Staff Directory

IFT Senior Leadership

Christie Tarantino-Dean
Executive Vice President & CEO

Mark Barenie
Sr Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

William Fisher
VP, Science & Policy Initiatives

Kristy McGreal
VP, Knowledge & Learning Experiences


Kelly Fox
SVP, Meetings & Business Partnerships

Jerry Bowman
VP, Communications & Media Relations

Eric Schneider
VP, Strategic Initiatives

Terry Merkley
VP, Information Technology

Communications & Media Relations

Jerry Bowman
VP, Communications & Media Relations

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

Erin Slucter
Senior Manager, Communications and Multimedia


Toni Tarver
Senior Writer/Editor

Mindy Weinstein
Director, Media Relations

Stephanie Callahan
Media Relations Manager

Jennifer London
Director of Marketing

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

Kelly McCohen
Executive Offices Manager &
Board Liaison

Brandon Davis
Certification Manager


Kate Dockins
Director of Volunteer Leadership Development & Recognition

Shannon Rodnick
Project Coordinator


Mark Barenie
Sr Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Iwona Kossak
Director of Finance

Michael Barski
Accounting Supervisor

Sonia Hernandez
Staff Accountant


Rich Stelmaszek
Staff Accountant and Payroll Administrator

Jerilyn Sturkey
Accounts Payable Clerk

Brenton Wallace
Senior Service Specialist

Information Technology

Terry Merkley
VP, Information Technology

Lev Kaytsner
Director, Information Technology

Tom Wesson
Senior Developer

Patt Chomwong
Junior Developer


Lori Conley
Digital Director

Bridgette Smith
Digital Production Specialist

Lily Tao
Analytics Coordinator

Knowledge & Learning Experiences

Kristy McGreal
Vice President, KLE

George Miller
Director, KLE

Stacy Hodge
Senior Program Manager


Katie Paffhouse
Program Manager

Kara Adams
E-Learning & CFS Prep
Course Manager

Bridget Blair
Education Coordinator


Kelly Fox
VP, Meetings & Business Partnerships

Jean Heis
Meetings Director

Melodie Anderson
Exhibits Manager

Susan Andronowitz
Manager, Registration & Housing


Clare Keesey
Meetings Coordinator

Dan Gullicksen
Exhibits Coordinator

Katherine McLaughlin
Meetings Planner


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

Erin O'Connell
Membership Coordinator

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


Farida Mohamedshah
Director, Food Health & Nutrition

Jennie Stitzinger
Project Coordinator

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