BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Fremgen, RD, LDN, Co-Founder and Board President
Mary co-founded Fox Valley Food for Health in 2012, with a desire to leverage her experience, knowledge and passion in using nutrition as a tool to heal from severe illness. She began her 35-year career in the specialty area of oncology nutrition, and has seen great strides in how nutrition can help in cancer recovery and survival. Mary has also seen the negative impact of poor diet on the incidence of chronic disease and longevity. Her private practice in the Fox Valley is based on combining her three loves, food, cooking and teaching, while making an impact in peoples lives. The Fox Valley Food for Health project has helped fulfill her vision of providing a vehicle for nutrition education and hands on experiences for teens, caretakers and families struggling with serious illness. No one can deny her passion and commitment to the vision of making a difference in the lives of people who are struggling with health issues, and needing a helping hand along the way to recovery. She is a great recruiter of people in the community to the cause of good health, good nutrition and a new way of eating and supporting healthy lifestyles. Her personal experience with the loss of her father and brother to cancer has inspired Mary along this journey. She witnessed first hand the importance of proper nutrition while they went through treatment, and the difference a strong community connection was throughout their cancer battle. Mary lives in St. Charles with her husband, Mike, and enjoys gardening, visiting farmers markets, hiking and cooking for friends.
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.
Douglas R. Cuscaden – Secretary
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.
Susan Leigh, B.A., Co-Founder
When you meet Susan, you know immediately that she has an unbounded passion for healthy living, beautiful and nutritious food, and seeing the teens in our program reach new levels of understanding about how they can make a difference. She is a tireless worker, who has impacted every aspect of Fox Valley Food for Health, since it’s beginning in 2012. She has a unique ability to connect people from our community, gathering volunteers, donors, chefs and teens, while spreading the clear vision of what we are doing, and how we can make an impact. With a Bachelor of Arts degree and a 30-year career in sales and marketing in her native land of Canada in hand, in 2007 Susan started her journey to pursue her passion for food and good health. She completed her Master Gardener certificate at Michigan State University, and started a community garden in Clarkston, Michigan. In 2009, she graduated from Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, Ireland, and then after moving to Illinois, got involved in the community of Geneva a year later. Her wonderful, infectious laugh, and passion for Fox Valley Food for Health, will stay with you long after your first meeting. Get to know Susan, and grab hold of the vision that is being created in our community! Susan lives in Geneva with her husband Ken Shearer. She enjoys live music performances, especially jazz and singer-song writers, great food and wine, and being in the great outdoors and traveling.
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.