Central Texas Food Bank Appoints Eight New Members to its Board of Directors

Central Texas Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in Central Texas, appointed eight new members to its board of directors in January. The 17-member board is comprised of a prestigious group of business executives, entrepreneurs and regional leaders who passionately support The Food Bank’s mission of nourishing hungry people and leading the community in the fight against hunger.

New members of the Central Texas Food Bank Board of Directors are:

  • Joe Bland, Owner and CEO, Joe Bland Construction
  • Geoff Borlet, Corporate Vice President Finance, Segment CFO Worldwide, Applied Materials
  • Marili Burbes, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Tricentis
  • Ed Page, Former Director of Operations, H-E-B Food and Drug
  • Ramiro Palma, Managing Partner and Global Co-Lead Semiconductor Practice, Boston Consulting Group
  • Justin Rose, President, Lifecycle Solutions, Supply Management and Customer Success, John Deere
  • Mark Sanchez, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Angela VanScoy, Partner, Deloitte LLP

“Our new board members are powerhouse leaders whose unique experiences, skillsets, expertise and commitment to our mission will undoubtedly benefit the more than 450,000 Central Texans we serve,” said Sari Vatske, President and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “I’m incredibly excited and honored to work with such a talented group as we execute the Food Bank’s new strategic direction and provide innovative and impactful solutions for our community.”  

The new Directors are starting at a time when food insecurity is reaching peak pandemic levels of need, with demand oftentimes outpacing supply. To meet the increased demand, the organization is spending $1 million each month on food to supplement food donations.

“Exceptional leaders who can see into the future of our 21-county region were asked to join the CTFB Board,” said Jeff Hahn, 2024 Board Chair. “Our new directors exemplify that standard so we are excited to welcome them to the board."

As the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas, the organization is committed to providing equitable access to nutritious meals as well as the resources necessary for Central Texans to access food on their own. In 2023, The Food Bank provided nearly 53 million meals to people in need across 21 counties which closed the meal gap by 75 percent. To learn more about the Central Texas Food Bank and to see how you can help, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org.

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The mission of Central Texas Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank provides food and grocery products through a network of nearly 250 nonprofit community partners and nutrition programs, serving about 70,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts. For more information on the Food Bank and its programs, visit centraltexasfoodbank.org.

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