About

Leadership

Officers

PRESIDENT

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Jason Behrends, Ph.D., CCS®    
Research and Development Director of PDM
Business Strategy
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Springdale, AR
Phone: 979-575-6959

VICE PRESIDENT

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

TREASURER

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

SECRETARY

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

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

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

Directors

Gerrie Bouchard, CRC®, MBA   
Director of Product Operations
LoveTheWild
Vineland, NJ
Phone: 856-628-1735


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


Erich Chieca   
Director of Culinary Sales
Sadler's Smokehouse, Inc. 
Commerce Township, MI
Phone: 734-347-9104


Jeff Cowles, CCS®   
Director of Culinary Sales
SugarCreek
St. Simons Island, GA
Phone: 513-374-4317


Stephen A. Kalil, CEC, CRC®   
Director of R&D, Global Executive Chef
PepsiCo
Plano, Texas
Phone: 972-334-4726

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Jaime Mestan, CSC®   
Director of Bistro Products
Vienna Beef Ltd.
Chicago, Illinois
Phone: 708-821-3281


Nelson Serrano-Bahri   
Vice President & Executive Chef
Puerto Rico Food Innovations, LLC
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Phone: 401-261-8862


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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   
Chef, Culinologist, Food Writer
Mizkan Americas
Shoreline, WA
Phone: 206-617-0749

Board Advisor

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