Steve DeBretto, Chief Executive Officer
Steve oversees the strategy and operations of ICNC and is responsible for seeing that the organization is consistently focused on its mission. Before assuming the executive director role, Steve led ICNC’s membership department and was later the first director of ICNC’s export assistance program. Steve grew up in Joliet, Illinois and moved to Chicago to attend university. He lived in Spain and Poland before returning to Chicago and joining ICNC. Steve is on the Board of Directors for InBIA, an international organization that focuses on building thriving, innovative entrepreneurial ecosystems in business incubators and centers across a wide scope of industries. He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with majors in international business, finance, and marketing.
Natalie Shmulik, Chief Strategy and Incubation Officer
Natalie Shmulik is ICNC's go-to resource for launching a successful food and beverage business. With an M.L.A. in Gastronomy from Boston University, Natalie has years of innovative experience working with supermarkets, culinary publications, consumer packaged goods companies, and food service establishments. She continues to play a valuable role in branding and marketing for food businesses around the country, with her specialty in trend forecasting.
Dani Zuchovicki, Membership & Community Manager
Dani Zuchovicki is ICNC's Membership and Community Manager at The Hatchery. With a Culinary and Applied Food Studies degree from The Culinary Institute of America, Dani worked alongside James Beard Award-winning chefs, learning the ins and outs of the restaurant space. Being a part of The Hatchery’s Food and Beverage Incubator, Dani helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses by go-to-market strategies for startups and curates their exponential growth.
Margaret Doherty, Programs Manager
Margaret is ICNC's Programs Manager.
Marketing and Advocacy
Devin de Lima, Director of Marketing
Devin de Lima is the Director of Marketing at ICNC. With a degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, Devin has extensive experience with nonprofit and community-based marketing, outreach, and event management. He has received PR XChange Awards for his work in public libraries and led marketing boards across Illinois's nonprofit marketing industries. He specializes in marketing strategy development, graphic design, and digital brand creation.
Ashlee Krawczyk, Advocacy & Economic Development Specialist
Ashlee is ICNC's Advocacy and Economic Development Specialist.
Erick Alvarez-Sarabia, Administrative Manager
Erick is ICNC's Administrative Manager.
Robert Climack, Chief Facilities Officer
Bob Climack is the Chief Facilities Officer at ICNC. Prior to this role, Bob worked at ICNC as an Account Executive. As an Account Executive, Bob strived to provide the best customer service to employers while focusing on business growth and job creation. Now, Bob looks forward to providing tenants with exceptional management, including prompt maintenance service, as well as maintaining a safe and attractive environment to work in. Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Public Administration from Governor’s State University, where he studied public policy and urban planning.
Monique Kilgore, Director of Operations at The Hatchery
Monique is the Director of Operations at The Hatchery.
Mattie Young-Burns, Make City Property Manager
Originally from Minneapolis, Mattie has her Bachelor’s in Government and Spanish from Lawrence University. Before coming to ICNC, she spent 5 years working in nutrition education in Chicago after starting her career doing youth development work in India and Latin America. In her free time, Mattie loves to cook, travel and walk her dog in Humboldt Park.
Gabby Owens, Make City Assistant Property Manager
Gabby is Make City's Assistant Property Manager.
Erika Boyd, The Hatchery Kitchen Supervisor
Erika is The Hatchery's Kitchen Supervisor.
Tamera Fields, The Hatchery Assistant Property Manager
Tamera is The Hatchery's Assistant Property Manager.
Victor Leon, Maintenance Foreman
Victor is ICNC's Maintenance Foreman.
Noemi Alvarado, Make City Custodian
Noemi has been with ICNC since March of 2015. Noemi is a custodian where she keeps the common area and outside grounds clean.
Rosa Castruita, Make City Custodian
Rosa has been with ICNC since August of 2015. Rosa is a custodian where she keeps the common area and outside grounds clean.
Jorge Ortiz, Make City Building Maintenance
Jorge was born in Patzcuaro, Michoacan in Mexico. He went to "Secundaria Tecnica Industrial" (high school) in Morelia, Michoacan and went to his first year of college. He was also a car mechanic in Mexico. Jorge came to the U.S.A. in 1972 and was introduced to the ICNC buildings in 1974 by his uncle who was an engineer. He works on the building's maintenance team where plumbing is his main job. He has worked for ICNC for 43 years. Jorge has been married for 26 years and has 6 children and 12 grandchildren. Jorge's hobbies include playing with his granchildren, his son's dog, and his train set.
Jaime Vela, Make City Building Maintenance
Jaime is a maintenance staff member at Make City.
Adan Perez, Make City Building Construction
Adan has been with ICNC since September of 2013. Adan is a building maintenance employee with a focus on carpentry.
Jim Barcelona, Make City Electrician
Jim is an electrician at Make City.
Robert Feare, Make City Building Maintenance
Robert is a maintenance staff member at Make City.
DeAngelo Washington, The Hatchery Kitchen Assistant
DeAngelo is a kitchen assistant at The Hatchery.
Latisha Shelton, The Hatchery Kitchen Assistant
Latisha is a kitchen assistant at The Hatchery.
Priscilla Torrence, Chief Workforce Development Officer
Priscilla has lead ICNC’s business employment and human resources services since 2005. In this capacity, she provides one on one coaching for our small business owners in all functions of HR, assists in developing training curriculum for various trainings, manages a workforce development team as well as facilitates our extremely successful emergency medical technician program. Priscilla enjoys learning new things and has earned a dual master’s degree in Human Resources and Educational Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Her enthusiasm for developing people through employee relations and teaching has allowed her to engage in several roles including computer class instructor, job readiness and leadership development trainer, guest speaker at various agencies and human resources liaison for many of our employers. Priscilla enjoys gardening and delights in quality time spent with her family and friends, travelling, cooking and being an active member at her church.
Nancy Kramer, Talent & Recruitment Coordinator
Nancy has over 12 years of experience with the City Colleges of Chicago in program management and workforce development. She will be working with ICNC members and further developing relations with community based organizations.
Matt Miller, Culinary Instructor at Impact Culinary Training
Matt is the Culinary Instructor for the Impact Culinary Training Program.
Lorraine Nguyen, Impact Culinary Training Program Manager
Lorraine is the Impact Culinary Training Program Manager.
Kelly Dull, Culinary Assistant at Impact Culinary Training
Kelly is the Culinary Assistant for the Impact Culinary Training Program.
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