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The FutureCeuticals’ team brings formidable experience and specialized knowledge to the realm of wholesale dietary supplement, functional food and cosmetic ingredients. Always 100% eager to serve, the FC team provides expertise in clinical and chemical discovery, new product development, custom manufacturing, processing, organic growing, and sales and marketing of the highest quality ingredients.

Meet the Team:

Afram

Melissa has been with FutureCeuticals since February 2015. In her role as Research Scientist, Melissa is responsible for analyzing human biological markers from controlled laboratory studies. This also includes sample preparation, experimental optimization, and statistical data analysis using statistics programs. The part about her job that she enjoys most is when her...

Al-Taher
Research Chemist/GC-MS Specialist
(815) 507-1421
As a Research Chemist-GC-MS Specialist, Fadwa performs analytical method development and validation for GC/GC-MS test methods and routine and non-routine GC/GC-MS analysis for R...
Argumedo
Research Scientist
(949) 502-4496
Ruby is a valuable asset at our Irvine Discovery Research facility. As a Research Scientist, Ruby spends most of her time analyzing human biological marker reactions to natural materials.
Aylesworth
Account Executive
(815) 507-1485
Leah’s warm personality and caring nature combined with her early love for agriculture led her to the food industry where she works daily to build strong customer partnerships and while providing guidance and expertise on the FutureCeuticals product portfolio. Leah’s in her element when she is involved in concept ideation and product development. And at the end of the day...
Blake
Account Services Coordinator
(815) 507-1492
Alyssa joined FutureCeuticals in September 2017. In her current role, she provides support for the sales team and customer accounts by processing purchase orders, working on customer projects, and communicating cross-functionally to meet the customer needs.

Alyssa thrives when she is interacting with customers and building relationships, as well as working to...

Bresse
Director of New Business
(864) 426-4790

Joe brings over 35 years of experience in the Dietary Supplement industry, primarily with GNC, in various roles from marketing, sales and product development to the FutureCeuticals’ team. His focus is New Business Development and major account support for our sales team.

Brouwer
Account Services Coordinator
(815) 507-1481
Cori joined FutureCeuticals in 2016 with a background of providing detail-oriented internal customer service for an Intellectual Property legal firm in Chicago. She serves clients by processing purchase orders, accommodating sales inquiries, educating on FutureCeuticals products, making product recommendations, and assisting other team members in their customer service...
Cain
Lab Technician
(815) 507-1474
As Lab Technician, Jenna is responsible for testing product samples for various specifications such as for identification and irradiation. She also prepares samples and reagents for other test methods to ensure the safety and authenticity of products.

Jenna transitioned from an FC intern to employee in 2018. She has a degree in Chemistry from Olivet Nazarene...

Carpenter
Corporate Creative Services Lead
(815) 507-1424

Kim joined FutureCeuticals in 2014 as an addition to the marketing team. Her talents help to establish and maintain a visual and informational presence for each of FutureCeuticals’ many product offerings. She brings over 20 years of award-winning graphic and web design experience from the manufacturing and newspaper industries.

Kim has a Bachelor of Fine Arts...

Chew
Account Manager
(815) 507-1488
Jonathan builds relationships with our clients, solves complex problems, and helps deliver on FutureCeuticals’ promise of providing the highest-quality products with the highest-quality service. Jonathan joined FutureCeuticals after serving as an Army Officer attached to the 1st Engineering Battalion stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. He also earned a B.A. in General...
Davy
Account Services Coordinator
(815) 507-1496
Bri Davy has been with FutureCeuticals since July 2017. As Account Services Coordinator, she is responsible for managing the daily details necessary to execute and increase sales by supporting our customers in all aspects of the sales process.

Of the day-to-day tasks of her position, Bri most enjoys two aspects in particular: problem solving – finding creative...

Deboer
Account Services Coordinator
(815) 507-1411

Georgianne (“George”) has been a valuable member of the FutureCeuticals’ team since 2009, originally as a Customer Service Representative. In her role as an Account Services Coordinator, she enjoys working directly with customers and using her penchant for finding the best deals to her clients’ advantage.

