Leadership Team

Dennis 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 for 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 40 years’ experience in the food industry 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 is currently serving as the Board Chair of the Collaborative for Fresh Produce and the United Way of Smith County Agency Directors Association and is the past Board Chair of Feeding Texas and the Association of Fundraising Professionals East Texas Chapter. Dennis 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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Andrew 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 Spann
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!
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Tim 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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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.
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