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.


Colin Dennis

Robert Gravani

John Neil Coupland

Christie Tarantino-Dean
Executive Vice President & CEO

Mary Ellen Camire
Immediate Past President



Martin Cole

Dallas Hoover

Pam Coleman

Cathy Kapica

Ernest Embola

Robert McGorrin

Carolyn Fisher

Dawn Merrill

Anne Goldman

Sharrann Simmons

Jonathan Gray

R. Paul Singh

Amy Dejong
President, IFTSA


Ex-Officio Members

Jay Gilbert
Immediate Past President, IFTSA

Matthew Teegarden
President-Elect, IFTSA

Noel Anderson
Chair, Feeding Tomorrow

Additional IFT Leadership

If you are currently volunteering on an IFT workgroup, task force, committee, or board, login to IFT Connect to gain access and connect with your colleagues. 


Audit Committee

Finance Committee

Nominations & Elections Committee


Annual Meeting Scientific Programs Advisory Panel

Hot Topics

Teaching & Learning

Poster Enhancement

Division Enhancement

Division Champion Team

New Professional Workgroup

IFT Press Advisory Group

Task Forces

Fellows Task Force

Awards Task Force

Strategic Planning Task Force

Code of Professional Conduct Task Force

Board Communications Task Force

HERB Readiness 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

IFT is the ultimate network…a community of professionals who share the common focus of food and the enrichment that comes from the many and varied experiences of members in the field.

Sheri Schellhaass
General Mills
Sheri Schellhaass
Volunteer with IFT