IFT Leadership Election

The Board of Directors engages in strategic thinking and planning to set the organization’s direction and mobilize resources to ensure IFT’s progress in achieving its IFT is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 IFT Leadership Election.

Our fifteen talented candidates offer a breadth of knowledge about the profession, a diverse volunteer history within IFT and beyond, and an unwavering commitment to each of you.

IFT’s voting membership elects one member for President-Elect, four members for the Board of Directors, three members for the Nominations & Elections Committee. During our election, from January 31 – March 2, 2017, IFT members will be able to cast their ballots electronically from any Internet-accessible computer worldwide. IFT will send out an “Election Open” message via e-mail on January 31 to all IFT voting members with details on how to cast your vote.

Important! New Membership Model Vote
In addition to the Leadership Elections vote, IFT’s Board is also asking all voting members to cast their vote for the new proposed membership model and supporting governance documents updates no later than Thursday, March 2, 2017.

For details regarding this vote, please visit the New Membership Model and Governing Documents Updates webpage.

Candidates for President-Elect

Hamed Faridi, Chief Science Officer, McCormick & Company, Inc., United States

Michele Perchonok, Manager, Program Science Management Office, NASA Human Research Program, United States

Candidates for the Board of Directors

Bryson Bolton, Sensory & Consumer Research Manager, Product Dynamics, a Division of RQA, Inc., United States

Christopher Daubert
, Professor & Department Head, North Carolina State University, United States

Chris Downs, Research Director – Food Innovation, CSIRO, Australia

Federico Harte, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University, United States

Vickie Kloeris, Manager Space Food Systems Laboratory, NASA, United States

Soo-Yeun Lee, Professor and Assistant Dean, University of Illinois, United States

Gunnar Sigge, Head of Department and Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Nominations and Elections Committee

Joy Dell’Aringa, Business Development Manager, bioMerieux, United States

Anne Goldman, VP Consumer Research, ACCE International, Canada

Dallas Hoover, Professor, University of Delaware, United States

Margaret Patterson, Honorary Professor, Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom

Kantha Shelke, Principal, Corvus Blue LLC, United States

Craig Sherwin, Technical Services Manager, Novozymes, United States

The IFT Bylaws, approved by the Board of Directors states the following:

Article VII—Elections

Section 7.3: Candidates by Petition

Petitions, together with pertinent biographical information and a statement by the candidate, must be filed with the Executive Vice President. The deadline for petitions shall be determined by the Board of Directors and communicated to members before the election. Any candidate brought forth by petition must have submitted and completed their nomination and candidate information form through the online process.

a) President-Elect

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members of the Institute, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for President-elect by filing a written petition. The president-elect candidate brought forth by petition must have participated in the official call for nominations in the year in which he/she is seeking election, and therefore should have a nomination form on file with the Nominations and Elections Committee. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

b) Board of Directors

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for election to the Committee on Nominations and Elections by filing a written petition. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

c) Committee on Nominations and Elections

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for election to the Committee on Nominations and Elections by filing a written petition. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

View complete copy of the IFT Bylaws.

Please forward any questions about the slate, petition process or the online elections to Kate Dockins, staff coordinator for the Nominations & Elections Committee at kdockins@ift.org.

Check your Inbox

Your election login may not be the same as your ift.org login. Check you inbox for your election information email on these dates:

1/31
2/9
2/16
2/23

Have your login?

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Questions?

Please forward any questions about the slate, petition process or the online elections to:

Kate Dockins
Senior Director, Volunteer Leadership Development & Recognition
kdockins@ift.org
   

Who is Participating?

In addition to the IFT Leadership election, these IFT groups have available ballots. 

Food Engineering Division
Nonthermal Processing Division

AkSarBen Section 
Alamo Section 
British Section 
Chicago Section 
Florida Section 
Great Lakes Section 
Great Plains Subsection 
Iowa Section 
Kansas City Section 
Lewis and Clark Section 
Long Island Section 
Minnesota Section 
New York Section 
Northern California Section 
Ohio Valley Section 
Oregon Section 
Philadelphia Section 
South Eastern Section 
Southern California Section 
St. Louis Section 
Volunteer Section
Wisconsin Section