LEADERSHIP TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

Get to know the people behind Tarrant Area Food Bank
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Julie Butner

President & Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining the Tarrant Area Food Bank in January 2020, Julie spent most of her career working in the healthcare and hospitality industries, specifically focused on food and nutrition, and has held a variety of leadership positions in operations and business development.  Julie also served as a Captain in the United States Army during Operation Desert Storm.

Julie graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Coordinated Dietetics and holds a Master of Science in Food Systems Management with an emphasis in Health Promotion from the University of Oklahoma.  Julie is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian.

Julie has served the Fort Worth community through leadership roles in many organizations including: Fort Worth Circle Theatre, Leadership Fort Worth, Delta Gamma Fraternity, Leukemia Society, The Cowtown Marathon, and Fort Worth Sister Cities.

Jeff Akers

Chief Operating Officer

Oversees the activities of the “Field 2 Fork” team that is responsible for all aspects of food sourcing, inventory management, partner agencies relations and food distribution.

Charles Boswell

Charles Boswell

Executive Vice President, Advocacy Advisor

Previously Board Chair in 2015, Boswell now is responsible for government relations with all levels of the public sector and oversees the Marketing and Communications team. Before joining TAFB, he had a 31-year career with the City of Fort worth and served as City Manager from 2004 to 2008. He attended public school in Fort Worth and earned two degrees at TCU.

Amie Hebdige

Amie Hebdige

Executive Vice President, Programs

Oversees the program teams, which include Community Nutrition and Food for Kids. She has 20 years of strategic leadership experience in the financial, global defense and non-profit sectors. She joined Tarrant Area Food Bank in 2011 after serving two years as a Cooking Matters volunteer for the organization. Amie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and is an alumna of Leadership Fort Worth.

Stephen Raeside

Stephen Raeside

Chief Development Officer

A ten-year veteran of TAFB, he leads the agency’s fundraising team. Philanthropic support of TAFB comes from a wide variety of foundations, corporations, events, and generous individuals.

Glenn Stokes

Glenn Stokes

Chief Financial Officer

Oversees TAFB Accounting and Finance functions including financial reporting, budgeting, audit, tax and risk management. He joined TAFB in 2015.

Dr. Shagranda Traveler

Executive Vice President, Advocacy, Communications & Culture

Oversees all local and national advocacy and government relations, marketing and communications, and organizational people and culture initiatives for the food bank. She is an alumna of Leadership Mansfield, recognized as a Community Champion of the Year by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), and international Leadership Excellence Award (LEA) recipient. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, University of Dallas, and earned her Doctor of Business Administration from Walden University. Dr. Traveler joined TAFB in 2021.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee
Don Mills

Don Mills

Chair of the Board

Texas Christian University

Karen Duncan

Karen Duncan

Chair-elect

John Peter Smith Hospital

Ty Stimpson

Ty Stimpson

Secretary

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Treasurer

Mark M. Jones Associates

Justin Armstrong

Andrew O. Fort

Past Chair

Texas Christian University

Elizabeth Rainwater Baggs

Elizabeth Rainwater Baggs

Member-at-large

Texas Christian University

Mirgitt Crespo

Mirgitt Crespo

Member-at-large

Fort Worth ISD

David Speed

David Speed

Member-at-large

Cantey Hanger, LLP

Justin Armstrong

Justin Armstrong

Frost Bank

Ashli Blumenfeld

Ashli Blumenfeld

Standard Meat

Mercedes Bolen

Mercedes Bolen

Hillwood

Rachael Capua

Rachael Capua

Tarrant To & Through Partnership

Rev. Ralph W. Emerson

Rev. Ralph W. Emerson

Rising Star Baptist Church

Christina Kutej

Christina Kutej

Bank of America

Christy Lara

Christy Lara

Albertsons

Monica Mendez-Grant

Monica Mendez-Grant

Texas Women’s University

Valerie Washington

Valerie Washington

City of Fort Worth

Jared Williams

Jared Williams

Leadership ISD

Julie Williams

Julie Williams

One World Everybody Eats

Patty Williams

Patty Williams

Roger Williams Auto Mall