GFGM Advisory Board
Dr. Damon Arnold
|Medical Director II Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Biography coming soon.
|Chair of the Board, FamilyFarmed
Charlotte Flinn is co-founder and president of Flinn Consultants, a 25-year-old consulting firm assisting industrial, service, professional, academic, government and not-for-profit clients to achieve and sustain optimum levels of business, leadership and organizational effectiveness. Consulting strengths include strategic planning, leadership and management development and executive coaching. She is Chair of FamilyFarmed board and has been associated with the organization for some 15 years. Charlotte is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Philosophy from Queens College in New York and a graduate in Organization Development from the Center for Organization Development at Loyola University in Chicago. Her leadership with environmental firms, sustainability and urban agriculture initiatives supports her long-standing interest in the environment in a sustainable economy. Flinn Consultants is best known for its long-term client relationships and its ability to partner with owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives. She lives with her husband Bob in Chicago.
|Urban Youth Program Director Windy City Harvest
Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark
|Physician. Modern day medicine woman. Mother. Educator. Activist.
Biography coming soon.
Dr. Rupa Mahadevan
|Pediatric Integrative Consultant Northwestern Medicine
Biography coming soon.
Dr. Edwin McDonald
|Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology University of Chicago Chef and Blogger, The Docs Kitchen
Dr. Ed McDonald is a trained chef and board certified physician dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through nutrition education. He obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and his medical education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. During medical school, he developed an interest in community health education and subsequently developed program focusing on training local hip-hop and spoken word artists as health educators with funding support from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. This program was inspired by his experience of training barbers as health educators at the CNN featured, Project Brotherhood, a clinic focusing on the health of African-American men in Chicago. His experience at Project Brotherhood made him keenly aware of the impact of social determinants of health, but he was most interested in the effects of nutrition on health and disease.
After medical school, he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern. As a resident, Dr. McDonald often shared recipes with his clinic patients at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Witnessing the effects of simple lifestyle interventions on the health of his patients prompted him to seek further training in nutrition. He then completed a fellowship in clinical nutrition at the University of Chicago and culinary training at the prestigious Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. McDonald currently is an Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago. He is also the Associate Director of Adult Nutrition at the University and an instructor in culinary medicine.
Dr. McDonald has conducted basic science research in gastroenterology with funding through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). He has presented research at national meetings including Digestive Disease Week. His current research interests include small intestinal disorders, obesity, nutrition education, health disparities, and colon cancer prevention. His articles have been featured in scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Adam Murphy
|Assistant Professor of Urology Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern Medicine
Dr. Adam Murphy is an urologist in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He is one of 9 doctors at Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center who specialize in Urology. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish.
Dr. Melinda Ring
|Director Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Northwestern Medicine
Dr. Melinda Ring, MD is an integrative medicine specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 21 years. She specializes in integrative medicine and internal medicine.
|Founder and CEO, Family Farmed
Jim Slama founded FamilyFarmed at a time when few people recognized the term “Good Food movement,” and demand for locally, sustainably, humanely, and fairly produced food was still a tiny sliver of the overall consumer market.
Under Slama’s leadership during more than 15 years since, FamilyFarmed has become an important catalyst in the booming, consumer-driven rise of the movement. He has helped to build a robust Good Food cluster in the nonprofit’s home base of Chicago while expanding the national scope and impact of its work.
In 2004, Slama created FamilyFarmed’s highest-profile event. Then a one-day Good Food Trade Show aimed at connecting local farmers with trade buyers, the event evolved into what today is the Good Food EXPO, held each March in Chicago, which covers the Good Food spectrum with thought-provoking panels and symposiums featuring leading experts, a food policy conference, a Good Food Marketplace where many of the Midwest’s leading farm and food producers exhibit, and a day-long, family-friendly Good Food Festival that is a big public celebration of the fast-rising Good Food movement.
Two other key elements of FamilyFarmed’s programming grew out of the EXPO. The Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference was founded in 2009 and first held in 2011 in partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to order to better connect food and farm entrepreneurs with the growing community of investors interested in Good Food businesses. Then the first day of a three-day Good Food EXPO, the Financing & Innovation Conference helped stimulate networking, but also exposed a need for more intensive entrepreneurial development. This need was addressed in 2014 by the creation of the Good Food Accelerator, which provides an intensive six-month Fellowship program for competitively selected entrepreneurs.
