Meet Our Board

Our Board is a dedicated group of individuals deeply committed to the mission of The Giving Farm. Their diverse personal and professional experiences provide well-rounded leadership, oversight and counsel to our organization.

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Melissa Brown

Board Member

Melissa (Missy) Brown resides in Willowbrook, Illinois with her husband Russ and two dogs, Sadie and Ed. She is the proud mom of four and the busy Nana of 10. She is guided by her strong faith in God and finds fulfillment in helping others. Missy currently volunteers every Thursday morning at the West Suburban Community Pantry in Woodridge. In her spare time, she enjoys singing in the Circle of Song Choir, babysitting her grandchildren, visiting family and of course, farming.

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Kathy Lundorf

Board Member

Kathy Lundorf resides in South Bend, Indiana with her husband Jack of 39 years. She is the proud mom of three (Jake, Erik and Abby) and the grandma of four. Kathy graduated with a bachelor's of science degree from Southern Illinois University. She is currently employed at The Tire Rack in a customer service capacity. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at McDonald House Charities, Memorial Hospital and various other charities.

Cambria Mueller

Board Member

Cambria Mueller resides in Egg Harbor, WI (Door County) with her husband Mark and two sons Connor and Tucker.  Formerly Cambria was a Trustee for the Village of Egg Harbor and Chairwoman of the Plan Commission and is currently the Secretary of the Joint Village and Town of Egg Harbor Baseball and Cemetery Committee. As a Door County native, she has tackled many jobs in the tourism industry which brought her to the Door County Visitor Bureau in January 2018 where she is the Community Marketing Manager. There are duties outside of marketing such as community engagement, advocacy, grant writing and oversight of the Visitor Bureau’s nonprofit, Spirit of Door County, that Cambria plays a large role in facilitating.

In her free time, Cambria enjoys spending time with her husband and boys exploring all the natural beauty that Door County has to offer.

Volunteers

In addition to our Board members we have a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and knowledge to help us reach more of those who need us!

Emily Brown

Volunteer Coordinator

Emily Brown resides in Evergreen Park, Illinois, with her two children: Ryan (age 13) and Maddie (age 8). Emily attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin where she volunteered and worked as the Membership Coordinator at ARCh (Association for Individuals with handicaps).  She currently works at Midwest Laser Specialists as a sales and customer service representative. Emily takes a great deal of joy in helping others, and anyone that knows her would say that her generosity is one of her top qualities. When she's not working or volunteering, Emily likes to attend her son's football games and make arts and crafts projects with her daughter.

As The Giving Farm's Volunteer Coordinator, Emily is responsible for contacting our volunteers, scheduling our "Farm Days," managing our social media accounts and communicating with local pantries.

Andrea Brown

Marketing Director

Andrea Brown lives on the southside of Chicago in Oak Lawn where she was born and raised. Her and her husband, Josh, are currently in the throes of raising their three children: Lydia, Oliver and Leo. Andrea is a full-time stay-at-home mom and a part-time digital content strategist. She has experience working for non-profits such as Advocate Health Care and The American College of Chest Physicians. On the weekends, Andrea and Josh enjoy taking the family on new adventures and exploring all that Chicago has to offer.

As The Giving Farm's Marketing Director, Andrea is responsible for editing and managing the farm's website, media relations and public outreach.

Russell Brown

Farm Manager

Russell lives in Willowbrook, Illinois, with his wife, Melissa, and two dogs, Sadie and Ed. His four children, ten grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews keep him on his toes. When he's not chasing the kids around, you can find him at Midwest Laser Specialists, a company that he founded over 30 years ago. Between work and play, Russell likes to find new ways to put his talents to use (and do a little good in the world while he's at it). That's why he founded The Giving Farm. He hopes the charity will serve as his legacy, teaching his grandchildren that courage, kindness, and above all else, generosity, are the values that really matter in life.

As The Giving Farm's Manager, Russell is responsible for communicating with the board members, coordinating the volunteers, overseeing the farm operations and maintaining the blueberry fields.

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