Maribeth Phillips

President & CEO 

Maribeth is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee and has been in her position since November of 2012.  Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee includes numerous health and human services programs in our County, such as Home-delivered Meals, The Food Bank of Manatee, Daybreak Adult Day Services,  Friendship Dining Centers, and the Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, Maribeth oversees program operations housed in three separate locations in Manatee County, several funding sources, donor relations, marketing/PR, and manages over 55 staff.  For every dollar donated, $0.93 goes back into the programs. Under Maribeth’s leadership, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee was named the 2019 and 2020 Best Non-Profit Organization in Manatee County in the Herald Tribune Readers’ Choice poll.  In addition, in 2019 our signature fundraising event, Tropical Nights, was also recognized as the Best Fundraising Event in Manatee County by the Herald Tribune Readers’ Choice poll and received Runner-up in the same category in 2020.  In 2013, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee was awarded Non-Profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. 

After starting a small fundraising event in her home back in 2006 to give gifts to homebound seniors, Maribeth created the subsequent community-wide “shoe box receptions,” which led to an invitation to join the Board of Directors in 2009, where she ultimately served as the Human Resources Chair, and briefly on the Executive Board as Secretary. In 2012, she resigned from the Board to apply for her current role.

Prior to joining Meals on Wheels PLUS, Maribeth’s career was centered on human resources leadership.  She was the Vice President of Human Resources for a number of large companies both up North and here in Florida, including:  Philips Medical Systems, Diageo North America, Gevity (now Trinet), and Phoenix Ink.  Maribeth also secured a real estate license, and worked as a Sales Associate for Neal Communities after moving to Florida.

Maribeth serves on the Board of Directors for the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance as Chair of the Executive Academy Committee, on the Board of the Gulfcoast CEO Forum as Secretary and Governance Chair, and is the Past Chair for Lakewood Ranch Community Activities.

Maribeth is originally from Connecticut and has lived in Lakewood Ranch for 18 years, where she raised her son and her daughter.