Leadership Team

Our dedicated executive committee members run the organization smoothly and efficiently. The executive committee members are elected by the members in good standing. The chairs and the committee members are appointed by the leadership team.

President

President-elect

Immediate Past-President

Rodrigo Tarté, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Iowa State University
Lauren Jackson, Ph.D. 
Supervisory Food Technologist
Food and Drug Administration
Liz Boyle, Ph.D.
Professor & Extension Specialist
Kansas State University

Executive Director

Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

Kathy Kotula, Ph.D. 
Senior Investigative Food Scientist
Investigative Food Sciences
Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.
Principal
Corvus Blue LLC

 

Daryl Lund, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin

Board of Directors

Directors with terms ending on August 31, 2021
Stephen Campano, M.S.
Lili He, Ph.D.
Claire Zoellner, Ph.D.
Ravi Chermala, M.S., M.J., MBA (NOTE: Ravi replaced Rodrigo Tarté who advanced to President Elect)

Directors with terms ending on August 31, 2022
Martha Cassens, M.S.
Rebecca Creasy, Ph.D.
Yaguang (Sunny) Luo, Ph.D.
Laura Strawn, Ph.D.

Directors with terms ending on August 31, 2023
Navagnana (Navam) Hettiarachchy, Ph.D.
Poulson Joseph, Ph.D.
Fanbin Kong, Ph.D.
Matthew (Matt) Taylor, Ph.D.

Directors with terms ending on August 31, 2024
Terri Boylston, Ph.D.
Stephen Campano, M.S.
Dennis R. Heldman, Ph.D.
Amarat (Amy) Simonne, Ph.D.

Committee Chairs (2020 - 2021)

Awards Committee: Charlwit Kulchaiyawat, Ph.D. 
Chapter Affairs Committee: Terri Boylston, Ph.D.      
Constitution & Bylaws Committee: Rick Falkenberg, Ph.D.
Finance Committee: Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.*
Membership & Qualifications Committee: Lauren Jackson, Ph.D.
Newsletter Committee: Kathryn Kotula, Ph.D.*
Nominations & Elections Committee: Tom Aurand, Ph.D.
Program Committee: Rodrigo Tarté, Ph.D.*
Development Committee: Mary Schmidl, Ph.D.

ad hoc Committees:
Audit Committee: Mary Schmidl, Ph.D., Chair
Strategic Relations Committee: Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.*
Student Relations Committee: Claire Zoellner, Ph.D.*
Website Committee: Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.
Internship Organization Committee: David Park, B.S. and Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.

*Indicates individuals who are part of the Board of Directors, and listed above.

Committee Chairs (2021 - 2022)

Awards Committee: Lili He, Ph.D.
Chapter Affairs Committee: Terri Boylston, Ph.D.      
Constitution & Bylaws Committee: Rick Falkenberg, Ph.D.
Finance Committee: Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.*
Membership & Qualifications Committee: Elizabeth M. Grasso-Kelley, Ph.D.
Newsletter Committee: Kathryn Kotula, Ph.D.*
Nominations & Elections Committee: Liz Boyle, Ph.D.
Program Committee: Lauren Jackson, Ph.D.*
Development Committee: (Christopher) Adam Baker, Ph.D.
Phi Tau Sigma - AMSA ‘Research with Impact’ Scholarship Committee: Kathryn Kotula, Ph.D.*

ad hoc Committees:
Audit Committee: Steve Campano, M.S.*
Strategic Relations Committee: Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.*
Student Relations Committee: Halak Mehta (Ph.D. student)
Website Committee: Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.
Internship Organization Committee: Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.
Future Directions Committee: Liz Boyle, Ph.D.

*Indicates individuals who are part of the Board of Directors, and listed above.