Additional Leadership

Get to know the leaders of IFT's workgroups, task forces, committees, and boards. For current volunteers, log in to IFT Connect to connect with your colleagues. 

The Audit & Risk Management Committee oversees the independence and performance of the outside auditors and presents the audited financial statements to the Board of Directors.

Chair

  • Bill Barrier

Members

  • Milda Embuscado
  • Julie Mann
  • Kantha Shelke
  • Justin Shimek
  • Gunnar Sigge
  • Pam Vaillancourt
  • Sam VanWees

Staff Liaisons

  • Mark Barenie, Senior Vice President & CFO
  • Jon Cabello, Manager, Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Iwona Kossak, Director of Finance
  • Christie Tarantino-Dean, CEO
  • Terry Merkley, Vice President, Information Technology

Oversees the finances and investments to ensure stability and integrity and presents the annual budget to the Board of Directors for approval.

Chair

  • Chris Findlay

Members

  • Chris Daubert
  • Chris Downs
  • Luuvan Hoang
  • Stephanie Jung
  • Vickie Kloeris
  • Sean Leighton
  • Joe Light
  • Peggy Poole
 

Staff Liaisons

  • Mark Barenie, Senior Vice President & CFO
  • Jon Cabello, Manager, Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Iwona Kossak, Director of Finance
  • Christie Tarantino-Dean, CEO

The Leadership Development Committee works to enhance the identification, development, and involvement of emerging leaders, and to ensure all candidates have leadership qualities with an emphasis on effective generational leadership transition.

Chair

  • Colin Dennis

Chair Designate

  • Michele Perchonok

Past Chair

  • Marcia Walker

Members

  • Luan Blancher
  • Tatiana Koutchma
  • Jonathan Merkle
  • Carmen Moraru
  • Brendan Niemira
  • Robert Roberts
  • Amy Wang

Staff Liaison

  • Charlotte Patterson, Senior Manager, Governance and Leadership Development

Conducts the final review and selection of scientific sessions for the IFT FIRST: Annual Event & Expo to ensure the program is of the highest quality and addresses recent advancements and challenges in the science of food.  AMSPAP will be charged with clustering accepted sessions into Multi-Session Conversations and determining gaps within the program.

 

Chair

  • Michelle Braun

Chair Designate

  • Jacqueline Beckley

Past Chair

  • Nitin Joshi

Members

  • Kartheek Anekella
  • Ajay Bhaskar
  • Julie Carlson
  • Darrell Cockburn
  • Elizabeth Grasso-Kelly
  • Karen Graves
  • Julie Hess
  • Namrata Karki Kandel
  • Kathiravan Krishnamurthy
  • Anand Mohan
  • Mahendran Radhakrishnan
  • Yifat R. Rogers
  • Dojin Ryu
  • Claire Sand
  • Shima Shayanfar
  • Martin Talavera
  • Matthew Teegarden
  • Daniel Voit
  • Huaixia 'Eva' Yin

Scientific Discovery Workgroup Chair

  • Mohamed Badaoui Najjar

Trend Setting Workgroup Chair

  • James B. Valenti Jordan

IFT Board Liaison

  • Nicolas Bordenave

Staff Liaisons

  • Jay Gilbert, Director, Scientific Programs & Career Pathways
  • Maya Salazar, Manager, Scientific Programs
     

The Trend Setting Workgroup is charged with identifying and inviting non-traditional disciplines to the IFT FIRST: Annual Event & Expo to inspire out-of-box thinking and idea sharing. This workgroup will develop Fireside Chat sessions that highlight cutting-edge technology and research, as well as future trends and innovations.

Chair

  • James B. Valenti Jordan

Members

  • Michael Jelavich
  • Suchismita Roy
  • Shivangi Saha
  • Akhila Vasan
  • Ben Yeap
  • Jing Zhou

Staff Liaison

  • Jay Gilbert, Director, Scientific Programs & Career Pathways
  • Maya Salazar, Manager, Scientific Programs

The Scientific Discovery Workgroup ensures the IFT FIRST: Annual Event & Expo remains a must-attend event for the scientific and academic community to present research, share teaching resources, form collaborations, and establish global networks by recruiting and promoting Research Promotion presentations by pre-tenured faculty, recent PhD graduates, post-docs, and grant project awardees.

Chair

  • Mohamed Badaoui Najjar

Members

  • Leslie Evans
  • Luis Fernando Castro
  • Bababode Kehinde
  • Anup Kollanoor Johny
  • Olive Yao Li
  • Tanuj Motwani
  • Stacy Pyett
  • Anita Srivastava

Staff Liaisons

  • Jay Gilbert, Director, Scientific Programs & Career Pathways
  • Maya Salazar, Manager, Scientific Programs

Charge: To facilitate and assess effective Division functions in continued efforts to meet members’ needs and grow the leadership experience.

Members

  • Suvaluk Asavasanti
  • Daniel Berg
  • Erica Boyd
  • Dennis Cladis
  • Bruce Ferree
  • Vinay Mannam
  • Sonali Raghunath, Student Representative
  • Darryl Sullivan, Board Representative
  • Gabriela John Swamy

Staff Liaisons

  • Jay Gilbert, Director, Scientific Programs & Career Pathways
  • Melanie Bozek, Manager, Division Experiences & Content
  • Sydnie Nugent, Coordinator, Digital Content & Volunteer Experiences

IFT’s Journal of Food Science (JFS) offers scientists, researchers, and the broader food professional community the opportunity to share scientific advancements in the myriad of disciplines affecting their work, through a highly-respected, peer-reviewed process to help advance the science of food and food innovation across the globe.

Our Editor-in-Chief is Richard Hartel.

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IFT’s Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety (CRFSFS) provides in-depth coverage of a narrowly defined topics on any food science or food safety aspect.

Our Editor-in-Chief is Richard Hartel and our Scientific Editor is Mary Ellen Camire.

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The Higher Education Review Board (HERB) reviews and approves undergraduate programs that meet its Guidelines for IFT Approval of Undergraduate Food Science and Food Technology Programs (and related). 

HERB is responsible for:

  • Evaluating/reviewing/approving/supporting Baccalaureate curricula and programs
  • Responding to global inquiries for program approval and providing guidance and support as needed
  • Continually reviewing program approval guidelines to ensure relevance

Chair

  • Abbey Nutsch

Members

  • Grace Akinyemi
  • Erin Dormedy
  • Minh Duong
  • Robert Edwin Ward
  • Girish Ganjyal
  • Patricia Hingston
  • Salwa Karboune
  • Tristan Lipkie
  • Bwalya Lungu
  • Sihui Ma
  • Enrique Palou
  • Bob Roberts
  • Clint Stevenson
  • Jeffrey Swada
  • Martha Verghese
  • Josephine Wee
  • Man-Sau Wong

 Student Member

  • Malkanthi Anuruddika

Staff Liaison

  • Christina Ginardi, Director, Academic Engagement

Oversees the governance and policymaking of IFT’s credentialing activities.

Chair

  • Bruce Ferree

Past Chair

  • Moira McGrath

Members

  • Anton Angelich
  • Kanika Bhargava
  • Julia Carey
  • Janet Collins
  • Bertram Emond
  • Aliyar Fouladkhah
  • Tom McClean
  • Richard Metivier
  • Joseph Petho

IFT Board Liaison

  • Gunnar Sigge

Staff Liaisons

  • Corrine Calice, Senior Director, Knowledge and Learning
  • Michael Galbincea, Manager, Education Technology and Certification