Leadership Team

Dennis CullinaneDennis Cullinane
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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AndrewAndrew Ayo
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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Donna SpannDonna Spann
Chief Advancement 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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Tim ButlerTim Butler
Chief Impact Officer

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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Lyn Morgan
Chief Human Resource Officer

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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Tony Farmer, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Tony FarmerTony joined the East Texas Food Bank in July 2021 after many years in the healthcare industry.  Most recently he was with Paramedics Logistics Operating Company, a multistate EMS provider, as corporate controller.  Prior to that he spent many years as a division chief financial officer for the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System managing their EMS operations.  He also has past experience in banking and public accounting.  Tony is active in the Tyler community.  He and his family attend Green Acres Baptist Church where he currently serves on the finance committee.  He currently serves on the Tyler Junior College Business Program Advisory Committee and is a past board member of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association, the Texas EMS Alliance, and the Tyler ISD Title 1 Advisory Committee.  He was a member of Leadership Tyler Class 23.  Tony holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University and is a certified public accountant.
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