Executive Leadership Team

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Julie Yurko, President and CEO

Julie joined Northern Illinois Food Bank in 2009 and served as the organization’s philanthropy team lead since 2010 before her appointment to president and CEO in 2014. Julie has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, operations and marketing.

Prior to joining the Food Bank, Julie worked for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Children’s Memorial Foundation (now Lurie’s Children’s Medical Center) and the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. Julie has served as President of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement, and on the Boards of the Special Education Alliance for District 200, and Teen Parent Connection.

Julie serves on the Boards of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago, Feeding Illinois and Thrivent Member Network Regional Board. She is also a past member of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger.

Julie has a degree in music and business from Northern Illinois University. She and her family live in Winfield.

Chris White

Chris White, Chief Operations Officer

Chris joined the Food Bank in February 2005, following eight years serving in the U.S. Army & Reserves, working for Dierks Foods and the Hunger Connection (the local food bank which Northern Illinois Food Bank later acquired). Chris has worked in all facets of operations at the Food Bank, including as Warehouse Manager, Director of Warehouse & Food Processing, Director of Continuous Improvement, and Vice President of Operations. Chris became the Chief Operations Offer in 2021. He and his family reside in Rockford.

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Maeven Sipes, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Maeven joined Northern Illinois Food Bank in August 2010 and led the individual giving team before taking on the role of Vice President of Philanthropy in 2016. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Maeven worked at Adoption Ark and coordinated the international adoptions of over 70 children. She has served on the West Suburban Philanthropic Network Board of Directors since 2013 and earned a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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Jennifer Bucko Lamplough, Chief Impact Officer

Jennifer Bucko Lamplough joined Northern Illinois Food Bank in 2015 as the Director of Nutrition Programs and Executive Chef. In 2020 Jen became the Senior Director of Strategy, overseeing all of the Direct Services programs. Jen was named Chief Impact Officer in the summer of 2021 and she and her team ensure all of our neighbors receive the food they need to thrive through our network of agencies and programs.

Jen has a Certificate in Professional Cooking from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Morris Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois.

Molly Vanderloo

Molly Vanderloo, Chief Financial Officer

Molly Vanderloo has a combined background in international and local humanitarian work as well as a decade of professional services with RSM McGladrey. Her commitment to the non-profit industry spans twenty years and has led to roles of high-level leadership, finance, accounting, human resources, information systems and that of the Board of Directors. Thanks to almost a decade with RSM McGladrey, and leading her own business for six years, Molly has worked with all types of non-profit organizations, associations, education, social service and foundations up to $220 million in budget size. The experience has been both tactical and strategic. Molly has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance and a Master’s in Business Administration from DePaul University.

Melissa Kochan

Melissa Kochan, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Melissa Kochan joined Northern Illinois Food Bank in 2020 as the Executive Administrative Assistant to President and CEO Julie Yurko. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Melissa worked at Honeywell-UOP and LanzaTech supporting C-Level Executives. Melissa is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. She and her family reside in Schaumburg.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Douglas Eckrote, Chair
  • Maydene Moore, Vice Chair
    Bank of America
  • William Connell, Treasurer
    Duchossois Capital Management
  • Stacey Barsema, Secretary
    Barsema Family Foundation
  • Kim Holmes, DEI Chair
    Discover Financial Services (retired)
  • Julie Yurko, President & CEO
    Northern Illinois Food Bank

Board Members

  • Stacey Barsema, Barsema Family Foundation
  • Corey Berends, Conagra Brands
  • David Brearton, Mondelez International (retired)
  • Nate Carden, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP & Affiliates
  • William Connell, Duchossois Capital Management
  • Tom Dant, Meijer
  • Douglas Eckrote, CDW
  • Michael Gurin, North Chicago
  • Moses Herring Sr., Faith Movers Church
  • Kim Holmes, Discover Financial Services (retired)
  • Lela Johnson, Attorney
  • Cathy Lang, Epsilon Auto/CRM
  • Justin Massa, IDEO
  • Brian McCaskey, Chicago Bears Football Club
  • John Millner, John Millner & Associates Inc.
  • Maydene Moore, Bank of America
  • Nadine Moore, Boston Consulting Group
  • Carol Peterson, Exelon Generation
  • Kevin Poorten, Northwestern Medicine
  • Christine Reller, ABC 7 Chicago
  • Dale Richardson, Compeer Financial (retired)
  • Paul Rodriguez, Xperi
  • Sandy Rodriguez, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
  • Craig Sesemann, Partners Warehouse Logistics Services
  • Anthony Suggs, Jewel-Osco
  • Wilbur You, Youtech & Associates
  • Julie Yurko, Northern Illinois Food Bank