Chris Linn, President and CEO of Feeding Matters

Chris Linn

President and CEO

Bachelor of Science in Management, Arizona State University

Chris Linn leverages more than two decades of executive management knowledge and her family’s personal experience navigating pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) to steward unprecedented change in the system of care for PFD. Under her leadership, Feeding Matters has grown considerably – transforming from a volunteer-based parent support group to the first organization in the world devoted to accelerating identification, igniting research, and promoting collaborative care for PFD. Through her tenacity and vision, Feeding Matters has established invaluable relationships with the field’s leading advocates, medical experts, allied healthcare professionals, and families.

With a background in large corporate environments, Chris understands the intricacies of stability and sustainability, including an authentic work culture, strategic planning, and fiduciary responsibilities. She has actively guided the creation and implementation of Feeding Matters’ team norms and values of respect, innovation, balance, and integrity. She also collaborates with the Board of Directors, PFD Alliance, and staff to create, execute, and expand annual strategic plans and budgets. Since starting with a $200,000 budget in 2006, Chris has increased the 501(c)3’s budget to more than $1.9 million annually.

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Karla Dille, Office Manager of Feeding Matters

Karla Dille

Office Manager

Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Arizona State University

With a background in customer service, research, administrative assistance, and office management, Karla Dille’s talents shine as Feeding Matters’ office manager. In collaboration with Chief Operations and Finance Officer Craig Willis, Karla skillfully handles human resources, financial management, and general office administration, including employee onboarding, compliance, and financial processing.

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Kate Jacobsen, Marketing and Brand Manager for Feeding Matters

Kate Jacobsen

Brand and Marketing Manager

Bachelor of Arts in US History, Bachelor of Arts in French Language, Cornell College

Kate Jacobsen’s career in the nonprofit sector has centered on improving the lives of all people with disabilities. By problem solving through great design, she has consistently elevated the branding and communications of healthcare-focused community organizations in Iowa and Arizona. She is now responsible for overseeing and maintaining Feeding Matters’ intellectual property, brand standards, and visual identity by developing, designing, and managing a wide variety of print and digital assets, including Prior to joining Feeding Matters, Kate was the executive director of Access 2 Independence, the largest Center for Independent Living in Iowa.

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Lynita Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Lynita Johnson

Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Communications, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Arizona State University

For nearly 15 years, Lynita Johnson has helped local, national, and international companies meet their business and fundraising goals. As Feeding Matters’ director of public relations and marketing, she leads high-level strategy and the day-to-day execution of Feeding Matters’ communications and marketing assets to build awareness for the organization and pediatric feeding disorder, including securing media coverage and increasing engagement with families, donors, and strategic partners. Additionally, Lynita works with Feeding Matters’ executive officers, board of directors, and the PFD Alliance to ensure that all parties are empowered and equipped to advocate for changes to the system of care.

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Jen Lambert, Director of Programs for Feeding Matters

Jen Lambert, M.Ed., CLC

Director of Programs

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Miami University

A certified lactation counselor and veteran in program delivery that promotes awareness, understanding, and collaborative care, Jen Lambert plans, implements, manages, and evaluates the organization’s family support, professional support, and volunteer programs – most notably, facilitating the International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference (IPFDC). Prior to joining Feeding Matters, Jen held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Head Start –a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

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Jane Otenyo, Program Coordinator for Feeding Matters

Jane Otenyo, MPH

Program Coordinator

Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, University of Arizona

With a background in family and child health, Jane Otenyo channels her passion for addressing socioeconomic, cultural, political, and physiological issues that affect the health of children and families into furthering advances for pediatric feeding disorder. Jane supports Feeding Matters’ education and outreach efforts, including the Community Ambassador program, the Virtual Health Resource Platform, and the virtual workshop series.

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Jaclyn Pederson, Senior Director of Programs and Initiatives for Feeding Matters

Jaclyn Pederson, MHI

Senior Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives

Master of Science in Healthcare Innovation, Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Arizona State University, Nonprofit Professional Certification

With more than a decade of experience in program development, Jaclyn Pederson’s broad knowledge of programming in the public and social sectors includes program and strategic initiative design, fund development, special events, grant writing, and community engagement. A systems thinker and positive team builder, she uses transformational leadership principles to develop energized and efficient workgroups that influence significant organizational and systemic change for all affected by PFD pediatric feeding disorder – such as the development of the expanded PFD Alliance. Jaclyn also manages Feeding Matters’ strategic partnerships with numerous professional associations, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN).

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Cuyler Romeo, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Feeding Matters

Cuyler Romeo, M.O.T., OTR/L, SCFES, CLC

Director of Strategic Initiatives

An occupational therapist and pediatric feeding specialist, Cuyler Romeo’s extensive leadership and clinical experience are instrumental to the execution and management of Feeding Matters’ strategic initiatives. In partnership with the senior director of programs and strategic initiatives, Jaclyn Pederson, Cuyler collaborates with constituents to identify, track, and assess innovative approaches to the PFD system of care, including the professional mentorship program and PFD Alliance’s Education Pillar. Cuyler also facilitates strategic partnerships with select professional associations, including the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Prior to joining Feeding Matters, Cuyler served as a founding partner of Mealtime Connections, LLC, and gained valuable insight on funding trends and industry implications as the director of clinical innovations at Therapy 2000. She is currently a treating clinician in Banner-University Medical Center’s NICU and the Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing Forum moderator for AOTA’s Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section (DDSIS).

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Laura Ryerson, Stewardship Manager for Feeding Matters

Laura Ryerson

Stewardship Manager

Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Non-Profit Management, Drake University

A proactive, forward-thinking leader with expertise in donor relations, major gifts, and corporate relations, Laura Ryerson is tasked with the execution of Feeding Matters annual community luncheon, signature acquisition events, major gifts, and auxiliary board. Prior to Feeding Matters, Laura worked for various non-profits and a community foundation that gave her a distinct perspective on philanthropy and individual giving. She is dedicated to helping those with a philanthropic heart give where they are most passionate. 

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Debbie Simons, Feeding Matters' Chief Development Officer

Debbie Simons

Chief Development Officer

Thunderbird School of Global Management

From community relations manager for Westcor and its parent company Macerich to vice president of operations and development for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and executive director at Ryan House, Debbie Simons has dutifully championed national nonprofit organizations and 78 community charities across the country for more than two decades. Debbie’s insightful campaigns connect individuals with like-minded organizations for mutually beneficial affiliations that generate results, including a national cause-branding program that benefitted over 600,000 women and chairing events that raised more than $5 million dollars for charities.

As Feeding Matters’ chief development officer, Debbie launched the three-year, $3 million Power of a Name campaign supporting the widespread acceptance and awareness of PFD. The campaign secured $1.65 million of the overall goal within its first six months. Debbie also works closely with President and CEO Chris Linn and the board of directors on national and local development activities, including donor cultivation, corporate partnerships, and Feeding Matters annual community luncheon.

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Heidi Van der Molen, Program Coordinator for Feeding Matters

Heidi Van der Molen

Program Manager

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Mother to a charming son who has pediatric feeding disorder, Heidi Van der Molen is uniquely suited to help families in the midst of their own journeys with PFD. After three years as a passionate volunteer with Feeding Matters, Heidi officially joined the organization in 2015, managing its volunteers and family support programs, including Power of Two family coaching, the caregiver guide, and educational family support offerings.

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