board Members

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    January 10, 2019
    Second Helpings is beginning 2019 with a new slate of officers and four new board members who are committed to furthering the mission of the organization to stop hunger in the Lowcountry. Larry Landry of Hilton Head Island assumes the president’s role from Jan Malinowski of Beaufort. Joining the Board are Eric Popky and Charles Russ, III, both from Bluffton; and Thomas Hermann and Margaret “Peg” Marty both from St. Helena Island.
    Second Helpings rescues food from 30 donors, primarily grocery stores, and delivers it free of charge to 60 agencies in Jasper, Hampton, and Beaufort counties. Some 45,000 meals are provided weekly thanks to community support. Earlier in December, Second Helpings was named PGA Tour 2018 Charity of the Year for its work to provide food for the hungry.
    Second Helpings operates primarily with the help of volunteers so an engaged board of directors is vital to the group’s success. "Officers and board members help guide our efforts and represent Second Helpings in the community," said Lili Coleman, executive director. “We are fortunate to live in an area where volunteers contribute financially and with their time to ensure that many of our neighbors have food. I am confident these officers and board members will be passionate in their dedication to this cause.”
    Second Helpings officers for 2019 are:
    Larry Landry, Port Royal Plantation. Hilton Head Island
    Vice President
    Jo Pender, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island
    Ted Stevenson, Sun City, Bluffton
    Chief Financial Officer
    Anthony Berkant, Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head Island
    Margaret “Peg” Marty, St. Helena Island
    Remaining board members: 
    Frank Edwards, Hardeeville
    Jim Grove, Bluffton
    Marilyn Harris, Beaufort
    Mary Marshall, Beaufort
    Margie Tomczak, Hilton Head
    Past President
    Jan Malinowski, Beaufort
    Meet the new board members:
    Thomas Hermann is market president of Ameris Bank of Beaufort County, a position he has held since 2013. In this role, Hermann oversees bank branches, develops relationships with businesses and families, and represents the bank in the community. He currently serves on the United Way Allocation Panels, the City of Beaufort Parking Advisory Committee, and the City of Beaufort Flood Awareness Committee. Hermann, from St. Helena Island, previously was a bank president in Florida.
    Margaret “Peg” Marty from St. Helena Island is a retired banking executive of more than 40 years from Rhode Island. She retired in 2016 from Citizens Financial Group where she was executive vice president, head of Customer Service Operations. In Rhode Island, Marty was active with the Community Food Bank and also has volunteered with United Way and the American Red Cross. At Dataw Island, Marty serves on both the Long-Range Planning and Finance committees for Dataw Island Homeowners’ Association and Club. She joined Friends of Hunting Island and supports various programs including the Loggerhead Turtle Conservation Project.
    Eric Popky is a retired dentist who lives in Bluffton. After moving to the area in 2008 from his dentistry practice in Harrisburg, PA, Hermann was employed at Beaufort Family Dentistry. In Pennsylvania, Dr. Popky was a volunteer with Congregation Ohev Shalom and with the Jewish Family Service Board. He previously volunteered with Volunteers in Medicine and currently is involved with Deep Well livable housing project.
    Charles Russ, III, from Bluffton retired as executive vice president, secretary and general counsel for US West Corporation in Denver. In that role, he was responsible for legal affairs, human resources, lobbying, administration, and was one of the five-person executive committee of the corporation. He served as a member of the University of Dayton Law School Board of Advisors and was involved in a number of civic organizations. Since retiring to Bluffton, Russ has volunteered with Bluffton Self Help.
    To learn more about Second Helpings, go to http://www.secondhelpingslc.org/help-the-hungry.