AMSA Staff

American Meat Science Association 
301 N Neil St Ste 400
Champaign, Illinois 61820 USA

Phone: 800-517-AMSA (2672) 
Fax: 888-205-5834 

ThomasPowellThomas Powell, Ph.D., CAE


Executive Director: Responsible for AMSA business affairs, meat judging program, continuing education, partnership programs, governance

Thomas Powell started his career with AMSA as the meat judging program director in 1996. He holds degrees in food science and animal science from the University of Tennessee and Kansas State University. Prior to joining the AMSA staff, he was an instructor and network specialist at Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. In 1997, he became Executive Director of AMSA and has served in that capacity since. He is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives. He and his wife Joyce live an active life in Savoy, Illinois where they stay busy raising their five children. 

DeidreaDeidrea Mabry, M.S.


Associate Executive Director: scientific and general communications, eNews, web site, student membership, RMC technical program, PORK 101

Deidrea Mabry joined the AMSA staff in 2007 as Program Director and was promoted to Director of Scientific Communications and Technical Programs in 2013. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds degrees in agricultural communications and animal science. Prior to joining AMSA staff she worked for the office of the President at Texas Tech and completed a congressional internship in Washington, D.C. as part of her studies. She and her husband Casey live in Wichita, Kansas with their daughters Reyse, Avery and Brooklyn.

JenPersonsJen Persons


Membership and Marketing Manager:  membership inquires, communications and marketing; online membership community support, event registration and social media manager 

Jen Persons joined AMSA in 2014 as Membership & Marketing Manager. Prior to that, she began her career in the meat industry in 1994 with Western States Meat Association, then National Meat Association as assistant to the Director of Administration and finally North American Meat Association where she served as Operations Manager and Scholarship Liaison. Jen was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she continues to make her home in Saratoga, along with her husband Bill and their three endearing dogs.  

RachelSmithRachel Adams, M.S. 


Youth Programs Coordinator: logistics, fundraising and contest arrangements for the intercollegiate meat judging program and the national 4-H meat evaluation and retail identification contest

Rachel Adams joined the AMSA staff in January 2015 as the Youth Programs Coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Illinois and her master’s degree in meat science from Iowa State University. Prior to joining AMSA, Rachel worked in research & development at Hormel Foods and also AmeriQual Foods.  Rachel resides in southern Illinois on her family’s farm with her husband Justin and daughter Ava.

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