To end hunger in Tampa Bay by bringing people together to find solutions that eliminate barriers, increase access and knowledge, and expand the amount of nutritious food available.


To build a hunger-free community with access to nutritious food for all.


To Foster Collaboration
To Embrace Change
To Inspire Hope
To Increase Awareness
To Promote Health
To Create a Lasting Impact

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We are a network of over 200 hunger fighters from all corners of the field who come together to share experiences, knowledge, and the workload in tackling hunger in the Tampa Bay area.  Working together, rather than separately, is smarter, more efficient, and more rewarding.  We don’t just identify solutions; we implement them.

Membership is open to all.




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Jennifer Parker

Department of Health, Pasco County
Jennifer previously worked at USF in health education and wellness. She has a long academic background in health and more recently has  been working in public health. She is now the Director of the Public Health Nutrition Program at the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. She also leads the TBNEH Pasco work team group, which is studying what the food distribution site coordinators, workers,  and or volunteers see as the biggest needs for their clients, looking for gaps in assistance or services.

Maggie Rogers
Vice Chair

Director of Family Housing at Catholic Charities
Maggie Rogers is the director of family housing and all special projects at Catholic Charities over the five counties they cover: Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, and Hernando. She oversees all affordable housing
developments, immigration department, refugees department, self-sufficiency
programs, rental assistance, and homeless programs.

Christina Diamond

CEO of Diamond Consulting, LLC
Christina Diamond  has a masters in public health from Florida State University. She worked for four years at All Childrens Hospital, including two years in a program called Fit4AllKids. She now owns her own business, advising political candidates on state-wide fundraising strategies.

Emery Ivery

Tampa Area President of United Way Suncoast
Emery is the Tampa Bay Area President for United Way Suncoast. He has nearly 30 years of experience working at United Way, including senior-level management positions in Tacoma, Wash., Orlando, Fla., and his hometown of Cleveland. Emery holds a master’s degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University.

Deborah Lekenta
Immediate Past Chair

Transportation Director for Neighborly Care Network
Deborah Lekenta is the Transportation Director for Neighborly Care Network. She has worked here since September 2010. Ms. Lekenta spent 20 years with FedEx Express most of her career is in upper management.


Caitlyn Peacock
Executive Director

After graduating from USF, Caitlyn began her career in AmeriCorps VISTA at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, FL. Now Network Manager at TBNEH, in addition to overseeing and managing member-led work teams and staff-led pilots, Caitlyn has helped create programs including Taste-it! and Garden2Go, an expansion of Healthy Corner Stores, and the development of a 15-acre healthy eating initiative in Hardee County.

Ace Padian
Project Coordinator

Ace spent fourteen years in the legal field, including seven as a litigator in San Francisco, where she specialized in white collar criminal defense and employment law. Ace has a BA from Yale University and a JD from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law.  She began volunteering at TBNEH and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, and is now honored to be the Project Coordinator at TBNEH.

Sandy Cooper
Membership Initiatives Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA

Retiring after 26 years at the University of South Florida, Sandy has joined the TBNEH staff as an Americorps VISTA  — Volunteer in Service to America.   With her background in building organizational capacity and professional development, she held various positions at USF, including Director of Talent Management and Assistant Dean of Continuing Education.  Sandy holds a B.A. in English education and an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication with a focus on organization and leadership development.  Her volunteer work includes Alpha House of Tampa, Feeding Tampa Bay, and Metropolitan Ministries.  As her long term goal has been a dedicated relationship with organizations in the nonprofit sector that are focusing on hunger, homelessness, and education and training, she is grateful for this opportunity to work with TBNEH.