Staff & Interns


Janie Maxwell, MS, RDN, LDN Executive Director, ILFMAJanie Maxwell, MS, RDN, LDN
Executive Director, ILFMA

Janie is the Executive Director for the Illinois Farmers Market Association. She is passionate about expanding local foods and farmers’ markets. As a Registered Dietitian, she believes strongly in the health value of local food and advocates for local food by building systems that highlight the economic value of markets to communities and farmers.

In her most recent work with Making Kane County Fit for Kids, as a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Grant, Fit for Kids became a nationally recognized leader in creating a culture of health in part by improving access to healthy food through Farmers Markets and community gardens. Janie is a strong advocate for Link acceptance at markets and worked closely with the Aurora Farmers Market and the Elgin Harvest Market to initiate Link acceptance. Janie brings a background in managing grants and in nonprofit management having managed non-profit initiatives and programs. She is also a nutrition instructor at Northern Illinois University, Department of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences.

Maggie Nykaza
Social Media Guru

Maggie graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Environmental Science focusing on Sustainable Agriculture. She participated in the Loyola Farmers Market in her three years of working for Loyola Urban Ag where she and other students took part in growing food on campus. Maggie has also worked for the Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest program at the Lake County Youth Farm as an Outreach Intern. She is passionate about connecting others to healthy food. Maggie manages social media for IFMA and is excited to explore the ways social media shapes our communication in order to promote local food and its benefits.