Chief Officers

Rhonda Sanders, CEO

Rhonda Sanders

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

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). 

Dianne Williams, Chief Program Officer
 
Dianne WilliamsDianne Williams, an independent consultant and former Communications Director for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, is our Chief Program Officer. Williams is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of all program service activities, and she works to ensure that food is distributed equitably to member agencies throughout our 33-county service area. She also works to see that the agencies are provided with proper education, training, and resources.  Williams had been president of her own firm, Dianne Williams Consulting, Inc., since 1999. She has worked with community coalitions, small community-based organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and foundations to improve the quality of life for people in Arkansas and the Mid-South Delta. 

TJ RomineT.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 BeltJennifer Martinez Belt has 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 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. She and her husband, Scott, reside in Little Rock and have two small children.

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