Chief Executive Officer
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.
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Chief Operating Officer
Andrew joined the East Texas Food Bank as Operations Director in June 2015 after 13 years in both Sales and Operations at Frito Lay. During his time at Frito Lay, Andrew served the East Texas and Tulsa areas while gaining valuable experience in team building, change management, customer/vendor relationships, multi-facility management, and budgetary/financial planning. In 2013, Andrew was the recipient of the national sales Ring of Honor award. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Andrew has spent most of his life in the East Texas area and currently resides in Tyler. He is very committed and proud of being part of an organization that serves the community in which he calls home.
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Chief Development Officer
Donna Spann joined the East Texas Food Bank in October 2016, after owning and operating Capstone College and Career Advising. While there, she helped college bound students choose majors, navigate career paths and drew upon her background in community service, public relations and nonprofit leadership. Donna oversees the Development and Communications activities of the East Texas Food Bank. She has a rich history of nonprofit management as the Director of the East Texas Regional Branch of Prevent Blindness Texas and Director of Children’s Miracle Network at Mother Frances Hospital. In addition, Donna previously served as the Director of Community and Public Relations at PATH in Tyler. Donna graduated Magna Cum Laude from LeTourneau Christian University with a Bachelors in Business Administration.
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Program Services Director
Tim joined the East Texas Food Bank in August 2012 as the Volunteer Coordinator, coming from a management position at FRESH by Brookshire’s. He has since worked in the Child Hunger Programs Department, and moved into his current role in 2017. From an early age Tim has been involved in missions across the globe. He has a strong desire to help people in need, and is grateful to be part of an organization that makes such a big difference in the community. Tim earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler.
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Human Resources Director
Lyn joined the East Texas Food Bank in May, 2017 after serving with Walmart Corporation as a Market Human Resources Manager for 9 years. While at Walmart, Lyn was transferred to markets in Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas where specialized HR skills were needed to address complex employee relations and performance management issues. She developed and implemented a national HR Investigations training program for District HR Managers. As a Market HR Manager, Lyn has supported up to 6000 employees at a time with emphasis on policy administration, performance management, and training and development. Her human resources experience extends over 20 years and several industries, including healthcare and manufacturing. Lyn has earned her CPHR designation from Columbia Southern University with additional studies from Cornell University and is glad to be back home in Tyler. She has her CEBS, Employment Law and FMLA Administration certifications from the University of Washington.
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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.
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