Our Staff

Mary Heysek – Director

Mark Heysek proudly joined the United Food Bank Board of Directors in 2011 and has been the Executive Director since 2016. Prior to that she has owned several businesses including MedLink Corporation and MedStat Healthcare Services. She spent much of her career in the medical services field and currently is an owner/partner at New Vitality Centers. She has served on multiple Boards and works closely with a hands-on dedicated 18 member Board of Directors at the food bank. Mary has led the agency to receive a four-star coveted rating from Charity Navigator which equates to exceptional “or it “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.” She oversees all aspects of the food bank which has grown to distribute over 4 million pounds of supplies and serves 10,000per month. 

The agency’s history is not only to fulfill the hunger or food insecurity needs of East Hillsborough residents, but the agency also looks at some or the root cause of hunger and the effects it can have on an individual or family’s health, finances, and job security. 

Mary has led efforts to help feed and supply neighbors in Plant City and 9 surrounding communities. She has taken the organization to new heights by encouraging bold thinking to chart a course for the future and creating a special culture that is highly collaborative and inclusive. The organization has increased the amount of fresh produce to more than 40 percent and increased the amount of food distributed by over 500 percent. 

Mary has been active in the community including the Plant City YMCA, Child Abuse Council, Friends of the Library, Board Member of HOA, SPCA, and past PTA president for 5 years. 

Mary has four sons, which include triplet boys that are now 27 years old. Her hobbies include fitness/tennis, nutrition, and cooking. 



Gayle Tindle – Operations Manager


Gayle has recently joined the Food Bank team as the Operation Manager. Before happily joining the team she was the Training Manager of the Financial Aid Department of Ultimate Medical Academy. Prior to that position she worked at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Water parks as a Recreation Coordinator. She received her first bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Florida State University and went on to finish her second bachelor’s degree in Finance, with a minor in economics, at the University of South Florida. She spends all her free time with her two amazing children and husband and loves to take them to the Plant City YMCA pool and the beach whenever she gets a chance.


Leigh Scott- Marketing


Leigh joined the UFB’s team in the fall of 2015 assisting with marketing and special events.  Previously, she worked as the marketing coordinator for the local YMCA handling media relations, special events and marketing initiatives.  She is active in several civic and community groups, and currently is serving as PTA president at her sons school.  Leigh enjoys fishing with her boys (Nick and Connor) along with her husband Jim, running with their dog Miles, cooking and traveling.



Terrance Green: Warehouse Manager


Terrance started with the United Food Bank 2 years ago as the Warehouse Assistant and through hard work and dedication he has taken over the position of Warehouse Manager. Terrance brings years of warehouse experience to the team from his tenure at Publix Supermarket’s Warehouse. For fun, he loves to mow lawns and owns Green’s Lawn Care Service company.