LIFE Council



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


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.


Barbara Buzzell, The Buzzell Company
Christina Durovich, Community Volunteer

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, LLP
Lane Cardwell, Jr., Cardwell Hospitality Advisory, Inc.
Janet Cobb, Cobb Companies
Sally Cullum, Virginia Cook Realtors
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, Human Capital Consultant
Matrice Ellis Kirk, Heidrick & Struggles
Lucian LaBarba, Ben E. Keith
Paula Lambert, Mozzarella Company
Larry Lavine, Turtle Creek Restaurants
Jay Pack, The Pack Group
Teresa Phillips, Strategic Equipment & Supply Corporation

Maria Plankinton, Tenet Healthcare
Sallie Plummer, Ph.D., Pediatric Behavioral Diagnostics
Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Concepts
Frank Roby, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
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.