Interim Executive Director
Mark Bender is currently serving as the interim executive director of Philabundance until a permanent replacement is appointed. Mark has been involved with Philabundance for over 10 years. He has served on the Board for nearly 6 years, is a member of the HR Committee and a founding partner of Fare & Square. Mark was also the lead on the Philabundance Board’s Vision Committee that served to support and enhance the new Strategic Plan and Vision being launched for the organization.
Mark was most recently the VP of Global Business Services at Marsh & McLennan Companies, a premier global professional services firm where he helped design and build the firm’s global shared services division and oversaw worldwide real estate, procurement, business resiliency, security and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Marsh, Mark served for nearly 3 years as the practice leader for administration and operations for Bermultinational Ltd, a minority-owned management consulting firm. Previously he served as SVP and Chief Administration Officer for the ACE Group of Insurance Companies in Philadelphia for 8 years and held several senior operational roles at AIG in New York City and at their Mid-Atlantic regional office in Philadelphia for 16 years.
Mark grew up in Moorestown, NJ as the 7th of 10 children and graduated from Saint Joseph’s Prep. He holds a BA from the University of Scranton, PA, spent his junior year in France where he met his (future) wife and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study archaeology in Bucharest Romania. Mark is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia and is a member of the Board of Directors of Geiger, Inc. a leading, privately held promotional products company based in Lewiston, Maine. He and his wife Lorraine reside in Bucks County and are the proud parents of two young adult sons.
Melanie S. Cataldi
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Cataldi oversees all Philabundance logistics and programs including warehousing and inventory control, transportation, repack, facilities, job training, meal production, and all community food programs – both direct and through our network of 400+ member agencies. She also recently acted as the internal lead for bringing Philabundance through a successful strategic planning process.
Mrs. Cataldi has been with Philabundance since 2000, first serving as Program Director of the Delaware Valley Community Kitchen, now the Philabundance Community Kitchen. As Program Director she was responsible for locating and allocating community resources, curriculum development and the teaching of food service. Her subsequent positions at Philabundance have included Nutrition Services, Director of Programs and Senior Vice President of Programs and Operations.
Prior to Philabundance, Mrs. Cataldi served as a nutrition educator at Temple University and also has 10+ years of experience in the life insurance industry.
Mrs. Cataldi received her Master of Public Health from Temple University and her Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University. She currently resides in Philadelphia.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Shipman is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all activities relating to accounting, fiscal reporting, debt management, investments and administration for Philabundance. He serves his responsibility as CFO with a very philanthropic spirit to the issue of hunger.
With 33 years in the field of finance, Mr. Shipman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. He comes to Philabundance from the private sector serving most recently as Chief Financial Officer for O2Diesel Corporation, a publicly traded biofuels company in Newark, Delaware, where he prepared all SEC reporting.
Prior to his experience at O2Diesel, Mr. Shipman spent 23 years with Kurz-Hastings, Inc., of Philadelphia, a global manufacturer of decorative and functional finishes for a variety of consumer markets, where he served as the company’s Controller, and later the Vice President of Finance. After having led the 1998 reorganization of Kurz-Hastings’ American operations into two independent companies, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer.
A certified public accountant from the State of Pennsylvania, Mr. Shipman is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College, a master’s degree in communication and psychology from Boston University, and an M.B.A in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Shipman served as 1st Lieutenant, Behavioral Scientist with the United State Air Force. He currently resides in Media, PA.
Chief Human Resources Officer
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Cathy is responsible for developing and executing on Philabundance’s vision of an employee-centric culture, recognizing the incredible asset that Philabundance has in its family of over 150 mission-driven employees. Cathy started her career in the non-profit sector over 20 years ago as an attorney at the Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse, New York.
Cathy relocated to the Philadelphia area in 1994 and spent almost 20 years in the private sector in the manufacturing, distribution and IT industries, focusing on employment law in her general counsel roles and transitioning into Human Resources leadership roles. She rejoined the non-profit world at Philabundance in 2012, having most recently served as the Chief People Officer for TRG Customer Solutions (now IBEX Global), a multinational business process outsourcing group with over 2000 employees.
An attorney admitted to the bar in New York and in Pennsylvania, Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. She currently resides in Phoenixville, PA.
As Chief Development Officer, Ms. Fink oversees the Fundraising, Marketing & Communications, and Volunteer Departments. With a dedicated staff of twenty, Ms Fink leads the effort in creating a seamless donor integration effort for the organization. She is responsible for implementing the philanthropic arm of Philabundance’s strategic vision and integrating the Development team’s approach to the plan.
The development team is comprised of three externally focused departments:
Fundraising – this team’s sole purpose is to create a vibrant donor experience and engage the regions philanthropic efforts to relieve hunger now and end hunger forever. Ask us how we can work with you to accomplish our bold new vision.
Marketing – this team has built the brand that is Philabundance and they maintain our exceptional brand standards. They are poised and respond quickly and efficiently to all public relations needs and handle all of our internal and external communications. This team also acts as host to many corporate partners and funders flawlessly executing events on behalf of Philabundance.
Volunteer Department – this team exists to enhance and support the engagement of all of our philanthropic donors who give of their time and talent. Managing almost 17,000 annual volunteers for the myriad programs of Philabundance this team recruits, trains, educates and cheers on our very own army of volunteer staff without whom we could not fulfill the mission and vision of Philabundance.
Ms. Fink is proud to work with this incredible team of committed staff and humbled by such an incredible group of volunteers. Returning to Pennsylvania after 20-years, she worked as a highly successful fundraiser and executive in the international humanitarian relief sector for global conflict and disaster zones as well as in heart disease research and education. Her degrees in Organizational Psychology, International Business, and graduate degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology serve well to support her passion for mission-based work. She is committed to enhancing both the donor and staff engagement experience within her organization and strives to bring corporate professionalism into the non profit arena.