Nominations & Elections

The slate of officers selected by the Nominating Committee and presented to the membership on March 1, have officially been elected. These individuals will officially take office on September 1, 2017.

President-Elect

Elizabeth Clark, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Board of Directors

VP of Chapter Engagement - Kelsey Kanyuck, North Carolina State University

VP of Membership Engagement - Nayara Luna Guzmán, Cornell University

VP of Competitions - Kathryn Williamson, The Ohio State University

VP of Volunteer Development - Vidita K Deshpande, Utah State University

VP of Digital and Social Media - Meredith Myers, The Ohio State University

Member at Large - Oluwafemi Adebo, University of Johannesburg

Member at Large - Elizabeth Brown, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Member at Large Irma Catalina De Anda Lobo, Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey

Member at Large - Seth Ellsworth, University of Arkansas

2017–2018 IFTSA Competition Chairs

Chapter of the Year: Michelle Ecarma, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

College Bowl: Nicole Gaudino, Iowa State University

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries: Haley Wireman, Kansas State University

Disney/IFTSA Product Development Competition: Marie Lawton, Cornell University

28th Annual IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition: Jennifer Zornjak, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Thesis Video Competition: Adiguna Bahari, University of Georgia

Undergraduate Research Competition: Janam Pandya, University of Massachusetts Amherst

IFTSA is used the new process, approved in November, and identified in the IFTSA Bylaws, for the first time.

A huge thank you to our Nominating Committee, which consisted of Amy DeJong (IFTSA Past President), Morgan Von Staden (IFTSA President-Elect), John Gleeson (IFTSA Board of Directors), Alex Kuechel (Chair, Disney/IFTSA Product Development Competition), Craig Sherwin (IFT, IFTSA advisor), Jaime Reeves (IFT), Kate Dockins (IFT staff), and Amy Clarke Sievers (IFT staff) for all of their hard work and commitment to putting together a wonderful leadership team for next year.

Board of Directors Biographies


President Elect – Elizabeth Clark, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Elizabeth is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (a.k.a. Virginia Tech). She earned her Bachelor’s as well as her Master’s degrees from Kansas State University. Her current research investigates the intricate relationship between emotions and food choice. Elizabeth has been a student member of IFT since 2012, and has actively volunteered within the organization at both the local and international level. Besides writing for the Science Meets Food Blog, she has also participated in IFTSA College Bowl and product development competitions. Elizabeth currently serves as Vice President of Development and Communication on the IFTSA Board of Directors. She credits much of her professional development to the experiences provided through IFTSA, and desires to further serve the organization so it can continue to provide such incredible opportunities to students.

VP of Chapter Engagement - Kelsey Kanyuck, North Carolina State University
Kelsey Kanyuck is pursuing a master’s degree in food science at North Carolina State University under the supervision of Dr. Chris Daubert. Her graduate research investigates the chemistry of beverage weighting agents and the role these ingredients play in flavor emulsion. She is currently on the IFTSA board of directors as the Central Atlantic area representative while also maintaining a leadership role within the NC State food science club. Previously, she was the college bowl team captain at NC State when the team won regionals. Kelsey received a B.S. in Food Science and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland where she was also involved with IFTSA and the food science club as the vice president of college bowl. In addition to these activities and academic research, Kelsey has held internships at Mondelez International, The Hershey Company, the FDA, and the USDA.

VP of Membership Engagement - Nayara Luna Guzmán, Cornell University
Nayara Luna Guzmán is an undergraduate student in the food science program at Cornell University. She says that becoming involved with IFTSA was one her best decisions as a student. She found out about it as a senior in high school through one of her teachers, but officially started her involvement as a freshman in Cornell's chapter and her involvement continues to this day. One of her primary goals as a student and as a professional is to grow immensely as a leader. She is interested in a variety of subjects in and out of food science including food applications, marketing, culinary and pastry arts, diversity initiatives, and nonprofit work.

VP of Competitions - Kathryn Williamson, The Ohio State University
Kathryn (Katie) Williamson is currently pursuing her M.S. in Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Technology. Her research focuses on coffee metabolomics using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instrumentation for authentication purposes.  She grew up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and loves her newfound home in Columbus! She served as the Ohio State Food Science Club co-president during my undergraduate career and is currently the Product Development liaison on the e-board. She has experienced working on two product development teams and is a member of Ohio State’s College Bowl team. She looks forward to volunteering her time on the IFTSA board of directors!

VP of Volunteer Development - Vidita K Deshpande, Utah State University
Vidita Deshpande is currently pursuing a Masters in food science and plans on transferring to a PhD program at Utah State University (USU). She was born and brought up in India where she finished her first two years of undergraduate studies in Food Science and Quality Control, and attended California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly), San Luis Obispo, to finish my Bachelors in Food Science. During her studies in India, she had an opportunity to intern in the largest dairy company in India, Amul. At Amul, she got an opportunity to observe and learn about the different processes involved in manufacturing of various dairy products along with their corresponding quality control checks.  This internship inspired her to get more hands on experience in food science, thus, she decided to attend Cal Poly. While attending Cal Poly, I worked on various research projects with my department chair, Dr.Gour Choudhury  along with working as a teaching assistant for Food Chemistry and Food Analysis. She was also an active member of the food science club, event planner for the International Student Friendship Club, and worked as a Resident Advisor.  She was a part of and led Cal Poly's Disney IFTSA team to the finals at IFT 2015, where they won the grand prize. Her research interests include food chemistry and dairy chemistry. She is working with Dr. Marie Walsh at USU with a research focus in dairy powders. She is the Vice President of the Food Science Club at USU. After graduation, she looks forward to working in product development and applied research of dairy chemistry.

