MEET THE TEAM
Get to know the people behind Tarrant Area Food Bank
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.
Val AguilarChief Operating Officer
Val joined TAFB in 2016 after working most of his professional career in grocery retail operations. He currently oversees the Community Impact and Volunteer Services teams as well as Operations and Logistics for all TAFB facilities. He graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science and currently resides in Johnson County.
Amie HebdigeChief Programs Officer
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.
Bryan HiettChief Financial Officer
Oversees the Accounting and Finance functions for TAFB including financial reporting, budgeting, audit, tax and risk management. Bryan received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He joined TAFB in 2019.
Barbara LundgrenHuman Resource Executive
Provides leadership and guidance to the organization’s Human Resource operations and manages talent engagement, training and development, compensation, benefits, employee relations and regulatory compliance. Barbara is responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, and identifying and implementing long-range strategic talent
Stephen RaesideChief Development & External Affairs Officer
A twelve-year veteran of TAFB, he leads the agency’s fundraising and marketing/communications team. Philanthropic support of TAFB comes from a wide variety of foundations, corporations, events, and generous individuals.
Tejas RaneVice President Innovation & Integration
Will lead innovation and solutions to improve services and increase capacity to provide food and nutrition resources that meet the critical needs of our clients. As our clients' needs grow, Tejas will support innovations that ensure Tarrant Area Food Bank delivers client centric solutions.
Tejas has Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management from The University of Texas. His work experience includes controls and automation engineering, distribution center design and operations, meal kit delivery operations and automated vertical farming.
Jared Williams, Ph. D.Vice-President, Advocacy
Quarterbacks the organization’s advocacy efforts in nurturing relations with elected officials, cultivating grassroots partnerships, and advancing anti-hunger policy priorities at the local, state, and federal level.
Dr. Williams is a graduate of North Crowley High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Fort Valley State University - a historically black college and university, a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University, and a doctorate in Environmental Science and Science Education from the University of North Texas.
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Texas Christian University
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City of Fort Worth
Tarrant To & Through Partnership
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Rising Star Baptist Church
Bank of America
Texas Women’s University
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