DeGraff
Product Line Analyst
(815) 507-1423
As Product Line Analyst, Curt is responsible for raw material sourcing, production, inventory, economics, sales and marketing; ultimately ensuring successful product operations for assigned company products.

When asked what he likes most about the company, Curt noted that the atmosphere is positive, professional, and enjoyable which makes it easy to love coming...

Denton
Account Services Coordinator
(815) 507-1403
Heather spent 9 years in Behavioral Services and 2 years in Logistics and Customer Service before finding her home here at FutureCeuticals in 2015 as a Client Relations Specialist. Heather earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marquette University and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University.
Detmar
Product Line Manager
(815) 507-1416

Chad graduated from Purdue Calumet in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. As a Product Line Manager, Chad manages pricing, purchasing, and production on wide range of products. He also works directly with sales to help analyze new potential custom blends and items.

Chad was married in 2013 and he and his wife welcomed their first child in...

Dutour
Executive Assistant
(815) 507-1445
Jenna joined the company in August 2017 in a unique dual role. She is both the Personal Assistant to one of the co-owners –Vice President of Van Drunen Farms and President of FutureCeuticals, Jeff Van Drunen, as well as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President and General Counsel to FutureCeuticals and Van Drunen Farms, Randy Wexler.

In Jenna’s versatile...

Evers
Vice President of Operations
(815) 507-1405

As Vice President of Operations, Shawn Evers oversees and manages FutureCeuticals’ day-to-day production, sales, customer service, business and operations in order to ensure that customers get the best products and service in a timely manner. Shawn earned his Bachelor’s degree from Hope College with emphasis on Economics and Business Management. He is passionate for...

Evers
Vice President of Sales
(815) 507-1417

Brad joined the FutureCeuticals’ team in 2010. With leadership roles in marketing, product development/clinical research, and legal affairs, he focuses on translating clinical results into value propositions that match consumer need and offer strategic, responsible differentiation for FutureCeuticals’ clients.

Brad has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from...

Faber
Product Line Manager
(815) 507-1437
Jon graduated from Calvin College in 2015 with a degree in Mathematics and Education. As a Product Line Manager, Jon manages purchasing, production, inventory, and sales for a variety of ingredients and finalized products. With his organizational skills and mathematical mind, Jon continually works to keep FutureCeuticals running efficiently and proactively.
Gallagher
Rebekah joined FutureCeuticals in 2016 after working in Quality Control for a pharmaceutical company. As a member of the supplier quality team, she works to approve new suppliers and new materials. Rebekah also audits suppliers across both FutureCeuticals and Van Drunen Farms.
Gawlinski
Corporate Communications and PR Manager
(815) 507-1438
Vicki joined the marketing team at FutureCeuticals in 2017. She is charged with overseeing and implementing the creation and development of communications and sales support materials, as well as the development and execution of key strategic marketing and PR initiatives.

She came to FutureCeuticals with 20+ years in the food industry, having worked on the...

Gbur
Key Account Executive
(815) 507-1422

PJ joined the FutureCeuticals team in 2011 and is passionate about creating valuable points of differentiation for his customers while building resilient relationships. He serves as the sales lead for companies that span from large multinational corporations to start-ups.

As Seth Godin said, “In the connection economy, the thoughtful, patient, mature and modern...

Graves
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
(815) 507-1400

Daphne began working for FutureCeuticals in 2005 as a Lab Assistant. Since 2008, she has served as Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist. Born and raised in Momence, IL, she counts it a privilege to work for a family owned company in her hometown.

Harris
Associate General Counsel
312-469-3236 / 815-507-1493
As Associate General Counsel for FutureCeuticals and Van Drunen Farms, Stephanie handles a wide variety of legal and business matters, such as negotiating customer disputes, advising the company on labor and employment issues, managing the company’s insurance portfolio and claims, and managing outside litigation.

When asked what she likes best about her job, she...

