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ALIVE! in Alexandria Welcomes New President Rolf Blank

Rolf Blank (Photo courtesy ALIVE!)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In early July, ALIVE! welcomed its new executive board for FY 2024. The 15-member board will be led by new president, Rolf Blank. He served previously as vice president and has been a dedicated volunteer with the nonprofit for years.

““For more than 20 years I’ve been amazed how ALIVE! works collaboratively with congregations of all faiths to support the community,” Blank said. “I am excited to be stepping into the role of board President and look forward to the year ahead.”

Blank is succeeding Mary Eileen Dixon, who during her time as president, oversaw the opening of ALIVE’s two Food Hubs and led ALIVE! through the pandemic.With ALIVE! closed during much of that time, she took charge to ensure that the people who depended on ALIVE! received the help they needed as it adapted.

The Food Hubs, in addition, have improved ALIVE!’s ability to give food and resources to residents in need.

“It has been an honor to lead ALIVE! during this eventful period. Its ability to stretch and grow to meet new demands has been awesome,” Dixon said. “I am confident that its committed staff and volunteer corps will continue to find new and better ways to help improve the lives of our struggling neighbors.”

Mary Eileen Dixon (Photo courtesy ALIVE!)

Regarding Dixon, Executive Director Jennifer Ayers  said she is “deeply appreciative” of her service the last two years.

“Mary Eileen’s hands-on guidance as we continued through a pandemic and shifted the organization’s efforts to respond to community needs has been paramount,” she said, adding, “We look forward to Rolf continuing the tradition of community led service.”

Founded in 1969, Assisting thousands per month, ALIVE! is dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger. It is supported by the City of Alexandria, community and civic organizations, and businesses. The nonprofit is also reliant on volunteers for food drives and more. [SEE ALSO: City of Alexandria Opens Cooling Centers]

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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