Mike Lloyd joined CES in November of 2012 after many years in the business world and the non-profit sector. He brings a wealth of practical business and leadership experience to CES. For over 30 years, Mike worked for a fortune 1000 company, Taylor Corporation, in Mankato. During his time at Taylor, Mike served as the president of various business units and managed as many as 2,500 employees with budgets as large as $200 million.
Mike had been working in the non-profit sector as executive director of an international food relief program, Kids Against Hunger. The mission of Kids Against Hunger is to package and distribute nutritious meals to starving and malnourished children and their families primarily in developing countries. So, Mike has a longstanding commitment to feeding the hungry, one of the core missions of CES.
Moreover, Mike has been an active volunteer throughout his career, in particular with faith-based organizations, including chairs of the following: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth for Christ, Southern Minnesota Youth Outreach, and Board of Trustees for his church.
During his time at CES, a Strategic Plan has been created, along with the help of the CES board and staff. He has established a workable vision of service for those in our neighborhood, cultivated an atmosphere of team building and expanded personnel and board development as well as organizational advancement. CES is truly blessed to have a person of Mike's experience and commitment as the Executive Director.
Since its origin, Community Emergency Service (CES) has provided high-quality direct service to people in need. Through direct aid relief, advocacy, referral, guidance and prayer support, if desired, CES seeks to strengthen families and individuals. The goal of CES is to move them beyond crisis to financial stability, as well as emotional health, personal growth and spiritual depth.
This is a transformational time for CES. As of October 2012, CES has its own 501(c)(3) status as Community Emergency Service, Inc., previously under Augustana Lutheran Church (ALC) and continues to have an ongoing, active relationship with ALC. In the last several years we have a new legal status, a renovated building, a new executive director, a re-energized board, experienced staff leading significant program growth and many volunteers who give added inspiration.
The last few years also have seen:
- increased capacity for offering fresh and frozen foods with our walk-in refrigerator/freezer
- investment by congregations, foundations, businesses and individuals in our organization
- expansion of our services through the Home Delivery program and East African Distribution
- continuation of the normal ongoing services of care