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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 Linda Letcher, Director of Mondelez International, 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


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

OutreachGoal: Develop a personal connection with the department

Economic DevelopmentGoal: 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


  • Met on campus twice a year since 1990, often with the dean, the chancellor, and members of the development department
  • Increased 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

Members Memebers Contd. Members Contd.
Noel Anderson
Managing Partner
Mosaic Food Advisors
IFT President Elect
John Foley
Sr. Scientist
Human Nutrition North America
BASF Corporation
Peggy Poole
Vice President, Tea Division
Bigelow Tea Company
Alan Baublis
R&D Business Partner
JPG Resources
Sandra Gifford-Steffen
Michael Popplewell
VP, Corporate Research & Development
International Flavors & Fragrances
Ivette A. Bassa
Mondelez International
Stephen Kelleher
Founder & Chief Scientist
Proteus Industries, Inc.
Steve Platt
Vice President
Star Kay White
F. M. Clydesdale
Distinguished Professor 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Cassandra Knight
Senior Scientist, Regulatory Affairs
Pepperidge Farm—Campbell Snacks
David K. Rey
Director, Quality Assurance
Concord Foods
David Coles
D&S Ingredients Solutions
Linda L. Letcher
Mondelez International
Peter Salmon
The International Food Network, Inc.
Otis Curtis
Commercial Innovation Director, Taste
Yongjing Li
Regional President, Greater China
DuPont Nutrition and Health
Herbert Stone
Retired—President & Founder
Tragon Corporation
Eric A. Decker
Department of Food Science
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Donald J. Lynch
Vice President
Spencer W. Sullivan
Global Beverage R&D
Margaret Domejczyk
R&D Manager
Charles Manley
Takasago International
Susan Wagner
NBTY, Inc.
Margaret Domejczyk
R&D Manager
Toni Ruth Manning
TRM Food Consultants
Shishan Wang 
Senior Research Scientist, Microbiology/ Biochemistry
Charm Sciences, Inc.
Peter Erickson
​General Mills, Inc.
Stephen J. Nojeim
Research Fellow, R&D
Cranberry Ocean Spray
Pei-fen Wu
Principal Flavorist
International Flavors & Fragrances
Charles Feldberg
CPC International, Inc.
Doug Phillipsen
R&D Director Productivity and Org Efficiency
M & M Mars
William Flynn
Global Account Director
Kerry Inc


Communicating Members

Members Members Contd. Members Contd.
Joseph Allen
Allen Flavors
Nancy Fogg-Johnson
Principal & Co-Founder
Nutri+Food Business Consultants
Frank McDermott
Merck & Company, Inc.
Michael Brodnitz
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
Larry N. Kuzminski
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Dan Rosenfield
M&M Mars
Dr. Lim C. Chhuy
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
Gil A. Leveille
Wrigley and Cargill
Anil Shrikhande
Constellation Wines USA
Donald Coffey
MGP Ingredients