Program Services Director
Kirk joined the East Texas Food Bank in September of 2007 as an Agency Service Representative, after working for the United States Peace Corps in the island nation of Vanuatu for two years. While in the Peace Corps, Kirk helped develop and coordinate a project to build and stock a community library in the town center of Ndui Ndui, West Ambae. Kirk’s time abroad in Vanuatu, as well as time spend in Asia and Central America, provided him extensive knowledge of poverty and hunger-related issues both domestic and abroad. Since at the East Texas Food Bank, Kirk has grown to appreciate the complexity of the hunger problem here in the United States and the strategies used to combat it. Upon arrival, he quickly learned the unique value of the agency network utilized by the food bank to reach those in need throughout East Texas. As Programs & Agency Services Manager, he has also developed an appreciation for the various specialized programs the food bank has assembled to fight hunger in all of its hard to reach places. Kirk graduated from Clarksville High School and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in History from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Agency Services Representative
Irene Howard joined the East Texas Food Bank in Feb 2007 after working for The East Texas Crisis Center as Client Services Director and Special Events & Fundraising Coordinator for 5 years. While at ETCC, she worked directly with clients and their families assessing needs and helping with problem solving. As an Agency Services Representative, Irene is in charge of monitoring and overseeing all the East Texas Food Bank's partner agencies.
Agency Services Representative
Michelle Matthews joined the East Texas Food Bank in October of 2011. She is a new resident of Texas, moving from Bakersfield, California. Michelle comes to the East Texas Food Bank after working with the Kern County Department of Public Health in Disease Control. She has approximately 15 years working with non-profit agencies and is driven to make a difference in her community. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of La Verne and a Special Education Teaching credential. She has a desire to make things happen. When not working at the East Texas Food Bank, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring all that Texas has to offer.
Mobile Pantry Coordinator
Michelle Rodriguez joined the East Texas Food Bank in May of 2013. She is a new resident of Texas, moving from Omaha, Nebraska. Michelle comes to the East Texas Food Bank after working with Woodmen of the World. Prior to moving to Texas, she was a teacher and experienced first hand students in her classroom that were unhappy about holiday breaks and summer vacation because of the uncertainty of regular nutritious meals and a safe environment. While she was growing up in South Dakota on various Native American reservations, she also experienced many instances of people not having enough food resources to make it through the month. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University in Psychology/Sociology. She also has her Masters of Education from Univerty of Nebraska at Omaha. When not working to help others, she enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, quilting, baking and enjoying nature.
Child Hunger Programs Coordinator
Esther joined the East Texas Food Bank in August 2012 as a Child Hunger Corps Member through Feeding America. In December 2013, she assumed the role of Child Hunger Programs Coordinator. Prior to her work at the East Texas Food Bank, Esther worked as the Children's Ministry Director at Greggton United Methodist Church and in the development office at a nonprofit health clinic in Houston. She has served abroad in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, El Salvador and Guatemala and loves to work with children whether in Tyler, Texas, or on the other side of the world. Esther holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Houston and certification in Nonprofit Management through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Esther enjoys working with communities in the 26 county service area to provide food programs to children.
Child Hunger Programs
Faye Browning joined the East Texas Food Bank in October 1995 after working for Racer Components for two years. While at Racer Components, Faye made transmission covers, shoes, gloves, and helmet bags for race car drivers. She has extensive knowledge in Microsoft Office and other technological programs. While at the East Texas Food Bank, she has seen the staff grow from 15 to over 40 employees and has worked in many departments including, Salvage Manager, Reclamation Center, Repack, Development, Agency Services, Administrative Assistance ,and currently assist with Child Hunger Programs. Faye is a graduate of the Leadership Foundation of New East Texas. Her leadership skills are displayed throughout the community volunteering to help with the distribution of food to needy families, tutoring, mentoring, and assist with many community events. The East Texas Food Bank presented her with the "Someone Special Volunteer Award" for outstanding service to our community. Faye holds an Associate Degree in Mission and Ministry from the International College of Missions, Romania, CA and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Texas College
Angie Shoffner, MS CHES
Nutrition Education Specialist
Angie Shoffner joined the East Texas Food Bank in November of 2008 as the Nutrition Education Specialist, and rejoined the staff in December 2013 after a temporary move to West Virginia. Angie is excited to return to do what she loves and help ensure children get the food and nutrition their bodies need to thrive and grow. Angie works with adults, seniors and children, offering nutrition classes and information, disease prevention, meal planning, shopping on a budget, cooking, and food safety. She has a passion for empowering people to live a healthier lifestyle and has had the opportunity to witness individuals and families change their lives through her work with the East Texas Food Bank. Angie is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Kinesiology and a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences.
Outreach & Enrollment Specialist
Melina Gonzalez joined the East Texas Food Bank in October 2010, after working for The City of Tyler Housing Department as an Eligibility Analyst for six years. Melina worked with families from different backgrounds to help them apply for the housing program. As an Outreach Specialist, she goes to different partner agencies all over East Texas and helps families sign up for services such as SNAP (food stamps) and CHIP. Melina graduated from John Tyler High School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting and a minor in Spanish from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. .
Outreach & Enrollment Specialist
Amanda Whittiker joined the East Texas Food Bank in July 2011 after working in law enforcement as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Amanda travels throughout the Northeast Texas area helping families apply for SNAP (food stamps), TANF and other benefits at East Texas Food Bank partner agencies. Amanda is a graduate of Quitman High School and holds an Associate degree in Criminal Justice from Northeast Texas Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Victim Studies with a minor in Political Science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville,TX.