Patricia Dornak recently resigned as the executive director of MANNA, which serves individuals and families in need in northwest Houston. She says she will retire, but plans to volunteer in the community.
“I submitted my resignation in November, with an effective date of today, December 14th, to not only ensure the Thanksgiving Turkey event would not be compromised but also to help with a smooth transition to MANNA’s next chapter,” Dornak wrote in an e-mail to colleagues.
Dornak has been executive director of the organization for five years and by all accounts has really raised the profile of the organization.
“The feedback I’ve gotten has made me feel like I accomplished a lot,” she said.
Dornak says that the mission of MANNA remains deeply meaningful to her.
“I believe MANNA has made a significant impact in this community,” said Dornak in her e-mail.
It has been a rough few months for MANNA. A September fire gutted the building at 1602 W 43rd Street that housed their resale shop and the organization seeks a new location. MANNA also leases space from Temple Oaks Baptist Church at West 34th St. and Oak Forest Drive for their food pantry but they will eventually have to move when the church sells those buildings.
“I am confident MANNA will continue to adapt itself to the changing needs of our community, and I see its continued growth in the years ahead,” she said.