December 7, 2023 - The five IFMA Foodservice Leadership Councils (FLCs) have just announced their leadership teams for 2024. The FLCs consist of 150+ operator individuals and represent the major segments of foodservice: Elementary & Secondary Schools, College & University, Business & Industry, Healthcare, and Restaurants .    




Each FLC executive committee member is nominated by and voted on by council peers. The executive committees provide strategic direction and insight into the work the councils do throughout the year and help maintain each council charter.  


The FLCs share insights, business best practices, and important issues facing their segments with one another and other IFMA members. The councils work collaboratively to suggest solutions to shared challenges. And effective January 1, in exchange for their dedication and service to the association, the operators that participate on these councils will be the first official operator members welcomed into IFMA’s new operator membership group.  


“We rely on the insights of the FLCs,” explains IFMA President and CEO, Phil Kafarakis . “They bring the voice of the operator directly to IFMA’s membership . In 2023 they played an integral role in the development of our new strategic plan, Level Up 2027, and we look forward to working closely with them in 2024 and beyond – as full-fledged IFMA members – as we begin implementation of that plan .”  


2024 FLC Executive Leadership

Elementary and Secondary Schools:  

Chair: Whitney Ellersick, Portland (OR) Public Schools 

Vice Chair: Alyssia Wright, Fulton County (GA) School Nutrition Program 

Second Vice Chair: Danielle Bock, Greeley (CO) Public Schools 

Past Chairs: Spencer Taylor, Metro Nashville Public Schools; and Jessica Shelly, Cincinnati Public Schools 


Colleges & Universities:   

Chair: Peter Testory, University of Wisconsin-Madison  

Vice Chair: Betsy Helgesen, University of Minnesota-Duluth  

Second Vice Chair: Jeff Palmer, UC San Diego  

Past Chairs: Jill Horst, UC Santa Barbara; and Ken Toong, UMass Amherst   


Business & Industry:   

Chair: Daniel Cramer, CBRE@Credit Suisse (interim)  

Vice Chair: vacant  

Second Vice Chair: Bernice Radaideh, Bank of America  

Past Chairs: Sharon Eliatamby, The World Bank Group; and Kristine Cotton, JLL  



Chair: Michael Vetro, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  

Vice Chair: Tina Banning, Kettering Health  

Second Vice Chair: Matt Tremblay, Northbridge Communities  

Past Chairs: Julie Meddles, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center; and Tim Schoonmaker, Centra Health  



Chair: Aaron Weedy, Ledo Pizza System  

Vice Chair: Phil Altieri, Buffalo Wings and Rings  

Second Vice Chair: Rebecca Hurst, Cheesecake Factory  

Past Chairs: Jeff Chandler, Hopdoddy Burger Bar; and Tom Hannon, Sky Chili Co-op  



FLCs advise IFMA and its members hip on how best to serve them through the development of toolkits, in webinar conversations, and through presentations at IFMA events. FLC leaders are also called upon to consult with the IFMA staff and board on major topics.   


Recently, each FLC has produced a guidebook to support business relationships with their segments. Their work provides perspective on their particular challenges, giving clear direction and guidance on how best to partner and provide support. These comprehensive and exclusive resources are brand new and now available to IFMA members as a complimentary benefit of membership. See more.