Our Team

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Our Team


Laura Glaza

Executive Director

Laura Glaza joined The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry as Executive Director in Sept. 2020. She brings a broad range of corporate, nonprofit and marketing experience to her role, including a decade each at two Fortune 500 icons – Quaker Oats and Allstate.  Laura served stints at the following DuPage County organizations: The Morton Arboretum, The Conservation Foundation, and, most recently, Loaves & Fishes Community Services. She also created and managed the largest after school food service program for needy children through Feeding America. She graduated from the University of Illinois, and started her career at Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s) in advertising and also worked in public relations for the Chicago Bears. Laura is a devoted fan of movies, the Cubs and travel, and lives in Glen Ellyn.

Monica Sowers

Director of Finance

Having worked in Public Accounting, and as an Accountant in privately held companies, Monica joined the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry as Director of Finance in 2011, and holds a BS degree from Marquette University in Accounting, and a MBA in Leadership and Change Management. Monica is a busy and proud mother of four children, who are “growing up way too fast.” She loves spending any free time with her family, attending sporting events, staying active, and volunteering at church and school. Monica works part-time with the Food Pantry.


Jodi Hefler

Administrative Coordinator

A local Glen Ellyn resident, and Glenbard West graduate, Jodi joined the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry staff in 2008.  After volunteering for two years with the Pantry, she then transitioned into an overall administrative role with the Pantry, coordinating and scheduling volunteers and overall office/data support.  Jodi holds a BA degree from National Louis University in Human Services/Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Benedictine University.  In addition to her work at the Food Pantry, Jodi currently works for the Village of Glen Ellyn as a Senior Services Coordinator, and enjoys CrossFit, reading and gardening. To celebrate entering into her 50's, Jodi got a tattoo at age 50, 51 and 52!!

Jodi works part-time with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

Terri Venzon

Supervisor, Pantry Operations

After a career in Dental Health Administration with the DuPage County Health Department, and private practice Dental groups, Terri joined the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry in 2011 and has been an impactful part of the Pantry ever since.  She was a volunteer for one year prior to employment with the Pantry.  Terri is the ‘master’ of volunteer coordination, knowing all 400+ Food Pantry volunteers by name!  Terri and her husband feel fortunate to have been able to raise their three children in this great community.  They love to spend time with family and friends celebrating life.  A memorable laugh and smiling face, Terri feels “honored to be a part of a workplace that provides food and friendship to our neighbors in need.”

Terri works part-time with the Food Pantry.


Rich Wloszek

Operations Manager

Rich joined the Food Pantry in 2014 after volunteering for four years in the Pantry.  Rich was hired to manage the continually expanding Food Recovery Program, and has transitioned to Operations Manager, overseeing much of the Pantry’s daily operating processes.  Rich holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management from DePaul University.  Rich is retired after a long career in Financial Services at Goldman Sachs where he worked as a Private Wealth Operations Manager VP.  Rich enjoys spending time on the golf course, and with family and friends.  Our resident music enthusiast, Rich keeps it jammin’ each and every day as the food rolls in from our retail partners.

Rich works part-time with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

Mary Pat Watt

Pantry Assistant - Lead

After two years of volunteer work with the Pantry, Mary Pat joined the staff as Assistant to Pantry Supervisor in 2013, working with clients and volunteers, and handling pantry administrative duties.  Mary Pat holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, and a MBA degree in Marketing.  Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Mary Pat enjoys quilting, reading and tailgating with friends and family.  Mary Pat and her husband have two sons and one daughter, all of whom were successful athletes from youth through College.  Additionally, they have been fortunate to share in their middle son’s amazing opportunity to play football in the NFL.  As such, Mary Pat and her family have thoroughly enjoyed the time spent at sporting events, and traveling the country and internationally to games and tournaments, and feel blessed to have had these opportunities.

Mary Pat works part-time with the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.


Donna Blake

Food Recovery - Lead

After initially volunteering for the Pantry for two years, Donna joined the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry in 2014, assisting with the Pantry’s ever-expanding Food Recovery program.  Now the Lead organizer in the program, Donna organizes fresh produce and bakery items received daily from Food Recovery partners, and directs the volunteers who help make this happen.  Donna holds a BS degree in Retail Business/Food Science from the University of Illinois, and previously worked at the Chicago Board of Trade as a hedge fund assistant.  Donna and her husband live in Winfield, and enjoy spending time with their family.  They love to travel, and have been to Mexico more than 25 times!

Donna works part-time with the Food Pantry.