We are seeking mentors with expertise in food business, general business and entrepreneurship, and finance to work with our Fellows. If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please fill out a brief survey. Additional questions may be sent to Rebecca Frabizio.

Mentors, Advisors, and Speakers

Steve Adolph

Steve Adolph

Chief Growth Office, Field Trip Factory
Bio
Asim Aleem

Asim Aleem

Vice President of Business Development, Avondale
Bio
Will Allen

Will Allen

Founder and CEO, Growing Power
Bio
Brandon Barnholt

Brandon Barnholt

President and CEO, KeHe
Bio
Michael Bashaw

Michael Bashaw

Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods
Bio
Marc Bernard

Marc Bernard

Owner, Rustic Road Farm
Bio
Anuj Bhasin

Anuj Bhasin

Director of Global Brand Management, Gatorade
Bio
Andrew Bluestein

Andrew Bluestein

Partner, Bluestein & Associates
Bio
Bram Bluestein

Bram Bluestein

Managing Partner, Bluestein & Associates
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Jennifer Borchardt

Jennifer Borchardt

Co-founder, Harvest Moon Farms
Bio
Matt Botos

Matt Botos

President, CEO, ConnectFood
Bio
Bruce Boyd

Bruce Boyd

Principal, Arabella Advisors
Bio
Euler Bropleh

Euler Bropleh

Founder, VestedWorld
Bio
Michael Cameron

Michael Cameron

Owner, Uncommon Ground and Greenstar Brewing
Bio
Irv Cernauskus

Irv Cernauskus

Founder, Irv & Shelley’s Fresh Picks
Bio
Greg Christoff

Greg Christoff

Managing Director, APCI LLC
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Carey Cooper

Carey Cooper

CEO, L3 Hospitality Group
Bio
Peter Creticos

Peter Creticos

President/Executive Director at Institute for Work and the Economy, DePaul University
Bio
James Curley

James Curley

Owner, JFC Market Management Inc. & Co-Founder, Upgrade Partners, LLC.
Bio
Linda Darragh

Linda Darragh

Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI), Northwestern University
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Adam DeGroot

Adam DeGroot

Co-Owner, Triple A Farms
Bio
Bob Dekker

Bob Dekker

Co-founder & Managing Director
Insight Advisory Partners, LLC
Bio
Atina Diffley

Atina Diffley

Author, Public Speaker, Consultant
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Harry W. Drucker

Harry W. Drucker

President of Revere Corp
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Jim Epstein

Jim Epstein

Co-Founder, Blue Ridge Produce
Bio
Todd Erling

Todd Erling

Executive Director, Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp.
Bio
Mark Fick

Mark Fick

Director of Lending Operations, Chicago Community Loan Fund
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John Fisk

John Fisk

Director, Wallace Center at Winrock International
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Bob Flinn

Bob Flinn

Vice President and Secretary at WMA Consulting Engineers
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Charlotte Flinn

Charlotte Flinn

Owner, Flinn Consultants and Chair, FamilyFarmed
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Amy Francetic

Amy Francetic

CEO, Clean Energy Trust
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Victor Friedberg

Victor Friedberg

General Partner and Managing Director of S2G Ventures
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Stephen Gaither

Stephen Gaither

CEO, JB Chicago
Bio
Mari Gallagher

Mari Gallagher

Principal, Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group and Board Member, FamilyFarmed
Bio
Stefanie Garcia

Stefanie Garcia

Regional Account Manager-Central, The Honest Company
Bio
Bob Gillespie

Bob Gillespie

Executive Director, Elmspring Accelerator; Partner, Anka Capital Management, LLC.
Bio
Lee Greene

Lee Greene

Founder, Scrumptious Pantry
Bio
Tonya Gross

Tonya Gross

Director for Fashion, Culinary and Design, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago
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Tonya Gross

Jennifer Grossman

Consultant + Farmer
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Greg Gunthorp

Greg Gunthorp

Owner/Artisan Farmer, Gunthorp Farms
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Kim Hack

Kim Hack

Founding Partner, The Athena Group
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John Hall

John Hall

Director, Founder Goose Island Beer Company
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Steve Hall

Steve Hall

Vice President Business Development, Accion Chicago
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Denise Hamler

