Our Team

Our Team

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


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.

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, 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 moving to Berlin, 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 Berlin, Germany and enjoys reading, riding her bike, traveling to visit family in Italy and cooking healthy meals for her friends.

Ace Padian, JD
Project Manager
Ace Padian, JD, is the Project Manager for Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. 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 Bachelor’s. degree from Yale University and earned a J.D. degree from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law.  She first got involved with TBNEH as a volunteer, as well as volunteering at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
Chloe Kidd
AmeriCorps Vista Project Coordinator
Chloe Kidd is the AmeriCorps VISTA Project Coordinator for Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. She graduated from University of Tennessee in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Geography. She joined Palm Beach County’s Literacy AmeriCorps program in 2016 as an ESL Instructor. Since her first year of service, she has continued teaching and tutoring in the Tampa Bay area. With a desire to gain an advanced degree in Community Development with a focus on sustainability, Chloe is eager to work with TBNEH and focus on the community’s needs. She enjoys painting, live music and photography in her spare time.
Michelle Slawinksi
Research and Evaluation Assistant, Intern
Michelle Slawinski is a second year Master of Public Health student concentrating in Epidemiology and Global Communicable Disease at the University of South Florida. Michelle has worked in varied capacities with impoverished populations at both a domestic and international level. She is interested in understanding health disparities and improving social determinants of health for women, children, and families’ at-risk for contracting and transmitting infectious disease. Her passion is to end hunger and poverty among all Tampa Bay residents through research, analysis, and capacity building.
Prior to moving to Tampa, Michelle lived in South Carolina where she worked on evaluating sexual violence programs and increasing contraceptive use across the state. Michelle’s post-graduation plans include working directly with a community organization in a data analysis or grant writing capacity to address Tampa Bay’s troubling food and housing insecurities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time finding dog friendly businesses and events with her partner, Tim, and mutt, Porter.
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.


Maggie Rogers
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.
Emery Ivery
Mr. Ivery is the current Tampa Bay Area President of the United Way Suncoast, where “He provides regional leadership in developing strategies to address the root causes of community issues, thereby creating lasting community change in the Tampa Bay region. Mr. Ivery has nearly 30 years of experience working at United Way. In March 2006, Emery brought his talents to United Way Suncoast as the Vice President of Community & Partnership Development, becoming Sr. Vice President in 2009. Emery holds a master’s degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and is an avid reader and runner.” Mr. Ivery and his wife currently live in Apollo Beach.
Deborah Lekenta
Immediate Past Chair

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