Who is Jack Cooper? Jack served from January 1974 through August 1990 with the National Canners Association/National Food Processors Association (now Grocery Manufacturers Association) in Washington, DC, the last 13 years as the Association's Director, Environmental Affairs. Jack resigned from NFPA in 1990 to establish the Food Industry Environmental Network. Jack has Bachelors (Dec. 71) and Master's (Mar. 73) Degrees in Food Science from the University of California at Davis. He has served on many committees of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), including the Institute Executive Committee and Nominations and Elections Committee and as Chair of the Washington, DC section and of the Food Laws and Regulations and Biotechnology Divisions. He is an IFT Fellow, a member of the International Association for Food Protection and a member of the Leadership Board of the Food Science and Technology Department of the University of California at Davis. Jack a member of Phi Tau Sigma, the Honor Society of Food Science and Technology http://www.phitausigma.org/.
Who is Jimmy Liu? From 2000-2010, Jimmy has served as a Technical Information Specialist with the USDA ARS National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland where he focused on information management and helped develop and manage various Web and database applications for the Food Safety Information Center, the Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO), the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC), Healthy Meals Resource System, WIC Works Resource System, and SNAP-Ed Connection. Jimmy continuously looked for innovative ways to collect and disseminate information to stakeholders and started various Web 2.0, social and mobile media initiatives at the Library, including the @FoodSafety Twitter which reached over 13,000 followers in less than 2 years. Prior to that, he worked in the food industry for over 9 years as a Product Development Manager and a Quality Assurance Manager for Grace Culinary Systems/Townsend Culinary in Laurel, Maryland where helped develop and implement the company's HACCP program. Jimmy holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and completed his graduate course work in the Food Science program at the University of Maryland in College Park. He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).
Who is Betsy Faga? Betsy spent over forty years representing the grain milling industry in Washington,
DC. From 1998-2010 she was president of the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA), the trade
association of the wheat, corn, oat and rye milling industry. NAMA was established as a result of the
merger of the Millers’ National Federation, the American Corn Millers Federation, Protein Grain
Products International, and the American Oat Association. Prior to the merger, Betsy held a variety of
positions with two of the umbrella groups -- Protein Grain Products and the American Corn Millers.
She was named president of both organizations in 1986. She was deeply involved in legislative,
regulatory and research activities of the industry, and traveled extensively overseas in connection
with the industry’s work in the U.S. government’s food assistance programs. She retired in 2010 and
has continued a consultancy business with clients both inside and outside the food and agriculture
industry. She graduated from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA with a degree in education. She is
a member of the Washington Ag Roundtable.
Who is Elana Natker? Elana is a nationally recognized food and nutrition expert with two decades of communications experience. She began her career as a public relations professional with an undergraduate degree in communications from American University, and then pivoted to earn a Master's degree in nutrition and become a registered dietitian through Colorado State University's combined masters/internship program. She works with major food, beverage and supplement brands, suppliers and associations on their nutrition communications initiatives. Her skills are in business strategy, writing, relationship-building, and education, specializing in the areas of food, nutrition, health and wellness. She is an expert spokesperson, having been quoted in WomensHealthMag.com, Women's World, Shape, the Washington Post, Washingtonian Mom, WebMD and other major media outlets. Most recently, Elana was awarded the Emerging Leader in Dietetics award by the D.C. Metro Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently serving as Chair-Elect of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group.
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