Jennifer Yoder joined the East Texas Food Bank in 2011 as Development Director with over 19 years experience in marketing, financial planning and fundraising. Jennifer previously served as Marketing Officer for a group of Texas banks formerly owned by First Commercial Corporation and as Marketing Director for a Texas restaurant franchisee owning 73 restaurants. She was later employed with Merrill Lynch for 10 years as a Senior Associate and was Series 7 and Series 63 licensed. At Merrill Lynch, Jennifer was a member of a Premier Wealth Management Team that exclusively managed $1.3 billion in assets with the firm. Most recently, she served as the Development and Marketing Coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Smith County.
Jennifer has lived in Tyler the majority of her life, has passion for strong, healthy East Texas communities, and for non-profit organizations that provide essential services to East Texans in desperate need. She attended Tyler ISD schools and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. Jennifer also earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Marketing Management from the University of North Texas. She has successfully
completed the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Program with The American College and has received the
Jonathan Benedetti joined the East Texas Food Bank in June 2010, after working for Schambach Ministries for 14 years, where he worked on various writing, editing, production, marketing and direct mail projects. Jonathan has considerable experience in both writing and fundraising, with an extensive knowledge of issues related to hunger and poverty, and a passion for feeding the hungry. Since coming to the East Texas Food Bank, he has worked with the development director to cultivate a network of local, state and national funding partners dedicated to ending hunger, through researching and identifying grant opportunities.
Donor Services & Database Manager
Michael joined the East Texas Food Bank July 2010 with experience from three other Feeding America food banks managing databases, operations, and volunteers for over six years. In 1997, Michael served two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in Oklahoma with a regional nonprofit to help connect older adults with email and the Internet. He worked for five years in Washington, DC at the national office of AmeriCorps*VISTA developing an alumni program for their 35th Anniversary. At the West Texas Food Bank, Michael implemented their new inventory & financial management systems at three branch offices including connecting agency partners with Agency Express. He has extensive knowledge of databases and food bank systems. Since at the East Texas Food Bank, he has helped integrate technology increasing our impact by allowing us to increase donations and revenue; decrease operational expenses; and better serve our clients, our partner agencies and our donors.
Administrative Assistant & Community Engagement Coordinator
Sherry joined the East Texas Food Bank in May of 2010 as Data Entry Associate and is now serving as Development Administrative Assistant/Community Engagement Coordinator. She is responsible for the daily administrative tasks of the Development department as well as developing and managing all signature special events and donor recognition events that have a primary fundraising component. Sherry will also serve as the liaison for 3rd party special fundraising events. Sherry is the mother of a very involved teenage daughter, Kelcee. She was a former Apache Belle, has served as the Apache Belle Alumni President, as well as on the TJC Alumni Board. Sherry enjoys working for the food bank, making a difference in the community and continuing to help the fight against hunger here in East Texas.
Data Entry Associate
Keidra joined the East Texas Food Bank in August of 1994 after working at the Brookshires Reclamation Center. She has held many positions at the East Texas Food Bank including inventory specialist, administrative assistant and reclamation clerk. Keidra enjoys listening to music and walking for relaxation.