Management Bios

 


Michael McDonald

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona as its CEO in January 2014, Michael served as the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Tucson for nearly a decade.  With a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Michael also served in various leadership positions at several other regional nonprofits, as well as at a start-up global manufacturing company. 

 An active community volunteer, Michael continues to serve on a variety of nonprofit boards and government commissions, and teaches a master’s level nonprofit management class at the University of Arizona. 


Nicollette M. Daly, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining the Food Bank in April of 2012, Nicollette worked in public accounting where she specialized in non-profit and 401k audits. Nicollette audited the food bank for several years and briefly joined the Board of Directors before coming on board as the Accounting Manager.

Nicollette has a Master’s Degree in Accounting and teaches CPE and CPA exam courses. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Coyote Task Force and enjoys volunteering with organizations that aid children and abuse victims.


Eric Hitzeman

Vice President of Operations

Eric brings over 30 years experience in food related operations and warehouse management. He has been an employee with the food bank since 1993. Previously he spent 12 years as a production supervisor with Dubuque Packing/Hormel Foods and Swift, Eckrich, Butterball in the Midwest.

In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the food bank, Eric represents the food bank on the Southern Arizona Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster Relief (So. AZ. VOAD) and is an active member of Feeding America’s National Disaster Relief Team. He was deployed to help support efforts with Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, working with affiliate food banks, and FEMA.


Robert Ojeda

Vice President, Community Food Resource Center

Robert joined the Community Food Bank in April of 2010. He was born in Peru and came to the United States in 1989 to pursue his college education. He has a wide range of experience, having served in the Peace Corps; as Civics and Citizenship Program Manager, Pima Community College Adult Education; and as Program Manager-English Language Acquisition for Adults Program, Literacy Volunteers of Tucson.

Robert has a master’s degree in international agriculture and rural development, as well as a doctoral degree in adult and extension education, focusing on leadership and community development, from Cornell University.


Joy Tucker

Senior Vice President of Facilities Management

Joy was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and is bilingual in English and Spanish.  In addition to her years of volunteer work in Venezuela, Mexico, and locally her in Tucson, she has worked as News Director for a Spanish-speaking radio station, Office Director for the Adoption Information Center, Student Advisor for the Latin American Area Center at the University of Arizona and in various capacities with the multicultural educational organization “Up with People”. Joy obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama and her Master of Arts from the University of Arizona.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Abbie Loveland Tuller School and The Academy of Tucson, Kidline Advisory Board, the El Rio Health Center Board of Directors, and Borderlands, a group of professional women with interest in issues regarding the Mexico/USA border.  She was a Commissioner with the Tucson Women’s Commission, a 1991nominee YMCA “Women on the Move” award.  Joy has worked for the Community Food Bank since 1986.

During her 25 years with the Community Food Bank she has served in various capacities: Program Coordinator, Program Manager, Deputy Director, Interim Director and most recently as Senior VP of Facilities Management overseeing six facilities of the Community Food Bank. She also manages the daily operations of the Food Plus Program, the Punch Woods Multi-Service Center and operations at the Caridad Community Kitchen.  She supervises a staff of seventeen.


Marco Liu

Director of Advocacy and Outreach and Child Nutrition Programs

Marco Liu has been Director of Advocacy and Outreach and Child Nutrition Programs since October 2010. He oversees the Child Nutrition Programs including the BackPack Program, Kids Cafe® – Adventures in Nutrition and Summer Meals programs in addition to the services provided through the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center.

Marco is a native of Tucson, attended local public schools and received his BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Arizona. Marco retired from the Arizona Department of Economic Security after a 30 year career, the last seven of which serving as the Program Administrator responsible for program eligibility services including TANF, SNAP and Medicaid delivered through more than 90 offices and employing a staff of over 2800 across the state.

Marco has served as a volunteer on several non-profit agency Boards including the Community Food Bank Board of Directors from 1998 to 2009.