Hunter
Executive Vice President Emeritus

Since 2001, John Hunter has served as senior advisor to the R&D, business development, legal affairs, strategic partnerships, sales and marketing efforts of FutureCeuticals. When asked about FutureCeuticals, he says…

From the very beginning, leadership, ownership, teamwork and trust have been ingrained within the DNA of FutureCeuticals.

We will go the...

Kaftan
Production Manager
(815) 507-1410

As Production Manager, Mike contributes to the oversight of all FutureCeuticals’ productions, ensuring regulatory compliance and helping to maintain and improve production efficiency. His computer savvy from previous work as a Tech Manager in the PC industry has allowed him to develop unique tools to organize a complex and consistently tight production schedule in...

Kingma
Project Manager
(815) 472-3545 ext. 19
Prior to joining FutureCeuticals, Ron held positions in the nutraceutical, agriculture and manufacturing industries. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Dordt College, where he was also a six time All-American in Track and Field.
Klyzub
QC Chemist
(815) 507-1466

As a chemist, Colleen specializes in inorganic chemical analysis. Her primary responsibilities include heavy metals and elemental analysis by ICP-MS and the determination of proanthocyanins in various products by spectrophotometric techniques. Prior to joining the FutureCeuticals’ team, Colleen specialized in HPLC analysis in pharmaceuticals.

Kolodziej
Account Services Coordinator
815-507-1480
As account services coordinator, Lindsey assists other team members in their customer service efforts with client communication and order processing. She enjoys building relationships and gaining knowledge of the industry through all that she does.

Lindsey joined FutureCeuticals in 2017, after earning her degree in Sociology from Purdue University. Prior to...

Laney
OC Analyst
(815) 507-1477
Kelly joined FutureCeuticals in 2014 after working primarily in a healthcare laboratory setting for much of her career. Kelly is responsible for wet chemistry testing, UV, and titration work. Kelly says one of the best aspects of working at FutureCeuticals is “having the opportunity to work at a family-owned company.”
Lee
Research Scientist
(949) 502-4496

Dr. Lee has been with FutureCeuticals since October 2017. He works in the R&D department at the Irvine, California, facility. Dr. Lee’s focus is on developing new molecular biomarkers to monitor the efficacy of original FutureCeuticals’ products in health condition and sports performance. When asked what he enjoys most about his position, it is “working with...

Lenehan
Key Account Executive
(815) 507-1412

Patrick joined the FutureCeuticals sales team in 2008. He is passionate about his role in building and maintaining lasting relationships with his customers. He loves to help in the development of creative product solutions that help his customers differentiate their products in a dynamic, innovation-driven marketplace.

Patrick strives to live out the perspective...

Leone
Customer Experience Advocate / Marketing Assistant
(815) 507-1432
Emilly Leone has been with FutureCeuticals since 2009, when she became an intern in the E-Commerce Department. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and was promoted to Customer Experience Advocate / Marketing Assistant. Emilly is passionate about helping customers have a delightful experience over the phone and on our website.
Lindquist
Guest Relations Manager and Business Continuity Plan Manager
(815) 507-1406
Ed’s 15 years with FutureCeuticals has provided him a broad understanding of the company for his role as Guest Relations Manager. He coordinates all company visits and tours. These include visits by customers, auditors, community members, and educational groups. In addition, he has created and monitors the Business Continuity Plan for the company.

With a Masters...

Lockwood
Key Account Executive
(815) 507-1479
As Key Account Executive, Charlie works closely with his customers to help them develop and bring to market innovative new products, while also providing solutions to help them enhance existing product offerings.

Charlie enjoys spending quality time with his customers, working diligently to build strong relationships and get a personal understanding of the goals...

Lowhorn
Account Services Coordinator
(815) 507-1420

After spending 20 years in the media and marketing industries, Mary joined the FutureCeuticals family in 2013. Mary enjoys the day-to-day relationships she has with her clients, and the partnerships that have come from these daily interactions. Mary earned a B.S. in Communications and Journalism from Washington University.

