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DeWayne Wells

DeWayne Wells, Chair

President, Gleaners Community Food Bank

Most recent position: President, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, the third oldest food bank in the United States.  In 2010, Gleaners distributed 36.7 million pounds of food in its five county service area through its network of over 400 partner agencies.

Prior to joining Gleaners in November 2006, DeWayne also served as Chief Operating Officer at Starfish Family Services. Starfish operations a variety of programming for children and families including Head Start, Early Head Start and counseling services.  In April 1999, DeWayne was appointed the first lay director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (CSK).  CSK, a sponsored ministry of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, operates four facilities:  two kitchens on Detroit’s eastside which serve a combined 2,200 meals daily; a Services Center which provides food, clothing and furniture to families with emergency needs and Jefferson House, a residential substance abuse treatment facility.

From 1989 – 1999, DeWayne was employed at Mercy Health Services (now Trinity Health) in a variety of positions including six years as Vice President of Finance and Administration for Mercy’s information technology subsidiary.  DeWayne is a certified public accountant and was a member of the audit staff at Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) for six years.

DeWayne is a graduate of Leadership Detroit XIX and is a Eureka Communities Fellow.  He was also recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2000 as one of the area’s “40 under 40” business leaders.  DeWayne serves on the boards of Sisters of the Living Word Charitable Trust (Chair), Bridgeway Services (Chair), Mercy High School (Chair), Food Bank Council of Michigan (Chair), Southwest Solutions, and Nonprofit Enterprises at Work.  He is a financial and/or volunteer supporter of numerous other local human service organizations.

DeWayne received his BBA in Accountancy from Western Michigan University in 1983 and his MBA in Management from Wayne State University in 1991.  He completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course at Harvard Business School in 2010. DeWayne is trained as a continuous quality improvement instructor and has facilitated strategic planning and values integration processes. 

DeWayne is a lifelong Detroiter whose personal interests include horticulture (certified by MSU Extension as a Master Gardener), international travel, music of all types, and photography.



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