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!

2021-2022 Officers and Chairpersons:

Section Officers
name | company:
Chair:
James Nasella
Tate & Lyle
Chair-Elect:
Helen Bengtson
Newly Weds Foods
Past Chair:
Courtney Gwinn
Griffith Foods
Secretary:
Samantha Fonseca
Griffith Foods
Treasurer:
David Condon
Retired
If you are interested in joining a committee, contact BusinessOffice@ChicagoIFT.org
Executive Committee Members
company | term exp:
Britt Burton-Freeman
Illinois Institute of Technology
8/31/2024
Ali Halalipour
ADM
8/31/2022
Neeraj Kamath
Tate & Lyle
8/31/2024
Vijay Krishna
Glanbia
8/31/2024
Sihui Ma
University of IL – U-C
8/31/2024
Christie McElya
Sensient
8/31/2023
Alifia Merchant
UC Davis
8/31/2023
Gina Oberoi
Vanee Foods Company
8/31/2023
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
Awards/Nominating
Courtney Gwinn
Griffith Foods
Employment/Career Center
Gary Wills
BSI Group
Finance
Tonny Thomas
NakiNoku Inc.
Hospitality
Barbara Schmitt
CTI Foods
Host Section Activities
Linda Perucca
Perucca Advantage Consulting, LLC
House
Lisa Ruhland
Newly Weds Foods
Long-Range Plan
Yash Shah
U of IL UC
Marketing
Brittany Pelka
SpringUSA
Committee Chairs
(continued)
Membership
Madelyn Bohne
Suter Company
New Professionals
Gina Oberoi
Vanee Foods
&
Rachel Gordon
PepsiCo
Professional Development
Brian Wright
Mars Wrigley
Program
Helen Bengtson
Newly Weds Foods
Sergeant-at-Arms
Andrea Hendrickson
Eurofins Scientific
Student Task Force
Open
Suppliers’ Expo
Jim Anderson
anderson.groupe, llc
Section Sponsors

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