Leadership Team

Dennis CullinaneDennis Cullinane
CEO

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
Operations Director

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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Cassandra Johnson
Finance Director

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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Tim Butler
Programs 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.  From an early age Tim has been involved in missions across the globe, including Youth with a Mission, Mercy Ships, and King’s Kids. 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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DonnaDonna Spann
Director of Development and Communications

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 all communications and marketing activities of the East Texas Food Bank, and supervises the SNAP-Ed and Nutrtion Education Programs. She has previously served 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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DawnDawn Yount
Human Resources Director

Dawn Yount joined the East Texas Food Bank in July 2015 with over 12 years combined experience in management, employee benefits and human resources. Growing up in East Texas, Dawn learned the importance of giving back to your community through serving meals with her family at the Good Samaritan Outreach Center. She later moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she earned her Life and Health Insurance Solicitors license and spent over six years as Vice President of a life and health insurance agency. During this time, Dawn became very active in Make A Wish of Oklahoma, Leadership Tulsa and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. After spending two years in San Antonio as Director of Business Development for a medical consulting firm, Dawn returned home to East Texas and worked as Director of Human Resources for Hide-A-Way Lake. Dawn graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor in Applied Arts and Sciences, earned her Masters in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, and most recently completed the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation.
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