BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Douglas R. Cuscaden – Board President
Doug is a life-long resident of Geneva. After graduating from Geneva Community High School Doug obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College and then his Law Degree at The John Marshall Law School. Doug began his legal practice at the Kane County State’s attorney’s Office as a criminal prosecutor. He joined the St. Charles firm of Hoscheit, McGuirk, P. C. in 1995 and became a partner in 2000. The Firm is now known as Hoscheit, McGuirk, McCracken & Cuscaden, P.C.Doug has been actively involved in the Community. He has served on both the Geneva City Council and the Geneva Plan Commission. He is also a past president of the Geneva Lions Club. Doug also coached his boys for years in youth baseball and ice hockey. Doug and his Wife, Colleen, reside in Geneva and are the parents of 3 boys, Ted, Pat and Bennett.
Jennifer Ost – Vice President
Jennifer Ost works on grant writing projects and various fundraising events for FVFFH. She is also involved with fundraising events for Lazarus House and Tri City Health Partnership. Jennifer served on the board of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Chicago for 2 years and has continued in a forum leadership role with the chapter since 2008. Jennifer’s past work includes project management, technical/business writing and technology development for Arthur Andersen, Accenture and JMB Realty Corp. Jennifer graduated from Rutgers in 1991 with a BA in English and a BA in Russian Language and Literature. Jennifer and her husband Brandon have lived in St. Charles for 14 years.
Kelly Bodine, RDN, LDN – Treasurer
Kelly joined Fox Valley Food for Health in March 2018 while seeking a significant volunteer opportunity that encompasses her passion for nutrition education, health & wellness and numbers. Kelly is first a Badger, graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a BBA in Finance and Real Estate in 1988; and second a Huskie, graduating from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics in 2014. She worked at Cushman & Wakefield for 10+ years before taking time off to raise her two children. During that time period, Kelly volunteered at Western Avenue PTO, Girl Scouts, Northern Illinois Food Bank and Geneva Basketball Association. As a second career Registered Dietitian, Kelly started her own company for private practice nutrition consulting but felt that the non-profit sector was more to her calling. She also volunteers her time at Mooseheart, WSAND, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children and the DuPage Food Security Council. Kelly has lived in Geneva with her husband and two kids for 20 years and enjoys reading, cooking, golfing, biking, walking along the Fox River and gardening.
Chris Bowling comes to us with 26 years in Banking and Finance having spent the past twelve years in and around the Fox Valley area working for Fifth Third Bank. He has been involved with numerous Chamber of Commerce committees, two Chamber Boards and is a current member of Kaneland’s Financial Advisory Committee for the past 6 years, two of those years as Chairperson. While he enjoys banking and finance, his true passion lies in the relationships he develops with the network of clients formed from all walks of life and experiences. His belief is that when we know each other’s story, you now have a solid foundation to build the relationship. After learning Fox Valley Food for Health’s story and having lost his Mother to cancer 9 years ago, he was compelled to do more. Encouraging his step-daughter to be a teen chef, sponsorships and now rolling up his sleeves to help grow and spread Fox Valley Food for Health’s mission.Chris has spent most of his life in the western suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in Elburn with his wife Carolyn and three children, including two stepchildren. His interests include reading, learning, traveling and continuing his own personal fitness journey.
Sarah L. Flanagan is Vice-President of Financial Operations for AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading aviation services provider to commercial and government customers worldwide. In July of 2017, Flanagan was appointed corporate officer and Vice-President, Financial Operations where she leads the global finance and contracts organizations spanning three countries. This appointment expanded her previous role as Group Chief Financial Officer for AAR’s Aviation Services segment. Prior to joining AAR in 2012, Flanagan was with Honeywell in their Aerospace strategic business unit. She spent 11 years with Honeywell where she led the Financial Planning and Analysis team for the Commercial Propulsion segment; held the title of Controller for the $4.5B Engines, Systems & Services segment; and was CFO of the $2B Specialty Material segment, UOP. Before her time with Honeywell, she was employed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, where she spent three years in the mid-market sector of the firms auditing, manufacturing, health care and financial institutions. Flanagan holds an Accounting degree from Illinois State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jeanine Holtsford has lived in St. Charles for 17 years with her husband and three children. She graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s of science and received a master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Northern Illinois University. She is currently in private practice working as a speech therapist. She has been involved with various philanthropic organizations over the years including being President of the St. Charles Mother’s Club, working in the development department of Glenwood School for Boys and Girls and later serving on their board. She also has helped run fundraising events for Tri Cities Health Partnership and is currently serving on the boards of the Catherine and Herman Peters Charitable Foundation and the Evelyn Carter Charitable Foundation. Both of her parents died from cancer, so the mission of FVFFH is near and dear to her heart.
Raised in Naperville, IL, Kate was an athlete from the tender age of two, when her father, a professional tennis player, put a racquet in her hand. By the age of four, she began gymnastics and soccer, which lasted throughout college, during which time she sustained her unfair share of injuries, and subsequent pain. Kate searched for relief to her ongoing pain and restricted range of motion, and after seeing many doctors, multiple chiropractors and several physical therapists, found a structural therapist that was able to identify the source of her pain and bring immense, immediate relief. From that point on, her curiosity in treating injuries, particularly recovery and regeneration of athletes post-injury, intensified. After attending The University of Illinois in Champaign and earning a BS in Kinesiology and Sports Management, Katherine honed her craft as the Health Promotions Director to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA. Following the events of 9/11, however, countless Marines were being deployed daily, which lead Kate to relocate. After many years in Nashville, TN she was recruited back to Chicago to build a multi-million dollar sports performance facility outside of Chicago. Through this platform she was able to build a partnership with The Chicago Red Stars as a location for their player sports performance and recovery. This influential experience lead her to found London Recovery Institute, an organization centered on physical wellness and recovery. Ever expanding her certifications, credentials, and modalities, Kate has worked with countless individuals from all walks of life, ranging from high-schoolers, to children, retirees, school teachers, artists, business executives, even some of the most renowned MLB & NFL athletes in the world, performing structural therapy, fascial stretch therapy, kinesiotaping, sports performance enhancement and neuromuscular re-education. The results Kate brings to her athletic clients translate to her non-athlete clients as well, all of who struggle with pain and range of motion in their daily lives.
Melissa has been with Fox Valley Food For Health since October 2018 as a Delivery Angel and is thrilled to be joining the Board. She brings years of experience in the volunteer community and is enthusiastic in helping propel the organization forward. Melissa received her BA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and went on to earn her JD from Northern Illinois University College of Law. She loved her career as a litigation attorney but the birth of her third child shifted her focus to other endeavors. She has kept busy teaching at local community colleges and volunteering for organizations including, the PTO, the Batavia Mothers Club, local sports teams and the athletic Boosters at Batavia High School. She has lived in Batavia with her husband and three kids since 2000. In her leisure time she enjoys walks with her dog, traveling and trivia contests. She is dedicated to the mission of “food as medicine” and is excited to spread the message of Fox Valley Food For Health.