Denise Hamler

Director, Green America Business Network
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John Handler

John Handler

Principal Project Manager, TD Innovations
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George Hanley

George Hanley

President, George and Amanda Hanley Foundation
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Paul Hardej

Paul Hardej

VP, Illumitex, Inc.
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Cynthia Haskins

Cynthia Haskins

Manager, Business Development and Compliance, Illinois Farm Bureau
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Kathleen Henson

Kathleen Henson

Founder and CEO, Henson Consulting
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Mark Izeman

Mark Izeman

Director, New York Program and Senior Attorney NRDC
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Jim Jaffe

Jim Jaffe

Senior Business Advisor – SEAF
Bio
Vivek Jayaram

Vivek Jayaram

Founder, Jayaram Law Group, LTD.
Bio
Kevin Jezewski

Kevin Jezewski

Director of Sustainability and Special Projects, SAVOR at McCormick Place
Bio
Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson

Political Economist-Jurist
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Tera Johnson

Tera Johnson

Founder, Tera’s Whey
Bio
Paul Kahan

Paul Kahan

Chef/Owner, One Off Hospitality Group
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Christ Kamberos

Christ Kamberos

Vice President of Development, Treasure Island
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Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan

Co-Founder, Spiral Sun Ventures
Bio
Eloise Karlatiras

Eloise Karlatiras

President and CEO, Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition
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Jenny Kassan

Jenny Kassan

CEO, Cutting Edge Capital
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Warren King

Warren King

Founder, Wellspring Management
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Wes King

Wes King

Executive Director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance
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Fred Kirschenmann

Fred Kirschenmann

Farmer and President, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
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Kenneth Klassman

Kenneth Klassman

Attorney, Horwood Marcus & Berk
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Bill Kurtis

Bill Kurtis

Owner, Tallgrass Beef Company & Kurtis Productions
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Jeffrey Lampe

Jeffrey Lampe

Principal, Hopewell Ventures
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Marc Lane

Marc Lane

President, Attorney, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane
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Nate Laurell

Nate Laurell

CEO, FarmedHere; General Partner, R2 Companies
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Lior Lavy

Lior Lavy

COO, Artizone
Bio
Karen Lehman

Karen Lehman

Director, Fresh Taste
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Brad Leibov

Brad Leibov

President, CEO, Liberty Prairie Foundation
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Stephanie Lind

Stephanie Lind

Founder and President, Elohi Strategic Advisors
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Trinita Logue

Trinita Logue

Founder, IFF
Bio
Teri Lowinger

Teri Lowinger

Founding Member, Sustainable Local Food Investment Group (SLoFIG)
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William Madden

William Madden

Founder and Senior Partner, Right Brain Consulting
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Linda Mallers

Linda Mallers

Founder and President, FarmLogix, LLC
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David Manilow

David Manilow

Owner, Check, Please!, Exec Producer, My Chicago
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Matt Matros

Matt Matros

Founder & Board Director, Protein Bar; Co-Founder, LIMITLESS Coffee & Tea
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Gary Matteson

Gary Matteson

Vice President Young/Beginning Small Farmer Programs, Farm Credit Council
Bio
Kerri McClimen

Kerri McClimen

Communications Strategy and Public Affairs
Bio
Dan McGowan

Dan McGowan

Senior Consultant, Dan McGowan Consulting
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Melody Meyer

Melody Meyer

VP Policy and Industry Relations, UNFI
Bio
David Miller

David Miller

CEO + Co-Founder, Iroquois Valley Farms
Bio
Lydia Miller

Lydia Miller

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Specialist, Dana Investment Advisors
Bio
Malini Ram Moraghan

Malini Ram Moraghan

Co-founder and Board Member, FairAcre Traders
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Joel Moore

Joel Moore

Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
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Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy

Chairman, Local Foods
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Rick Murray

Rick Murray

Founder and CEO, Rick Murray + Friends
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Ram Natarajan

Ram Natarajan

Managing Partner, Natarajan Legal
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Danielle Nierenberg

Danielle Nierenberg

President, Food Tank
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Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan

Principal, 5thP Marketing
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Kathy Nyquist

Kathy Nyquist

Principal, New Venture Advisors
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Tony Olson

Tony Olson

Owner and CEO, SPINS
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Tony Owen

