taraMeals on Wheels for Western New York (MOW-WNY) President and CEO Tara A. Ellis has been elected to serve on the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) Board of Directors. In addition to bringing a Western New York voice to the NANASP goal of national advocacy for nutrition and aging issues, Ellis also will be serving on the NANSAP membership committee.

NANASP was founded in 1977 and is a national membership organization that advocates for and educates policy makers to effect legislative change to protect older Americans, as well as member organizations who serve older adults in the United States. NANASP also works to reshape the future of nutrition and healthy aging by advocating for community-based senior nutrition programs. NANASP impacts local, state and national public policy to maintain and improve the health and well-being of all older persons. In fact, NANASP has been integral in the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. As MOW-WNY is one of the nation’s largest senior nutrition programs and focused on best practices, Ellis is uniquely positioned to advocate for healthy aging nationally.

Ellis began serving as President and CEO of MOW-WNY in March 2012 and oversees all management and operations of the Agency and of the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York. Previously, she has held positions at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, M&T Bank, and the New York State Senate. She has an extensive background in management, communications, and community outreach. She also serves on the Buffalo Seminary Alumnae Association Board and serves on the New York State Association of Meals on Wheels Board and that board’s executive committee. She is a member of a number of trade and professional organizations including the Meals on Wheels Association of America, the Public Relations Society of America and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Ellis received a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

Ellis resides in Eggertsville, New York with her husband, Tom Kucharski, and their children, Tad and Austin.