Beth Gehlhausen has been appointed interim executive director of Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County.
She will succeed Marti Lindell as head of the non-profit which has been delivering hot, nutritious meals for 36 years to the doors of county residents who cannot prepare food on their own due to age, illness or disability. Lindell resigned in September after five years at the helm of the organization.
“I am really looking forward to starting at Meals on Wheels,” said Gehlhausen. “It is such a wonderful organization, and I am thrilled to be assisting the board and staff in taking it to the next level”
Gehlhausen has provided a variety of services to numerous social services organizations through her firm, Gehlhausen Consulting. She was the founder of Prevail, Inc., and executive director there for 18 years. She chairs the Hamilton County Community Corrections Advisory Board, and has been actively involved in the Fishers Redevelopment Authority, the M&I Bank Advisory Board and the Fishers Branch Board of Advisors for the YMCA, among other organizations.
“We are so pleased to have Beth partnering with us,” said board President Susan Wack. “Her expertise in leadership and knowledge about the county is a valuable asset, and will be particularly important as Meals on Wheels prepares for an explosive need as baby boomers age and the nation sees the so-called Silver Tsunami.”
Limited access to food, also known as food insecurity, is an often overlooked problem among the senior population, explained Wack, a geriatric care manager. Even older residents who can afford groceries hesitate to tell family and friends when they need help preparing meals, fearing they will be forced from their homes.
In a study by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, Indiana ranked 12th in the nation for food insecurity.
“Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County is on the cusp of change and growth in serving those who need a little help in staying self-sufficient in their own home,” Gehlhausen added. “I am honored to have been selected to take part in this exciting time in the life of the organization.”
For more information about Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County, visit http://mealsonwheelshc.org.