Staff Directory

IFT Senior Leadership

Christie Tarantino-Dean
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mark Barenie
SVP & Chief Financial Officer

Terry Merkley
VP, Information Technology

Kelly Fox
SVP, Meetings & Business Partnerships


Maria Velissariou, PhD
Chief Science & Technology Officer

Eric Schneider
SVP, Strategic & Communications

Tom Foley
VP, Membership & Customer Development

Kate Dockins
VP, Volunteer Leadership Development & Recognition

Human Resources

Lauren Friedman
Associate Director of Human Resources

Randy Levy
Project Manager


Nancy Ukpe Gargula
Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Kelly McCohen
Human Resources Manager

Communications & Media Relations

Rae Ulrich
Senior Director, Integrated Marketing & Brand Strategy

Dinesh Rajangam
Business & Research Analyst

Bill Maloney
Senior Marketing Manager

Tim Coghill
Senior Marketing Manager

Michael O'Donnell
Graphic Designer

Gregory Dixon
Multi Media & Media Producer

Erica Avram
Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator, Communications

Ben Larrison
Content & Communications Manager

Zach Olafson
Social Media Specialist

Jennifer Braner
Media & Public Relations Specialist

Jennifer Liu Goluszka
Coordinator, International Programs


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

Toni Tarver
Senior Technical Editor, FT

Brian Mackenzie
Publications Production Coordinator

Margaret Malochleb
Associate Editor

Executive Office

Christie Tarantino-Dean
Executive Vice President & CEO

Kate Dockins
Vice President, Volunteer Leadership Development & Recognition

Jaime Gutshall
Manager, Feeding Tomorrow


Eric Schneider
SVP, Strategic & Communications

Anna Desai
Executive Office Manager & Board Liaison

Shannon Rodnick
Manager, Volunteer Leadership Development & Recognition


Mark Barenie
SVP & Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Cabello
Senior Staff Accountant

Rich Stelmaszek
Staff Accountant and Payroll Administrator

Brenton Wallace
Office Services Coordinator



Iwona Kossak
Director of Finance

Sonia Hernandez
Senior Staff Accountants

Chris Misirly
Financial Analyst

Alexis Pelaez
Accounting Coordinator

Information Technology

Terry Merkley
VP, Information Technology

Lev Kaytsner
Director, Information Technology

Lori Conley
Digital Director

Bridgette Smith
Digital Production Manager


Surender Singh

Andrew Bizon

Ginette Argudin
Data Analyst

Ricardo Ballesteros
Help Desk Administrator

Knowledge, Learning and Education

Corrine Calice
Senior Director, KLE

Jay Gilbert
Manager, Divisions & Career Pathways

Brandon Davis
Certification Manager

Jennifer Steplowski
Manager, Instructional Design & Product Development


Alexandra Santau
Director, Academic Excellence & HERB

Erin O'Connell
Program Manager, KLE

Shainah Horowitz
Program Coordinator, Divisions & Community

Meetings & Business Partnerships

Kelly Fox
SVP, Meetings & Business Partnerships

Jean Heis
Director, Meetings & Exhibits

Melodie Anderson
Exhibits Manager

Carli Lloyd
Meetings Coordinator


Katherine McLaughlin
Meetings Manager

Dan Gullicksen
Meetings Planner

Victoria Garcia
Exhibits Coordinator


Tom Foley
VP, Membership & Customer Development

Katie Masterson
Program Manager, Membership

Amy Clarke Sievers
Manager, Students & New Professional Relations

Mike McCarthy
Director, Section Support


Marlene Chlypniacz
Manager, AMS

Susan Andronowitz
Manager, Membership Development & Section Administration

Elissa Seeman
Coordinator, Data Integrity & Membership Administration

Office Administration

Patti Pagliuco
IFT Central Team Leader

Alicia Castro
IFT Central Representative


Donna Morris
IFT Central Representative

Ashley Conti
Frontdesk Adminstrator


Susan E.Young
Director of Sales & Business Partnerships

Bonny McColl
Strategic Account Manager, West

Bato Prostran
Senior Exhibit Sales Representative


Krist Poppe
Strategic Account Manager

Darlene Hankes
Sales Systems Administrator

Patrick Simmons
Strategic Account Associate

Science and Policy Initiatives

Maria Velissariou, PhD
Chief Science & Technology Officer

Dr. Rosetta Newsome
Director, Science & Policy Initiatives


Farida Mohamedsha
Director, Food Health & Nutrition

Jennie Stitzinger
Manager, Science & Policy Initiatives

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