Join the IFT Leadership Team
IFT invites you to make a difference by becoming a leader in your professional organization and profession. The time is now to nominate yourself or a colleague for the role of IFT President-Elect or for a position on the IFT Board of Directors.

“If you are excited about the direction of IFT and want to be part of the team that will help position IFT for the future, please let us know,” said Chuck Manley, incoming Chair of the IFT Nominations and Elections Committee. “Our Committee seeks candidates like you for key national-level Board positions.”

The Board of Directors, IFT’s 21-member primary governing board, sets the future direction of IFT and aligns resources of the organization to support IFT’s strategic direction and mission. Candidates for the Board of Directors must be Professional Members who are passionate about furthering the mission, vision, and strategic goals of IFT, have previous IFT volunteer experience, possess exemplary leadership qualities, and have a professional background in food science and technology.

To learn more about “IFT’s Strategic Plan” and “What It Takes to Become an Exceptional IFT Board Member,” visit the Committee page at

To nominate yourself or a colleague for President-Elect or for a position as a Member of the 2009–10 Board of Directors, visit, and log in to “Member Center” to complete the Volunteer Leadership Nomination Form. The form can also be requested by contacting Erin Carter in the IFT Executive Office at [email protected].

Completed forms for nominees to the offices of President-Elect and Representatives to the Board of Directors for the term beginning Sept. 1, 2009, are due Sept. 25, 2008. All completed nomination forms are confidential and reviewed only by the Nominations & Elections Committee to develop a final slate of nominees for election.

Call for Awards & Fellow nominations
IFT is seeking nominations for the 2009 Achievement Awards and the 2009 IFT Fellows.

Achievement Awards recognize excellence in a variety of areas, including teaching, public health, lipid or flavor science, food ingredient safety, industrial developments, and others. Deadline for receipt of nominations for the Achievements Awards is Dec. 1, 2008.

IFT Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals for contributions in food science and technology, leadership in the profession, and service to IFT. Deadline for receipt of nominations for the IFT Fellows is Feb. 1, 2009.

For instructions and nomination forms, click on “Awards” at, or contact Heidi Voorhees at 312-604-0235 or [email protected].

Caravan promotes Dehn Caravan Ingredients, Lenexa, Kan., recently named Jennifer Dehn Innovation Process Manager. She joined the company in 2002 as a food scientist working in the company’s Innovation Center. In her new position, Dehn will oversee the implementation of the innovation process throughout the company and accelerate new growth opportunities.

Dehn is a Professional Member of IFT.

Kennedy wins WFFC award
The Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce recently awarded Joanne Kennedy, Senior Account Manager, FONA, Geneva, Ill., with the 2008 Woman of the Year Award. Kennedy earned this prestigious recognition for her service and commitment to the flavor industry.

“I hope my past and future work with the WFFC will be an inspiration to other people who may want to get involved,” she said.

Kennedy is a Professional Member of IFT.

Prazak receives certification
In passing her final exam with the Society of Flavor Chemists, Robin Prazak earned the title of Certified Flavor Chemist. The Society of Flavor Chemists has a 10-year qualification, and since Prazak has worked for FONA, Geneva, Ill., for 10 years, she was able to advance directly to full certification.

Prazak has formulated several flavors for sweets and confections and currently develops flavors for grain and beverage applications. Her experience also includes formulation of brown flavors and fruit flavors that are non-GMO, organic suitable, natural, natural WONF, and kosher- and halal-certified. She earned her B.S. degree in biology from Benedictine University. She is a Member of IFT.

Coffey named MGP VP
MGP Ingredients Inc., Atchison, Kan., has appointed Don Coffey to the newly created position of Vice President of the company’s ingredient solutions business segment. He had served as Vice President of Innovation since joining the company in July 2007. In his new position, Coffey will help the company develop strong, innovation-based partnerships with its customers.

Prior to joining MGP Ingredients, Coffey spent most of his professional career with Dow Chemical Co. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in food science from the University of Massachusetts and his Ph.D. degree in food science from Michigan State University. He is a Professional Member of IFT.

Merryweather advances
Louisville, Ky.-based D.D. Williamson has promoted Graham Merryweather to Vice President, Global Sales. He began his career with the company in R&D and then progressed through the organization in roles that included Technical Coordinator for the plant and global team, Plant Manager, and Regional Sales Manager for North America.

Merryweather, a Member of IFT, received his B.S. degree in biology from Evansville University.

Section & Division meetings


Nov. 12: Suppliers Night. Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill. Call 630-916-4960, or visit


Nov. 17: Meeting. Location: General Mills, Minneapolis, Minn. Speaker: Dan Buettner, author of The Blues Zones. Topic: Aging and the role of food. Contact Lisa Pannell at [email protected], or visit


Oct. 15: Suppliers Night. Location: Continental Manor, Norwalk, Conn. Contact Dirk Boot at 203-834-0556 or [email protected] or Diane Hnat at 973-257-8322 or [email protected], or visit


Oct. 2: Golf outing. Location: Hartefeld National Country Club, Avondale, Pa. Contact Bill Kirkland at 732-329-5497 or [email protected], or visit

Oct 28: Suppliers Night. Location Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill, N.J. Contact David Frumkin at 610-438-1600 or [email protected], or visit

Nov. 13: Joint Philadelphia/Central New Jersey IFT Meeting. Location: Camden Aquarium, Camden, N.J. Call 215-631-9432, e-mail [email protected], or visit

Dec. 4: Meeting and Holiday Party. Location: Spirit of Philadelphia Cruise, Philadelphia, Pa. Call 215-631-9432, e-mail [email protected], or visit