About

Leadership

Officers

PRESIDENT

Jason Behrends, Ph.D., CCS

Jason Behrends, Ph.D., CCS®    
Business Development
Red Arrow
Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 979-575-6959

VICE PRESIDENT

Anh Nguy

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

TREASURER

Justin Kanthak, CCS

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

SECRETARY

Jaime Mestan, CSC

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

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Catherine Proper, CEC

Catherine Proper, CEC®   
Director of Culinary Development
Freshly
Eden Prairie, MN
Phone: 612-202-9174

Directors

Erich Chieca

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


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Susan Edwards   
Foodservice Business Development Manager
Sealed Air/Cryovac
Woodstock, GA
Phone: 770-335-7121


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Jessica Goldstein   
Vice President/Director of Marketing & Sales
Nu Products Seasoning Company
Oakland, NJ
Phone: 201-440-0065

Stephen A. Kalil, CEC, CRC

Stephen A. Kalil, CEC®, CRC®   
Principal Culinologist
Flavor Design Studio
Dallas, Texas
Phone: 214-770-9490

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Nick Landry   
Culinary Development Chef
Southeastern Mills
Rome, GA
Phone: 337-849-7088

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Noah Michaels, CRC®   
Team Leader - Culinary
Symrise
Teterboro, NJ
Phone: 201-462-5582

Paul Rockwell, CEC, CFS

Paul Rockwell, CEC®, CFS   
Corporate Chef
Diversified Foods & Seasonings
Madisonville, LA
Phone: 985-249-0787

Nelson Serrano-Bahri

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


Rosemary Trout, M.S. in Food Science and Biotechnology

Rosemary Trout, M.S. in Food Science and Biotechnology   
Assistant Clinical Professor & Program Director, Culinary Arts and Food Science
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-895-6025

Barbara Zatto

Barbara Zatto   
Chef, Culinologist, Food Writer
Shoreline, WA
Phone: 206-617-0749

Board Member-at-Large

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Michael S. Cheng, Ph.D., CHE   
Interim Dean
Florida International University
South Miami, FL
Phone: 305-919-4506

Board Advisor

Allen Freed

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

Learn more about the RCA nominations and election process.