Food Science Leadership Board

The UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology plays an important role in the food and beverage industry of California and beyond through education of future food scientists, cutting edge research and industry outreach and courses for professionals. We are the largest and highest ranked food science program in the United States.

Staying connected with the industries we serve is critical if we are to maintain our preeminence.

The Food Science Leadership Board provides the department ideas on how the department can best meet the needs of industry through an engaged teaching, research and outreach agenda. The board’s intellectual participation is critical to the department’s success.





Jacqueline H. Beckley

The Understanding & Insight Group

Managing Member, Owner

Tom Bensel

The Culinary Institute of America

Managing Director

Rebecca Bleibaum


Vice President of Sales

Jack Cooper

Food Industry Environmental Network, LLC

Founder & Partner

James R. Coughlin, Ph.D

Coughlin & Associates

President & Founder

Kathleen Feicht, Ph.D

Asta Food Research


Steven H. Gill

Gills Onions, LLC


Dan Gordon

Gordon Biersch

Co-Founder & Director of Brewing Operations

Leslie Herzog 

The Understanding & Insight Group

VP Operations

Ash Husain, Ph.D

Cedarlane Natural Foods

Chief Technical Officer

Tom Jones

Clif Bar & Co.

Senior Vice President, Craft-Quality-Innovation

William King


‎Research Fellow, Microbiology Group Manager

Peter Mattson

Pete Mattson, LLC

Carol McCall, PhD


R&D Director TSG & Business Management

Moira McGrath

OPUS International, Inc


Tara H. McHugh, Ph.D


Research Leader

Greg McParland

DSM Venturing

Sr. Investment Manager

Mike Montna

California Tomato Growers Assn.

President & CEO

Rob Neenan

California League of Food Processors

President & CEO

William J. Perry

Food Brokers International


Dan Rosson

Ingredient Consortium


Morton Satin

Salt Institute Vice President

Jim Seiple

Albertsons Safeway

Group Vice President, R&D

Justin Shimek, Ph.D


Chief Technology Officer

Herbert Stone, Ph.D


Tedd Struckmeyer

Hilmar Cheese Company

VP Engineering & Business Development

Dan Voit

Blentech Corp.


Dave Withycombe

Del Monte Foods

‎Chief Operating Officer

Zachary S. Wochok Ph.D

The Wochok Group, LLC

President & Founder