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.

Members

 

Name

Affiliation

 Title

 

Jacqueline H. Beckley

The Understanding & Insight Group

Managing Member, Owner

 

Tom Bensel

The Culinary Institute of America

Managing Director
 Rebecca N. Bleibaum

Rebecca N. Bleibaum

Dragonfly SCI, Inc.

President/Chief, Sensory Intelligence
 Jack Cooper

Jack Cooper

Food Industry Environmental Network, LLC

Founder & Partner (retired)

 James R. Coughlin

James R. Coughlin, Ph.D

Coughlin & Associates

President & Founder

 

Kathleen Feicht, Ph.D

Asta Food Research

President

 

Steven H. Gill

Gills Onions, LLC

President

 Leslie Herzog

Leslie Herzog 

The Understanding & Insight Group

VP Operations

 Ash Husain

Ash Husain, Ph.D

Cedarlane Natural Foods

Chief Technical Officer

 Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Clif Bar & Co.

Senior Vice President, Craft-Quality-Innovation

 

William King

Clorox

‎Research Fellow, Microbiology Group Manager
 

Peter Mattson

Pete Mattson, LLC

 Carol McCall

Carol McCall, PhD

PepsiCo

R&D Director, Snacks Category

 Moira McGrath

Moira McGrath

OPUS International, Inc

President

 Tara McHugh

Tara H. McHugh, Ph.D

USDA-ARS

Research Leader

 Greg McParland

Greg McParland

DSM Venturing

Sr. Investment Manager

 

Rob Neenan

California League of Food Processors

President & CEO

 

Reg Nelson

Director of Global Procurement

Jelly Belly Candy Company
 

William J. Perry

Food Brokers International

Owner
 

Dan Rosson

Ingredient Consortium

CEO
 

Justin Shimek, Ph.D

Mattson

Chief Executive Officer

 Herbert Stones

Herbert Stone, Ph.D

Consultant

 Dan Voit

Dan Voit

Blentech Corp.

President

 

Dave Withycombe

Del Monte Foods

‎Chief Operating Officer