Our Team

Jennifer Vahalik

Ms. Jennifer Vahalik

President

Jennifer Vahalik is General Manager and Chief Research Officer with U&I Collaboration LLC. Prior to ownership of Collaboration, Jennifer was Director of Products Research Technologies and Senior Mind Genomicist with the company. She has mastered detailed emphatic listening skills to become a lead consumer workshop facilitator for many Fortune 500 CPG firms. She is well regarded as an educator and presenter for global scientific conferences and training seminars. A member of IFT and RCA, she holds a BS and MS in Food Science, from Texas A&M University and a Culinary Arts Certificate. In her spare time, she is pursuing accreditation as a Certified Culinary Scientist.

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Ms. Dawn Plum

Finance Manager

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Ms. Anna Marie Cesario

Senior Project Manager

Anna Marie brings more than 35 years of CPG experience and industry knowledge to her position of Senior Project Manager at U&I Collaboration LLC. Her expertise and passion lie in the foods industry, having led the North American Consumer Test Kitchen for a major corporation with global brands. She enjoys working with marketing and innovation teams as well as consumers to create new products and uncover consumer truths and trends that make a difference. In her free time, Anna Marie enjoys cooking for family and friends, exploring cultural foods, spoiling her dog, and spending time at the Jersey Shore.