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. Dennis’ 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. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management/ Business Concentration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his MBA at University of Phoenix.
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
Chief Advancement Officer
In Donna’s current position as a Chief Advancement Officer, she exhibits extensive experience garnered from over 35 plus years of fundraising, management and service to others. Mentors who taught her the truths of fundraising and the importance of relationships include Tylerites: Fred Smith, Jim Vaughn, Dub Riter, Jack and Dorothy Faye White and Matt Hackler with Feeding America…to name a few. Donna provides leadership, direction and coordination for all fundraising strategies and marketing activities that enable the Food Bank to support its charitable programs. She is responsible for oversight of direct mail response programs, gift planning, major gifts and philanthropic sponsorships and cause marketing efforts. Donna previously worked at the East Texas Branch of Prevent Blindness Texas, Mother Frances Hospital for Children’s Miracle Network, PATH, Director of Development at the Tyler Catholic School System, and started and sold her successful LLC, Capstone College Advising. She has two daughters and three grandchildren whom she adores!
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.
Chief Human Resource Officer
Lyn joined the East Texas Food Bank in May, 2017 after serving with Walmart Corporate as a Market Human Resources Manager for 9 years. While at Walmart, Lyn transferred to markets in Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas where advanced HR skills were needed to address complex employee relations and performance management issues. She developed and implemented a national HR Investigations training program for 350 District HR Managers. (removed sentence) Lyn has supported up to 6000 employees and 135 managers with emphasis on policy administration, performance management, 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. She has her CEBS, Employment Law and FMLA Administration certifications from the University of Washington and a Certified Forensic Interviewer designation from the University of Nevada.
Tony Farmer, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Tony 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 has served as chairman of 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.