McGuire (left) facilitating a tour of PCS’ Lupe’s Community Garden in 2016

The Board of Directors of Philomath Community Services, Inc. (PCS) is happy to announce the hiring of Mark McGuire, our new Executive Director. Mark is the very first paid employee in the 28-year history of this non-profit organization.

“We are very excited to have Mark taking on the role of Executive Director of PCS,” says Jean Goul, current Board President. “Mark was hired in November, volunteered to help us with some December projects, and officially got on the payroll as of January 2, 2019. He’s shown great eagerness and enthusiasm, and a passion for non-profits.

“Mark has already exceeded our expectations for getting numerous tasks accomplished, and his varied skills from website design and management to community networking will prove immensely valuable as PCS moves forward. We expect Mark to not only continue PCS’s excellent programs, but to work with partners and funders to help expand our outreach and serve even more people in need.” McGuire is tasked with managing daily operations, fund-raising, grant-writing, donor cultivation, and public relations.

McGuire is driven to connect our community through service work, having co-founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit Bountiful Backyard in 2014. Bountiful Backyard works to advance the hands-on production of homegrown food, coordinating with farmers, school programs, and residential and community gardens to conduct a multi-sourced community-supported agricultural (CSA) system, in which members may supplement their dues with produce or volunteer labor.

An engineer by education, McGuire’s experience directing Bountiful Backyard and managing projects professionally for TEKFAB, Inc., has put him in a good position to engage the challenges and uphold the mission of PCS.

McGuire, Exec. Director

“Our community is growing, and there is an increasing need for accessible food, health, and resilience close to home,” says McGuire. “Philomath Community Services empowers ‘people helping people.’ It is an honor to have the opportunity to support PCS and its programs, particularly when I may help connect our community members with the productivity of our local land. I look forward to incorporating the work of this essential organization into the lives of more folks in Philomath and western Benton County.”