Founder & Executive Director, Our Daily Bread of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Senta Hester, CMP, CCNP

Association Vice President & Certification Chair

Senta Hester is the founder and Executive Director of Our Daily Bread of Tennessee, Inc. (ODBTN) which she established eighteen years ago. Sponsors of daycare homes and daycare centers throughout the East Tennessee area, ODBTN services over 6,000 children per day.

Senta first began her Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) career as a daycare home provider so she is well aware of what providers face on a day-to-day basis. When Senta became aware that federal reimbursement was available for the food which she was feeding to the children in her care she enrolled as a recipient of the program and soon after started her own agency. The CACFP and Our Daily Bread of TN both have since become her passion.

The founder of the Tennessee Sponsor's Association, Senta currently serves on the Board of Directors. She serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) where she has been an active member for ten years. Senta also serves on the Board of Directors of Director's for Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) where she has been active for four years.

With both her fabulous sons (Phillip II and Blake) in college, Senta enjoys spending time with them when possible and with Phillip, her wonderful husband of twenty-three years.