Madsen
Material Compliance Manager
(815) 507-1425
Justin joined FutureCeuticals after graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Neurobiology and Psychology in 2014. Justin’s main responsibilities include generating COAs and nutritional documentation, coordinating sample testing and data entry, sample shipment, filing production data, and coordinating incoming material testing.
Marcotte
Analytical Chemist
(815) 507-1464
Tony joined the FutureCeuticals lab team in 2013 after working for major pharma companies such as Bayer, Aventis, and Eli Lilly. Tony’s responsibilities include the Botanical Identity testing program using HPTLC & FTIR, as well as contributing to the R&D laboratory testing using HPLC. Tony holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Olivet Nazarene University.
Nag
Account Executive
(203) 984-2951

Jessie joined FutureCeuticals in March 2017 as an account executive. She touts the health benefits of fruit, vegetables, grains, and legumes through the sale of bulk raw materials to the human and pet supplement industries, and works with functional food and beverage customers on exciting application concepts. Jessie enjoys brainstorming custom solutions for clients,...

Nemzer
Vice President of R&D, Food Science and Chemistry Research
(815) 507-1427

Dr. Boris Nemzer – Vice President of R&D, Food Science and Chemistry Research - has been a vital member of the FutureCeuticals team since 2005, and is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL). He received his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry in 1986.

Dr. Nemzer is...

Nguyen
Research Assistant
(949) 502-4496

As Research Assistant, Andrew is responsible for performing molecular biology techniques such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA extraction and quantification to further explore the role genetics play in influencing our health maladies and physical attributes.

When asked what Andrew enjoys most about his job, it is being in the position to play an integral role in...

Nichele
Technical Sales - Contract Manufacturing
(815) 507-1402

As an individual passionate about the biological sciences, Kristi has spent the vast majority of her career in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in cardiovascular sales. Her time in pharma was characterized by an energy for spectacular and exciting innovation in medicine. She brings that same energy to FutureCeuticals, motivated by our spirit of discovery and...

Petersen
Corporate Community Liaison
815-507-1453
Ted’s role with the company is to serve as the “connector” in the community —bringing groups and individuals together to work for the betterment of the citizens of Momence. Ted brings the desires, needs and concerns of the community, as well as thoughts and wishes, to the ownership/leaders of Van Drunen Farms and FutureCeuticals.

Ted thoroughly enjoys everything...

Petreska
Finance Manager
(815) 507-1087

Verica is responsible for identifying and evaluating opportunities to reduce costs and increase revenue and profitability, as well as collaborating with company leadership to meet profitability goals. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Berkeley College and brings broad experience in accounting and finance.

When not glued to her...

Pietrzkowski
Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Discovery and Clinical Research
(949) 382-9256

Dr. Pietrzkowski heads up the FC R&D team. His vision and experience has made it possible for FutureCeuticals to become a unique and creative voice in the dietary supplement industry. He has 11 years of academic research, 8 years of research in the pharmaceutical industry and 11 years of scientific investigation in the nutraceutical industry. His efforts have...

Pond
Senior Vice President, Innovative Sales
(707) 575-9358

Hartley grew up in New England, and once out of college moved to the Rocky Mountains and began a decade of working in ski towns pursuing a life-long passion for biking and skiing. He settled in California and taught English at Mendocino College, and during the summers found himself working for the California Department of Agriculture. He did not know it at the time,...

Pozzi
Purchasing Manager
(815) 507-1428

Debbie has been with FutureCeuticals since 2004, joining the team with over 10 years of experience in procurement. As Purchasing Manager, she works with the FutureCeuticals purchasing department to ensure consistent supply of quality, safe ingredients from around the world.

Raef
Office Manager
(815) 507-1429

Joy has been a valuable member of the FutureCeuticals’ team since 2002. She wears many hats in her role as office manager and is insistent on ensuring that every team member and visitor is taken care of and comfortable. With a unique perspective on FutureCeuticals’ growth over the years, she takes pride in working in this dynamic environment in her hometown of...

