Board of Directors


Linda Berard – President

I am currently an  Assistant Branch Manager at Liberty Bank and have worked in the banking industry for 35 years.  I have been a volunteer at the meal center for many years.  Giving back to the community is important to me and when asked to join the board in 2016 I jumped at the chance.   I have always felt that food insecurity should be a top priority. I work tirelessly to ensure that those in need of a meal can always come to the Meal Center.  I live in Waterford with my husband and two cats.  In my spare time I love to garden and horseback ride.

Constantine (Dean) Panayotakis – Vice President

I have been a board member since 2019.  I have been the Manager of Medical Records in a variety of healthcare settings for 26 years including Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport, CT and Yale New Haven Hospital. For the past 11 years I have worked at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. I am currently the Director of Health Information Management.   I’ve always been active in school related community activities when my kids were younger. Now that they are grown, I have more time and felt the need to serve the New London community that I have been a part of for 10 years. We are all very committed to offering our time and services for the New London Community Meal Center.

Christine Schmidt – Secretary

I’ve been a volunteer at NLCMC serving, cooking and cleaning twice a week since 2008. I have been on the board since 2018 as secretary.  The New London Community Meal Center provides good nutrition and an atmosphere of acceptance to everyone without verification of need. You show up – you get fed – no questions asked. Helping to feed 100 people a day has provided me with new friendships, new skills and a new point of view.


Ann Marie Bartelli

I am very fortunate to call New London my home; I also am blessed to have a family that taught me the value and importance of serving in your community.  I am honored to part of such a wonderful organization.  My  family is very active in many local organizations; I’m very proud of their service and along with them I want to continue working for our community!

Debbie Basnight 

I am currently employed at Electric Boat.  I have been on the Board of Directors since 2006.  I am a member of Prince Hall Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.  I am very active in the community in addition to being a notary public, a justice of the peace and an ordained minister. We moved to Connecticut in 1992 and my husband and I adopted our daughter in 1996 at the age of 5. She is a true blessing to us in so many ways. I live in New London with my husband.

Bob Casey

My wife Linda and I have been married for 45 years; we have three daughters and two grandchildren, who live in this area.  We live in Waterford, but are originally from Northern Michigan (the U P).  I am a Civil Engineer and have spent 20 years at Pfizer in charge of Global Capital Construction. The last 5 years, I worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, as a Program Manager for Capital Management and Maintenance.  I am now retired.  My wife and I spend our time grandparenting, traveling, gardening and doing home improvement projects.  I am also a beekeeper.

Lois Chenard

I am recently retired from Pfizer after working for more than 20 years in drug discovery research. I was born and raised in Connecticut and have lived in Waterford for more than 30 years. Throughout my life I have had a strong desire to give back to the community and to try to make the world a better place.  I’ve been an active participant in and contributor to local school groups, youth services, food banks, the Waterford Public Library, and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Youth Orchestra, often holding leadership positions.  I consider it a great privilege to participate as a board member for the Meal Center and contribute to the important work it does.

Dr. Tanimu Deleon

Dr. Tanimu Deleon has a Master of Science in Computer Engineering and a Philosophy Doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering.  Dr. Deleon has over a decade of experience in research and development, information technology, submarine design & manufacturing, and human factors. Dr. Deleon has presented at conferences, symposiums, invited talks, and published in peer reviewed journals. Currently, Deleon is the Technical Lead for human factors and warfighter performance at General Dynamics Electric Boat. In his spare time Deleon enjoys running, boating, and a good movie/book.


Brian Enright

I joined the board in 2017 and prior to that was a regular volunteer at the meal center. I live in Mystic with my wife, Lisa, and am a partner at the law firm of Halloran & Sage LLP. Over the years I have acted as counsel to or served on the boards of several other non-profits throughout the state.


Lisa Enright

I am a Senior Vice President and Director of Healthcare at Citizens Bank.  In my current role I oversee the Bank’s healthcare banking programs throughout their eleven-state footprint and have over 30 years of banking experience. My involvement with the Meal Center goes back several years when I first volunteered serving meals.  I have served on the Board since 2017.


Originally the New London Community Meal Center (NLCMC) was called The Health and Welfare Community Ministries. It was founded in 1985 by Laurie Bellinger in association with The Mount Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church of New London. She served as the dedicated executive director until her death in 1999. A year later Mount Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church turned over control to a non-member corporation governed by self-perpetuating Board of Directors, thereby facilitating uninterrupted food service to the community from 1985 through to the present day. The Meal Center is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a not for profit corporation under Section 501c3 with an annual operating budget of approximately $250,000 to cover its general operating expenses. In addition, there is the need to plan for capital expenditures including ongoing building and equipment maintenance.


The mission of the NLCMC is to provide the food insecure residents of New London County with nutritious meals in an environment of hospitality and respect.


The NLCMC provides lunch five days a week and dinner six days a week. In addition, volunteer groups use the NLCMC facilities to prepare and serve dinner on the second Saturday of the month and on the fourth Saturday a pre-made lunch is served. The food used to make meals at the center is primarily obtained from The Gemma E. Moran United Way Food Bank in New London and is supplemented by donations from various businesses and agencies, as well as individual donors. Currently the NLCMC has only 3 employees, a full time kitchen manager and 2 part time employees. Consequently volunteers are a vital and indispensable part of the workforce in the daily operation of the NLCMC. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Judy Mann,  the volunteer coordinator at (860) 536-4784.

Contact Us

The New London Community Meal Center Inc.
12 Montauk Avenue,
P.O. Box 945 New London, CT 06320

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