Joy Dell’Aringa, MS, RM (NRCM)

Board of Directors Candidate
Current Title:
Business Development Manager
Employer: bioMerieux

Why do you want to serve in this role?

IFT has been an integral part of my development - professionally, scientifically, and personally - throughout my career as a Food Microbiologist. I have spent the last several years supporting my local Chicago IFT Section through volunteerism and leadership, holding multiple positions: Membership Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member, Program Chair, Section Chair and Past Chair. My background as a Food Microbiologist and Business Development Manager has brought a diverse perspective to our section and broadened the scope of how we support our diverse membership base. Serving in this role would expand the representation of tangential Food Science disciplines in the areas of Food Safety/Quality, and Microbiology. It would be an honor to deepen my commitment to the IFT by serving on the Board of Directors to influence and shape the future of our organization.

Please describe how your attributes and experiences have prepared you for board service.

I am a facilitator by nature, finding creative solutions to difficult problems by utilizing  technical expertise, skills as a consultative sales professional, and leveraging  professional network for win-win solutions.  Collaboration across multi-functional groups is a necessary skill required in my professional and volunteer roles. I have successfully navigated complex projects by focusing on the spirit of knowledge sharing and goal-oriented leadership.  Participating on the Chicago IFT Executive Committee and leading the creation of the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation has prepared me for service on the IFT board. I am also involved in ASTA on the Educational Board and on the Food Safety Committee. My demonstrated ability to serve the Vision and Mission of these organizations will translate well to IFT board service. I am a committed volunteer that works and leads by example,  playing the role of ambassador and champion while also inspiring others to serve.

In reviewing IFT’s Strategic Promises, please describe the challenges and opportunities you believe IFT will face in achieving our mission and vision.

Develop: opportunities exist to increase awareness of the food industry and the science of food as viable career opportunities for non-Food Science disciplines. By enticing talented students and professionals from complementary backgrounds to join the food industry the IFT will solidify itself as the scientific community-building organization in the industry. Networking: By developing platforms of engagement for inter-section interaction and contribution, the IFT can bridge the sections to adapt programs, events, and innovations and promote  knowledge sharing and resource management. Innovate: to stay relevant in how we communicate to the multi-generational constituency to ensure IFT provides engaging and useful content accessible and useful for our wide membership base. Advocate:  We are in an evolving era of mass information, political uncertainty, and scientific awareness;  the IFT will need to be strategic and tactical on how they navigate this landscape.

Please describe an IFT or other volunteer leadership experience and how it will assist you in serving on the board.

I have enjoyed several roles in my tenure with IFT and executed several projects. One I am most proud of is the Ambassador Program. While I was serving as the Membership Committee Co-Chair of the CSIFT, there were key companies in the area that were not present at our meetings, on our committees, or in our leadership team. After speaking with legacy members, polling several companies, and working with our committee volunteers, our group championed the Ambassador Program, aimed at selecting influential and engaged individuals within target companies to spread the word about our events and opportunities. Since enacted, attendance, engagement, volunteerism, sponsorship, and leadership at these companies has increased measurably. Companies also report benefit via increased access and influence on section activities. The program speaks to our altruistic nature as well, solidifying our team as a volunteer community that works in the best interest to serve our members.

Please provide a short narrative biography of important career and personal accomplishments.

Joy Dell’Aringa is the Business Development Manager for bioMérieux Food Pathogen and Quality Indicator Solutions. A Microbiologist by trade and passion, Joy has held previous positions as Laboratory Manager and National Food Director for reference laboratories across the US. Joy is currently the Past- Chair of the Chicago Section IFT and previously was on the Executive Committee and co-chair for the Membership Committee. She is a founding  board member for the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation.  Joy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in Plant and Soil Science, both from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has experience in the food and beverage industry, environmental and industrial hygiene industry, clinical, and academic research fields. Joy is a Registered Food & Dairy Microbiologist (ASM) and is a FSPCA PCQI Lead Instructor.  Joy currently lives in Chicago with her husband, two children, and two Chihuahuas.

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