Message from Executive Director, Jacki Coyle

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Scott Davison, Jacki Coyle and Jilna Kothary accepting an award from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Shepherd’s Table’s Executive Director, Jacki Coyle, will be stepping down from her role on May 31, 2019, after 15 years of service to the organization and the Silver Spring community.


Here is a message from Jacki Coyle:

“It’s just what we do and how we do it!”

Dear Friends,

Have you ever hit the reset button in your life? Have you ever stopped to give thanks in your life, and to say, “what is next?

After 15 years of service at Shepherd’s Table, I have hit the reset button in my own life. It is a bittersweet time but one which also fills me with immense gratitude, opens the door to new possibilities, and most importantly, new ways to impact our world!

Shepherd’s Table and the Silver Spring/Montgomery County community have been my family for 15 years. Treasured experiences with the women and men we serve each day, with the staff, volunteers, donors, partners, and the community, have enriched my life in ways I never thought possible. I am forever changed and most grateful!

I am proud to have led Shepherd’s Table to a place where our impact on lives has more than doubled, where the numbers of volunteers has tripled, where people who are served, and those who serve and give gifts (both financial and in-kind), find hope, joy, and love. As we say at the Table, “It’s just what we do and how we do it!

My life will forever be entwined with the life of Shepherd’s Table. I ask for your prayers and positive thoughts as I personally take the next steps in my life. I also ask that you support Shepherd’s Table during this time of transition. As the reset button is pushed, the doors are open to continue our commitment to the most vulnerable in our community, and to new possibilities.

The Shepherd’s Table Board of Directors is deeply engaged in the transition process, with the Executive Committee taking the lead. A national search firm has been hired (Raffa-Marcum) to orchestrate the search for my replacement. Ideally, the next Executive Director will be able to start in early/mid-June 2019. The Board will keep everyone posted. Please see the links below for the Executive Director job profile.

Thank you for the life giving difference you have made in my life. I am forever grateful!


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Jacki Coyle

Executive Director


Shepherd’s Table Executive Director Position Profile

Letter from the Board of Directors

Shepherd’s Table will celebrate Jacki’s many contributions at its annual spring fundraiser, Surfin’ for the Table on April 6th at AFI Silver Theatre.