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 husband Ed live in Winfield with their four children.

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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 Finance, IT, 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.

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Leon Goins, Vice President of Operations

Leon joined the Food Bank in 2016 after working as a Supply Chain and Operations Consultant for the Athenian Consulting Group in Houston, Texas. Leon has over 26 years in the food industry most recently serving as supply chain consultant on the project team that lead the integration and start-up of Coca-Bottlers Florida. During his career, he has held key leadership positions with several world class food organizations including Coca-Cola and ConAgra Foods. He brings a wealth of knowledge in business transformations, optimization, process improvement and strategy.

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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.

Tom Rieger, Vice President of Finance

Tom joined the Food Bank in April 2015 and is currently the Vice President of Finance. Tom has over 30 years of business experience, having served as a Senior Executive in both Finance and IT at British Petroleum and has a Big 4 public accounting background (Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen). He has expertise in financial operations, financial and management reporting, budgeting & forecasting, business and financial process optimization, internal control, inventory and project management.

Tom earned his CPA and is a graduate of John Carroll University. He is active in his community having served as the Finance Committee Chair for Campton Hills, and also spends time serving at his church and an international charitable organization.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

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

Board Members

  • Irfan Badibanga
  • Stacey Barsema, Barsema Family Foundation
  • William Connell, Duchossois Capital Management
  • Doug Cygan, Jewel-Osco
  • Tom Dant, Meijer
  • Pamela Downey
  • William Eich, Crystal Lake Food Pantry
  • Bob Goodpaster, Ryan Companies
  • Karen Joyce, Nielsen
  • Mike Keane, Supreme Lobster
  • James Mattikow
  • Brian McCaskey, Chicago Bears Football Club
  • Boyd Nelson, Woodforest National Bank
  • Michael Peaster, McDonald’s Corporation
  • Carol Peterson, Exelon Generation
  • Christine Reller, ABC 7 Chicago
  • Kathleen Ross, Executive Women’s Council
  • Bob Wasserman, Allstate Insurance
  • Dr. Daniel Woestman, Belvidere Community School District #100