Jennifer Yoder joined the East Texas Food Bank in 2011 as Development Director with over 19 years experience in marketing, financial planning and fundraising. Jennifer previously served as Marketing Officer for a group of Texas banks formerly owned by First Commercial Corporation and as Marketing Director for a Texas restaurant franchisee owning 73 restaurants. She was later employed with Merrill Lynch for 10 years as a Senior Associate and was Series 7 and Series 63 licensed. At Merrill Lynch, Jennifer was a member of a Premier Wealth Management Team that exclusively managed $1.3 billion in assets with the firm. Most recently, she served as the Development and Marketing Coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Smith County.
Jennifer has lived in Tyler the majority of her life, has passion for strong, healthy East Texas communities, and for non-profit organizations that provide essential services to East Texans in desperate need. She attended Tyler ISD schools and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. Jennifer also earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Marketing Management from the University of North Texas. She has successfully
completed the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Program with The American College and has received the
Jonathan Benedetti joined the East Texas Food Bank in June 2010, after working for Schambach Ministries for 14 years, where he worked on various writing, editing, production, marketing and direct mail projects. Jonathan has considerable experience in both writing and fundraising, with an extensive knowledge of issues related to hunger and poverty, and a passion for feeding the hungry. Since coming to the East Texas Food Bank, he has worked with the development director to cultivate a network of local, state and national funding partners dedicated to ending hunger, through researching and identifying grant opportunities.
Donor Services/Database Manager
Keidra joined the East Texas Food Bank in August of 1994 after working at the Brookshires Reclamation Center. She has held many positions at the East Texas Food Bank including inventory specialist, administrative assistant and reclamation clerk. Keidra enjoys listening to music and walking for relaxation.
Community Engagement and Special Events Coordinator
Kali Rocco joined the East Texas Food Bank in July 2015 as the Community Engagement and Special Events Coordinator. Kali graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media/ Communication Studies from Florida State University in 2013 and has worked as a marketing specialist at an engineering firm in East Texas for the past two years. Kali is passionate about interacting and engaging with the people, and hopes to further the East Texas Food Bank’s mission of ‘Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope’ through her work. When she’s not working, Kali can be found cooking, spending time with close friends, or racking up frequent flyer miles traveling to see her family out west.