Food bank director to resign in August
HUNTINGTON -- One of the officials credited with pulling the Huntington food bank out of trouble will leave the organization by Aug. 1.
Tiffany Tatum, executive director of the Facing Hunger Foodbank -- formerly the Huntington Area Food Bank -- has bought a business that provides financial services and consulting for churches and other nonprofits.
Tatum, a certified public accountant, has been doing consultant work for Clergy Tech and Churchpayroll.com for the past 12 years.
The business was based in Chesapeake, Ohio, until owner Steven Paul recently moved to California. Paul continued operating the business from his new location, but decided to retire and offered to sell the business to Tatum.
"He made an offer I couldn't turn down," she said. "Now I have the chance to own my own business and employ people in the community."
Tatum said she and her husband, Cabell County Manager and Barboursville Village Council member Chris Tatum, are looking for office space in the Huntington area to run the business.
Tatum was named interim director of the Huntington Area Food Bank in October 2012 after the former director was arrested on embezzlement charges.
The food bank was facing possible extinction at the time.
"To walk into a situation where there was chronic non-compliance, where we had a board that was defunct, where we had (parent organization) Feeding America pointing to a laundry list, and it was a long laundry list, of problems, she was exactly what we needed at the time," said Debra Johnson-Tourigny, president of the Facing Hunger Foodbank board of directors.
Johnson-Tourigny joined the board at about the same time Tatum was appointed interim director. Tatum became the official director early in 2013.
"She was a perfect fit, plus she has a wonderful personality," Johnson-Tourigny said. "She pulled everyone together."
Tatum said handing in her resignation wasn't easy.
"Emotionally, it was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made," she said. "I love this organization, the staff, the board and the people we serve.
"This experience really made me revise my whole outlook on life."
Tatum said she plans to continue volunteering time and money to help the food bank.
"I told her this is a great opportunity and not to be sad," Johnson-Tourigny said. "She's leaving us in great shape. The problems are no longer there."
Facing Hunger Foodbank has begun a search for a new director, Johnson-Tourigny said.
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