Additional Leadership

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

Chair

  • Ken Lee

Members

  • Nicolas Bordenave
  • Sean Leighton
  • Jennifer Mancuso
  • Yanyun Zhao

Staff Liaisons

  • Mark Barenie, Senior Vice President & CFO
  • Jon Cabello, Sr. Accountant of Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Iwona Kossak, Director of Finance
  • Christopher Misirly, Financial Analyst
  • 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

  • Scott D. Lineback

Members

  • Noel Anderson
  • Adelia Bovell-Benjamin
  • Elizabeth Clark
  • Pam Coleman
  • Janet Collins
  • Vickie Kloeris
  • Michele Perchonok
  • Elizabeth Russell
  • Gordon Smith
  • Cindy Stewart

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
  • Christopher Misirly, Financial Analyst

The Nominations & Elections 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

  • Craig Sherwin

Members

  • John Coupland
  • Dallas Hoover
  • Kelley Lowe
  • Tara McHugh
  • Margaret Patterson
  • Darryl Riley
  • John Ruff
  • Marcia Walker

Past Chair

  • Hongda Chen

Staff Liaison

  • Anna Desai, Executive Office Manager & Board Liaison

Charged with the annual review of the Strategic Objectives to ensure that they remain relevant and clearly convent the strategic intent of the Board of Directors to IFT and the broader IFT community. The task force is comprised of six members of the IFT Board of Directors and a non-board member.

Chair

  • Pam Coleman

Members

  • Bryson Bolton
  • Chris Findlay
  • Sanjay Gummalla
  • Soo-Yeun Lee
  • Stacy Pyett
  • Samantha VanWees

Staff Liaisons

  • Eric Scheider, Vice President of Global Strategic Initiatives 
  • Dinesh Rajangam, Business & Research Analyst 
  • Christie Tarantino-Dean, CEO 

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

  • Lucelena Angarita
  • Jason Bashura
  • Amy Childress
  • Dan Fone
  • Timothy Jackson
  • Sean Leighton
  • Jennifer McEntire
  • Brian Nash
  • Stephen Neel
  • John Spink
  • Hilary Thesmar
  • Ed Treacy
  • Jennifer Van De Ligt
  • Craig Wilson
  • Kathleen Wybourn

Staff Liaison

  • Maria Velissariou
 

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

Chair Designate

  • Lauren Jackson

Chair

  • Gunner Sigge

Members

  • Bassam Annous
  • Jim Dar
  • Rick Falkenberg
  • Shashank Gaur
  • Emma Hanby
  • Hong-Sik Hwang
  • Keren Kles
  • Tatiana Koutchma
  • Justin Laabs
  • Tanuj Motwani
  • Ratna Mukherjea
  • Jitu Patel
  • Edward Saak
  • Martin Slayne
  • Valentina Trinetta
  • Abimbola Uzomah
  • Louise Wicker

 

Past Chair

  • Gunnar Sigge

Staff Liaisons

  • Corinne Calice, Senior Director of Knowledge and learning
  • Amanda Ferguson, Associate Director of IFT Scientific Journals
  • Jay Gilbert, Manager of Divisions & Career Pathways
  • Mary Ellen Kuhn, IFT Food Technology Magazine Managing Editor
  • Farida Mohamedshah, Director of Health & Nutrition
  • Rosetta Newsome, Scientist
  • Alexandra Santau, Director of Academic Excellence & Higher Education Review Board
  • Robert Swientek, IFT Food Technology Magazine Editor-in-Chief
  • Latoya Wolfe 

The Hot Topics Workgroup is charged with developing sessions for IFT20 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

  • Chris Findlay

Members

  • Angela Ichwan
  • Jennifer Fairchild Keaveny
  • Nicolas Bordenave
  • IIce Gabriela Medina Meza
  • Nitin Joshi
  • Raghavendra Salagame
  • Mary Jo Maffei Panagos

