Contact Us

 Mailing Address:
Texas Food Bank Network
1524 South IH-35, Ste. 342
Austin, TX 78704

Phone: 512-527-3613
Fax: 512-382-9742

Staff contacts:

Celia Cole
Chief Executive Officer

Celia Cole is an expert in food and nutrition policy with experience at both the state and federal level.  Prior to TFBN, Celia was a senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) for 14 years, where she covered food and nutrition, welfare, and family economic security issues. She also has worked in a policy capacity with the Texas Department of Human Services and for Laurel Consulting Group, a private consulting firm in Washington, D.C.  Celia serves on the advisory committees of the Partnership for a Healthy Texas and the Texas Food Policy Roundtable, and is actively involved as a board member of her local YMCA.

Celia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Columbia University in 1991 and a Master of Arts from the Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin in 1996.

Greg Grace
Chief Financial Officer

Greg Grace is a Certified Public Accountant with more than twenty years of experience with nonprofits large and small, including the Austin Children’s Museum, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the American Heart Association. He also served briefly on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Children’s Museum. Greg earned his Bachelors in Business Administration from New Mexico State University, and his MBA from the University of Dallas. He is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

JC Dwyer
Senior Director of Policy and Communications

JC Dwyer provides advocacy, research, communications and public policy expertise to TFBN. Prior to working with food banks, JC was Director of Programs and National Service for the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, as well as an adjunct professor of social welfare policy at Hunter College. JC holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Applied Social Research from Hunter College. JC has worked with anti-hunger groups as large as the United Nations and as small as Food Not Bombs in three states.

Summer Stringer
Program Director

A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Summer Stringer manages TFBN’s contracts with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to provide outreach and application assistance for HHSC benefits through our member food banks.  Summer has over 15 years of community relations experience including 10 years of experience in capacity building and program compliance.  Prior to joining TFBN, Summer served as the Director of Outreach for the Tarrant Area Food Bank, as a health ambassador while a Sr. Marketing Representative at Amerigroup Community Care, and as the Program Director for South Central Alliance of Churches.  Summer has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Science in Community and Administrative Social Work, and is a licensed social worker in the state of Texas.

Gaye Lynn Bailey
Program/Logistics Coordinator

Gaye Lynn Bailey serves as TFBN’s Programs and Logistics Coordinator.  Having served in various capacities at TFBN since 2000, Gaye Lynn provides logistical support for all of TFBN’s contracts and programs.  Her primary role as TFBN’s Disaster Lead is to ensure an immediate, coordinated, and effective emergency feeding response from Texas food banks during disasters. Gaye Lynn also serves on the state VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).  Gaye Lynn has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from Howard Payne University.

Lee Pipkin
Food Resources Director

Lee Pipkin manages statewide projects and assists with special projects at individual member food banks as they relate to food sourcing.  Lee has been involved in food banking for over 14 years both in his current position as well as an Executive Director of a food bank.  Lee graduated from West Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management.

Michael DeBerry 
Regional Fresh Produce Sourcer

Michael DeBerry brings three decades of experience in the fresh produce industry to his work at TFBN, where he develops partnerships with the industry that result in more fresh produce for hungry Texas families. A member of a produce family, DeBerry’s professional background includes work as a grower, shipper and retail buyer with his family’s operations as well as several nationally-branded companies. DeBerry’s primary focus has been onions and watermelons, as well as the import of Western Vegetables from Mexico.

Katie Malaspina
VISTA Program Coordinator

Katie Malaspina is responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring the statewide AmeriCorps*VISTA program set to launch summer 2014. Katie has a passion for national and community service, and served as an AmeriCorps Member for two years. Prior to her current position, Katie was a Communications and Research Intern with TFBN while completing her Master of Science in Community and Administrative Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. Katie is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is a licensed social worker in the state of Texas.

Sarah Sykes
Program Assistant

Sarah Sykes is responsible for administering two grants from the Texas Department of Agriculture as well as working on special projects that benefit Texas food banks. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Prior to joining TFBN, Sarah interned and volunteered at several Austin area non-profits including LIVESTRONG, Texas 4000 for Cancer, and Communities in Schools.