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.

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing membership benefits and student engagement, the Chicago Section IFT (CSIFT) created the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation (CFSF). CFSF is a 501c3 Nonprofit organization to raise funds for and award scholarships to students intending to work in the food industry.

Our philosophy is to encourage those working in and/or supporting the food industry to actively engage in the industry through active membership in CSIFT. College students play a vital role in CSIFT as they represent the future of the industry. While several efforts currently exist to support student engagement, the scholarship program has been expanded to further the linkage between CSIFT and students.

CFSF will enhance the science of food by:

  • Inspiring all ages to be engaged in food sciences
  • Supporting future and current food and beverage professionals in their endeavors

Our Mission

To develop, promote and support the current and next generation of food and beverage industry professionals through food industry awareness and 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
Jenn Farrell

Board Member
John Fenstermacher
Roquette America

Board Member
Shawn Gebhardt
Ulmer & Berne LLP
Board Member
Maddie Gerling

Board Member
Amy Parks
McCain Foods
Board Member
Linda Perucca
Perucca Advantage Consulting, LLC

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

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