Seven Loaves Community announces Jeff Dooley, MA, as its new executive director, overseeing the nonprofit’s staff, programs, strategic planning, finances, fundraising, and the execution of its mission to serve people in Collin County living at or below the poverty level – an estimated 130,000 people, more than half of whom are children. Rev. Jennifer Arnold, Seven Loaves' previous executive director, will now focus full-time on St. Andrew United Methodist Church’s global outreach mission programs.
“Jeff is a proven leader with extensive experience in administration and team management in both nonprofit and corporate environments,” said Michele Thatcher, chair of the board of directors, Seven Loaves Community. “He will be a great addition to our team!”
Since 2012, Dooley served as executive director of First Denton, a church with a congregation of over 4,500, where he recruited, hired, trained volunteer staff; was responsible for the daily activities and operation of staff; and coordinated all volunteers, marketing, and fundraising efforts. Prior to his tenure at First Denton, he also served as executive director of Capshaw Church in Harvest, Alabama, where he held similar duties. Additionally, Dooley has significant experience in the public sector in the area of human resources with the City of Denton as well as at the corporate headquarters of Budget Rent a Car.
He received his undergraduate degree in theology and a master’s in educational leadership and administration from Southwestern Baptist in Fort Worth. Dooley and his wife, Fawnda, reside in Denton, Texas, and have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.
“Having served for the last fifteen years leading and supervising ministry staff, this position is well aligned with my character, experiences, and skills,” said Jeff Dooley. “I am very eager to begin this role and join the faithful staff and volunteers in continuing to make a positive difference serving the less fortunate in Plano and Collin County through Seven Loaves Community.”
Seven Loaves is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that seeks to holistically provide access to basic human needs, including food, primary health care and sustaining social services. The nonprofit serves individuals and families who live at or below the poverty level or who have encountered financial difficulties which put their ability to provide for the basic human needs for themselves and their families at risk. This assistance is provided without regard to religion, race, age, gender, or social standing. The Food Pantry serves over 2,500 individuals monthly; Joseph’s Coat, a clothing closet, provides an average of 4,000 garments monthly; Project Hope, a mentoring program supports women in crisis; and Plus One, an extension of the food pantry, provides hygiene products. More than a service provider, Seven Loaves Community provides a lifeline of hope, vital to Collin County.