University of Massachusetts Amherst

Food Science

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Advisory Board

It was decided that in order to reach alumni and industry, as well as helping students find jobs, and get external input and a review of Department activities, it was essential to establish an Industrial Alumni Advisory Board.

We had many faculty discussions on the advantages and disadvantages of limiting Advisory Board membership to Alumni. However, we decided that since many of our alumni held leadership positions in the Food Industry the disadvantages would be minimal while the advantages would be great.

Therefore, in 1989, with the most able participation of Mr. Charles Feldberg, Vice President, CPC International we developed a charter and established the first Food Science Industrial Alumni Advisory Board.

Charlie Feldberg chaired the Board magnificently until he retired from that position, to become a Board Member in November 2000 and Dr. Noel Anderson, Vice President, Pepsico began his tenure as Chair. Noel has continued the tremendous standard of excellence set by Charlie, and the Board continues to be a vital part of the Department’s success. The Board has grown and changed with the Department such that we now have 2 members of the Board who hold top industrial positions in the State but are not alumni.

The Advisory Board has played a pivotal role in all our efforts in outreach, economic development, endowment campaigns, alumni support and program development as well as being a critical force in helping our students become professionals and in finding jobs.

The current membership of the Board is as follows:

Dr. Noel Anderson
Vice President
Pepsi Cola Company

Dr. Donald J. Lynch
Vice President

Mr. Joseph Allen
President, Allen Flavors

Dr. Charles Manley
Vice President Science and Technology
Takasago International Corporation

Ms. Ivette A. Bassa
Vice President Research Development and Quality
Kraft Foods International - Latin America

Ms. Toni Ruth Manning
Director Consulting Services
Strasburger & Siegel

Dr. Michael Brodnitz
Food Ingredients Consultant

Mr. Francis X. McDermott
(Retired – Senior Vice President
Merck & Co., Inc)

Mr. Lim C. Chhuy
(Retired – V.P. International Flavors & Fragrances)

Mr. Stephen J. Nojeim
Director of R&D- Cranberry
Ocean Spray Cranberries

Dr. F. M. Clydesdale
Distinguished Prof. and Director of the Food Science Policy Alliance, Department of Food Science
University of Massachusetts

Dr. Margaret A. Poole
Vice President, R&D
H. P. Hood, Inc.

Dr. Donald Coffey
Executive VP, Ingredient Solutions
MGP Ingredients, Inc.

Dr. L. Michael Popplewell
Vice President, Corporate Research & Development
International Flavors & Fragrances

Dr. Eric Decker
Professor. and Dept. Head, Department of Food Science
University of Massachusetts

Mr. David K.Rey
Senior Director of Product Development and Quality
Nonni's Food Company

Mr. Peter Erickson
Vice President
General Mills Inc.

Mr. Peter Salmon
The International Food Network, Inc.

Mr. Charles Feldberg
(Retired – V.P. CPC International, Inc.)

Dr. Herbert Stone
Tragon Corp.

Dr. Nancy Fogg-Johnson, Principal
Life Sciences Alliance

Dr. Anil Shrikhande
Vice President Research & Development
Constellation Wine, U.S.

Stephen Kelleher
Founder & Chief Scientist
Proteus Industries, Inc.

Mr. Spencer W. Sullivan
Kraft Food Ingredients Corp.

Dr. Larry N. Kuzminski
(Retired – V. P. Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.)

Susan Wagner
V.P.,Global Strategic Insights
Johnson & Johnson

Ms. Linda L. Letcher
Section Manager Organizational Excellence
Research and Development/Quality
Kraft Foods, Inc.

Ms. Judy Zaunbrecher
Vice President, R&D

Dr. Gil A. Leveille
Executive Director, Wrigley Science Institute