Who We Are

The Chicagoland Food Science Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is working with CSIFT to develop, promote, and provide food science students with essential scholarships. The goal is to strengthen the organization so they can deliver these scholarships, while also supporting the food and beverage industry’s ever-growing needs.

Our Mission

To develop, promote and support the current and next generation of food and beverage industry professionals through scholarship programs while working in close collaboration with CSIFT

Our Vision

To strengthen the science of food within the Chicagoland food and beverage industry to address ever growing global needs

Leadership Team

Laura Saran
LJS Food Solutions

John Budin

Upasana Hariram
Mérieux NutriSciences

Board Member
Mike Carson

Board Member
John Fenstermacher
Roquette America

Board Member
Ivonne Litwin
Mérieux NutriSciences

Board Member
Jan Miller
Skidmore Sales

Board Member
Stacey Popham
Treehouse Foods

Board Member
Tim Stubbs
Dairy Management Inc.


Auditing Committee

Prepares for and assists with CFSF external audits; in years where external audits don’t occur, conducts internal audit and reports findings to BOD.

  • Debbie Schodrof, Chair
  • John Budin

Finance Committee

Plans and maintains savings and investments; coordinates invoices and payment.

  • Chris Bigall, Chair
  • John Budin

Fundraising Committee

Develops and executes CFSF fundraising strategy. This includes the Golf Outing, and all other fundraising activities conducted each year to generate income for CFSF scholarship programs.

  • Joy Dell’Aringa, Chair
  • John Fenstermacher
  • Jan Miller
  • Stacey Popham
  • John Ruff

Golf Outing Committee

Plans the yearly Golf Outing in August to raise funds for scholarships.

  • Mike Hosler, Co-Chair
  • John Fenstermacher, Co-Chair
  • Jan Miller, Co-Chair

Scholarship Committee

Scholarship Committee: Conducts all activities associated with developing and executing CFSF scholarship strategy. This includes publicizing scholarship opportunities; conducting competitive scholarship program; coordinating payment; writing and executing program publicity; maintaining accurate records; and updating websites.

  • Sarah Osterbur, Co-Chair
  • Linda Perucca, Co-Chair
  • Nancy Moriarity
  • David Lee
  • Kathryn Kitchen
  • Maddie Gerling
  • Ariel Cavasos
  • Tim Stubbs
  • John Budin
  • Dawn Bohn
  • Steve Hill

Silent Auction Committee

Plans the yearly Silent Auction at the Chicago Section IFT Suppliers’ Expo to raise funds for scholarships.

  • Julie Hess, Chair