Rhonda Sanders, CEO
Rhonda Sanders is a former executive director of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, a statewide coalition of hunger relief groups with more than 100 member organizations, including Arkansas’ six Feeding America food banks. At the Alliance she implemented the Arkansas State Food Purchasing Program, the Arkansas Gleaning Network and, with Gov. Mike Beebe and the national childhood hunger organization Share Our Strength, Arkansas’ No Kid Hungry Campaign, which has become a model program achieving national attention. Prior to this, Sanders worked for 14 years at Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, where she served as Director of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs. Ms. Sanders was an original member of the Natural Wonders Partnership Council and was a co-author of the first Natural Wonders Report in 2007. Before joining Arkansas Advocates, she worked at the Arkansas Department of Health for five years, where she served as director of the Child Health Planning Project, acting assistant director of the WIC program, and lead trainer for the data processing department. Sanders has also directed the Arkansas Home Visiting Network at Arkansas Children's Hospital, where she developed and expanded a statewide network of preschool home visiting programs. Sanders is a member of the Children’s Behavioral Health Care Commission and served from 2003-08 as a member of the Child Health Advisory Committee for ACT 1220. During her tenure on the committee, the Body Mass Index project was implemented in Arkansas, and State Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards for Schools were adopted by the Arkansas Department of Education. She is currently a member of the Bryant School Board and serves on various committees, boards and task forces working to improve the well-being of vulnerable Arkansans. She is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in accounting, and earned a master's in Public Health from the University of Arkansas Medical School's College of Public Health.
Cassandra Gilbert, Chief Financial Officer
Cassandra Gilbert has been at the Foodbank since July 2006. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership by working with the Executive Management Team to establish long-range goals and strategies. Gilbert develops, organizes, implements, directs and evaluates the organization’s fiscal function and performance for all human resource activities. Prior to joining the Arkansas Foodbank, Gilbert spent 13 years at the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute, first as a Project/Program Specialist (Budget/Purchasing) and then later as the Financial Services Administrator. Gilbert has more than 20 years of financial management experience in nonprofit organizations and has a professional human resource certification (PHR).
Jayne Ann Kita, Chief Program Officer
Jayne Ann Kita joined the Foodbank in January 2014. She has over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit management and development. Jayne Ann worked for the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence for twelve years and served as their Executive Director from 2004 to 2013. While at the ACADV, she successful worked to support legislation to hold batterers accountable, protect victims and their children and to provide the first continuous state funding to support domestic violence shelters in Arkansas. Domestic violence services in Arkansas saw much development during her tenure as Program and Fiscal Standards were developed for Arkansas shelters and formal staff education was developed. Jayne Ann has worked with at-risk youth and as an investigator and case manager for families with a child abuse problem. She has worked as the director of training for SCAN, an instructor for child protective service workers at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock's MidSOUTH Academy, and an instructor at Auburn University as part of the Army Community Services Program at Ft. Rucker, AL. Jayne Ann was the founding executive director of the Pastoral Project on Domestic Violence (PPDV) in Omaha, Nebraska while working for the Archdiocese of Omaha and Catholic Charities. Jayne Ann and her husband Gary reside in North Little Rock and have three children.
T.J. Romine, Chief Operations Officer
TJ. Romine has been at the Arkansas Foodbank since 2010. He is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of all operations related to the receipt and distribution of food and other products, from the source to the end user. Romine brings more than 30 years of food retail experience to the Foodbank - 20 of these with Walmart, where he was a Market Manager overseeing the Food and Consumable Departments operations throughout Arkansas. He brings extensive food safety knowledge and certifications to the Foodbank. A native of Northeast Arkansas, Romine's hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.
Jennifer Martinez Belt, Chief Development Officer
Jennifer Martinez Belt has been with the Foodbank since 2013. She has over 15 years of experience in public affairs, strategic communications, non-profit development and volunteer/membership management. She began her career on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Vic Snyder, Congressman Marion Berry, Senator Blanche Lincoln and the Clinton Administration.
As the Foodbank's chief development officer, she oversees all fundraising efforts and serves as the lead for major and planned giving. A native of Fort Smith, Belt graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and most recently served as development director for the Literacy Council in Fort Bend County, Texas.
She's also served as development director for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation and executive director of the Arkansas Optometric Association. Jennifer serves on the city of Little Rock’s planning commission and Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council. She is a member of AFP and Rotary Club 99. She and her husband, Scott, reside in Little Rock and have two small children.