As engaged ambassadors, we will leverage our resources, leadership, and influence to close the hunger gap in North Texas.

Function of Council

To invest time, make introductions, give ideas and provide market intelligence, capable of helping NTFB raise awareness and funds. LIFE Council membership is by invitation only.


Teresa Phillips, Strategic Equipment & Supply Corporation
Frank Roby, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (Chair-elect)

Founding Co-Chairs

Ray Hemmig, Retail & Restaurant Growth Capital, LP
Liz Minyard-Lokey, North Texas Food Bank Co-Founder


Bill Alcorn, retired, J.C. Penney
Tom Black, Black, Mann, & Graham
Barbara Buzzell, The Buzzell Company
Lane Cardwell, Jr., Cardwell Hospitality Advisory, Inc.
Janet Cobb, Cobb Companies 
Michael Cox, Grateful Dining LLC
Sally Cullum, Virginia Cook Realtors 
Christina Durovich, community volunteer
Patrick Esquerre, SUDDENLY GOURMET 
Lou Grabowsky, Juniper Capital Management
Ambassador Kathryn Hall, Hall Wines
Gary Huddleston, retired, Kroger
Tommy Huffhines, Huff 1 Enterprises 
Greg Humenesky, retired, Pier One
Matrice Ellis Kirk, RSR Partners
Lucian LaBarba, Ben E. Keith
Paula Lambert, Mozzarella Company

Larry Lavine, Turtle Creek Restaurants
Jay Pack, The Pack Group
Maria Plankinton, Tenet Healthcare
Sallie Plummer, Ph.D., Pediatric Behavioral Diagnostics
Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Concepts
Steve Schenkel, Hill Country Dairy
Jon Wolkenstein, Grant Thornton
Connie Yates, Tom Thumb
Carole Young, Carole S. Young and Associates
Jenny Zimmerly, Zimmerly & Co., Inc.

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