JANIE'S MILL TEAM
Everyone on the Janie’s Mill team is from our rural East-Central Illinois community, passionate about what we do, and ready to serve you!
Farmer / Owners
Harold is the man behind the mill, and deeply involved in all aspects of running it. He is a relationship-builder, and much of his time is spent communicating with and delivering to bakeries and distilleries. Harold is a lifelong farmer who transitioned to organic production in the early 2000s. He co-owns Janie’s Farm Organics with his son Ross, and always makes sure that the mill team has the cleaned grain they need. Harold has been married for 38 years to newly retired teacher, Sandy. In their free time, Harold and Sandy love to travel to Miami to visit with their granddaughter Elise and her parents, Emily and Fer.
Ross is co-owner and CFO of Janie’s Mill. He’s great at trouble-shooting problems and dealing with all things mechanical. Ross installed our first two milling systems, and will soon be installing two more. He is also in charge of day-to-day work at Janie’s Farm Organics, including the labor, management, and field operations.
Matthew has been working at the mill since May of 2018, making him the longest-working employee after Jill. Matthew is a crucial team member who expertly mills all the grains and has taken on many other responsibilities. Matthew is in his senior year at Olivet Nazarene University majoring in Biochemistry.
HEAD MILLER & SENIOR MILL MANAGER
Together with Harold and Ross, Jill was part of the initial research and planning for Janie’s Mill. She now oversees all of the Mill’s day-to-day operations — from keeping a close eye on the temperature of the millstones, to monitoring quality of grains and milled products, to developing new products, to working with bakers and wholesale customers. Jill and her husband will soon be empty-nesters, but look forward to visiting their four daughters.
Sergio has worked at the mill since the fall of 2018. Among his many talents are repairing torn mill screens and other equipment, and winning the Janie’s Mill 2019 Chili Cook-Off. In his spare time, he loves to watch Westerns and make homemade flour tortillas with Janie’s Mill Sifted Artisan Flour. Sergio lives in Onarga with his wife Rubi, and their three children.
Kirstie is one of our night team who keeps the mills running during the night. She also bags the flour, grits, and grains to make sure we have enough freshly-milled flour for all our customers. Kirstie enjoys having adventures with her 3 children. She also is a Certified Firefighter with the Otto Township.
Several times a week, Jeff brings the grains needed for milling from our temperature and humidity controlled storage and cleaning service at ProHarvest just down the road over to the mill. Jeff married his high-school sweetheart, Marcia, 41 years ago, and has lived and worked in Ashkum most of his life, where he serves as the chief of the volunteer fire department.
Blanca sets the mills, bags thousands of pounds of flour every day, and fulfills orders, among other milling duties. Blanca loves all sorts of cooking and experimenting with new recipes. She and her husband Zac live on a small farm with sheep, dogs, and a horse.
MILL FLOOR LEAD
Bre directs and manages her fellow millers, maintains production quality, and keeps the mill flow running smoothly. She also conducts floor inventory and organizes the wholesale orders each day. When Bre isn’t running the mills, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors camping, hiking, and boating.
Gina is one of the people who keeps the mills running all weekend. She also works hard to keep our mill floor organized and clean. Gina loves animals and is a Senior Vet Tech student. When she graduates, she’ll work in a veterinary clinic for a few years, and then move to Tennessee to work on a livestock ranch.
RETAIL & SHIPPING ASSISTANT
Dana assists with retail orders and also manages inventory, ensuring there are always enough boxes, tape, and other packing materials at hand. She loves wrapping packages, so when you order a gift box, Dana is the one tying the pretty ribbons. Dana loves gardening and being with her family, and she recently welcomed her first grandchild!
RETAIL & SALES MANAGER
Cecilia was raised on a beach in New Zealand but has lived in Central Illinois for many years. Cecilia coordinates the online and retail bagging, packing, and shipping teams, manages sales to brick-and-mortar stores, and trains distributors on how to market Janie’s Mill products. She’s also in charge of food safety requirements and customer care.
RETAIL PACKING ASSOCIATE
Tracy manages the hand-bagging of grits and grains, maintaining a full inventory for the retail team. She’s also the retail team’s quality control person. In addition, she boxes up 50-lb bag orders to be shipped to our wholesale customers across the country. Tracy is famous for the brownies she makes with our Dark Rye flour!
RETAIL PACKING ASSOCIATE
Anna has been with Janie’s Mill since the summer of 2019, and quickly learned to do nearly every task. Most mornings, you’ll find her packing flour into retail bags, but she does other packing room tasks and helps out on the mill floor as needed. In the afternoons, Anna furthers her studies in English Literature.
ONLINE SHIPPING ASSITANT
Kari ensures that the shipping room runs smoothly by stamping all boxes with the Janie’s Mill woodblock, and having all orders and labels in their proper places. She also packs boxes and does a lot of heavy lifting! Kari loves her flexible hours, and loves being home with her three young children.
RETAIL PACKING ASSOCIATE
Dawn “goes shopping” each morning for 50-lb bags of all the types of flour, grits, and grains that the Retail Team needs to route into retail-size packages. Dawn lifts the 50-lb bags of flour up into the semi-automatic bagging machine to create 1.5-, 3-, and 10-pound bags of flour. When she’s not working, Dawn loves to hunt, mow, and take care of her flower garden.
SENIOR SHIPPING ASSOCIATE
Heidi arrives very early each morning to begin packing your online orders. She takes pride in precisely fitting whatever you ordered into the shipping boxes so there’s no wasted space, and so your packages arrive looking beautiful. Heidi loves holidays and Midwest summers when she can grill and sit outside around a campfire with friends.
Andra is the Mill’s record-keeper and paper-chaser. Among her many other duties is keeping our OCIA Organic and CRC Kosher certifications up to date. Andra was a Business Instructor at Central High School and now works part-time at the Bourbonnais Park District and at Janie’s Mill.
Renee has been the Mill’s bookkeeper since June 2018. When she isn’t busy with our books, Renee loves long walks and spending time with her husband of 36 years, her four children, and three grandchildren.
ACCOUNTS & LOGISTICS MANAGER
Among her many duties, Lynne communicates daily with our wholesale customers regarding orders, inquiries, and new accounts, and arranges shipping for pallet-sized wholesale orders. In her free time, Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their son, daughter, and new son-in-law.