Additional Leadership

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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

  • Peggy Poole

Members

  • Mohamed Badaoui Najjar
  • Chris Daubert
  • Chris Downs
  • Sean Leighton
  • Jaime Reeves
  • Gunnar Sigge

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

  • Noel Anderson

Members

  • Bill Barrier
  • Chris Daubert
  • Chris Downs
  • Stephanie Jung
  • Sean Leighton
  • Nancy Moriarity

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

  • Michele Perchonok

Chair Designate

  • Jonathan Merkle

Past Chair

  • Colin Dennis

Members

  • Luan Blancher
  • Mary Carunchia
  • Katy Galle
  • Brendan Niemira
  • Robert Roberts
  • Amy Wang
  • Randy Worobo

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 curating accepted sessions into IFT FIRST Scientific & Technical Forums and determining gaps within the program.

Chair

  • Jacqueline Beckley

Chair Designate

  • Soo-Yeun Lee

Past Chair

  • Michelle Braun

Members

  • Kartheek Anekella
  • Nandika Bandara
  • Elizabeth Grasso-Kelly
  • Karen Graves
  • Julie Hess
  • Innocensia John
  • Namrata Karki Kandel
  • Kathiravan Krishnamurthy
  • Anuj Purohit
  • Ana Maria Quiros
  • Shima Shayanfar
  • Karik Shah
  • Martin Talavera
  • Matthew Teegarden
  • Johan Ubbink
  • Dilek Uzunalioglu
  • Jennifer Vahalik
  • Huaixia 'Eva' Yin

Scientific Discovery Workgroup Chair

  • Paula Ormando

Trend Setting Workgroup Chair

  • Allison Leibovich

IFT Board Liaison

  • Stephanie Jung

Staff Liaisons

  • Tracy Fink, Director, Scientific Programs & Science and Policy Initiatives
  • 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

  • Allison Leibovich

Members

  • Robert Harwood
  • Neta Lavon
  • Annette Maggi
  • Lara Ramdin
  • Suchismita Roy
  • Angel Tekriwal
  • Ben Yeap
  • Jing Zhou

Staff Liaison

  • Tracy Fink, Director, Scientific Programs & Science and Policy Initiatives
  • 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

  • Paula Ormando

Members

  • Chiamaka Adinnu
  • Bababode Kehinde
  • Rajesh Kumar
  • Saurabh Kumar
  • Stacy Pyett
  • Sonali Sharma
  • Anita Srivastava

Staff Liaisons

  • Tracy Fink, Director, Scientific Programs & Science and Policy Initiatives
  • Maya Salazar, Manager, Scientific Programs

The Division Champion Team facilitates and assesses effective Division functions in continued efforts to meet members’ needs and grow the leadership experience.

Members

  • Suvaluk Asavasanti
  • Jose Bonilla
  • Erica Boyd
  • Jonathan Kershaw
  • Kiruba Krishnaswamy
  • Anuruddika Malkanthi
  • Vinay Mannam
  • Punyatoya Mohapatra
  • Ali Ali Redha
  • Gabriela John Swamy
  • Jamie Valenti Jordan

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.

The Editor in Chief of JFS is Richard Hartel, PhD.

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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.

The Editor in Chief of CRFSFS is Mary Ellen Camire, PhD, CFS.

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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

  • Bwalya Lungu

Members

  • Soohyoun Ahn
  • Grace Akinyemi
  • Leonora Di Francisco
  • Erin Dormedy
  • Minh Duong
  • Girish Ganjyal
  • Niamh Harbourne
  • Patricia Hingston
  • Salwa Karboune
  • Chamali Kodikara
  • Tristan Lipkie
  • Bwalya Lungu
  • Sihui Ma
  • Byungjin Min
  • Keshavan Niranjan
  • Abbey Nutsch
  • Enrique Palou
  • Vermont Punongbayan Dia
  • Clint Stevenson
  • Jeffrey Swada
  • Josephine Wee
  • Man-Sau Wong

Student Member

  • Chamali Kodikara

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