Randolph
QC Chemist
(815) 507-1465

Dawn graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Biology degree in 2003. Previously engaged in R&D on vegetable oil, she found a home at FutureCeuticals in 2009. Currently, she is a QC Chemist in our Analytical Lab, and is responsible for most irradiation detection, UV, and HPLC analyses for our products.

Reyes
Dr. Reyes is a key member of the FutureCeuticals Discovery Research team in Irvine, California. Most of Dr. Reyes' work revolves around the careful analysis of the human body's physiological and chemical reactions to fruit, vegetable, and grain-based materials.
Sandoval
Formulation Assistant
815-507-1450
In the Formulation Lab, Ali fills sample memos for the FutureCeuticals sales team and creates custom blends per customer requests. She handles distributing shipping sample memos, pulls samples to be sent for testing, and places orders for product boxes from other facilities as needed.

Ali’s favorite part of her job is continuously learning about the various...

Saxsma
Account Manager
(815) 507-1419

Cory brings a great depth of knowledge from the food manufacturing sector to the FutureCeuticals team. Joining FutureCeuticals in 2013, Cory has quickly become a valuable resource for FutureCeuticals partners. Cory earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Human Resources from Purdue University.

Siersema
Product Analyst
(815) 507-1404
Andy joined our team in 2015 as a Client Relations Specialist. He is a graduate of Trinity Christian College, and prior to joining FutureCeuticals, Andy worked a Case Manager/Emergency Services Specialist for a regional health center.
Smit
Employee Development and Recruiting Manager
(815) 472-3080 ext. 1322
Christie joined FutureCeuticals in 2010 after a 17-year career in Chicago with JPMorgan Chase in the commercial banking and talent/development areas. Her passion is helping others to be the best people and employees they can be, and she uses her talents and focus every day to help make this an even better place. She is in her “dream job” because she gets to help others...
Smith
Identity Testing Compliance Coordinator
(815) 507-1433
Logan Smith joined the Quality Department at FutureCeuticals in 2016. Because of heightened concern for product integrity, his position focuses on meeting regulatory and customer requirements regarding product identity. Logan graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2014 with a degree in chemistry, and previously worked in a quality assurance laboratory. Having grown...
Stagg
Technical Sales - Sports Nutrition
(815) 507-1418

As a Technical Sales Representative at FutureCeuticals, Mark is able to utilize his degree in Exercise Physiology to the benefit of both his clients and teammates. A certified personal trainer with 20 years experience in the Health...

Suppes
Director of E-commerce
(815) 507-1441
Joe Suppes received his B.S. in BioMedical Sciences from Marquette University and has worked in the health food and natural products industry for over 13 years. He currently leads the E-commerce team as they focus on content development, product development, and web development. Joe is passionate about God, his family and helping others to achieve better health.
Thiesen
Formulation Assistant
(815) 507-1451
In the Formulation Lab, Sami assists the team by pulling product to fulfill sample orders for both individual and custom product blends per customer requests. Through her day today tasks, she enjoys most the opportunity to continuously learn about the many products and custom blending processes that FutureCeuticals offers to its customers, as well as the opportunity to...
Thiesen
Formulation Manager
(815) 507-1440

As Purchasing Agent, Ali works with the Purchasing team to ensure consistent supply of quality, safe ingredients to FutureCeuticals customers. Ali began her career at FutureCeuticals in 2011 as an Administrative Assistant intern. From 2013-2018 she served as the Formulation Center supervisor, where she worked closely with the Quality and Sales Teams to create custom...

Van Drunen
President
(815) 507-1430

Jeff Van Drunen brings an inclusive, vibrant and entrepreneurial spirit to FutureCeuticals. He serves as a constant inspiration to the entire team. FutureCeuticals was born out of a dream and passion for bringing higher quality raw materials to the dietary supplement and functional food industry. Jeff leveraged his years of experience in developing the food ingredient...

