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Sam Toia

President & CEO


Mary Kay Bonoma

Executive Vice President


Gina Thomas

Vice President of Operations


Matt Quinn

Government Relations &

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Jean Schmid

Director of Finance & Administration


Alex Nedinic

Assistant Director of Finance &






Mary Wilkie

Director of Education


Elizabeth Washington

Education Coordinator


Nallely Alfonso




Eric Fine

Director of Sales & Marketing


Christine DeSousa

Senior Member Relations Manager


David Cohen

Member Relations Manager



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Amy Harris

Executive Director
Chicago Gourmet


Ashley Brandon

Director of Operations & Programming
Chicago Gourmet


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Samantha Vitale

Special Events Project Manager



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Terrell Johnson

Executive Director



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