Team Behind the Bean


Director of Operations

Nicole Butler

Executive Employee Relations


Human Resources Coordinator

Events Manager

Projects Coordinator

Executive Administrator to the CEO

Guest Services Coordinator

Finance and IT

Kati Owen

Director of Finance

Senior Accountant

Madison Thomas

Accounting Specialist

IT Manager

Information Support Specialist


Illinois Soybean Association member Claire Weinzierl in a soybean field

Communications Manager

Illinois Soybean Association member Heather Rod in a soybean field

Digital Communications Manager

Content Manager

Communications Coordinator

Illinois Soybean Association member Olivia Key in a soybean field

Communications Coordinator

Communications Coordinator


Director of Agronomy

Research Agronomist

Agronomy Programs Manager

Agronomic Programs Coordinator

Outreach Agronomist

Kelsey Litchfield

Agronomic Outreach Coordinator

Agronomy Team Coordinator

Market Development

Director of Market Development

Trade & Exports Manager

Government Relations

Director of Government Relations & Strategy

Public Policy Manager

Engagement Manager


Public Policy Manager


Public Policy Manager – Regulatory

Gilbert, Kaytlin Headshot

Outreach Specialist


Outreach Coordinator

Outreach Coordinator