Vander Zee
Sr. Account Services Coordinator
(815) 507-1407

Steve joined the FutureCeuticals team in 2012, bringing over 20 years of excellence in Customer Service. Steve is a graduate of Trinity Christian College, where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Psychology.

Venhuizen
Account Services Coordinator
(815) 507-1484
Vance has been with FutureCeuticals since November 2016. In his role as Account Services Coordinator, Vance is focused on helping to grow the business through ongoing customer support and working intricately with each customer to ensure their needs and expectations are met (and exceeded). Vance enjoys working with the team at FutureCeuticals — “a team that really cares...
Vermeer
Account Manager
(815) 507-1487
Andrew came to FutureCeuticals in 2016 with a solid background in B2B customer service in a highly technical environment. A Business Management and Sports Management graduate from Calvin College, Andrew works closely with account managers and interdisciplinary team members in order to provide a seamless experience for our customers.
Wexler
Vice President and General Counsel
(815) 507-1439

Randy serves as General Counsel and senior legal advisor to FutureCeuticals and Van Drunen Farms. In addition, Randy plays senior leadership roles in marketing, quality, product development, and overall strategic focus and direction. Prior to joining FutureCeuticals and Van Drunen Farms, Randy practiced law with Sidley Austin LLP for over 15 years, and was a partner...

Wheeler
Director of Marketing
(815) 507-1415

Andrew leads the development and implementation of global strategic communications programs in the areas of branding, public relations, marketing communications, and staff communications and training. Andrew holds a M.A. in Media Communications and Training from Governors State University.

Wigmore
Formulations Supervisor
(815) 507-1452
Rebekah plays a key role in the preparation, quality control and fulfillment of product samples for customers, including making sure all necessary marketing materials, specs, and COA’s are included in each sample order per each request. She also prepares blends as needed for internal taste-testing panels and for customer needs. Rebekah ensures an ample supply of product...
Wilson
Assistant General Counsel
312-469-3237 / 815-507-1432
As Assistant General Counsel for FutureCeuticals and Van Drunen Farms, Camran works primarily on transactional and regulatory matters, with a focus on product claims substantiation and obtaining regulatory approval for foods and supplements in U.S. and foreign markets.

What he enjoys most about his position is the variety of the work and the opportunity to face...

Winkler
Product Analyst
(815) 507-1497
Austin is responsible for evaluating product data in numerous ways to enable the product line team to efficiently keep track of the inventory, productions, and profitability of our products.

He especially enjoys collaborating with the product line team throughout the whole product production process - from the plant to quality to account services and sales to the...

Wories
Marketing Brand Manager
(815) 507-1413

Working in a culture that encourages creative thinking and nurtures both professional and personal growth is what interested Ryan in FutureCeuticals back in February 2009. Ryan's primary focus is analyzing the supplement and functional food markets, and connecting emerging trends to the unique FutureCeuticals family of products. Ryan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree...

Xia
Research Associate Scientist
(815) 507-1455
After spending 10 years as a research scientist in academia, Susan joined FutureCeuticals in 2016. Among other lab responsibilities, she performs phospholipids residues for drum dried products, pesticides screening, mycotoxins detection, analyzes metabolites and biomolecular markers in biological samples by using LC/MS and GC/MS techniques. Susan holds a Ph.D in Chemical...
Zack
Associate Analytical Chemist
(815) 507-1475
Matt performs day to day technical support of lab equipment and creates PO’s for new orders. He provides ID testing using FTIR, nutritional minerals and inorganic impurities by ICP-MS, ion chromatography for nitrites/nitrates analysis, and protein analysis using plate-reader/gel electrophoresis. Matt is a Chemistry major at Governor’s State University.
Zandstra
Operations Associate
(815) 507-1486
As operations associate, Dan serves as a liaison to the sales team, working closely with them to help manage inventory and to schedule productions with our plants. Dan’s day-to-day tasks include updating CORE so that the sales team has the most up-to-date information on lead times for their customers, as well as providing daily sales reports to the team regarding all...