Feeding Matters is fortunate to have the support of our staff. This dedicated group is working diligently to provide a vast array of resources to both parents and medical professionals who care for children with pediatric feeding disorders.
President and CEO
Bachelor of Science in Management, Arizona State University
Chris Linn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She has a 13-year financial industry background with expertise in project management and customer relations. Prior to joining Feeding Matters, she held a Vice President position at one of the top 5 banks in the United States.
Chris is passionate about conquering pediatric feeding struggles to nourish healthy futures. Born at just 25 weeks gestation, her daughter Emilie experienced severe feeding struggles and was fed through a feeding tube for the first 6 years of her life. In September of 2008, Chris became Feeding Matters’® first Executive Director, and is dedicating her career to helping other families who face similar struggles. She has spearheaded this effort by facilitating a national consortium of medical experts who are taking their place at the table to bring this issue to the forefront. By partnering with these medical experts, the one-of-a-kind Infant and Child Feeding Questionnaire© was developed and is paving the way for earlier identification for the nearly 1 million infants and children nationwide who struggle to eat.
Chris is an Adjunct Faculty member serving the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions. She is contributing to the development of the first-of-its kind interdisciplinary pediatric feeding certificate program and will be involved in teaching students about the parent perspective.
Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Arizona State University
Karla graduated from ASU with a B.S. in Political Science and certificates in Arabic Studies and Islamic Studies. Her background includes customer service, research, administrative assistance, and business office experience. She enjoys the Non-Profit sector and is excited to be part of the Feeding Matters team.
Bachelor of Science in Family Studies, Brigham Young University
While earning her degree in Family Studies, Jalenna discovered a passion for strengthening families and a desire to work for a nonprofit. Combining these interests has brought Jalenna to the Feeding Matters team. She is a recent graduate with an educational emphasis in family dynamics and processes. She is excited to start a career in the nonprofit field and is passionate about empowering women and children.
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
Ms. Goris holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Innovation and a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Leadership/Management from Arizona State University. With more than 10 years’ experience in program development, Jaclyn is familiar with programming in the public and social sectors. Her professional experience includes program and strategic initiative design, fund development, special events, grant writing, and community engagement. She uses transformational leadership principals in her everyday work. Jaclyn strives to build energized and efficient teams to create significant organizational and systemic change for children with pediatric feeding disorders.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Bachelor of Arts in US History, Bachelor of Arts in French Language, Cornell College
Over the years, Kate Jacobsen’s work in the nonprofit sector has centered on improving the lives of all people with disabilities. At Feeding Matters, a large part of her focus is on the use of design and social channel optimization to build strong marketing campaigns. She is a graduate of Cornell College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both French Language and US History.
Prior to joining Feeding Matters, Kate served as the Executive Director of Access 2 Independence, the largest Center for Independent Living in Iowa at the time. While in this position she optimized both Federal and state grants to ensure her team of six employees could provide services to people with disabilities in an 8-county area. She is currently a member of the Welcome to America Project’s communications committee, and a longtime volunteer with the American Lung Association in Arizona. Kate has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector and enjoys utilizing her passions for problem solving and social media to bring communities together.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Arizona
A personal journey led Suzye to Feeding Matters as one of her two sons has severe food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis and gastric reflux. Initially she experienced Feeding Matters first-hand as a member of the Marketing & Media Taskforce. Suzye is now excited to contribute as a member of the team whose thought leadership is trailblazing efforts to raise awareness, understanding and support for children with pediatric feeding disorders.
A Phoenix native with a diverse background in public relations, marketing and sales, Suzye has worked in hospitality, insurance and high tech before transitioning to freelance public relations, helping several start-ups and nonprofits. Suzye values strategic planning, messaging and cultivating relationships. She is passionate about improving the lives of children and has served on the board of Swift Youth Foundation since 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Marketing.
Director of Programs
Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Miami University
Jen comes to us with over nine years experience in early childhood programs at Head Start. During that time she held leadership positions of increasing responsibility focused on delivering high quality health services to children and families in need. She is excited to be part of a team that is continuing to make great strides to improve the quality of life for so many.
Jane Otenyo, MPH
Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, University of Arizona
Jane comes to Feeding Matters with a background in family and child health. Her passion is in addressing socioeconomic, cultural, political and physiological issues that affect the health of children and families. Jane has experience working in gender-based violence prevention in college campus environments. She is excited to work closely with the team to support the mission of collaborative care for children and families.
Director of Development
Arizona State University
Rebecca comes to Feeding Matters with 18+ years of professional experience in the field of healthcare philanthropy, building partnerships and strategies that help to strengthen community services. She leads the development department’s vision and goals while fostering relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations to advance the mission of Feeding Matters.
Heidi Van der Molen
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Heidi is a mother to Hadyn Jude, her charming, 5 year old son and was a passionate volunteer with Feeding Matters for 3 years before recently joining the staff as Program Coordinator. While her background is in fine arts, with over 15 years experience both as an artist and an administrator, Heidi left the art world to care for Hadyn, who was born with a rare chromosome disorder called 18Q Deletion. Hadyn’s diagnosis brought many challenges, but feeding has been the most difficult. Heidi works diligently to feed her son orally along with supplementing his caloric needs with G-tube meals. She is determined to help her son become a 100% oral eater. Her experience over the years with Hadyn, has made her committed to helping other families who are going through this painful struggle and continues to educate herself on the many facets of feeding struggles.