Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Board of Directors and Staff who lead our community in ending hunger.

STAFF

To contact staff by phone, please call (813) 344-5837.

Caitlyn Peacock
Executive Director
Caitlyn Peacock is the Executive Director of Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. She is responsible for facilitating the mission of TBNEH, one of the largest non-profit anti-hunger, membership organizations in Florida, by fostering relationships with over 350 members and community organizations around food insecurity, building the capacity of organizations to provide food security related services, and promoting access to healthy food in Tampa Bay. She has developed and enhanced many programs to increase food security in Tampa Bay, including Gardens to Go, Meals on Wheels St. Petersburg, and Summer Break Spot. Cait also oversees the Hunger Gap Map, a premier interactive meal gap map tracker, that is accessed by agencies all over the state to inform their mission and program growth.

Caitlyn has developed and helped launch Networks to End Hunger all over the State and expanding nationally, including Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, Florida, and Oak Park, Illinois. She also organizes the annual TBNEH Sunshine Summit to End Hunger conference each year. Cait has presented in numerous professional and academic settings, including the Department of Juvenile Justice and the National Alliance to End Hunger Annual Conference. She is an active member of the Humana Bold Moves 20/20, the Older Adult Food Insecurity Committee, and the Tampa Bay Health Advisory Board.

Before devoting her full time to TBNEH, Cait owned her own company, Next Stop Produce. NSP was one of the first mobile produce trucks in Tampa Bay to serve low income individuals and food desert neighborhoods. She holds previous positions tasked with solving hunger with Florida Impact, Metropolitan Ministries, and RCS Food Bank.

Cait lives in New Tampa, where she is happily married and madly in love with her son Bennett. She enjoys traveling to the mountains in Georgia and cooking with her family.

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Lauren Vance, MPH
Network Manager
Lauren M. Vance, MPH, is the Manager for Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. Her specialties include health, hunger, research and education. She designs and implements programs that enable organizations to achieve their development goals through instruction and effective communication. She has developed and enhanced many programs to increase food security in Tampa Bay, including Regenerative Community Food System, Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg, Meals On Wheels for Kids, Produce On Wheels, Water on Wheels and Meals On Wheels of Tampa.

Lauren has developed and helped launch research studies and educational programs nationally and internationally, including the USA, Belize and Germany. She also assists  in the organization of the annual TBNEH Summit to End Hunger conference each year. Lauren has presented in numerous professional and academic settings, including the Florida Public Health Association Annual Educational Conference, Sunshine Summit to End Hunger and the Meals On Wheels America Annual Conference.

Before joining TBNEH, Lauren was the Director of Programs and Partners for Meals On Wheels of Tampa. She holds previous staff and volunteer positions tasked with solving hunger with University of South Florida, James A Haley Veterans Hospital, Trinity Cafe and Berliner Tafel. She earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of South Florida and a B.A. degree in Anthropology and International Studies, Global Health from the University of Iowa.

Lauren lives in Chicago, Illinois and enjoys reading, riding her bike, traveling to visit family in Italy and cooking delicious meals for her friends.

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Cortney Beth Szafran
Food System Policy Analyst, Intern

Cortney Beth Szafran grew up in a suburb of Orlando, where her parents instilled a love of food.  As she grew she realized not everyone had an intimate, personal relationship with food.  And then she began to realize the gross inequalities of food in our society.  This realization manifested into a passion to create local food systems that promote access to affordable healthy food.  She believes that local food systems are life giving: they cultivate community, careers, environmental regeneration, and of course food. 

Cortney is studying at Stetson University College of Law, focusing on food law & policy. She will use her legal knowledge to help nourish a more just and fair world.  She’s excited to work with the community to better everyday life together.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Maggie Rogers
Chair
Maggie Rogers is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities, which serves five counties: Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, and Hernando. She joined Catholic Charities in 2013 and previously served in a major leadership position as Director of Catholic Charities Family Housing and Social Services. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, she was Director of Social Services with The Salvation Army in Tampa. Maggie earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Deborah Lekenta
Immediate Past Chair

Deborah Lekenta is a Transportation Consultant. She spent 20 years with FedEx Corporate.

Joshua Barillas

Joshua Barillas is the Data Analysis Manager at AACSB International. Joshua has been working in the data analytics space since 2012, specializing in applying best practices in data analysis and research methodology in support of various projects. He believes that better application of analytics can improve user outcomes and experiences at any organization. He strives to establish a data-conscious culture within AACSB in order to broaden and elevate the use of analytics. Joshua’s educational background include a master’s degree in Economics and bachelor’s degrees in Statistics and Economics from the University of South Florida.

Carly Stein

Carly Stein is an Associate Attorney at Allen Norton & Blue.