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!

2020-2021 Officers and Chairpersons:

Section Officers
name | company:
 
Chair:
Courtney Gwinn
Griffith Foods
Chair-Elect:
James Nasella
Tate & Lyle
Past Chair:
Jenn Farrell
PepsiCo
Secretary:
Melissa McWethy
Tate & Lyle
Treasurer:
Manoj Shah
Emeritus
 
If you are interested in joining a committee, contact BusinessOffice@ChicagoIFT.org
Executive Committee Members
company | term exp:
 
Helen Bengtson
Newly Weds Foods
8/31/2023
Nicole Chmielewski
Balchem
8/31/2023
Samantha Fonseca
Griffith Foods
8/31/2021
Ali Halalipour
ADM
8/31/2022
Alifia Merchant
Independent
8/31/2023
Christie McElya
Sensient
8/31/2023
Gina Oberoi
Vanee Foods Company
8/31/2023
Katie Potthoff
Kent Precision Food Group
8/31/2021
Debbie Schodrof
Crowe
8/31/2023
Julia Skrebneva
BioMerieux Inc
8/31/2022
Karl Smithback
Glanbia Nutritionals
8/31/2022
Sarah Tensa
Compact Industries, Inc
8/31/2022
Committee Chairs
name | company:

 

Auditing
Debbie Schodrof
Crowe Horwath
Awards/Nominating
Jenn Farrell
PepsiCo
Employment/Career Center
Gary Wills
BSI Group
Finance
Chris Bigall
Canadian Consulate
Hospitality
Barbara Schmitt
CTI Foods
Host Section Activities
Linda Perucca
Perucca Advantage Consulting, LLC
House
Lisa Ruhland
Newly Weds Foods
&
Julie Hess
National Dairy Council
Long-Range Plan
Tamanna Ramesh
Kraft Heinz
Marketing
Brittany Pelka
SpringUSA
Committee Chairs
(continued)
Membership
Madelyn Bohne
Suter Company
&
Nicole Chmielewski
Balchem Corporation
New Professionals
Alifia Merchant
UC Davis
&
Gina Oberoi
Vanee Foods
Professional Development
Breanna M. McArthur
TreeHouse Foods
Program
James Nasella
Tate & Lyle
Sergeant-at-Arms
Andrea Hendrickson
Eurofins Scientific
Student Task Force
Open
Suppliers’ Expo
Jim Anderson
anderson.groupe, llc
Section Sponsors

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