Meet our 2018-19 Board of Directors at FFT
Tiffanie Nelson- Chairman & Founder of FFT
Meet the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Founder of Food For Thought Outreach, Tiffanie Nelson. Tiffanie started Food For Thought 2010 after learning that students in her own children's school were hungry and missing meals when they were away from school-provided meals. What began as a project that Tiffanie and her children did at home, helping 6 kids per week, grew into the organization that is Food For Thought Outreach, and Tiffanie began working full-time at FFT in 2014 as the Executive Director. Currently, she lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her 3 children and husband, Darren Nelson. Tiffanie is dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the programs at FFT to ensure our organization is here to support children in need for years to come.
Hilary Farnum Fasth- Vice Chairman
Meet the Vice Chairman of Food For Thought Outreach, Hilary Farnum Fasth. Hilary is the owner and broker of Beachy Beach 30a real estate. She has worked in the real estate profession for over 20 years along the Emerald Coast and loves helping find their perfect beach home. She lives here with her two children, Faith and Ben and husband Christoffer. Hilary is passionate about helping to stop the cycle of poverty in our community for generations to come by helping these children at a young age, and she serves Food for Thought because she wants to personally and professionally give back to the community where she lives and works.
Penny Jackson- Secretary
Meet the Secretary of Food For Thought Outreach, Penny Jackson. Penny grew up in Alabama and is a graduate of Auburn University. She truly believes there is no better place to live than the Emerald Coast and has called it her home for almost 20 years. She is a Realtor with Scenic Sotheby's and currently lives in Sandestin with her husband, Judd, and two sons. As a firm believer in community engagement, she has served on the Board of Directors of Food For Thought for the past 5 years. She loves the fact that Food For Thought serves children in our own backyard and enables volunteers of any age to contribute.
Tania Koehler- Treasurer
Meet the Treasurer of Food For Thought Outreach, Tania Koehler. Born and raised in Ecuador, Tania came to the United States at 21 years of age to study Hospitality and graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Hospitality Management. Tania is currently the Director of Hotels for all of Howard Hospitality. Tania currently resides in Santa Rosa Beach with her husband, Tim, and their two children Alexander and Ariana. She has been a part of FFT for 4 years and has a heart for Food for Thought because she wants to ensure that the kids of the future have an opportunity to be great.
Jacob Watkins- Board Member
Meet Jacob Watkins, who has served on the Food For Thought Outreach Board of Directors since 2015. Jacob grew up in Fairhope, Alabama, graduated from Auburn University, and moved to the area from Atlanta after spending 3 years with Ernst & Young as a financial performance improvement consultant. Jacob is now a Managing Partner at Rent Gear Here as well as a licensed Florida Realtor with Mainsail Realty Company. Jacob and his wife, Devan, enjoy boating, fishing, spending time on the beach, and Auburn football. Jacob chooses to spend his time serving Food for Thought because of the impact the organization is making on the future of our community.
Leah Hayes- Board Member
Meet Leah Hayes, who has served on the Food For Thought Outreach Board of Directors for the past year. Leah Broussard Hayes graduated in business management from Tulane University in 1999 and the University of Georgia School of Law in 2002. She is a member of the bar and licensed in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and Mississippi and was engaged in insurance defense practice until recently relocating with her family to the Emerald Coast. Currently she is focusing on engaging in non-profit work while supporting her husband’s medical practice and raising their three daughters. Leah was drawn to Food for Thought after personally witnessing food shortages among her daughter’s classmates and learning of the stellar program Food For Thought had already put into place to fill this void.