Leadership Team

Rob Zeaske

Rob Zeaske

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since 2008, Rob has overall responsibility for leadership, planning and management of Second Harvest Heartland.

Under Rob’s direction, Second Harvest Heartland has not only grown in size and scale, but also has earned a reputation as an innovator and national thought leader in hunger relief. Rob is helping change the conversation about hunger relief by bringing together partners from private and public organizations that have a stake in closing the missing meal gap.

Rob is a hopeful voice intent on finding more efficient and innovative ways to help neighbors in need. “Of the many problems our community faces, hunger is one that we can solve,” he says. “There is more than enough food in the heartland to feed everyone. By constantly looking for new ways to work with each other and with our partners, we can help put that food on the table for hundreds of thousands of hungry families.”

Prior to joining Second Harvest Heartland, Rob led fundraising and government relations for Boston-based Jumpstart, which is nationally recognized for preparing schoolchildren for success, and served as a Harvard Business School Service Leadership Fellow for Mercy Corps. Rob holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in political science from Stanford University.

Pat Boran

Pat Boran

Chief Financial Officer

Pat Boran joined Second Harvest Heartland as Chief Financial Officer in 2014. In this role, Pat directs the Finance and IT functions and is a member of the Executive Team. His primary responsibilities include financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting as well as space planning. Pat came to Second Harvest Heartland after serving in several financial roles at North Memorial Medical Care, including 19 years as CFO. Pat is a CPA and started his career Arthur Andersen & Co.

“Joining the team here at Second Harvest Heartland is a great opportunity for me to provide financial decision-making support as we pursue a truly inspiring mission,” says Pat.

Pat has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. Cloud State University. He has served on the boards of numerous industry, community and health care non-profit organizations, including Institute for Athletic Medicine, Minnesota Hospital Association, Monticello Cancer Center and Preferred One. Pat currently serves on the Board of St. Therese Foundation – a senior living organization with communities in New Hope, Brooklyn Park and Woodbury.

Thierry Ibri

Thierry Ibri

Chief Operations and Program Officer

Thierry Ibri joined Second Harvest Heartland as Chief Operations and Program Officer in 2018. Thierry is responsible for driving and overseeing all end-to-end sourcing and distribution of meals to the community, including partner relations and programs, as well as connecting the organization’s operations with neighbor and agency-facing investments. Passionate about food, Thierry joins Second Harvest Heartland with 30 years of experience in the industry, most recently founding The Fresh Connection, a food delivery startup in the Twin Cities. Ibri also spent 17 years at General Mills.

Thierry is both professionally and personally connected with the issues of ending hunger through community partnerships. During college, Ibri co-founded “Les Restos du Coeur,” the first large scale food shelf in France, providing him with a very early opportunity to interact with various community members to source and collect food, find locations, organize distribution and to grasp the importance of dedicated volunteers.

Thierry earned his master of business administration from the Harvard Business School and his bachelor of business administration from ESC Le Havre. 

Marsha A. Shotley

Marsha A. Shotley

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Marsha Shotley joined the Second Harvest Heartland team in 2012, as Chief Philanthropy Officer to work in partnership with individuals, foundations and corporations to end hunger here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Previously, she was President of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and Vice President of Community Relations, bringing the foundation to local and national recognition in the Community Health Worker field, immigrant health, social connectedness, and health equity, as well as building pride within the employee base through employee engagement and volunteerism.

A Corporate Social Responsibility executive with over 25 years of experience in the health care industry, Marsha has a strong track record of non-profit partnership, program and organizational development experience to improve individual and community health. Marsha is actively involved in many community service organizations, including the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and LifeSource, the organ and tissue procurement organization for the region, both of which she served as Board Chair.

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