Jill has over 25 years experience as a self-taught nutritional cook and baker, develops GF/DF recipes using her mixes and speaks to groups about the importance of using food as fuel for the whole family. She has 5 kids, 4 of whom have ADHD and are athletic, which is why she fuels her kids with a gf/df based diet, free of preservatives, additives, dyes and refined sugars. Her hobbies include spinning, weight lifting, yoga and eating. Jill has established a Therapy Dogs International Chapter in Highland Park, IL, a pet-therapy group, focusing on visiting centers, camps and programs for disabled kids and young adults with her Leonberger Nellie. Zeke, a husky mix rescue, and newly adopted rescue, Stella, are currently in training.
Favorite Food: Anything Mexican
Favorite Hockey Player: Dustin Byfuglin(ex-Chicago Blackhawks defensemen)
Favorite Indulgence: dark chocolate and pedicures
Favorite Vacation Spot: Crab Lake, WI(my oldest friend’s family cabin)
Sales and Marketing Representative
Brittney started her love of food early on, watching the late night airing of Emeril Live! with her parents and cooking alongside her chef uncle and foodie dad. Her passion for being in the kitchen and her commitment to her own health and wellness continued into college where she shared her knowledge with her friends during “family”. A graduate of Indiana University’s theatre program, Britney brings those people skills to the Zemas team(you’ll often find her at Chicago area demos and events). When she’s not in the kitchen experimenting, you can find her out with friends enjoying a drink and game of pool, sweating it off to Zumba, or snuggling up with a movie.
For sales information for independent, small and large chain health food stores, email Britney at Britney@zemasfood.com
Favorite Food: Homemade Gluten-Free Pad Thai
Favorite Hobby: Traveling and reading plays
Favorite Vacation Spot: Crested Butte, Colorado
Favorite Sports Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Assistant Recipe Developer
Aisha’s love of baking and “playing” with recipes began early on, helping her mother make pie crusts. She realized then that she had a knack for baking, and the passion to pursue a career in it. She attended Johnson & Wales Culinary School in Rhode Island for 2 years, and went on to work in bakeries in the New England area before moving to Illinois. She met Jill through a hockey friend(of course) and from then on Aisha’s knowledge and understanding of a “cleaner”, gluten and dairy free way of eating and baking grew. Now she doesn’t have to feel so bad about indulging in her favorite Zema’s bakes goods! When not knee deep in Zema’s recipes, Aisha can be found hanging with her 3 very active kids(2 boys and a princess). She enjoys going to the park with her children, reading (especially cooking magazines) , sweating it off at bootcamp and watching TV.
Favorite Food: Thai, Indonesian, and always PIZZA
Favorite Author: Jostein Gaarder
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Gardening
Brigid comes to us from moving back to the Chicago area from Italy. Her love of travelling to foreign countries, meeting people from all over and living within that country’s culture is what led her there. Her passion for living a life filled with health and wellness is equally as important. “I initially changed my diet due to health reasons. This has evolved into a passion for feeling well and balanced both physically and emotionally. I believe that we become what we eat…it’s simple yet profound.” Brigid wants to help people to not only reverse illnesses and disease, but also to live to their highest potential and love their lives! Brigid earned her certifications from The Kushi Institute in Becket, MA (macrobiotic healing and cooking) and as a “Healing with Whole Foods” practitioner, while studying with Paul Pitchford.
Favorite Food: Anything with avocado or split peas
Favorite Hobby: Travel, skiing, and surfing
Favorite Vacation Spot: Visiting foreign countries I have never been to
Favorite Sports Team: Fiorentina (Florence, Italy’s soccer team, or football as they call it)
Zema’s Ambassador & Asst. Marketing Coordinator
Jahna lives by the principle that “food is medicine” and has had a strong passion for real food and nutrition since finding out how great she felt after adopting a natural, whole foods based diet years ago. Realizing she wanted to make this a part of her life path, she went on to study Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Besides snacking on Zemas baked goodies, she loves to cook, be outside in nature, do anything active and spend time with her family, friends and two little dogs. Did we mention she rocks at making her own natural bodycare line?
Marketing question? Local event we should know about?, please email Jahna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite Food: Anything with coconut oil
Currently Reading: Nutrition and Your Mind by Dr. George Watson
Favorite Band: Fleet Foxes
Pet’s Names: Ruby and Eenie (Two toy poodles!)