Madhouse Crew

Jill Motew
President/Founder
Jill@zemasfoods.com

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)

Britney
Sales and Marketing Representative
Britney@zemasfoods.com

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

Aisha
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
Demo Specialist – Chicagoland

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)

Liv
Demo Specialist – Baltimore

I am currently in graduate school for Publications Design and have a Bachelors Degree in Business administration. Yoga has been a big part of my life for several years and I am currently attending the 200 hour yoga teacher training through Baltimore Yoga Village. My interests include healthy and sustainable living, food, art, and reading books of all sorts.

Favorite Food: Indian
Favorite Hobby: I love to read. I probably do it too much.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Florida Keys
Favorite Activity: Yoga

Carolyn
Demo Specialist – Maine

My youngest daughter went off to college this year leaving me with an empty nest. I enjoy spending quality time on my own interests. I feel much less hurried in my life now. I’ve always been interested in health and nutrition and am totally digging my heels in now. I’m passionate about life; I just turned 54 and am excited about all that is ahead. I love spending time with my daughters, traveling, reading, being outdoors (except when it’s too cold) and spending time with both new and old friends.

Favorite Food: Sweet potatoes and burriots
Favorite Hobby: Reading, art museums and libraries
Favorite Vacation Spot: Paris, France
Favorite Book: The Artist Way by Julia Cameron

Jennifer
Demo Specialist – New York

Organizational-holic. Love all sorts of health topics (physical, mental, spiritual). Experimenting with meditation right now. Can barely get through 5 minutes.

Favorite Food: Omelets and seasoned potatoes
Favorite Hobby: Hiking
Favorite Vacation Spot: Breckenridge, Colorado
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Cubs

Melissa
Demo Specialist – Michigan

In the late 70’s I moved West to explore and have resided in Arizona, Hawaii and on Southern California’s Gold Coast.  It was during my time out West that I attained many years of experience within the Natural Food Industry.  I follow a gluten-free diet for personal health reasons and have much gratitude for access to safe and clean food.  

Favorite Food: Mexican and Sushi
Favorite Hobby: Hiking, biking, and gardening
Favorite Indulgence A glass of organic cabernet and gluten-free chocolate desserts
Pet Names: Corn, Wallace, and Pearl Grey

Madeline
Demo Specialist – New York

I graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa, and recently moved to NYC to pursue my career as a professional dancer, (the stage is my home)! I am a girly-girl with a geeky side who loves makeup and Nintendo. I have always LOVED food, and baking for my family and friends has always filled me with joy. In eliminating common food allergens from my diet, I have learned more about myself and feel better than I ever thought possible!

Favorite Food: Coconut Milk ice cream
Favorite Hobby: Listening to music while I bake or try on makeup
Favorite Vacation Spot Anyplace warm, preferably with a beach
Favorite Sports Teach: Chicago Bulls

Julie
Demo Specialist – Madison/Milwaukee

I graduated from Dominican University and am now a clinical social worker. Educating clients about health & wellness is a passion of mine, especially related to how food and lifestyle affects mood. I am gluten intolerant, so finding great gluten free foods is important to me. Prior to going gluten free, I dealt with a lot of inflammation, body aches and low energy. That has changed significantly!

Favorite Food: GF Hawaiian white pizza
Favorite Hobby: DIY home projects, crocheting and reading
Favorite Vacation Spot Gettysburg, PA
Favorite Sports Team: Minnesota Vikings

Sarah
Demo Specialist – Cleveland, OH

Sara, will be attending graduate school this fall to get her Masters in Sustainability Sciences and plans to return to her beloved Cleveland to aid in its renaissance. This summer she will be an Education Specialist at the Great Lakes Science Center for their summer camps. Food has always been a part of her life. For baby food, her parents would usually just blend up whatever they were having for dinner (salmon and asparagus? Sure!) Sarah enjoys spending time with good people, laughing and eating; it can pretty much cure anything that ails her.

Favorite Food: Bacon
Favorite Hobby: Photography
Favorite Vacation Spot Cape Cod, MA
Favorite Activity: Rock Climbing and Ultimate Frisbee

Taylor
Social Media & Community Outreach Coordinator

I grew up in Michigan and left for Chicago to find something. I have been a vegetarian for over seven years and it has turned me into a conscious consumer. I love eating clean and getting all my nutrients from food rather than supplementation.

Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Hobby: Photography
Favorite Vacation Spot Anywhere I can Camp
Favorite Activity: Reading