CSIFT Leadership Team

The Chicago Section Leadership team is comprised of volunteers from the Chicago area who serve as Officers and the Executive Committee as well as lead our many committees. Section Officers are elected annually by the membership in February-March and serve from September 1st of the current year through August 31st of the following year. The work of the Section is dependent upon our committees and each member’s contribution and participation on a committee contributes to the success of our Section. Join our Leadership Team – Get Involved Today!

2022-2023 Officers and Chairpersons:

Section Officers
name | company:
Chair:
Helen Bengtson
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
Chair-Elect:
Mary Jo Maffei-Panagos
bioMérieux
Past Chair:
James Nasella
Glanbia
Secretary:
Molly Hicks
Cooper’s Hawk
Treasurer:
David Condon
Retired
If you are interested in joining a committee, contact BusinessOffice@ChicagoIFT.org
Executive Committee Members
company | term exp:
Kelli Barth
Flavorchem
8/31/2023
Britt Burton-Freeman
Illinois Institute of Technology
8/31/2024
Amy Dejong
Mars Wrigley
8/31/2025
Julie Ip
TiNDLE
8/31/2025
Neeraj Kamath
Tate & Lyle
8/31/2024
Vijay Krishna
Glanbia
8/31/2024
Sihui Ma
University of IL – U-C
8/31/2024
Gina Oberoi
Vanee Foods Company
8/31/2023
Frank Sabella
Mondelez
8/31/2023
Debbie Schodrof
Crowe
8/31/2023
Yash Shah
University of IL
8/31/2025
Sarah Tensa
Conagra
8/31/2025
Committee Chairs
name | company:
Auditing
Debbie Schodrof
Crowe
Awards/Nominating
James Nasella
Glanbia
Employment/Career Center
Gary Wills
BSI Group
Events
Mary Jo Maffei-Panagos
bioMérieux
Finance
Tonny Thomas
NakiNoku Inc.
Host Section Activities
Linda Perucca
Perucca Advantage Consulting, LLC
Committee Chairs
(continued)
Marketing
Nathan Libbey
robochef
Membership
Madelyn Bohne
Suter Company
New Connections
Gina Oberoi
Vanee Foods Company
&
Kelli Barth
Flavorchem
Professional Development
Brian Wright
MUSH
Strategic Planning
Neeraj Kamath
Tate & Lyle
&
Amy Dejong
Mars Wrigley
Suppliers’ Expo
Jim Anderson
anderson.groupe, llc
Section Sponsors

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