Staff Liaisons

  • Corrine Calice, Senior Director of Knowledge and Learning

The Teaching & Learning 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

  • Rosalia Garcia Torres

Members

  • Jose Reyes Decorcuera
  • Helen Joyner
  • Balunkeswar Nayak
  • Shelly Schmidt
  • Peter Uvere

Staff Liaisons

  • Corrine Calice, Senior Director of Knowledge and Learning

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

Members

  • Michelle Braun
  • Nitin Joshi
  • Vickie Kloeris
  • Kathiravan Krishnamurthy
  • Judith Lindsey
  • Patrice Lyon
  • Cordelia Selomulya

Staff Liaisons

  • Corrine Calice
  • Jay Gilbert
  • Shainah Horowitz
  • Melanie Krawczyk

Student Representative

  • Morgan Denzer

Identify strategies to enhance and shape the design of resources, programming and engagement opportunities to increase membership value

Provide insight on needs of early careerist to develop leadership capacity, career transition skill development and deepen connection among early careerists

Analyze and evaluate existing membership trends, messaging and outreach practices with the goal of increasing student to professional conversion/retention and recruitment of prospects

Co-Chair

  • Megan Torline
  • David Bloom

Members

  • Abbie Hohman
  • Suvaluk Asavasanti
  • Shantrell Willis
  • Charles Diako
  • Kartheek Anekella
  • Galo Chuchuca
 
  • Felicia Loo
  • Weber Stibolt
  • Josephine Wee
  • Paola Willmore
  • Hannah Dressen
  • Matthew Moore
Past Chairs
  • Luan Blancher
  • Michelle Braun

Staff Liaisons

  • Amy Clarke Sievers, Manager of Student & New Professional Relations
  • Shannon Conkright, Manager, Volunteer Development & Recognition

Advises Wiley (book publisher) on relevant topics for food science and technology books, reviews book proposals for their market feasibility, identifies potential book editors, book authors and chapter authors, and encourages IFT members to submit book proposals to Wiley.

Chair

  • Rebecca Ralph

Members

  • Baris Ates
  • Nicolas Bordenave
  • Ravi Chermala
  • YiFang Chu
  • Deepti Dabas
  • Christopher Doona
  • Maria Frutos-Fernandez
  • Elsina Hagan
  • Jung Han
  • Shane McDonald
  • Gordon Robertson
  • Shahin Roohinejad
  • I. Saguy
  • Fereidoon Shahidi
  • Herbert Stone
  • Yael Vodovotz
  • Jared Willbergh
 

Staff Liaisons

  • Margaret Malochleb, Food Technology Magazine Associate Editor
  • Robert Swientek, Food Technology Magazine Editor-in-Chief

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 E. Allen Foegeding.

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IFT’s Journal of Food Science Education (JFSE) provides food science and science educators—including primary, secondary, undergraduate, graduate, continuing, and workplace education—helpful teaching resources to inform and inspire their lesson planning.

Our Editor in Chief is E. Allen Foegeding and our Scientific Editor is Shelly Schmidt.

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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 E. Allen Foegeding 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

  • Ruth MacDonald

Members

  • Sheryl Barringer
  • Gillian Dagan
  • Salwa Karboune
  • Richard Love
  • Bwalya Lungu
  • Emefa Monu
  • Abbey Nutsch
  • Enrique Palou
  • Jose Reyes-Decorcuera
  • Robert Roberts
  • Martha Verghese
  • Robert Ward
  • Man Wong 
 

Student Member

  • Abigail Thiel

Staff Liaison

  • Alexandra Santau, Director, Academic Excellence & HERB

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

Chair

  • Sanjay Gummalla

Members

  • Audrey Caster
  • Russell Keast
  • Sarah Kirkmeyer
  • Moira McGrath
  • Deirdre Schlunegger

Staff Liaisons

  • Corrine Calice, Sr. Director of Knowledge and Learning

Vice Chair

  • Ellen Bradley