Our Leadership Team


Nancy Roman, President and CEO


Mark A. Jacquez, Senior Director of Distribution Center Operations, joined the staff of the Capital Area Food Bank in 2008 as manager of both the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. food distribution center operations where his responsibilities include transportation / logistics, inventory control, food donations department, facility, fleet and equipment.

He manages two directors, four managers and 35 coordinators and drivers, all of whom collected and distributed over 45 million pounds of food to those in need during fiscal year 2013. Under Jacquez’s leadership, the CAFB moved in the summer of 2012 from a 48,000 sq. ft. facility to a 100,000 sq. ft. state of the art food distribution center. Jacquez was a key member of the team working with the planning and execution of this major facility move and upgrade.

Since that time, the Northern Virginia food distribution center was consolidated with the DC operation to allow all of the CAFB partner agencies to order from one inventory menu that provided a larger selection of food. In addition, a conveyor/sortation system was installed at the DC facility to reduce food donation sorting time and increase product categories to the food bank inventory. Bar coding was implemented to improve inventory location accuracy and eliminate the need for an annual inventory by developing a cycle count program.

Under Jacquez’s supervision, all food bank staff was trained on Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points for the safe handling of food donations. Jacquez’s 30 years of work experience before joining the CAFB included managing at a director level at Republic National Distributing Company, US Office Products and managing distribution center facilities for Trak Auto Corporation and Woodward & Lothrop department stores. Jacquez’s operations’ experience includes an extensive knowledge of distribution systems, routing software, inventory control, transportation, logistics, scanning and sorting systems.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fairmont State University in West Virginia.

Marian Barton Peele, Senior Director of Partners and Programs, joined the Capital Area Food Bank in 1990 and two years later became Director of Partner Relations. In her present position, Peele coordinates food distribution to over 500 partner agencies which are non-profit organizations that operate food programs for those at risk of hunger.

Peele leads the Partners and Programs Division, comprised of 49 staff and full year volunteers. The Partner and Programs Division coordinates the following programs:

Agency Achievement Academy, Commodity Supplemental Foods Program, Cooking Matters, Family Market Program (School Food Pantry), Hunger Lifeline, Kid’s Cafe, Metropolitan Area Hunger Conference, Mobile Market, Northern Virginia Hunger Summit, Senior Brown Bag, Summer Food Service and Weekend Bag.

A native Washingtonian, Peele has served on the boards of THRIVE DC (formerly Dinner Program for Homeless Women), Sowing Empowerment and Economic Development (SEED), and District of Columbia Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Peele was educated in DC public schools and is a proud alumnus of Duke Ellington School of Art. She is a visual artist who specializes in stippling, a pen and ink technique. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

The youngest of eight children of Oscar and Jean Barton, Peele has been married for the past 28 years to Mervin Kenneth Peele. They reside in Washington, D.C. with their two sons, Marshall and Miles.

Jody Tick, Senior Director of Food Resources and Information Technology, has been with the Capital Area Food Bank since 2006. In her current capacity, Tick provides strategic direction and oversight for the acquisition of food resources and the development of information systems to drive data decisions. Tick previously served as the Senior Director of Programs for CAFB.

Tick has experience managing food system-related programs and projects for Washington, D.C.-based nonprofits. Her work has focused on international and domestic hunger and poverty alleviation, the regulation of biotechnology, local food systems, domestic food safety and the promotion of healthy food access to underserved communities. Tick has a MSc. from the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a BA in environmental studies from Boston University.

Christel Allen Hair, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement, has served as an active member of the Capital Area Food Bank’s senior management team for over 15 years, beginning as Director of Development in 1998 and becoming Chief Development Officer in 2002. She is responsible for creating, implementing and evaluating the food bank’s fundraising program which includes direct mail; major gifts; foundation, corporation and faith-based grants; the recently completed capital campaign and special events. Hair oversees the Human Resources and Volunteer Programs departments.

Prior to joining the food bank, Hair excelled in both the nonprofit and private sectors. She began her career as a buyer at Woodward and Lothrop, where she maintained multi-million dollar volumes in assigned departments, while also introducing new product lines. She significantly increased sales and higher returns on investments, managed key gross margin factors, and strengthened business performance analysis and forecasting.

Hair earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of Virginia and is a Washington, D.C. native.

Hilary Salmon, Chief of Staff, has been with the food bank since 2005. In her current position, she serves as the primary interface between the CEO, senior leadership team, and staff. In partnership with the CEO and other senior leaders, she manages the development and implementation of policies that support the organization’s strategic direction; establishes processes and timelines related to the achievement of organizational goals; and oversees the organization’s financial activities.

Prior to serving in this role, Salmon was the organization’s Director of Special Projects, responsible for managing the design, construction, and ultimate relocation to the organization’s new facility.

Her work in the nonprofit sector has been focused on project management and fundraising. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College.