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Williford succeeds Meacham as head of Fisherman’s Mark

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Fisherman’s Mark, the Lambertville, N.J.-based social service agency, has named Jennifer Williford as its new executive director.

Williford, who over the past 18 months assumed increasing development and volunteer-related duties, takes over for Linda Meacham, whose tenure began in 2009.

Meacham will stay on as consulting director through February to facilitate the leadership transition. Under her guidance, the agency achieved secure financial footing that has allowed it to expand its services and programs.

Williford said she is honored to be named director of Fisherman’s Mark at this time as the agency is poised to mark its 40th year of service.

“This is a very exciting time in Fisherman’s Mark history as we celebrate our 40th anniversary serving our community,” she said. “When I started here over a year and half ago, I knew that this organization was something very special and I have seen the magic come to life each and every day.

“It is very easy to be passionate about my work here when you see the mission come to life each and every day. We are so very fortunate to have wonderful community support, dedicated volunteers and a very strong board of directors. I am very impressed by our roots, who we are today and what we will do to best serve our clients into the future.”

Williford, 49, joined Fisherman’s Mark in 2018 as its volunteer/events coordinator. She was soon promoted and last April filled the newly created position of Manager-Business Coordination and Development. She came to Fisherman’s Mark with 24 years of nonprofit management experience, having held a host of positions with the YMCA of Somerset Hills.

Her work at the YMCA encompassed member engagement, volunteer and donor development, strategic planning and program development, all of which equipped her to build on Meacham’s legacy at Fisherman’s Mark.

“Fisherman’s Mark is incredibly fortunate to have within its family one outstanding individual to succeed another as executive director,” said Board of Trustee Chair Jacqui Griffith.

“Linda’s shoes were bound to be difficult to fill, but Jennifer’s background and commitment to our mission assures the board that Fisherman’s Mark will more than meet its challenges as it helps people in need – young and old, longtime residents and new arrivals – meet theirs.”

To learn more about Fisherman’s Mark or to make a donation to its mission of providing help when help is needed, visit fishermansmark.org.


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