Maribeth Phillips

Chief Executive Officer

Maribeth is the 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, Senior transportation programs, Friendship Dining Centers, and the Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, Maribeth oversees program operations housed in four separate buildings in Manatee, several funding sources, donor relations, marketing/PR, and manages over 100 staff.  For every dollar donated, $0.95 goes back into the programs.  Meals on Wheels Plus was named 2013 Non-Profit of the Year by the Tamp Bay Business Journal.

After starting a small fundraising event in her home back in 2006 to give gifts to homebound seniors, Maribeth secured a couple of restaurants to host the subsequent community-wide “shoe box receptions.”  In 2009, Maribeth was invited to join the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels Plus, where she served as the Human Resources Chair, and briefly on the Executive Board as Secretary.   She resigned from the Board in 2012 to apply for the Chief Executive Officer position.

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 Co-Chair of the Communications Committee, on the Board of the Gulfcoast CEO Forum, and is currently a Board Director for the Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corporation as the Past Chair.

Maribeth is originally from Connecticut, and has lived in Lakewood Ranch for 13 years, where she raised her son and her daughter.