The Financing & Innovation Conference and Accelerator have combined over the past few years to help facilitate more than $50 million in financial deals for early-stage food businesses. Having taken on a life of their own, the Financing & Innovation Conference in 2018 was separated from the EXPO as a one-day stand-alone event in which the Accelerator team plays a central role.
The Farmer Training program is a comprehensive program that gives farmers the resources and tools they need to make sure their produce is of the highest quality, to manage food safety and other risks, and to nurture the relationships with customers that they need to be successful. FamilyFarmed has emerged as a national leader in farmer training, and with support of the USDA, we have trained over 14,000 in 43 states.
FamilyFarmed never stands still under Slama’s leadership. The organization on April 30 co-produced the successful Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration fundraiser with Chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Farmer Foundation. The organization has also recently held two Good Food is Good Medicine symposiums and is working to develop a broader program focused on the major impact food has on health.
|Affiliate Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago Leader/Fellow, Culture of Health Leaders Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Felipe Tendick-Matesanz is a public health scientist contributing to knowledge, participating in direct action, and advocating for a shared vision for health equity—building power with the most marginalized and oppressed—that evolves as economic and political conditions change.
Dr. Angela Odoms-Young
|Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy
Dr. Angela Odoms-Young is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences and an IHRP Fellow.
Dr. Odoms-Young’s research is focused on understanding social, cultural, and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and minority populations. Her current projects include studies to evaluate the impact of the new WIC food package on dietary intake, weight status, and chronic disease risk in 2-3 year old low-income children and vendor participation; identify strategies to improve program participation and retention among WIC eligible children; evaluate the efficacy of a community-based participatory weight loss intervention in African American women; and examine community engagement approaches to promote food justice. She has contributed to several Institute of Medicine reports, including the Review of WIC Food Packages: Proposed Framework for Revisions: Interim Report, published in November 2015.
Dr. Odoms-Young serves on the executive committee of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), which awarded her the 2015 Katherine Kaufer Christoffel Founder’s Award.
Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Odoms-Young served on the faculty of Northern Illinois University in Public Health and Health Education. She completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
|Administrative Director Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Northwestern University
Shaan Trotter, MSc, Administrative Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University’s Office of Equity and Minority Health (OEMH) was named Co-Chair of the Illinois Cancer Partnership (ICP) at the ICP Biannual Meeting in Chicago on April 24.
Trotter will co-lead the ICP together with Shannon Lightner, Senior Director of State Health Systems for the American Cancer Society’s Lakeshore Division. Lightner is succeeding ICP outgoing chair Jennifer Badiu, Administrative Director of the Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Institute.
In his role as Administrative Director of the OEMH, Trotter works closely with Associate Director, Alexis Thompson, MD, MPH, to provide the leadership for and coordinate the Lurie Cancer Center’s efforts to address the unique cancer issues of minority and medically underserved populations. A major task of the OEMH is to assemble evidence and advise on the most appropriate and promising strategies for reducing cancer health disparities.
In 2013, the ICP streamlined its initiatives to focus on statewide colorectal cancer screening, focusing its efforts on public education, as well as physician and facility engagement. Trotter served as Co-Chair of the ICP public education initiatives, which included a series of webinars and presentations by David Baker, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern Medicine, and a member of the Lurie Cancer Center.
A statewide, collaborative organization with a mission to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cancer in Illinois, the ICP works in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop and prepare the Illinois Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. The ICP relies on the involvement of a broad range of citizens, including individuals, informal groups, and corporate entities, to accomplish the programs goals and objectives, and to implement its strategies within the communities where people live, work and play.
Dr. Glenn Zemel
|Medical Development Partner + Food Scientist Medical Genius Project
Dr. Glenn Zemel is an anesthesiologist in Naperville, Illinois and is affiliated with Edward Hospital. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He is one of 26 doctors at Edward Hospital who specialize in Anesthesiology.