Board of Directors

Natalie M. Kenny Marquez
President, ILFMA

Marketing Coordinator & Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square

Natalie is the Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square, a long-standing producer-only farmers’ market located in downtown Urbana. Although Natalie is newer to the Urbana farmers’ market scene, she’s not new to the community. She’s proud to represent the seventh generation of her family to reside in Champaign County and enjoys that she can connect working at the Market with her family’s deep Midwestern agricultural roots. Natalie has a passion for marketing, especially for social media, and tries her best to carry these ideas and concepts over to the farmers’ market. Natalie holds Bachelor’s degrees in advertising and political science from Southern Illinois University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

dale hazlewoodDale A. Hazlewood
Vice President, ILFMA

Aurora’s Farmers Market Manager & City of Aurora Special Event Coordinator
Farmers Market Coalition, Board Member

Dale is a Special Event Coordinator for the City of Aurora, organizing city events such as holiday parades and celebrations, as well as managing Aurora’s Farmers Market, Illinois’ oldest continuously operating market. Known for his endless stream of ideas, targeted initiatives and non-traditional resources, his creative marketing efforts frequently bring thousands of new faces, as well as significantly defining and expanding an events brand. A life-long micro-farmer, Dale raises a wide variety of poultry, is a self-sufficiency advocate and an award-winning vegetable gardener. Dale has BA and BFA degrees from Northern Illinois University in Theatre Arts and Art & Design and is a double Certified Farmers Market Manager.

laura ericksonLaura Erickson
Secretary, ILFMA

Chicago Botanic Garden, Windy City Market

Laura is the Market Coordinator for the Windy City Market, a youth development farm program of the Chicago Botanic Garden. She teaches underserved high school students how to grow, market, and cook with fresh fruits and vegetables. She also manages the harvest, distribution, and sales of the program. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Illinois Farmers Market Association and participates in the Illinois Farmers Market Task Force. Before working at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Laura apprenticed on organic farms in California and Georgia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bradley University.

Traci Dawodu
Treasurer, ILFMA

Alder Planetarium, Accounting Manager

Traci is the Accounting Manager at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Before joining the Planetarium, Traci served as the Controller at a prominent non-profit health care organization and as an Auditor for a mid-sized public accounting firm in Chicago. She has also served as the Accountant for ILFMA since 2013. Traci grew up with rural farm roots in Central Illinois. Since moving to Chicago, she has been a loyal CSA customer at Angelic Organics farm. She also frequents Chicago farmers markets in her free time. Traci graduated from Bradley University with a Master of Science degree in Accounting.

Laurie George
Board Member, ILFMA

Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, University of Illinois Extension

Laurie is a Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator serving Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington Counties. She has a background in horticulture, with experience in marketing. Since 2012, Laurie has developed and delivered face-to-face and online programs that affect small growers, such as growing and harvesting safe food, hydroponics, fruit and vegetable production, Integrated Pest Management, and greenhouse production. Throughout the years, she has been involved in developing and supporting area farmers markets and is passionate about promoting the idea of local foods to area communities. Laurie holds a Master of Science degree in Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale.

Colleen McNicholsColleen McNichols
Board Member, ILFMA

Market Manager, Food Justice Activist

Colleen is committed to promoting sustainable local food systems while working to eliminate Chicagoland's food deserts. Since managing the South Halsted Neighborhood Farmers Market, she has focused on expanding both farmer representation and nutritional incentive programs on Chicago’s South Side. As Farmer Liaison and Special Projects Director at FarmLogix LLC, she linked Midwestern farmers to the supply chain by connecting producers with new markets. With a background in horticulture and permaculture studies, Colleen also has extensive experience teaching clients to grow their food in potager gardens of their own design.

Yescenia MotoYescenia Moto
Board Member, ILFMA

Program Coordinator, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Yescenia joined the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (formally the Mayor’s Office of Special Events) in 2003 as Special Events Coordinator in the Programming Division. Shortly after joining the Programming Division, she joined forces with Green City Market founder Abbey Mandel to hire the first ever Chicago Farm Forager. Working with the Farm Forager, the City’s application and regulations were revamped to ensure that all farmers are inspected for any that want to join the program. She also works closely with the several other City departments in making sure the farmer's markets are up to code on city regulations. Over the past 12 years, she has coordinated several festivals and special events including Viva Chicago, Chicago Living Pavilion at the Taste of Chicago and many others.

Lindsay Record
Board Member, ILFMA

Executive Director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Lindsay Record began in 2006 as an intern at Illinois Stewardship Alliance and subsequently served as Program Coordinator (2006-2008), Executive Director (2008-2012) Program Director (2012-2015) and returned to the Executive Director position in December 2015. She has been integral to the organization’s growth over the years and has worked with the board to initiate strategic planning, increased membership, and assisted in establishing all current programs including Conservation, Local Food, and Policy Advocacy. Lindsay’s passion for locally grown foods began when working on an organic vegetable farm in Arizona in 1999 and has continued her love affair with local food and farmers markets ever since.

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant
Board Member, ILFMA

Consultant, New Leaf Consulting

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant is Owner/Consultant of New Leaf Consulting. One of her current efforts is working with the launch of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Market in Lincoln. Before starting her consulting business, Deborah was employed by the University of Illinois Extension as a Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator serving Logan, Menard, and Sangamon counties. Deborah is a Certified Market Manager completing the MILFMA Market Manager Certificate Program in 2016. With more than 30 years of experience working in sustainable local food systems, Deborah brings a wealth of experience at the local, state, regional and national levels. She is currently involved in several local foods and small farm organizations, including Grow Springfield, Slow Food Springfield, and Spence Farm Foundation.

Cathy McDermott
Board Member, ILFMA

Administrator, Rock River Development Partnership

Cathy is the Administrator of the Rock River Development Partnership (RRDP), a 501c3 whose mission is to bring business and people together to create a place in Rockford’s urban core. The RRDP created the Rockford City Market in 2010 with the goal of promoting exposure to downtown, incubating a new business, and increasing traffic to existing businesses. Cathy manages this 20-week event, which features locally grown and made items and in 2015 visitors grew to over 100,000. The RRDP also manages the North End City Market and the monthly Rockford Vintage Market. Cathy is a lifelong Rockford resident with a Business Administration degree from Rockford College. She is married to Kevin with three children, Sarah, Emily, and Luke. Cathy was named one of the 2015 Chamber of Commerce’s 20 People You Should Know, is a recipient of the Boylan Alumni Excellence Award and named one of the People to Watch by the Rockford Register Star in 2016.

Sterling BollmanSterling Bollman
Board Member, ILFMA

Assistant Market Director, Urbana's Market

Sterling is the Assistant Market Director at Urbana’s Market at the Square. He grew up in a small, rural town in Central Illinois and has been around farming and agriculture from a young age. He began working at Urbana’s Market at the Square in 2016 and has quickly developed a passion for it and intends to help it grow even more. Sterling received a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and hopes to use his skills in advertising and marketing to grow the farmers market brand.

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