Leadership


Trisha Cunningham 
President and CEO 

Brad Stewart
Chief Operating Officer

Erica Yaeger
Chief External Affairs Officer

Jeanne Clark
VP of Finance and Administration

Suzanne Drotman
VP of People and Culture


Trisha Cunningham is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Texas Food Bank. Prior to joining NTFB, Trisha had a distinguished career at Texas Instruments (TI), most recently serving as Chief Citizenship Officer. Through her work in this role, Trisha significantly expanded TI’s corporate citizenship work and philanthropic efforts, most notably increasing volunteer efforts 13 fold during her tenure. Because of Trisha and her team’s efforts, TI climbed up CR Magazine’s Top 100 Corporate Citizens annual rankings, coming in at number 15 on the list in 2017.

In addition to having a keen understanding of corporate culture, philanthropy and sustainability efforts, Trisha is also very well versed in marketing and communications, having served as a top communications leader for TI both locally and abroad.

Trisha has a vast amount of experience with local nonprofits and has an executive certificate in nonprofit management through the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance. Some of the boards and organizations she has been affiliated with include:

  • Secretary, Treasurer - Leadership Women (national)
  • Vice Chair, Board Development - Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
  • Director; Nominating, Capital Campaign and CEO Search Committees; Luncheon Co-Chair - VolunteerNow (Volunteer Center of North Texas)
  • Director; Marketing and Development Chairs -  Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Director - Dallas Friday Group
  • Vice Chair - Dallas Breakfast Group
  • Founder, Chair, Steering Team – DFW Corporate Citizenship Network
  • Community Advisory Board - Junior League of Dallas
  • Advisory Board - UTD – Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Advisory Board – Alliance for Greater Work
  • Alumni – Leadership Dallas, Leadership Texas, Leadership International, International Women’s Forum Fellows Program
  • Member – United Way Women of Tocqueville, National Association of Corporate Directors,  UTD - Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability 50

Trisha has earned numerous awards in recognition for her service to the community including:

  • CSR Executive of the Year, 2011 – Center for Nonprofit Management
  • Women Leading Greater Good Award, 2013 – Alliance for Greater Works (formerly Faith and Philanthropy Institute)
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas – Honor Pin, Outstanding Leader Award, Outstanding Volunteer Award

Trisha has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in marketing and business from Murray State University. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Fairview (Collin County). They have two grown children, Chris and Carrie.  

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Brad Stewart
Chief Operating Officer

Brad Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer for the North Texas Food Bank. He joined NTFB from Microsoft, where he most recently served as Director of Delivery Management in Microsoft’s Consulting line of business. While at Microsoft, Stewart executed multiple strategic global initiatives, as well as managing projects with a wide range of external clients across multiple sectors and industries. Prior to Microsoft, he worked at Texas Instruments in Quality and Procurement roles.

Servant leadership is a guiding principle for Stewart who together with a small group of families, founded Lovepacs, a 501(c)(3) focused on providing food-insecure school children via partnership with School Counselors. Stewart served as the President of the organization from 2011-2016, and under his leadership, Lovepacs served more than a million meals to hungry kids.

Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Texas and an MBA with focus in the areas of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Management & Consulting and Marketing from Southern Methodist University. He has called North Dallas home all of his life, along with his wife, Nila and their three children.

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Erica Yaegar
Chief External Affairs Officer

Erica Yaeger is the Chief External Affairs Officer for the North Texas Food Bank. She joins us from UT Dallas, where she led the Jindal School of Management’s development and alumni relations team. In addition to ensuring the school’s successful completion of the first comprehensive capital campaign, she also helped to grow the number of endowed funds by more than 400%. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Yaeger spent eight years in the telecom industry and was the founder, owner and publisher of Richardson Living magazine, a lifestyles publication that debuted in 2004 with a current distribution of 25,000 throughout the city of Richardson.

Yaeger is the recipient of numerous awards for personal and professional achievement, including being named 40 Under 40 and 21 for the 21st Century by Collin County Business Press, Outstanding Communication Alumnus from NCSU, Leadership Richardson Alumni Association alumnus of the year, 2005 Small Business of the Year from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and finalist for the 2007 Altrusa Outstanding Woman Award. She currently serves on the City of Richardson Civil Service Board and has served on the City of Richardson’s Charter Review Committee, Richardson Symphony Board of Directors, Friends of the Library Board and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council.

Yaeger earned a Bachelor of Communication from North Carolina State University and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas. She lives in Richardson with her husband, Dave, and two children.

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Jeanne Clark
Vice President of Finance and Administration

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Jeanne Clark is North Texas Food Bank's Vice President of Finance and Administration.  At the Food Bank she oversees the organization's accounting, tax, finance, real estate and general administration functions.  She manages the agency's annual budget that is supported by food industry donations, individual and corporate donors, and the USDA. 

Prior to her role at the NTFB, Jeanne served as Finance Director at Metrocrest Social Services, which provides food, rent and utility assistance, employment counseling and clothing.  She also has served in additional financial roles for a variety of for profits organizations.  Jeanne began her career at Ernst & Young. 

 A Wisconsin native, Jeanne was born into a food family that manufactured boxes for the state's famed cheese industry.  The parents of three grown sons, Jeanne and her husband Jerry live in Farmers Branch.  She is active as a community and church volunteer. 

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Suzanne Drotman
Vice President of People and Culture 

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Suzanne Drotman is the Vice President of People and Culture of NTFB. Prior to joining the Food Bank Staff, Suzanne served in the field of public education and human resources for 19 years with the Plano Independent School District. As a member of the executive team, Suzanne helps direct and lead the strategy, development and execution of human resources programs that support the organizational vision, objectives and strategic plan. She also keeps a pulse on the people environment with the goal of building a positive, motivated and engaged team in an organization culture representative of our values of integrity, collaboration and compassion.

Suzanne received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University, and went on to receive a Master of Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. She has previously served as President of the North Central Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (NCTASPA), Chair of the Leadership Plano Board, and Secretary of the Heritage Farmstead Museum. She has also been a member of numerous professional and community organizations. She is also certified as Professional Human Capital Leader in Education (pCHLE).

Suzanne is inspired by the impact the Food Bank will continue to make as we achieve the goals set forth for 2025. Her aspiration is to embrace, develop and positively influence the team who have been called to fulfill the tremendous mission of the North Texas Food Bank.

 

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North Texas Food Bank | 3677 Mapleshade Lane, Plano Texas, 75075 | 214.330.1396  | North Texas Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. | EIN: 75-1785357 | info@ntfb.org