Our Team

 

Abbot John Brahill, OSB: CEO

Abbot John Brahill, OSB was elected the fifth Abbot of Marmion Abbey on June 25, 2010.  He grew up in Hillside and Bensenville, the son of Joseph and Lucille Brahill.  Abbot John graduated from Marmion in 1967 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in biology from St. Louis University.  He worked in private industry until entering Marmion Abbey in 1977.  He professed his vows as a Benedictine monk on August 6, 1978. He did his theological studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and Sant’ Anselmo University in Rome.  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1982. After working at Marmion Academy for nine years in teaching and in administration, he was assigned in 1992 to the Abbey’s Mission Priory and School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where he served as the Prior for seventeen years, returning to Marmion Abbey in 2009.

Adam Voirin: Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer

Adam came to Abbey Farms in 2009 having been tasked by the Monks of Marmion Abbey to grow Abbey Farms.  Adam grew up in Batavia and spent his weekends at his parents farm in Mount Morris Illinois or running a growing landscape company.  Adam graduated Marmion Academy in 2002 and went off to college.  After graduating Ball State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture and minors in Business Management, Digital Publishing and several independent studies on how people use spaces, Adam worked in the architecture field for several years before returning home to Batavia and ultimatly, Abbey Farms.  Today, Adam resides in Chicago and looks forward to taking Abbey Farms to the next level while retaining the vintage charm of the nearly 70 year old farm.

 

Wendy Felder: Venue & Resource Manager

Wendy began volunteering for Pumpkin Daze at Abbey Farms in 2009 while her son was attending Marmion Academy and found out she absolutely loved working at Abbey Farms.  Wendy accepted a full time position as Venue and Resource Manager in 2013 where she took on the main responsibility of managing the Emporium team through its rapid growth. Today Wendy is the face of The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms.  From initial contact to the detailed planning process, Wendy has created a wonderful environment that puts service at the forefront.
Wendy Retired from College of DuPage in 2013 after 30+ years of service where she served as an Information Specialist in the IT department and ultimately as a professor in Office Technology.  Wendy earned a BA in Business Management from NLU in Evanston and a MS Education from California State University. Earned a graduate certificate in academic advising from Kansas State. Earned a number of certificates/degrees from College of DuPage

 

Jackie Rakers: Educational Programs and Volunteer Coordinator, Assistant Venue Manager

Jackie began working part time at Abbey Farms in 2011 while attending Aurora University and writing her honors program thesis on education reform in the developing world. After obtaining her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education and endorsements in both middle school Science and Social Studies Jackie moved to the remote island of Ta’u (population 700) in the Manu’a island chain of America Samoa where she taught high school English, advised several after school groups, and served on the reaccreditation report team for Manu’a High School. After returning to the mainland United States Jackie worked in several local school districts in both Special and Elementary Education before joining the Abbey Farms team full time in 2015.

 

Eric Mott: Abbey Farms Farm Manager

Bio coming soon!

 

Jeff Kus: Abbey Farms Assistant Farm Manager

Bio coming soon!