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.

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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.

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Chris White, Vice President of 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 earned a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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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.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Dirk Locascio, Chair
    US Foods
  • Douglas Eckrote, Vice Chair
  • William Connell, Treasurer
    Duchossois Capital Management
  • Stacey Barsema, Secretary
    Barsema Family Foundation
  • 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, Aramark
  • Douglas Eckrote, CDW
  • William Eich, Crystal Lake Food Pantry
  • Moses Herring Sr., Faith Movers Church
  • Kim Holmes, Discover Financial Services (retired)
  • Lela Johnson, Attorney
  • Cathy Lang, Epsilon Auto/CRM
  • Dirk Locascio, US Foods
  • Brian McCaskey, Chicago Bears Football Club
  • John Millner, John Millner & Associates Inc.
  • Maydene Moore, Bank of America
  • Nadine Moore, Boston Consulting Group
  • Boyd Nelson, Woodforest National Bank (retired)
  • 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
  • Julie Yurko, Northern Illinois Food Bank