Our Leadership They come together to network, learn, and share their collective wisdom to ensure that our vision — a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere — becomes a reality.

Members of our Board of Directors serve as organizational stewards that help shape IFT and the professions of food science and food technology. IFT committee, workgroup and task force volunteers participate in important organizational activities and gain additional leadership experience.

IFT Board of Directors

Explore the background and achievements of our board members below. Interested in becoming involved? Learn how you can become a member of this dynamic leadership team.


John Coupland

Robert Gravani

Cindy Stewart

Christie Tarantino-Dean
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Colin Dennis
Immediate Past President



Pam Coleman

Roger Lawrence

Ernest Embola

Robert McGorrin

Chris Findlay

Dawn Merrill

Carolyn Fisher

Lauren Shimek

Jonathan Gray

Sharrann Simmons

Sarah Kirkmeyer

R. Paul Singh

Matthew Teegarden
President, IFTSA


Ex-Officio Members

Amy Dejong
Immediate Past President, IFTSA

Morgan Van Staden
President-Elect, IFTSA

Noel Anderson
Chair, Feeding Tomorrow

Additional IFT Leadership

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Audit Committee

Finance Committee

Nominations & Elections Committee


Annual Meeting Scientific Programs Advisory Panel

Hot Topics

Teaching & Learning

Division Champion Team

New Professional Workgroup

IFT Press Advisory Group

Task Forces

Strategic Planning Task Force

Board Communications Task Force

HERB Readiness Task Force

Diversity & Inclusion Task Force

Public Policy & Regulatory Task Force

Science & Policy Initiatives Workgroups and Tactical Teams

GFTC Advisory Council

Food Nanoscience Advisory Panel

Nanotechnology Steering Group

Editorial Boards

Journal of Food Science Editorial Board

Journal of Food Science Education Editorial Board

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science & Food Safety Editorial Board

Additional IFT Leadership

Higher Education Review Board

International Food Science Certification

Council of Food Science Administrators

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