Our team keeps us focused on our mission to empower children to make healthier choices by strategically integrating food and nutrition education within school standards, curriculum, and culture.

John Allegrante, PhD  |  Professor of Health Education, Columbia University

Vincent Beckman  |  Partner at Tanta Chicago

Neilav Bhatt  |  AVP, Product Strategy at MedeAnalytics

Deborah Burnet, MD  |  Professor, University of Chicago Medicine

Paul Chen  |  Producer/Director, Whimsy City Productions

Irene Fogelson  |  Director, Account Strategy at Rise Interactive

Chandra Garcia  |  Teacher, Ray Elementary

Megan Gusick |  Regional Sales Manager – Midwest, FoodMatch

Susan Hague  |  Principal, Spring Creative

Sarah Irvin  |  Controller, One Off Hospitality

Jaime Kicklighter  |  CPA, O’Malley and Kwit

Katrina Law  |  Director, Donor Relations and Special Events at Shedd Aquarium

Euna Lee  |  Assistant Principal, Disney II Magnet

Karrie Leung  |  Karrie Leung PR

Margaret J. O’Connor  |  Marcon Communications

Michael Quinn, PhD  |  Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago Medicine

Amy Peterson  |  Teacher, Disney II Magnet

Raeanne Sarazen, RD |  Registered Dietitian and Freelance Food Writer and Recipe Developer

Alicia Schoenbeck  |  Teacher, Mitchell Elementary

Veenay Singla  |  Independent Consultant, Talent and Leadership in Education Reform

Janie Song  |  Co-Chair, University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Gala

Althera Steenes  |  Community Outreach Specialist, University of Chicago

Brian Tijan | Partner, FolkArt Management

Tyler Felous | Founder, Wisely

Shalini Patel | CEO and Co-Founder, Inspire Girls Academy

Rayna Yaker | Managing Principal, RYE Consulting

Nathan Lohrmann | Consultant

Eric Bohn | Consultant

Alpana Singh | Sommelier and Restauranteur

Lindsey Shifley | Super Food Revolution Ambassador

Ann Beteta  |  Private Dining Director, Nico Osteria

Joe Campagna |  Principal, Grant Merchant Services

Rachel Crowl  |  Architect, fcStudio

Karrie Leung  |  Karrie Leung PR

Heather Medina |  Chef Liaison, One Off Hospitality

Taylor Allison

Co-Presidents: Mallory Ulaszek and Kelsey Kreiling

Planning Chairs: Katrina Mata and Cara Fumagalli

Membership Chairs: Brian Moy and Emily Clark

Finance Chair: Audrey Lenkiewicz

Donation/Sponsorship Chairs: Kat Levitt and Caitlin Arens

Secretary: Megan Whitney

Volunteer Chairs: Ray Akpan and Taylor Allison

Marketing Chair: Madelaine Kukanza

Francis Rose Lendacki

Shulamis Rouzaud

Steven Attanasio


Our talented chefs take their passion for food into the classroom to inspire children to make healthier choices.

Akiko Moorman (El Ideas)
Allison Scott (Local Foods)
Amy Biller (Yusho ChicagoYusho VegasBilly SundayA10)
Andy Lim (Swift & Sons)
Becca Grothe (Sunday Dinner Club)
Christine Cikowski (Honey Butter Fried Chicken & Sunday Dinner Club)
Charlie McKenna (Lillie’s Q)
Dawn Rogan (El Ideas)
Doug Sohn (Hot Doug’s)
Drew Davis
Eric Shaw (Lula Café)
Hunter Moore (Parson’s Chicken and Fish)
James Grey (Goddess & Grocer)
Jason Hammel (Lula Café)
Joshua Kulp (Honey Butter Fried Chicken & Sunday Dinner Club)
John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina)
John Vermiglio (Billy SundayA10)
Jon DuBois (Green Zebra)
Julie Warpinski (Big Star)
Justin Large (Vander Mill)
Joe Flamm (Spiaggia Cafe)
Lauren Freeburg (Lula Café)
Marisa Vande Velde (formerly of Black Dog Gelato)
Matthias Merges (Yusho ChicagoYusho VegasBilly SundayA10)
Nick Schmuck (Real Kitchen Chicago)
Nina Cantamessa (Lillie’s Q)
Paula Haney (Hoosier Mama Pie Co.)
Paul Kahan (The PublicanBlackbirdAvec, Big StarPQM)
Phillip Foss (El Ideas)
Rachel Post (Our House)
Raeanne Sarazen, Dietitian and Culinary Consultant
Ryan Poli (Catbird Seat)
Sandra Holl (Floriole)
Sean Sanders (Brown Trout)
Tim Coonan (Big Shoulders Coffee)
Patrick Cloud

Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois
Fogelson Family Foundation
Irvin Stern Foundation
Richard Driehaus Foundation
Chicago Community Trust
Piece Pizzeria
A. Montgomery Ward Foundation
Complete Crewing
Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation
Whimsy City Productions
Karrie Leung PR
Marcon Communications
Drape Kings
RW Troxell Insurance
Grant Merchant Services
Digital Black
Turano Bread
Fortune Fish
Whole Foods
Albert Pick, Jr. Fund
The Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation
The Tengelsen Family Foundation
University of Chicago Medicine

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