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Advisory Council

The Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Food Science serves as an external advisory group to the Chair, faculty and students of the department. Members are asked for counsel and advice concerning programs in teaching, research and extension for the Department of Food Science. The Council represents the variety of stakeholders with whom the department, through its programs, interact. It serves as a two-way communication channel providing advice and counsel on those issues which the Chair brings to the Council and serving as a mechanism by which concerns from the stakeholders can be brought to the attention of the Chair.

Kristin Alongi

Director of Portfolio Management, Rich Products Corporation
Kristin Alongi is the Director of Portfolio Management at Rich Products Corporation in Buffalo, NY, overseeing their go-to-market process and portfolio management for New Product Development. Read full bio here.

Timothy J. Andon

Senior Technical Services Manager, TIC Gums
Tim Andon is the Senior Technical Services Manager at TIC Gums, Inc. He has more than 11 years’ experience in a variety of functions including purchasing, technical sales, business development, and R&D. Read full bio here.

Alison Bodor

CEO, American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI)
Alison Bodor is President and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), the member driven national trade association that advances the interests of all segments of the $50 billion frozen food and beverage industry. Read full bio here.

Michelle Colban

Senior Global Brand Manager, Unilever
Michelle Colban is a Senior Global Brand Manager at Unilever, with experience in Brand Management and New Product Development. Her career experience spans across a range of CPG categories including food (beverages, soups, sauces, spreads) and personal care (skin cleansing, skin care, hair). Read full bio here.

Nick Dokoozlian

VP of Viticulture, Chemistry and Enology, E&J Gallo Winery
Dr. Nick Dokoozlian is the Vice President of Viticulture, Chemistry and Enology at E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto, CA. He also serves as the Research Chair for the National Grape and Wine Initiative, as well as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Viticulture and Enology. Read full bio here.

Polly Foss

Global General Manager, 3M Food Safety, 3M Corporation
Polly grew up in South Dakota and received an engineering degree from South Dakota State University. She joined 3M in 1986 in Optimized Operations with assignments in Cumberland, WI and Brownwood, TX. Read full bio here.

Andrew Gellert

President, The Gellert Global Group
Andrew Gellert is the President of Gellert Global Group headquartered in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Gellert Global Group consists of many of the leading North American food importing companies, and has been involved in importing food products for nearly 100 years. Read full bio here.

Bill Graves

Senior Vice President-Product Research & Food Safety, Dairy Management Inc.
Bill Graves is Senior Vice President of Product Research at Dairy Management Inc. He leads the product research program to drive innovation and sales of dairy products and ingredients on behalf of U.S. dairy farmers. Read full bio here.

Leslie Herzog

Advisory Council Chair; VP of Operations and Research Services, The Understanding & Insight Group, LLC
Leslie Herzog is a retired Vice President of Operations & Research Services for The Understanding & Insight Group, LLC. During his career, he has worked on an extensive portfolio of products including soups, side dishes, peanut butter, frozen complete meals, and beverages (both tea and non-tea based). Read full bio here.

Dr. Jonathan Licker

Former Sr. Manager R&D Snack Seasonings & Flavors, Frito-Lay
Jonathan was Senior Manager for PepsiCo in Global Foods R&D based in Plano, Texas. He managed the Frito-Lay R&D seasoning team and lead the PepsiCo global foods seasoning platform team. Read full bio here.

Chuck Marble

Advisory Council Incoming Chair; President, Stavis Seafoods, Inc.
Chuck Marble is an experienced executive in the food industry, with the capacity of managing all facets of a corporation both domestically and international. He has over 25 years experience in the Food Industry, including Executive Management, Sales, Marketing, and Plant Operations. Read full bio here.

Douglas L. Marshall

Chief Scientific Officer, Eurofins Microbiology Inc.
Dr. Marshall is Chief Scientific Officer for the global life sciences company Eurofins Microbiology Inc. and cofounder and Director of the Louisiana-based company the Food Safety Institute, LLC. Read full bio here.

James E. Matthews

JEM Innovations, LLC
Jim Matthews is the founder of JEM Innovations LLC. Previously at Keurig Green Mountain as Vice President, Beverage Quality, Jim was responsible for quality, food safety, product compliance and support to new product development. Read full bio here.

Alejandro Mazzotta

VP Global Quality, Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Chobani
Dr. Alejandro Mazzotta was appointed Vice President of Global Quality, Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs with Chobani in 2013. Prior to joining Chobani, Dr. Mazzotta worked for Campbell Soup Company, McDonald’s Corporation, Pillsbury/General Mills, and National Food Processors Association.  Read full bio here.

Casey McCue

Director, Division of Milk Control & Dairy Services, NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets
Casey McCue is the Director of Milk Control and Dairy Services at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Casey has been involved in the dairy industry his entire life. Growing up, he was deeply involved with his grandparent’s dairy farm in Lewis County. Read full bio here.

Kathleen O’Donnell

Chief Food Scientist, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Kathleen O'Donnell started her career at Wegmans as a part-time employee in the bakery. Following her graduation from Cornell University (B.S., M.S.), she became a member of the quality assurance team at Wegmans Meat Center, focusing on product quality assurance, environmental monitoring programs and product development. Read full bio here.

Ruth Petran

VP Food Safety and Public Health, Ecolab, Inc.
Dr. Ruth Petran is Vice President, Food Safety and Public Health at Ecolab. She provides technical expertise and consultation to internal and external customers on food safety and public health issues, by identifying and tracking emerging food safety trends and new control strategies. Read full bio here.

Marlene Quijano

Retired, Former VP R&D Kraft Foods
Marlene Quijano was Vice President, Research, Development, Quality and Innovation for the Beverages Business Unit at Kraft Foods. She was responsible for R&D Leadership across Product, Process, Packaging, Quality and Consumer Science within the Coffee and Refreshment Beverages Categories, as well as the Tarrytown, NY, Technical Center site. Read full bio here.

Erica Reiner

Advisory Council Past Chair; Vice President of Sales, North America, IFF
Erica Reiner is Vice President, Strategic Business Development at David Michael & Co., a global flavor house specializing in innovative flavor solutions for the food and beverage industry. Read full bio here.

Brad Riemenapp

CEO, Global ID Group
Brad Riemenapp is CEO for Global ID Group based in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.  He is leading the global expansion of this integrated food safety, quality, and sustainability company via strategic acquisitions and organic growth. Read full bio here.

Michael Robach

VP of Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Cargill
Mike Robach is Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Mike is past President for Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere (SSAFE) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Read full bio here.

Peter Salmon

President & CEO, International Food Network, Inc.
In 1987, Mr. Salmon founded the International Food Network (IFN) to provide advisory services to the food, beverage and supplement industries. He is a Certified Food Scientist, a Certified Packaging Professional, a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (UK). Read full bio here.

George Sent

Head of M&A for Food & Ag, KeyBanc Capital Market
George Sent has over twenty years of investment banking, financial consulting, and executive management experience. He currently serves as Head of M&A for the Food & Agriculture effort at KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he is responsible for execution and sourcing of the firm’s assignments within the industry. Read full bio here.

Bruce Wolcott

VP Marketing, Seneca Foods Corporation
Bruce Wolcott is Vice President of Marketing for the Marion, NY-based Seneca Foods Corporation, which, at $1.3B in sales, is among the largest canned food processing companies in North America. Read full bio here.

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