Dennis joined the East Texas Food Bank team in March 2010 from San Marcos, California where he was the Senior Vice President of Operations at Centerplate. Centerplate is a leading provider of high volume contract food, merchandise and facility management services to major convention, sports and cultural attraction facilities in North America. His combined 30 years experience in the food industry at both Centerplate and Ogden Food Service Corporation has given him valuable experience in organizational development, strategic team building, financial analysis, financial/budget administration, project management warehousing, inventory management and distribution pipelines. Mr. Cullinane's volunteer work includes: Volunteers San Diego, North San Diego County Food Bank volunteer, Century Club of San Diego hospitality committee, Ivy Tech State College former board member and Texas Restaurant Association former board member among others. Mr. Cullinane earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management/ Business Concentration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his MBA at University of Phoenix.
Cassandra Johnson joined the East Texas Food Bank in April 1998, after working for Save-A-Lot grocery stores for 10 years. She started as a checker while attending Tyler Junior College and soon was promoted to assistant manager. Cassandra moved to Grand Prairie as an accounting assistant until Save-A-Lot was purchased by Moran Foods, Inc. She has held many positions at the East Texas Food Bank including Administrative Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator/Human Resources and Bookkeeper/Human Resources. She also holds an Associate in Arts in Business from Tyler Junior College.
Irma Rodriguez is the Executive Assistant at the East Texas Food Bank with responsibilities ranging from assisting the Executive Director to office administration. She serves the mission of the ETFB by providing strategic support to the board of directors, the Senior Leadership Team, clients and agencies. While at the East Texas Food Bank, she has contributed to the careful planning of market research for employee compensation, staff/volunteer training programs, employee surveys, board self-assessments and retreats, and the Covey Signature Program employee training. Irma has served in the community through the East Texas Hispanic Leadership Council, the Hispanic Education Alliance, and Tyler ISD. She proudly volunteers for Junior Achievement of the Greater Tyler Area and Lindale ISD. She is actively involved at Shiloh Road Church of Christ and gladly serves with her family in the Children’s, Singles’ and Women’s Ministries. Irma is a graduate of the Leadership Tyler Class 22 and is a member of the Leadership Tyler Alumni Association in Tyler, Texas
Jeannette Pytlak, PHR
Human Resources Director
Jeannette Pytlak joined the East Texas Food Bank in November 2010. She joins the ETFB team with 10 years of progressive and innovative experience in Human Resources Management. Her previous employment included Tribune Company in Chicago and Second Harvest Food Bank in Milwaukee. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the HR Certification Institute since 1996. Pytlak holds a Masters of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago and is a Texas certified elementary school teacher.
As the Human Resources Director with the East Texas Food Bank, she is responsible for providing organizational structure and administration, serving as an internal resource to all ETFB employees, and creating a new department. On a daily basis Jeannette orchestrates: benefits, recruitment, payroll, workers compensation, employee relations, training and development, compensation, and implementing policies/procedures.
When she’s not at the East Texas Food Bank, Jeannette enjoys spending time with her active family, volunteering and teaching in the classroom, serving on PTA Boards and Committees, and playing piano..