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.
 
Currently, Julie serves as Chair for Feeding Illinois, the state food bank association, and is a member of the Governor’s Commission to End Hunger in Illinois. In addition she is a Board Member of the Better Business Bureau, Chicago.
 
Julie has a degree in music and business from Northern Illinois University. She and her family live in Winfield.


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Dianne Korizon, Chief Strategy Officer

Dianne has been with Northern Illinois Food Bank since November 2010 when she originally joined the team as the Director of Finance. In her current role, she oversees the Agency Relations and Nutrition teams. Dianne brought with her more than 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, with extensive experience in the food packaging industry. Dianne earned her CPA and has an MBA from DePaul University. She frequently spends time volunteering for Food for Greater Elgin and Willow Creek Community Church.


Chris White

Chris White, Vice President Operations

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 and director of continuous improvement. Chris became the vice president of operations in 2018. He and his family reside in Rockford.


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Maeven Sipes, Vice President of Philanthropy

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 is currently President.


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Jennifer Nau, Director of Communications

Jennifer joined the Food Bank in May 2016. She previously served at a Chicago area agency, JSH&A Communications, where she successfully guided world-renowned clients with an array of programming that promoted and advanced their respective products and messages. Notable clients included: Beam Suntory, The Hershey Company, McDonald’s, Purina, SKILSAW and Master Lock.


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Jennifer Riippi, Vice President of Human Resources

Jennifer joined our team to lead the administration of the AmeriCorps VISTA national service volunteer program. She was named director of human resources in 2013. Jennifer began her career with global business consulting organizations and has led HR teams in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Her past experience includes human resources roles at SAIC, Kaplan and Navistar, as well as consulting for Spiegel/Eddie Bauer and Accenture. Jennifer has a degree in Human Resource Management and holds multiple Development Dimensions International (DDI) leadership development certifications, along with certification in professional human resources.


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Tim Hieber, Chief Financial Officer

Tim joined the Food Bank in May of 2018 and currently oversees the Finance and IT teams. He has over 25 years of finance and accounting experience, with managerial roles in industries including construction, manufacturing, consulting and SaaS. Tim is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a degree in Accountancy and is currently a registered C.P.A. Tim is a runner and triathlete, and enjoys spending time with his family in St. Charles.


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Geneace Williams, Chair
    Our Living Word Communications, Inc.
  • Greg Schweitzer, Vice Chair
    Provident Spend Management
  • Dirk Locascio, Treasurer
    US Foods
  • Doug Eckrote, Secretary
    CDW
  • Julie Yurko, President & CEO
    Northern Illinois Food Bank

Board Members

  • Stacey Barsema, Barsema Family Foundation
  • Corey Berends, Conagra Brands
  • Nate Carden, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP & Affiliates
  • William Connell, Duchossois Capital Management
  • Tom Dant, Meijer
  • Pamela Downey, Community Volunteer
  • William Eich, Crystal Lake Food Pantry
  • Mike Keane, Supreme Lobster
  • James Mattikow, Community Volunteer
  • Brian McCaskey, Chicago Bears Football Club
  • John Millner, John Millner & Associates Inc.
  • Maydene Moore, Bank of America
  • Boyd Nelson, Woodforest National Bank
  • Michael Peaster, McDonald’s Corporation
  • Carol Peterson, Exelon Generation
  • Christine Reller, ABC 7 Chicago
  • Kathleen Ross, Bank of America
  • Dr. Daniel Woestman, Belvidere Community School District #100