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

  • Yanyun Zhao

Members

  • Sean Leighton
  • Bill Barrier
  • Eric Decker
  • Milda Embuscado

Staff Liaisons

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

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

  • Vickie Kloeris
  • Noel Anderson
  • Chris Downs
  • Cameron (CJ) Wicks
  • Adelia Bovell- Benjamin
  • Chris Daubert
  • Randy Worobo
  • Nicolas Bordenave
  • Peggy Poole

Staff Liaisons

  • Mark Barenie, Senior Vice President & CFO
  • Jon Cabello, Senior Accountant of 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.

2021–2022 Leadership Development Committee

Chair

  • Marcia Walker

Members

  • John Coupland
  • Colin Dennis
  • Tatiana Koutchma
  • Jonathan Merkle
  • Carmen Moraru
  • Michele Perchonok
  • Darryl Riley
  • Amy Wei-Mei Wang

Past Chair

  • Tara McHugh

Staff Liaison

  • Charlotte Patterson, IFT Executive Office Manager & Board Liaison

The Global Food Traceability Center Advisory Council provides guidance and support to the Center’s management team and helps ensure that the Center focuses on long-term value for the agriculture and food industry sectors, and public agencies. The membership of the Advisory Council is intended to reflect a balanced perspective from key food system stakeholders.

Members

  • Jason Bashura
  • Amy Childress
  • Dan Fone
  • Timothy Jackson
  • Jennifer McEntire
  • Brian Nash
  • Stephen Neel
  • Ryan Richard
  • Suzanne Sawyer
  • John Spink
  • Hilary Thesmar
  • Ed Treacy
  • Jennifer Van De Ligt
  • Craig Wilson
  • Kathleen Wybourn

Staff Liaisons

  • Bryan Hitchcock

Oversees a variety of other factors pertaining to science programming at the IFT annual event to achieve maximum quality, including vetting programming, tracking success, and facilitating collaboration in the food science community.

Chair

  • Nitin Joshi

Chair Designate

  • Michelle Braun

Past Chair

  • Federico Harte

Members

  • Amy Dejong
  • Jacqueline Beckley
  • Jacqueline Dysart
  • Tawfik Sharkasi
  • Ajay Bhaskar
  • Anand Mohan
  • Daniel Voit
  • Darrell Cockburn
  • Dojin Ryu
  • James B. Valenti Jordan
  • Julie Carlson
  • Mahendran Radhakrishnan
  • Mohamed Badaoui Najjar
  • Yifat R. Rogers

 

Scientific Discovery Workgroup Chair

  • Cindy Stewart

Trend Setting Workgroup Chair

  • Olive Yao Li

IFT Board Liaison

  • Brendan Niemira

Staff Liaisons

  • Jay Gilbert, Manager of Divisions & Career Pathways
  • Maya Salazar, Coordinator of Scientific Programs

The Trend Setting Workgroup is charged with developing sessions for the IFT annual event and is focused on cutting-edge technology and science research, as well as future trends and innovations. These sessions offer global perspectives and insight into the future of food science, and are critical to providing applicable, scientific education to professionals in the food industry.

Chair

  • Cindy Stewart

Members

  • Bryson Bolton
  • Siyu “Phoebe” Qian
  • Akhila Vasan
  • Michael Jelavich
  • Shivangi Singha
  • Sonali Raghunath

Staff Liaison

  • Jay Gilbert, Director of Scientific Programs & Career Pathways
  • Maya Salazar, Program Coordinator of Scientific Programs

The Scientific Discovery Workgroup is charged with developing sessions for IFT20 focused on best practices, current research, networking, case studies and practical, skill building resources for food science educators.

Chair

  • Olive Yao Li

Past Chair

  • Rosalia Garcia-Torres

Members

  • Anup Kollanoor Johny
  • Luis Fernando Castro
  • Tanuj Motwani
  • Vinay Mannam
  • Suresh Sutariya
  • Suvaluk Asavasanti

Staff Liaisons

  • Jay Gilbert, Director of Scientific Programs & Career Pathways
  • Maya Salazar, Program Coordinator of Scientific Programs

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

Members

  • Ziynet Boz
  • Daniel Berg
  • Dennis Cladis
  • Bruce Ferree
  • Lisa Franke, Student Representative
  • Namrata Karki
  • Raghavendra Salagame
  • Gunnar Sigge, Board Representative
  • Ben Yeap

Staff Liaisons

  • Corrine Calice
  • Jay Gilbert
  • Melanie Krawczyk

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) 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

Past Chair

  • Sheryl Barringer

Members

  • Gillian Dagan
  • Girish Ganjyal
  • Patricia Hingston
  • Salwa Karboune
  • Tristan Lipkie
  • Richard Love
  • Bwalya Lungu
  • Sihui Ma
  • Enrique Palou
  • Bob Roberts
  • Clint Stevenson
  • Jeffrey Swada
  • Martha Verghese
  • Bob Ward
  • Josephine Wee
  • Man-Sau Wong

 

Student Member

  • Leah Hamilton

Staff Liaison

  • Alexandra Santau, Director, Academic and Volunteer Development

Oversees the governance and policy-making of OFT’s credentialing activities.

Chair

  • Ellen Bradley

Chair Designate

  • Moira McGrath

Past Chair

  • Sanjay Gummalla

Members

  • Julia Carey
  • Bruce Ferree
  • Anne Goldman
  • Russell Keast
  • Sarah Kirkmeyer
  • Indra Mehrotra
  • Richard Metivier
  • Joseph Petho

IFT Board Liaison

  • Adelia Bovell-Benjamin

Staff Liaisons

  • Corrine Calice, Senior Director, of Knowledge and Learning
  • Jay Gilbert, Director, Scientific Programs & Career Pathways