Central Missouri Food Bank acquires new director of donor relations

Friday, February 6, 2009 | 6:14 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Retired Columbia banker Dan Scotten has agreed to come out of retirement to become director of donor relations for the Central Missouri Food Bank.  

The new position, which includes a salary, calls on Scotten to reach out to untapped donors in all of the counties the food bank serves.

“Relationships are important,” said Mike DeSantis, marketing coordinator at the food bank. “Dan will help reach sources that haven’t been contacted before.” 

Scotten is a retired long-term bank executive who most recently worked with the Boone County National Bank. He has more than 30 years of business experience. 

“I hope that I will be able to assist in finding the resources to continue the great work in feeding the hungry in central Missouri," Scotten said in a news release. "This is an opportunity for me to give back to a community that has been so good to me."

Peggy Kirkpatrick, executive director of the food bank, also has high hopes for Scotten.

“I have known Dan for many years, and we are thrilled to have his leadership,” Kirkpatrick said in the release.

Scotten has also served in leadership roles with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the United Way, the Voluntary Action Center, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Job Point and several universities. 

“With a struggling economy and so many people needing help, it is imperative that the food bank does even more to provide help and hope," Kirkpatrick said. "Having Dan working toward this cause is a major blessing."

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