Leadership and Involvement


Institute of Food Technologists Student Association
President, President-Elect, and Past President (2015-2018)

  • Currently serving my term as President of this international organization with over 2900 members.
  • Mobilized a team to submit and win a $10,000 grant proposal to develop the Go With Purpose Global Challenge at the IFT17 meeting in Las Vegas, NV
  • Coordinated and executed a virtual global summit attended by over 400 students worldwide
  • Oversaw a task force to formulate a new mission, vision, and strategic plan for the organization
  • Chaired the Institute of Food Technologists Communications Task Force to determine strategic audiences for advocacy work
  • Active member of the IFT Board of Directors

Citation Needed, Food and Agricultural Communicators at Ohio State
Executive Board Member and Founding Member

  • Crafted mission and vision statements for this new organization
  • Planned and executed programming and member recruitment campaigns

Institute of Food Technologists Student Association
Vice President of Development and Communications (2014-2015)

  • Revitalized the association blog, Science Meets Food, by curating compelling and topical posts
  • Directed a team of seven students to generate exciting social media content

Ohio State Food Science Mentor Program
Graduate Advisor (2012-2015)

  • Coordinated a group of ten undergraduate peer mentors each year
  • Delivered a yearly retreat including training in peer mentorship and leadership

The Ohio State University Food Science Club
Treasurer and Service Chair (2012-2014)

  • Orchestrated the primary fundraiser for the club, raising over $3,000
  • Established a scholarship to support student travel to the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Event

The Ohio State University Food Science Club
Treasurer and Service Chair (2012-2014)

  • Diversified and increased the number of volunteer opportunities available to members

IFTSA Heart Healthy Product Development Team
Captain (2012-2013)

  • Lead a team of six fellow students to develop an original product concept, K+ookie, in compliance with Heart-Check Food Certification rules.


Additional Leadership Experience:

Honors and Scholars Community Council
Secretary and Academic Programs Chair (2011-2012)

Honors and Scholars Ambassadors
Student Advisory Board Member (2010-2012)

Media Marketing and Communications Scholars Program
Project Group Instructor (2010-2012)

IFTSA Disney Product Development Team
Captain (2010-2011)

Nosker House Student Activities Board
Co-president (2009-2010)



Additional Activities

IFT Nutraceutical and Functional Foods Division Student Representative, 2014-2015

Ohio State Department of Food Science College Bowl Team, Midwest Area Champion, National Runner-up, 2013-2015

Harris Award Committee Student Member, Ohio State University Department of Food Science and Technology, 2013-2015

Mentor, Ohio State Food Science Mentoring Program, 2011-2012

Peer Research Contact, Undergraduate Research Office, The Ohio State University, 2010-2012

University Honors Program, 2009-2012

Media, Marketing, and Communications Scholars Program, 2008-2012



Service Activities

Ray Travel Award Application Judge, Ohio State University Council of Graduate Students, 2013-2014

Judge, National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (Dayton, OH), May 2013

Review Committee Member, OARDC SEEDS Graduate Research Grant Competition (Wooster, OH), May 2013

Judge, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum (Ohio State), April 2013

Judge, Invention Convention (Binns Elementary, Columbus, OH), March 2013

Volunteer, Shriners Hospital for Children (Cincinnati, OH), 2010 –2012



Professional Memberships

Institute of Food Technologists, Member Since 2010

Phi Tau Sigma, The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology, Member Since 2012

American Society for Nutrition, Member Since 2014

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member Since 2014

The Metabolomics Society, Member Since 2016