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Food Science Industrial Alumni Advisory Board

Established in 1989, the UMass Food Science Advisory Board is a who's who of the top leaders in the food industry worldwide, and a bridge between academia and industry. Under the current leadership of Dr. Noel Anderson, '74, '77 MS, '80 Ph.D, Vice President, Pepsico, board members have raised funds to meet a variety of needs in the Food Science Department and members have served as guest lecturers and helped students secure employment in the food industry. "We've done well with melding a public-private partnership with advantages to everyone," says Gilbert A. Leveille '56, board member and former executive director of Wrigley Science Institute.

UMass Alumni  Industrial Advisory Board History

Founded in  1990

Chaired by Mr. Charlie Feldberg  retired VP at CPC International for 11 years!!!!

Goal: Keep UMass Food Science in the top echelon of  Food Science Departments

Role:      4 key areas of activities :

Advocates of the DepartmentGoal : Be a voice of the Department

Outreach - Goal :  Develop a Personal connection with the Department

Economic Development - Goal :  Provide desperately needed funds

  • Act as Leaders in Giving and provide connections to industry

 Program DevelopmentGoal : Provide Advice on direction of Food Science Program

  • Help Solidify Strategic Plans
  • Prepare for the Future


  • Meet on Campus twice a year, since 1990, often with the Dean, the Chancellor and members of the Development  Department
  • Increase Alumni Interaction with the Department:
  • Established  Alumni Weekends and Alumni Breakfast at the IFT Annual Meeting
  • Helped establish successful on campus Industrial  Symposia:
  • Established 13 different endowment funds worth over $10 million
  • Established the Strategic Research and Food Policy Alliance


Advisory Board Members

  • Joseph Allen
    Allen Flavors
  • Noel Anderson
    Vice President Technical Insights
  • Ivette A. Bassa
    Mondelez International
  • F. M. Clydesdale
    Distinguished Professor and
    Director of the Food Science Policy Alliance
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Donald Coffey
    Retired - MGP Ingredients
  • David Coles
    D&S Ingredients Solutions
  • Eric A. Decker
    Professor and Department Head
    Department of Food Science
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Margaret Domejczyk
  • Peter Erickson
    Vice President
    General Mills Inc.
  • Charles Feldberg
    Retired – V.P. CPC International, Inc.
  • Sandra Gifford-Steffen
    Senior Director Analytical and Technical Insights
  • Stephen Kelleher
    Founder & Chief Scientist
    Proteus Industries, Inc.
  • Linda L. Letcher
    Director, EU Biscuit Development
    Mondelez International
  • Yongjing Li
    Regional President, Greater China
    DuPont Nutrition and Health
  • Donald J. Lynch
    Vice President
  • Charles Manley
    Retired - Takasago International
  • Toni Ruth Manning
    TRM Food Consultants
  • Stephen J. Nojeim
    Director of R&D- Cranberry
    Ocean Spray
  • Doug Phillipsen
  • Steve Platt
    Vice President
    Star Kay White
  • Peggy Poole
    Vice President- Tea Division
    R&D, QA, and Ingredient Procurement
    Bigelow Tea Company
  • Michael Popplewell
    VP – Corporate Research & Development
    International Flavors & Fragrances
  • David K.Rey
    Vice President, R&D and Quality
    Weetabix North America
  • Peter Salmon
    President & Founder
    The International Food Network, Inc.
  • Herbert Stone
    Retired - President & Founder
    Tragon Corporation
  • Spencer W. Sullivan
    Member, Breakthrough Food Technologies LLC
  • Susan Wagner
    Director, Consumer Insights
    NBTY, Inc.


Communicating Members

  • Michael Brodnitz
    Retired – Vice President
    International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
  • Dr. Lim C. Chhuy
    Retired – Vice President
    Internatioanal Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
  • Nancy Fogg-Johnson
    Principal & Co-Founder
    Nutri+Food Business Consultants
  • Gil A. Leveille
    Retired- Senior V.P. Technology
    Cargill, Wrigley
  • Larry N. Kuzminski
    Retired – Vice President
    Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
  • Frank McDermott
    Retired – President, Specialty Chemicals Group
    Merck & Company, Inc.
  • Dan Rosenfield
    Retired M&M Mars
  • Anil Shrikhande
    Vice President, Research & Development
    Constellation Wines USA