Tony Owen

President, DOM Capital Group
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Mark Palicki

Mark Palicki

VP Marketing, Fortune Fish & Gourmet
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Armand Paradis

Armand Paradis

Director of Business Development, Institute for Food Safety and Health
Bio
Jamie Ponce

Jamie Ponce

Director of Innovation, Environmental Law & Policy Center
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Harry Rhodes

Harry Rhodes

Executive Director, Growing Home Inc.
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John Richards

John Richards

President, Insight Marketing Associates
Bio
Donna Rockin

Donna Rockin

Executive Director, Knapp Entrepreneurship Center at Illinois Institute of Technology
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Lauren Rosenthal

Lauren Rosenthal

Principal, Lauren S. Rosenthal and Board Member, FamilyFarmed
Bio
William Rosenzweig

William Rosenzweig

Dean and Executive Director, The Food Business School
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Kevin Sabo

Kevin Sabo

Chief Poperating Officer, Tiny But Mighty Foods
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Robert Scaman

Robert Scaman

Senior Commodity/Account Manager|Organic Produce, Anthony Marano Company
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Rich Schell

Rich Schell

Attorney, Wagner & Sons, LLP
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Michael Schopin

Michael Schopin

Zenfinity Capital
Bio
Markus Schramm

Markus Schramm

Founder and CEO, Manna Organics and Board Member, FamilyFarmed
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Marc S. Schulman

Marc S. Schulman

President, Eli’s Cheesecake
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Laura Shulman

Laura Shulman

SVP and Food and Nutrition Practice Group Leader, FleishmanHillard
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George Siemon

George Siemon

CIEIO, Organic Valley
Bio
Jim Slama

Jim Slama

President and Founder, FamilyFarmed and Good Food Business Accelerator
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Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Partner, Freeborn and Peters; Director, Angel Food Network
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Tom Spaulding

Tom Spaulding

Executive Director, Angelic Organics Learning Center
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Arran Stephens

Arran Stephens

CEO/Gardenkeper, Nature’s Path Foods
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Nancy Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan

CEO and Senior Managing Director, Illinois Ventures
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Chuck Templeton

Chuck Templeton

Managing Partner, S2G Ventures
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Rick Terrien

Rick Terrien

Founder/CEO, Innovation Kitchens
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Peter Testa

Peter Testa

Owner/Operator Testa Produce
Bio
Mark Thomann

Mark Thomann

CEO, River West Brands; Co-founder, Spiral Sun Ventures
Bio
Howard Tullman

Howard Tullman

CEO at 1871 and Managing Partner at G2T3V, LLC
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Bobby Turner

Bobby Turner

Midwest Region Vice President of Purchasing, Whole Foods Market
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Kari Underly

Kari Underly

Principal and Certified Butcher, Range Partners
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John Vlahakis

John Vlahakis

CEO and Founder, Earthy LLC.
Bio
Keith Wakeman

Keith Wakeman

Entrepreneur, New Venture Development
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Mike Wallach

Mike Wallach

Vice President of Investment, Levy Family Partners
Bio
Karen Watson

Karen Watson

Project Executive
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Jason Weedon

Jason Weedon

CEO & Co-Founder, Gourmet Gorilla
Bio
John Wellehan

John Wellehan

Founder, Bearing Fruit Co.; Principal, Spiral Sun Ventures; Partner, OutboundLab
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Mark Weglarz

Mark Weglarz

Co-Owner & Co-President, Weglarz Co.
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Bill Weiland

Bill Weiland

Owner, Presence Marketing, Inc.
Bio
Andrew S. Whitman

Andrew S. Whitman

Managing Partner, 2X Consumer Products Growth Partners
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David Wilhelm

David Wilhelm

Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, Hecate Energy
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Mark Wilhelms

Mark Wilhelms

Founder of Networks! Digital Marketing Firm and Founder of Red Meat Market
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Peter Wilkins

Peter Wilkins

Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
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Charles Wolf

Charles Wolf

Attorney, Vedder Price
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Jennifer Worstell

Jennifer Worstell

Partner, Natarajan Legal and Board Member, FamilyFarmed
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Jessica Droste Yagan

Jessica Droste Yagan

CEO, Impact Engine
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