Food Pantry Names New Exec

Cat (Catherine) Battista has been selected to be the new executive director of Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.

An attorney by training, Battista has served the people of Kane County in both a professional and volunteer capacity for more than a decade.

Prior to joining the Food Pantry, she served in a leadership position at CASA Kane County, advocating for the rights of abused and neglected children where she worked closely with Aurora area social service agencies. Additionally, Battista worked as a litigator, defending the rights of the elderly against abusive and neglectful nursing homes and volunteered at Aurora area legal clinics as a pro bono attorney.

She served on the Kane County Board as a commission member and helped to advise and lead the county to the implementation of a paperless case management system for the 16th Judicial Circuit.

Battista and her husband, Jeff, reside in St. Charles with their three children. Her husband owns and operates an Aurora-based electrical company.

Food Pantry Board President Lynn Flores adds, “We are confident that Cat’s experience, passion and commitment to our mission will help our organization continue to thrive and grow as it meets the ongoing needs of the community.”

Cat succeeds Marilyn Weisner who has served as AAIFP executive director for 10 years and who will remain until the end of February to ensure a smooth transition.

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