Welcome CUMAC's New Leader



After several months of planning and interviews, CUMAC is pleased to announce that we’ve found our next Executive Director, Mark Dinglasan. Mark is an accomplished and committed leader with more than 15 years of experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He brings an abundance of skills and knowledge to his new role and we're thrilled to have him on board. 

Prior to joining our team, Mark was the Executive Director of CASA of Cook County, Illinois. He has also led corporate development and fundraising at Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization, a foundation started by The Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Mark has led teams in the areas of youth development, program management, sales, and strategic planning. He received his MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. In his spare time, Mark is a marathon coach, youth mentor, and church volunteer and also hosts segments of GMA Network’s lifestyle magazine talk show, FilAM Now.

Mark started his career in the nonprofit sector as a lay mission worker building homes in the slums in the Philippines and leading youth programs in the United States. Upon deciding to move back to New Jersey in late 2016, he immediately began searching for an organization with whom he shared similar values and beliefs. This search led him to CUMAC and he is very excited to be joining a great team and organization.  

Mark will succeed Rev. Pat Bruger, who has led the organization since 1991. Pat announced her retirement in January 2016 and will conclude her term this month after 26 years with the organization. With Pat at the helm, CUMAC has grown over the years from a small food pantry run out of a borrowed church closet to a multi-service agency serving thousands of our neighbors in need every month. Our team will forever be grateful for Pat's leadership, which leaves us ready and poised to take CUMAC onward.

 As we prepare for an exciting new chapter in our work, Pat is happy to see that CUMAC's future is in great hands. “In meeting with Mark I have been touched by his servant heart, experience and readiness for a new adventure” says Pat. “I along with all of the board and staff at CUMAC look forward to seeing how his vision and leadership guide the strategic goals for feeding people and changing lives for years to come.”

With Mark's enthusiasm, skills and experience, we are confident that he will help CUMAC reach new heights as an organization. Welcome to the CUMAC family, Mark!   

CUMAC is a 501c3 non-profit organization with multiple programs dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in Paterson, Passaic County and beyond. CUMAC’s programs include a food pantry that serves over 3,000 individuals every month, a food depot that handles nearly 2 million pounds of food for a network of over 50 agencies, a disaster relief program, a thrift shop that provides high quality, low cost items to the community, the Pathways to Work program that offers job training to those seeking gainful employment, Place of Promise which provides a permanent supportive housing program for the chronically homeless, and the Community Food Coalition, a collection of pantries working together to stop hunger in New Jersey.


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