Every Scientist at Victus Ars has their own story of finding their passion in the Sweets & Snacks Industry. We are deliberate in choosing to work together, and deliberate in choosing the projects we take on. If we are a fit with you, you'll understand the difference that makes.
I am a Senior Confectionery Scientist who focuses on product development and research projects, specializing in gummy product development and gummy research. Most of the projects I work on focus on low sugar formulation and/or VMS product development.
I have a degree in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and have 8 years of experience with confectionery development and production. Before coming to Victus Ars, I worked at the Swiss Colony for 5 years.
What I love about Victus Ars is working with clients from many different industries and backgrounds, and that I’m able to learn and build my knowledge-base every day.
Fun Fact: Nothing excites me more than tasting new foods and experiencing new flavors.
What is your favorite confectionery treat? As an adult it’s always changing, my nostalgic favorite from childhood is Nerds.
What are you excited to create at Victus Ars? I am excited to develop innovative products and solutions for our clients.
I am a Senior Scientist who develops, modifies, and tests various confectionery projects. My work comprises product development, shelf life studies, running trials, and flavor development and modification.
I have a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Western Illinois University, so I do not have the typical Food Science degree or educational background. I also have a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship as well as an MBA in Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Throughout my career in the food and beverage industry, I have worked at ingredient companies, a baking manufacturer, and with YUM companies. The numerous positions I have held include a QC Inspector, Jr. Product Developer, QA, QC and R&D Lab Technician, Jr. Food Scientist, Application Scientist, Confectionery Scientist, and now a Sr. Scientist.
What I love about Victus Ars is that I get to use my 15+ years of experience while still learning new things daily. I also get the opportunity to introduce, influence and empower others coming into the Food Industry.
Fun Fact: I love to travel. The goal is to visit every continent.
What is your favorite confectionery treat? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Turtles.
What are you excited to create at Victus Ars? Everything. Products that have medicinal uses as well as tasting yummy.
I am the Lab Coordinator would be the short answer. I handle operations for the lab, so unless it’s Food Science, I probably have a hand in it.
Before coming to Victus Ars, I spent most of my career in corporate America. After the last round of layoffs left me unemployed, I decided to follow my dream of becoming a professional baker. I got certified through a bakery training program and then got a management job in a high-volume bakery. After that, I took on a role as Director of Operations which put me in charge of production for a baking training program. While the science of baking had always interested me, I never thought about the science that goes into candy and other types of sweet snacks. Through networking, I landed at Victus Ars.
What I love about Victus Ars is that every day is a bit different and that you have endless ways to develop and grow.
Fun Fact: I love to learn. If I’m learning something new, I’m happy.
What is your favorite confectionery treat? Anything chocolate.
What are you excited to create at Victus Ars? Continuing to create a space for learning, innovation, and craftsmanship.
I am the Social Media & Marketing Specialist. I work on the marketing side of the business, focusing on our social media and website.
I was an NCAA Division I Softball player at Monmouth University where I earned my B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Information Technology, but found myself venturing toward more creative work. Since graduating, I’ve explored different fields of design such as production design for feature films, web design, UX design, and graphic design. I like to learn and improve my skills, so I also earned a Certificate in Graphic Design from University of the Arts London. My career is still nascent, so I was looking to work for a small company where I could flex my tech savviness and creative skills while learning about the business.
What I love about Victus Ars is the autonomy we each have in our roles. We are trusted and empowered to do our work which gives me the confidence to execute any task.
Fun Fact: I am very passionate about creativity especially in the realms of design, film, and music. I also share a birthday with two music icons – Elvis Presley and David Bowie.
What is your favorite confectionery treat? Currently, Ferrero Rocher Chocolate. Love the 3 layers of crunchiness.
What are you excited to create at Victus Ars? Visual content that communicates our brand in an engaging and aesthetically pleasing manner.
I am a Lab Technician who aids the scientists with prepping, organizing, and cleaning. I’m currently a senior at University of Illinois Chicago studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration on cell and tissue. I enjoy learning new skills for fun to broaden my capabilities, so in my free time I build computers, develop prosthetic arms, learn new languages, and play a variety of sports such as frisbee and football.
Fun Fact: I really enjoy working hands on and making things whether it be building computers, developing models, or cooking food.
What is your favorite confectionery treat? Almond Joy for sure.
What are you excited to create at Victus Ars? I am excited to help the scientists make awesome things.