Jan Haberly had a strong background in the restaurant business when she spotted an ad in the Catholic Advance for a volunteer coordinator for the Lord's Diner. She applied for the job and got it.
After six years in the position, Haberly was named executive director of the organization on Friday.
"I've watched and learned over the last several years, and I feel very honored and privileged that the board and bishop have chosen me for the job," she said.
Haberly takes over for Wendy Glick, who stepped down last month after more than eight years in the position. She has since been named chief development officer of Catholic Charities.
Glick was working part-time at Catholic Charities when she became the volunteer coordinator of the Lord's Diner a month before it opened in 2002.
Haberly and her husband, Ken Haberly, have operated two restaurants —Rowdy Joe's Steakhouse and Saloon in Old Town and Dooley's at K-42 and Maize Road. The couple have three adult children.
Jan Haberly said she will continue to serve as volunteer coordinator for the Lord's Diner until a replacement can be found. There are about 7,000 names on the list of volunteers for the Lord's Diner's original location at Central and Broadway, and its south location at 2825 S. Hillside.
Haberly said the Lord's Diner has been blessed with volunteers who are willing to donate their time to help feed the hungry.
"We even have a waiting list now for those who want join the mission," she said.