Meet Our Cohort

The IFSL program is designed for working professionals who are looking to accelerate their careers and want to help the food system achieve better results. Through a combination of a focused curriculum, group work, and interactions with faculty and advisors, each student graduates with hands-on experience to benefit their organization and the food system at large.


Kyla Betts, Quality Supervisor, Kerry Foods

Kyla Betts ('20)

Quality Supervisor, Kerry Foods

Kristen Collett

Kristen Collett ('21)

Bakery Director, Stone Creek Coffee Roasters

Chloe Creager

Chloe Creager ('21)

Animal Research Technician, Cargill

Sara Denzer, Community Partnership Coordinator, Second Harvest Heartland

Sara Denzer ('20)

Community Partnership Coordinator, Second Harvest Heartland

Angie Echols, Quality Assurance Program Manager, Bay State Milling Company

Angie Echols ('20)

Quality Assurance Program Manager, Bay State Milling Company

Jason Ertl

Jason Ertl ('21)

Agriculture Production Systems Extension Educator, University of Minnesota

Kristin Harner

Kristin Harner ('21)

Owner, Harner Brothers CSA

Carly Hegarty, Consumer Environmental Health Supervisor, City of Milwaukee Health Department

Carly Hegarty ('20)

Consumer Environmental Health Supervisor, City of Milwaukee Health Department

Janice Hsu

Janice Hsu ('21)

Internationalization Division Director, Taiwan Quality Food Association

Lauren Knight, Communications Manager, fairlife

Lauren Knight ('20)

Communications Manager, fairlife

Karl Kratzke, Project Construction Manager, McGough Construction

Karl Kratzke ('20)

Sr. Capital Project Manager, PURIS

Sook Jin Ong, Director, Future Services Institute, University of Minnesota

Sook Jin Ong ('20)

Director, Future Services Institute, University of Minnesota

Elleni Paulson, Senior Account Executive, Colle McVoy/Exponent PR

Elleni Paulson ('20)

Social Media Strategist, Colle McVoy

Amanda Pollander, Sterilization Supervisor, Elite Spice, Inc

Amanda Pollander ('20)

Sterilization Supervisor, Elite Spice, Inc

Emily Reno, Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Emily Reno ('20)

Community Development Planner, West Central Initiative

Emma Schroeder, Meat & Seafood Manager, Eastside Food Co-op

Emma Schroeder ('20)

Meat & Seafood Manager, Eastside Food Co-op

Sadie Schuldt

Sadie Schuldt ('21)

Environmental Health Specialist, Milwaukee Health Dept.

Anna Sneltjes, SNAP-ED Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Anna Sneltjes ('20)

SNAP-ED Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Ashley Storby

Ashley Storby ('21)

Field Sales Agronomist, Pioneer

Joshua Suckow

Joshua Suckow ('21)

Environmentalist, Hennepin County

Erik Trelstad

Erik Trelstad ('21)

VISTA Leader, AmeriCorps

Mikayla Wehrle

Mikayla Wehrle ('21)

Packaging Specialist Manager, Beck's Meat Processing