Contact Us

We invite you to contact ANFP by telephone, fax, or e-mail. Our staff is always happy to assist you.

Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
406 Surrey Woods Dr.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tel: 800.323.1908 or 630.587.6336
Fax: 630.587.6308

ANFP Staff

Joyce Gilbert

Joyce Gilbert, PhD, RDN

President & CEO

Fun Fact: I have had two cathartic journeys across the US on my motorcycle.

Maribel Colon-Velez

Maribel Colon-Velez

Executive Administrative Assistant

Fun Fact: I was in the ARMY ROTC my freshman year of college.


Membership Department

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Professional Development Services, also known as Member Services, is a full service center that provides support to members, educators, and the general public via phone and e-mail in addition to managing and coordinating internal processes and procedures that impact the livelihood of our members and the core of ANFP. PDS (Member Services) is your go-to destination with any questions or concerns regarding ANFP and the CDM, CFPP credential.

Jay Carino

Jay Cariño, MBA, CAE

Vice President of Member Services

Fun Fact: My dream job is to travel the world helping people in under developed countries.

Ania Flaim

Ania Flaim

Professional Development Services Manager

Fun Fact: I was born and raised in Poland and speak Polish and English fluently.


Kimberly Gramme

Professional Development Services Associate

Fun Fact: I enjoy traveling and visiting national parks.

Allison Pate

Allison Pate

Professional Development Services Associate

Fun Fact: I volunteer at my church in the Kids World program.

Beth Vitek

Beth Vitek

Professional Development Services Associate

Fun Fact: One my favorite places is Myrtle Beach, SC.


Chapters Department


The Chapters department serves as the liaison between ANFP headquarters and 47 state ANFP chapters. The department provides training, guidance, and resources to chapter leaders and volunteers to ensure the success of the chapters and their members.

Abigail Solazzo

Abigail Solazzo

Chapters & Leadership Manager

Fun Fact: Visiting Greece with my husband and two sons is at the top of my bucket list.


Industry Relations Department


This department is responsible for strategic industry partnerships that advance the mission of ANFP. Included in this area are programs with healthcare groups, associations, and other non-commercial foodservice organizations, Corporate Partner membership and marketing programs, ANFP live events, and Nutrition & Foodservice Edge magazine.

Marla Isaacs

Marla Isaacs, CAE

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Fun Fact: My first job at age 15 was as a "coffee girl" in the kitchen of a nursing home. That experience helped me better understand the important and admirable work being done by our members, although the dining environment has certainly changed over the years!

Paula Fauth

Paula Fauth, CEM, CMP

Events & Business Development Manager

Fun Fact: I started my career selling chocolate milk inside a life-size chocolate milk carton at Hershey Chocolate World!

Julie Rogers

Julie Rogers

Strategic Initiatives Associate

Fun Fact: I took a Chinese martial art, Tai Chi Chuan, class once per week for 11 consecutive years. I did not miss class because I was in the carpool with the Master.


Certification Department

Katherine Church

Katherine Church, RDN

Executive Director (CBDM) & Senior Vice President (ANFP)

Fun Fact: I was a competitive swimmer.

Elaine Mrzlak, MS, MEd, RDN

Certification Manager

Fun Fact: I do all kinds of crafts, including restoring/upcycling furniture and home décor.


Education Department

Cindy Zemko

Cindy Zemko, BS, CDM, CFPP

Director of Education

Fun Fact: I am a Parrot Head and you can find me often listening and singing to Margaritaville radio.

Jenny Smith-Rios

Jenny Smith Rios

Education Coordinator

Fun Fact: My guilty pleasure is peanut buster parfaits.


Marketing Department


This department works closely with all other departments to effectively communicate benefits, resources, and other information to ANFP members. The department manages ANFP's e-mails, social media profiles, media partnerships with like-minded industry organizations, the ANFP and CBDM websites, and more.

Brad Rysz

Brad Rysz, MBA, CAE

Director of Marketing & Communications

Fun Fact: I can pick out all 197 countries of the world on a map.

Emily Fairall

Emily Fairall, MBA

Marketing Coordinator

Fun Fact: I love crafting and I host a Pinterest party every year.


Emmy Bender

Marketing Associate

Fun Fact: I have a cat that plays fetch better than most dogs.


Finance Department


The Finance Department is responsible for ensuring the efficient financial management and financial control necessary to support the association’s business activities. Functions include bookkeeping, budgeting, tax, investment & employee benefit management, and financial reporting and analysis.

Jennifer Karson

Jennifer Karson, CAE

Director of Finance & Human Resources

Fun Fact: I am a huge country music fan and love going to live concerts.

Michele Fairall

Michele Fairall

Accountant & Human Resources Manager

Fun Fact: I'm a photography geek and love to travel and take pictures.

Joan Ernsting

Joan Ernsting

Finance Coordinator

Fun Fact: The first concert I attended was The Monkees at the Chicago Stadium in 1967.


IT and Strategic Initiatives/Analytics Department

The IT department manages the IT infrastructure, systems integration, and membership/certification databases at ANFP.

The Strategic Initiative/Analytics department works on research and data initiatives, including Skilled Nursing and other benchmarking initiatives, industry research, external and internal analytics, and supports the work of the Nutrition & Foodservice Education Foundation as well as the ANFP PAC and Legislative Committees.

LeAnn Barlow

LeAnn Barlow

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Analytics

Fun Fact: I have performed professionally with members of the Houston Symphony.

Mary Simmonds

Mary Simmonds

IT Manager

Fun Fact: I love yoga and pit bulls.

Mindy Theesfeld

Mindy Theesfeld

Foundation & Research Coordinator

Fun Fact: I love to sing.