When Dr. Paul Nickerson became our new Board President in February, he didn’t anticipate the challenges ahead when a worldwide pandemic hit in March!
Paul grew up in western PA, obtained his BA and MD degrees from Northwestern University, and served his internship in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. After a “break” to serve as the Battalion Surgeon for a howitzer battalion in Vietnam, Paul completed his training in Rochester, NY, where he met his wife, Barbara, an ER nurse. They returned to Cleveland where Paul spent his entire career as an internist and geriatrician at the Cleveland Clinic. Since retirement, Paul worked with the Certified Emergency Response Team program in University Heights for a number of years. He and Barbara have a son and daughter and three grandkids, all of whom live in Chicago.
Paul has served as a volunteer driver for MOW for over nine years and has been a Board member since 2017. When Governor DeWine decided to quarantine the state and told people over age 60 to stay home, Paul was immediately swamped with meetings via telephone, in person and on ZOOM. He ably led the Board through numerous decisions including shutting down meal service and making arrangements to stay in contact with our clients. He praises the MOW volunteers and Board members for responding to this crisis and doing the very best they can to keep providing meals to those who are in need of food but also in economic peril.
Paul succeeds Dale Braun who served as President since 2017. Dale will remain on the Board to add his thoughtful ideas to our planning. Thank you, Dale, for a great job as our President!