Board of Directors

Natalie Kenny Marquez

Natalie M. Kenny Marquez
President, ILFMA

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.

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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.

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Paul Levin
Treasurer, ILFMA

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.

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Catherine Dunlap
Secretary, ILFMA

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.

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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.

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Yescenia 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.

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Cathy McDermott
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.

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Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant
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.

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Stef Funk
Board Member, ILFMA

Communications Specialist, Chicago Food Policy Action Council

Stef Funk is a South Chicago native who has worked with various institutions and non profits to support Chicago's local food system. While earning her degree in Environmental Science from Clark University, she completed her thesis on the effect functional diversity has on carbon sequestration to inform climate mitigation policy in Costa Rica. After returning to Chicago, she went on to work with several organizations to improve their STEM curriculum, manage Plant Chicago’s and McKinley Park’s farmers markets, became one of the leaders of the Chicago Farmers Market Collective, and now works with the Chicago Food Policy Action Council as their Communications Specialist. She also sits on Environmentalists of Color's Advisory Council and Plant Chicago's Auxiliary Board. She is passionate about educating all Chicagoans about the importance of local food and advocating for justice and equity for our growers, producers, and consumers.

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Daley Schwengel
Board Member, ILFMA

Shelby County Economic Development Director

Daley is from Shelbyville and is the Economic Development Director for her area. While attending Illinois State University she received a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies. She is one of the owners and farmers at her family's farm, No Bad Days Farm in Shelbyville. They are just getting started, but have been attending farmers markets in their local area. She also helps out at her fiance's family farm and loves working with the cattle. In the past, she has worked for the Urbana's Market at the Square and The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, Illinois. Daley enjoys cows, pottery, music and traveling.

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Kent Miles
Board Member, ILFMA

Owner Illinois Willows

Kent, is grower operator at Illinois Willows ( Speciality Cut Flower Grower ) located in Seymour, Illinois. He has a background in retail floral design and flower shop management. Kent started growing flowers as a hobby and developed in to a business.  Kent has been attending Urbana's Market at the Square for 15 + years and has also participated in farmers markets in Springfield, Mahomet and Monticello over the years. Kent has been attending Urbana's Market in the Square since its first year. He is currently on several boards; Danville Community College Hort. Advisory Board, Parkland College Hort. Advisory Board, Urbana's Market At The Square Advisory Board.

Lauren Woodbridge

Lauren Woodbridge
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!