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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

Kristin Alongi

Director of Portfolio Management, Rich Products Corporation
Kristin Alongi is the Director of Executive Team Planning and Governance at Rich Products Corporation, a frozen food manufacturer, in Buffalo, NY. She is responsible for fostering the development and heightened performance of Rich’s Executive Leadership Team and driving organizational change through the effective governance of the executive activities within the enterprise portfolio.
 
Tim Andon

Timothy J. Andon

Advisory Council Incoming Chair; 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. 
Alison Bodor

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.
Jim Carr

James M. Carr

Vice President, Applications and Technical Services, Tate & Lyle
James M. Carr, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in the food and dietary supplements industry and is currently Tate & Lyle’s VP Applications & Technical Service. Before joining Tate and Lyle, Jim worked for Degussa Food Ingredients and was responsible for Global Marketing and Sales for the company’s BioActives business. 
Michelle Colban

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).
 
Nick Dokoozlian

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. 

Steven Flyer

Partner of AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC
Steven Flyer is a Partner of AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC, a lower middle-market private equity firm with a sector focus on consumer products and services.  Mr. Flyer serves as a member of AUA Equity’s Investment Committee. Mr. Flyer is currently Chairman of the Board of Raymundos Food Group, LLC and currently serves on the board of directors of Gourmet Culinary Holdings, LLC, Indulge Desserts Holdings, LLC, Tijuana Flats Restaurants, LLC, Associated Foods Holdings, LLC and Two-Twenty Records Management, LLC.  Mr. Flyer is also a mentor for AccelFoods, a food and beverage accelerator offering resources and guidance to emerging consumer companies.
Julia Fritsch

Julia Fritsch

Director of R&D for Water+ and Food Service, PepsiCo Beverages North America
Julia Fritsch is the Director of R&D for Water+ and Food Service at PepsiCo Beverages North America. She is responsible for executing Product, Packaging and Food Service Equipment launches across North America acting as a liaison between R&D, Marketing, Finance and Supply Chain for both categories. Julia has been working for PepsiCo for 17+ years.
Hazel Fromm Tastosian

Hazel Fromm Tatosian

Innovation Lead - Global Gum & Candy R&D, Mondelēz International
Hazel Fromm Tatosian is a highly collaborative R&D leader with 15 years of experience in the food and snacks industry. She currently leads the North American Gum category team at Mondelēz International and is responsible for creating a robust innovation pipeline for U.S. and Canadian markets. Hazel is recognized by her peers for her ability to motivate and build high performing teams and lead through change.
 
Andrew Gellert

Andrew Gellert

President, The Gellert Global Group
Andrew Gellert is the President of Gellert Global Group headquartered in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he has worked for the past 30 years.  
Bill Graves

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. 
Leslie Herzog

Leslie Herzog

Advisory Council Past 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). 
Sean Leighton

Sean J. Leighton

Cargill's Global Vice President of Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs
Sean Leighton is Cargill’s Global Vice President of Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs. With a career spanning more than 15 years in the food and beverage industry, Sean has intimate knowledge of the science and standards that make food safe, and the strategies to ensure the quality of 
supply chains that feed our world. 
Jinzhou Joel Li

Jinzhou (Joel) Li

Vice President of Qimei Organic
Jinzhou Li (Joel) is currently the Vice President of Qimei Organic, a multinational organic farming and food processing company in China and the US. Joel is also the founder of Whole Healthy Food, which focuses on therapeutic food ingredients for food, beverage, and dietary supplement applications. Joel has experience in start-up, export/import, e-commerce, farming, food processing, and marketing in the Chinese and American food industries. Joel has significant experience and expertise in plant-based products, including plant proteins, plant extracts, dried and frozen fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Robin Lougee

Robin Lougee

Senior Industrial Research Scientist, IBM Research
Robin Lougee is the IBM Research Lead for Consumer Products & Agriculture. She is a senior industrial research scientist with a strong track record of delivering innovation to IBM and its customers. Robin pioneered the creation of COIN-OR, an open-source foundry for computational operations research, and led its growth to an independent non-profit that has served the scientific and business community for over 15 years. She currently serves as the Steering Committee Chair for the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture and an Advisory Board Member for the Cornell University Department of Food Science.
Chuck Marble

Chuck Marble

CEO/President, New England Natural Bakers, 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. 
Douglas Marshall

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. 
Alejandro Mazzotta

Alejandro Mazzotta

Senior Vice President of 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. 
 
Casey McCue

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. 
Meghan McIlroy

Meghan McIlroy

Director, R&D Cheese, US Refrigerated BU at Kraft Heinz
Meghan Mcilroy is the Head of Canada Research and Development at Kraft Heinz, a trusted food producer of a wide ranging food and beverage portfolio, based in Glenview, IL.  She is responsible for driving growth and ensuring business continuity through product, packaging, and process R&D for Kraft Heinz Canada’s portfolio including brands such as Kraft, Heinz, Maxwell House, Philadelphia, and Renee’s. 
Kathleen O'Donnell

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.
 
Ruth Petran

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. 
Erica Reiner

Erica Reiner

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. 
Brad Riemenapp

Brad Riemenapp

CEO, FoodChain ID
Brad Riemenapp is CEO for FoodChain ID 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. 
Peter Salmon

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). 
Bruce Wolcott

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.