VP of Digital and Social Media - Meredith Myers, The Ohio State University
Meredith Myers is a first year Master’s student in Food Science and Technology at THE Ohio State University.  She received her B.S. in food science from Ohio State, and is currently performing research focused on the product development of functional foods for use in clinical trials. She was born and raised south of Columbus in Cincinnati, OH, and was a past Co-president of OSU’s own IFTSA chapter, she has been a lifelong Buckeye, but is super excited to get involved with IFTSA on the national level.  While at OSU, she has had the privilege to serve as the Co- Industry liaison of the Food Science Club and has developed a passion for connecting current food science students with employment opportunities and professionals in the food industry. She can’t wait to meet and serve you all!

Member at Large - Oluwafemi Adebo, University of Johannesburg
Over the years, Oluwafemi has developed an utmost desire and insatiable thirst for knowledge which has propelled his curiosity, with a drive to finding solutions to challenges of food insecurity. From his undergraduate and Master’s program in Food Technology (both of which he completed with a Distinction), he has been equipped with the knowledge of processing, preservation, engineering, functionality and safety of foods. He is currently in the 2nd year of his Doctoral studies also in Food Technology where he is advancing his knowledge in Food Science and Technology, to eventually apply and adopt this in addressing the ubiquitous challenges of food insecurity in his immediate environment and the world at large.
Oluwafemi is an active member of the Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) of IUFoST, International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) (Member of the Student Development Executive), Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) (Toxicology and Food Safety Division Leader), NIFST, South African Association of Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST), SfAM,Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria (MYCOTOXSON), Society of Toxicology (SOT), World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS), Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) and currently the representative/ambassador for the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) in his institution. He is currently a reviewer for six different scientific journals.
Not resting on his oars, coupled with the theoretical/practical knowledge he has acquired, I have mentored and currently guiding students (undergraduate and Master’s) and involved in other collaborative projects that cut across the diverse fields of Food Science and Technology.

Member at Large - Elizabeth Brown, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Elizabeth Brown is a first year Master’s student at Virginia Tech pursuing a degree in Food Science with an emphasis in food microbiology and food safety. As an undergraduate, she earned Bachelors’ Degrees in Microbiology, Biology and Biochemistry, participated in undergraduate research, and held leadership positions in Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity. She has a reputation amongst her peers for being a caring, exceptional leader and for planning events that are both well executed and exciting to attend. Elizabeth balances her research and educational work with extracurricular activities such as teaching group fitness classes, hiking, and volunteering with the VT Food Science Club and for organizations like Big Brother Big Sisters. Following graduation she will be looking for a job in either a food safety or a product development type role. Elizabeth is very excited to have the opportunity to serve IFT and cannot wait to see what everything that is accomplished in upcoming year!

Member at Large - Irma Catalina De Anda Lobo, Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey
Irma De Andais from Monterrey, Mexico. She studies engineering in food industries at Tecnologico de Monterrey. When she was 13 years old, she studied for a year in Clarkston, Michigan in a boarding school, where she was able to practice her English full time. Last summer she participated in an international program in Italy, where she learned about food production and wine market. For a year, she was the coordinator of financial campaigns of IFTSA Chapter Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey. In May 2016, she became president of the chapter, where she got the opportunity to work on her leadership skills and have an amazing group of people to work with. On the day that she became president of her chapter, she remembers the words the dean of the university, David Noel Ramírez, said to student officers of different groups: “We are here to help others, not to help ourselves.” These words couldn’t be clearer. Being part of a student body is a responsibility to make changes and to make new opportunities for everybody. One of Irma’s main beliefs is that if you use your time helping others, it won’t be wasted. That’s why she wants to be part of IFTSA. She wants to be able to help other people and affect them in a positive way, by organizing the different events that IFTSA has.

Member at Large - Seth Ellsworth, University of Arkansas
“I love our work.” Seth is a Ph.D. Doctoral Fellow at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville with an emphasis in Food Safety. Food science combines his three favorite subjects: chemistry, food and business. He entered the Ph.D. program directly following completion of a B.S. of Food Science at Brigham Young University-Provo with a double minor in Global Business & Literacy and Spanish. His research is focused on finding ways to answer the demand for food that is safe, consumer accepted and sustainably sourced through emerging technologies.  He enjoys being a member of a diverse team working towards a mutual goal. Seth’s experience interning with multiple food companies has broadened his understanding of the interdisciplinary role of a food scientist.  Finally, he is an active member of IFT and IFTSA at the local, national and international level.

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