Natalie M. Kenny Marquez
Founder & CEO,
Grow Marketing + Communications, LLC
Natalie Kenny Marquez is a born planner and communicator specializing in helping organizations determine their audience, tell their story, build their brand, and expand their reach. Natalie's background includes 10 years in municipal government outreach and communications, 5 seasons running Urbana's Market at the Square, and countless hours working with small businesses and start-ups on their marketing plans and strategies. Besides owning Grow Marketing + Communications, LLC. Natalie enjoys swimming, health and fitness, shopping at farmers markets, blogging at Family to Table, and spending time with her husband and their two young children, and wrangling the family puppy, Taco.
Dale A. Hazlewood
Vice President, ILFMA
Special Events & Corporate Partnerships
Dale is a life-long gardener and micro-farmer, raising a wide variety of free-range poultry, fruits, award-winning vegetables, and flowers. As Vice President of the Illinois Farmers Market Association, Dale works to provide educational opportunities for statewide Farmers Market managers, vendors, and producers through workshops, webinars, and conferences. He also advocates for local food and culinary tourism and is known for his endless stream of ideas, targeted initiatives, and non-traditional resources.
Eagle Market Consulting, Inc.
Paul lives in the Logan Square neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest side, where in 2005 the City of Chicago started a small bi-weekly farmers market. Two years later, the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, where Paul became Executive Director, took over its management. While at the Chamber, Paul was responsible for growing the Logan Square Farmers Market into a neighborhood institution, now running Sundays outdoors from May through October and indoors from November through March. At the height of the season the Market hosts 60 to 70 vendors: family owned or small scale farmers and growers, value added producers and processors, and makers of ready to eat food, with thousands of customers and visitors each week, even when it rains.
The Logan Square Market was, in 2007, the first in Illinois to provide a wireless system enabling credit card and SNAP purchases, at no cost to vendors or customers. Community support has been built by selectively inviting local non-agricultural businesses and non-commercial organizations and institutions to participate. Customer loyalty and vendor retention are outstanding, and positive recognition of the self-supporting Market has come from city, national and international organizations and media.
Since 2007, Paul has shared his practical experience in workshops, seminars and on-site visits. He is the author of the "Farmers Market Toolkit--How to Start and Grow Your Community's Own Farmers Market" published on behalf of the City of Chicago in 2015. After retiring from the Chamber of Commerce in 2017, he established Eagle Market Consulting, Inc., to continue his work supporting food producers and farmers markets in Illinois and the Midwest.
Outreach and Events Coordinator,
City of Bloomington
Catherine Dunlap is the Outreach and Events Coordinator for the City of Bloomington’s Downtown Development Division. As part of this position, she manages the award winning DowntownBloomington Farmers’ Market and First Friday monthly promotion. Prior to this position,Catherine worked in downtown development and community development for more than 15 years.Including her role as the associate director of the Green Economy Initiative at HeartlandCommunity College. Prior to that, she was the downtown development specialist for the WisconsinMain Street Program, housed in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, for six years.Previously, she was the executive director of the three Main Street programs in Bloomington, IL,Cape Girardeau, MO and Mascoutah, IL. She has Bachelor of Arts in Communications Arts fromCulver-Stockton College in Canton, MO and recently completed her Master’s in PublicAdministration from the University of Illinois-Springfield.
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.
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.
Board Member, ILFMA
Executive Director, 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. 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.
Board Member, ILFMA
Owner/Consultant of New Leaf Consulting
She is also the Owner/Consultant of New Leaf Consulting. Prior to starting her consulting business, Deborah was employed by the University of Illinois Extension as a Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator. Deborah is a Certified Market Manager 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 the Illinois Farmers Market Association and Slow Food Springfield.
Board Member, ILFMA
Lauren was born and raised in the small town of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has a degree in culinary nutrition from the Providence campus of Johnson & Wales University and is working on the next stage to become a dietitian. She is currently finishing up a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA Health and Nutrition Coordinator with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She has started a small bagel business, The Kitchen Sink Chicago, alongside her girlfriend, Jeanine Lamadieu. Check out the ILFMA blog for details. She has dedicated a great deal of time to sharing the importance of growing and eating local food, and supporting farms across the Midwest. Lauren enjoys hiking, traveling, writing for blogs, exploring small towns with Jeanine and playing with dogs!