LEADERSHIP

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President

JOHN CASTILLO

John Castillo is an expert project manager with over 25 years of experience in corporate operations, leadership, management, and training. John’s leadership style emphasizes team building, mentoring, and cross-functional alignment at both the lab and plant levels. His extensive background runs the gamut of corporate manufacturing operations, with a broad spectrum of corporations ranging from small entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. He has worked full time and/or consulted for the United States Army, Boston Scientific, Malt-O-Meal, Post Consumer Brands, and Angie’s Boomchickapop. John’s expertise includes manufacturing startups; research and development platforms; FDA-regulated manufacturing; quality assurance; and training for both skills development and team building.

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Managing Partner

ASA BIELENBERG

Asa is new to FoodOps, but not new to the industry. His time as a Product Development Engineer at Post, a Process Engineering role at PURIS, and a Controls Engineer role at a custom machine builder, allowed him to build a unique and valuable skill stack. He has seen dozens of manufacturing facilities of all types and believes there are lessons to learn regardless of maturity level.

 

OUR TEAM

Founder and Adviser

JIM
COSTELLO

Quality Specialist

DAN

DEVENPORT

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Lead Technician

KRISTA

HEILMAN

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Sr. Project Manager / Engineer

BILL

LONG

Food Scientist

LILY

SCHIMKE

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Food Scientist

ERIN

SEIDL

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Sr. Project Manager

NAYAN 

SHUKLA

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Food Science Advisor

CRAIG

VANDERWAAL

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