Meet Our Leadership Team

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Susan Mungai

President & Expo Supervisor

The Coca-Cola Company

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John Onuh

President-Elect & Food Expo Co-Chair

Tuskegee University

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Dr. Josh Herring

Past-President

Alabama A&M University

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Peter Chiarelli

Secretary/Food Expo Lead

University of Georgia

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University of Georgia

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Dr. Norma Dawkins

Director at Large

Tuskegee University

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Alabama A&M University

Gail Lange

Gail Miller Lange

Employment Chair

Kansas Protein Foods

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Alex Thompson

Director At Large

Clemson Cooperative Extension

Dr. Martha Verghese

Director At Large
& Awards Ceremony Lead

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Kaylan Hayman

New Professionals Chair

Prayon Inc.

Emma Moore

Emma Moore

Director at Large

UGA - FoodPIC Project Manager

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Alabama A&M University

Vishal Manjunatha

Vishal Manjunatha

Director at Large

Clemson University

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Zoila Chevez​
 
Social Media

Auburn University

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Dr. Adelia Bovell-Benjamin

Student Competition Chair

Tuskegee University

Nedra Montgomery

Director at Large

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Robina Rai
Communications Chair

Clemson University

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Ogechukwu Tasie
Director at Large

Alabama A&M University

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Javier Cruz
Student Rep & Food Expo Co-Chair

University of Georgia

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George Nyombaire
Student Representative

Tuskegee University

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Ian Smith
Student Representative

 Clemson University

 

About South Eastern IFT

Whether you are a new student or a seasoned professional, you will benefit from being a member of the South Eastern Section IFT. Meetings occur several times throughout the year. Check out our events page for fun and informative evenings with outstanding speakers and tours. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn as well. Participating in the section events will provide you with the opportunity to network, be active in your local area, and enjoy gourmet cuisine.

Anyone with an interest is welcome to join! Membership

The South Eastern Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is one of regional sections of the IFT, a non-profit community of over 20,000 food industry professionals. Our section was founded in 1950 and the territory of our section includes Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina and Tennessee. Our members represent all areas of the food industry, from manufacturing to retail/consumer goods to research & development as well as academics and beyond. With professionals in both industry and academia, we strive to promote all aspects of food technology for the benefit of our members.

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IFT has been advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system by creating a dynamic forum where individuals from more than 90 countries can collaborate, learn, and grow, transforming scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of people around the world. And our section takes pride in our rich history of supporting IFT’s vision and mission. To learn more about IFT and to get involved, click HERE

 
Katherine Sofia Sierra

Katherine Sofia Sierra
Student Representative

Auburn University

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Robert McAdory
Student Representative

Alabama A&M University

Past Presidents of South Eastern Section

2020-2021

2018-2019

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

2007-2008

2006-2007

2004-2005

2003-2004

Beate Lloyd

Tamanna Ramesh

Elsina Hagan

Kirk Kealey

Nancy Brach Rogers

Anand Mohan

Sande Cropsey

Josh Herring

Lucy Reid

Martha Verghese

Kristi Crowe-White

Corinne Baskin

Lloyd Walker

Feng Chen

James Daniels

Ronald Galyean

2002-2003

2001-2002

2000-2001

1999-2000

1998-1999

1997-1998

1996-1997

1995-1996

1994-1995

1993-1994

1992-1993

1991-1992

1990-1991

1989-1990

Jean Weese

Daniel Cohn

Paul Dawson

Pam Coleman

Lloyd Walker

Robert Stroup

Casimir Akoh

Suzanne Mailman

Donald Conner

Alfred Fain

John Surak

James McCollum

Robert Shewfelt

Tommy Nakayama