About

Leadership

Officers

PRESIDENT

Catherine Proper, CEC    
Senior Director, Product Development and Quality Assurance
Supervalu, Inc.
Eden Prairie, MN
Phone: 952-238-2854

VICE PRESIDENT

Jeff Cowles, CCS®   
National Account Manager
SugarCreek
St. Simons Island, GA
Phone: 513-374-4317

TREASURER

Paul Rockwell, CEC, CFS   
Executive Research and Development Chef
Diversified Foods & Seasonings
Madisonville, LA
Phone: 985-249-0787

SECRETARY

Jason Behrends, Ph.D., CCS®   
Research and Development Director of PDM Business Strategy
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Springdale, AR
Phone: 479-290-7201

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Charles Hayes, CRC®, CEC   
Vice President of Culinary Innovation, Research and Development
JMH Premium
Belmont, MI
Phone: 616-916-9438

Directors

Gerrie Bouchard, CRC®, MBA   
Director of Marketing
ADM/Eatem Foods
Vineland, NJ
Phone: 856-692-1665


Amanda Bushong   
Director of Merchandising
Kansas City Steak Company
Kansas City, MO
Phone: 904-477-7994


Erich Chieca   
Culinary Sales Manager - National Accounts
Lactalis Culinary
Commerce Township, MI
Phone: 734-347-9104


John Draz, CEC, CCE, CRC®   
Executive Research Chef
Ed Miniat, Inc.
South Holland, IL
Phone: 708-589-2441


Allen Freed   
President
AJ Freed, LLC
Tucson, AZ
Phone: 520-989-8000


Justin Kanthak   
Account Director 
Griffith Foods Inc. 
Bartlett, IL
Phone: 708-986-8825


Anh Nguy   
Project Leader, Culinology
Ingredion Incorporated
Bridgewater, NJ
Phone: 908-809-2410


Kami R. Smith, C.E.P.C.   
Director of Culinary Showcasing
Pecan Deluxe Candy Company
Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-955-9640


Rosemary Trout, M.S. in Food Science and Biotechnology   
Department Head, Culinary Arts and Food Science; and Instructor of Food Science
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-895-6025

Barbara Zatto   
Director of Culinary
Mizkan Americas
Shoreline, WA
Phone: 206-617-0749

Board Member At Large

Mark Hughes   
President
Anderson Partners Food Ingredient Marketing
Omaha, NE
Phone: 402-341-4807

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