Tiffanie Nelson- Founder & CEO
Driven by the desire to empower the under-served children in our community, Tiffanie founded Food For Thought Outreach in 2010, began working full-time at FFT in 2014 as the Executive Director, and in 2018 moved to the CEO position in the organization.
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. Known as Food Insecurity, thousands of children in our community are facing the negative impacts of hunger. A child focused on where their next meal is going to come from, is not able to focus on their education and development. FFT’s programs are designed to bridge that gap and meet the most critical needs from grades K-12 so students can gain the most out of their education, stay in school and become productive members of the community.
Her passion and drive to lead this organization has only grown stronger year after year, as her long-term focus is on the sustainability of the organization to ensure programs are here for the children who need it for years to come.
Jessica Roberts - Director
Meet the Director of Food For Thought Outreach, Jessica Roberts. Jessica graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Sociology and Business, and went on to get her Master’s in Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jessica joins the team after running her own small business, Detailed Creative Co., for the last few years focusing mainly on event production for large fundraising events. Drawn to volunteerism, service leadership, and giving back from an early age, she has worked with many local nonprofits along the Emerald Coast and beyond - including volunteering with Food For Thought since 2013. As a local raised in Niceville, bettering her community drives the passion she has for fighting childhood hunger and food insecurity.
Katie Grace - Marketing Coordinator
Katie has over 14 years of marketing experience, working for various national advertising agencies, she has specialized in digital marketing. Also a mother of two young girls, Katie was drawn to Food For Thought through their mission to fight childhood hunger, and has enjoyed being able to help promote the non-profit to help increase awareness to help combat food insecurity in our community. In addition to marketing at Food For Thought, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, running and being out on the water!
Casey Le - Program Resource Coordinator
Meet one of the Coordinators of Food For Thought Outreach, Casey Le. Casey graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Agricultural Communications. After college she worked in a Type 1 Diabetes lab before moving to Moldova as a Peace Corps volunteer to teach Health Education and Personal Development. As a Panama City local who grew up in the area, Casey now uses her passion for volunteering and health promotion in her day to day activities of helping the team bridge the food insecurity gap.
Alexa Blaine - Walton County Program Coordinator
Meet one of the Coordinators of Food For Thought Outreach, Alexa Blaine. Alexa recently relocated to the Emerald Coast with her fiancé and two dogs. In addition to her work with Food For Thought, she is pursuing a degree in Business Administration and Hospitality Management. With her previous dedication to mission work and years of experience within the food industry, Alexa witnessed the negative impacts of hunger first hand. She feels that serving Food For Thought’s mission is a perfect fit for her within her new community.
Nicki Cosgrove - Okaloosa County Program Coordinator
Meet the Okaloosa County Program Coordinator of Food For Thought Outreach, Nicki Cosgrove. She recently relocated from Jacksonville to make the Emerald Coast her new home. Nicki has multiple years of experience working in pediatrics and hospitality. Seeing first hand how important access and availability to food security is, she is dedicated to the continuous effort towards fighting childhood hunger.
Morgan Pixley - Volunteer Coordinator
Morgan joins the Food for Thought team as the Volunteer Coordinator with over 15 years of experience working in and serving our local community. She studied Anthropology at the University of West Florida, has years of experience planning special events along the Emerald Coast, and has managed a successful charter fishing business. Being born and raised in Okaloosa and Walton counties, as well as being a mother to two young boys, helping fight childhood hunger in our local community is a cause close to her heart.