Staff Directory

IFT Senior Leadership

Christie Tarantino-Dean
Executive Vice President & CEO

Mark Barenie
SVP & Chief Financial Officer

William Fisher
VP, Science & Policy Initiatives


Kelly Fox
SVP, Meetings & Business Partnerships

Eric Schneider
SVP, Strategic & Communications

Terry Merkley
VP, Information Technology

Human Resources

Lauren Friedman
Associate Director of Human Resources


Kelly McCohen
Human Resources Manager

Communications & Media Relations

Rae Ulrich
Senior Director, Integrated Marketing & Brand Strategy

Bob Swientek
Editor-In-Chief and Director of Publications

Leslie Pappas
Director, Publications

Amanda Ferguson
Associate Director,
IFT Scientific Journals

Kelly Hensel
Senior Digital Editor

Mary Ellen Kuhn
Executive Editor, FT & Asst. Dir. Of Pubs

Karen Nachay
Senior Associate Editor, FT

Melanie Bartelme
Associate Editor, FT

Toni Tarver
Senior Writer/Editor


Priya Patel Heine
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives

Erin Slucter
Senior Manager, Communications and Multimedia

Mindy Weinstein
Director, Media Relations

Emily Behn
Media Relations Specialist

Bill Maloney
Senior Marketing Manager

Tim Coghill
Marketing Manager

Michael O'Donnell
Graphic Designer

Brian Mackenzie
Publications Production Coordinator

Christine Lee
Social Media Coordinator

Executive Office

Christie Tarantino-Dean
Executive Vice President & CEO

Brooke Switzer
Director, Feeding Tomorrow

Kate Dockins
Director of Volunteer Leadership Development & Recognition


Eric Schneider
SVP, Strategic & Communications

Shannon Rodnick
Project Coordinator


Mark Barenie
SVP & Chief Financial Officer

Iwona Kossak
Director of Finance

Michael Barski
Accounting Supervisor

Rich Stelmaszek
Staff Accountant and Payroll Administrator


Sonia Hernandez
Staff Accountant

Jerilyn Sturkey
Accounts Payable Clerk

Jonathan Cabello
Staff Accountant

Brenton Wallace
Senior Service Specialist

Information Technology

Terry Merkley
VP, Information Technology

Lev Kaytsner
Director, Information Technology

Lori Conley
Digital Director

Tom Wesson
Senior Developer


Bridgette Smith
Digital Production Manager

Andrew Bizon

Ginette Argudin
Data Analyst

Ricardo Ballesteros
Help Desk Administrator

Knowledge, Learning and Education

Corrine Calice
Senior Director, KLE

Stacy Hodge
Senior Program Manager

Kara Adams
Senior Manager, Divisions & Community

Brandon Davis
Certification Manager


George Miller
Director, KLE

Erin O'Connell
Program Manager

Lynette Kelley
KLE Program Coordinator

Meetings & Business Partnerships

Kelly Fox
SVP, Meetings & Business Partnerships

Jean Heis
Director, Meetings & Exhibits

Melodie Anderson
Exhibits Manager

Katherine McLaughlin
Meetings Manager


Clare Keesey
Meetings Planner

Dan Gullicksen
Exhibits Coordinator

Leslie Schulz
Meetings & Business Partnerships Coordinator


Tom Foley
Sr. Director of Membership

Katie Masterson
Program Manager, Membership

Anna Ylijoki
Component Relations Manager

Mike McCarthy
Associate Director, Section Administration


Marlene Chlypniacz
Manager, AMS

Susan Andronowitz
Manager, Membership Development & Section Administration

Elissa Seeman
Coordinator, Data Integrity & Membership Administration

Office Administration

Debra Kinnison

Patti Pagliuco
IFT Central Team Leader


Alicia Castro
IFT Central Representative

Donna Morris
IFT Central Representative


Susan Young
Director of Sales & Business Partnerships

Juliette Fry
Strategic Account Manager,

Bonny McColl
Strategic Account Manager, West


Bato Prostran
Senior Exhibit Sales Representative

Darlene Hankes
Sales Systems Administrator

Patrick Simmons
Advertising Sales Coordinator

Science and Policy Initiatives

Will Fisher
Vice President, Science & Policy Initiatives

Dr. Rosetta Newsome
Director, Science & Policy Initiatives

Tejas Bhatt
Director, Global Food Traceability Center


Dr. Jaheon Koo
Director, Food Safety Programs

Farida Mohamedshah
Director, Food Health & Nutrition

Jennie Stitzinger
Project Coordinator

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