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Board of Directors

The AMSA Board of Directors is elected by the membership of the association. Each year, a nominations committee puts forward at least two candidates for each position being elected.

The board consists of the Executive Committee (President-Elect, President, Past President and Treasurer) and nine directors. The directors serve two-year terms. The Executive Director is the chief staff officer of the association and serves as an exofficio member of the board.

Board members' terms begin at the end of the annual Reciprocal Meat Conference.

Past Presidents of AMSA

2019-20 Board of Directors

Executive Committee



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Collette Kaster
AMSA CEO

Collette Kaster is the AMSA Chief Executive Officer. She has previously served as Director and President of the association.

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Steve Larsen, Ph.D.

President

Steve Larsen is serving as President for the association. He also served previously on the board as director. Steve works for Passport Food Safety Solutions.

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Eric Berg, Ph.D.
Past President

Eric Berg is Past President and has previously served on the board both as director and RMC Chair. He is Associate Head at the Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University.

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Dean Pringle
President Elect

Dean Pringle is serving as President-elect for the association. He also served previously on the board as director.  Dean is a Professor at the University of Georgia.

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Susan Shivas
Treasurer

Susan Shivas started as Treasurer for the association in 2018. She also served previously on the board as director.  Susan works at Tyson Foods.

Directors


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Chad Carr, Ph.D.
Director 

Chad Carr has served on the Board of Directors since 2017. He is currently an Associate Professor and State Meat Extension Specialist at University of Florida.

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Jennie Hodgen, Ph.D.  

Director

Jennie Hodgen has served on the Board of Directors since 2017. She is currently Senior Account Manager of Food Animal Resource Management Team at Merck Animal Health.

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Mandy Carr-Johnson, Ph.D.  
Director

Mandy Carr-Johnson is a newly elected director and has served on the Board of Directors since June of 2019. She is currently Executive Director of Beef Safety Research at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
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David McKenna, Ph.D.
Director

David McKenna has served on the Board of Directors since June of 2018. He is currently the Director of Meat Research Applications at Tyson Foods, Inc.

 Mark Miller

Mark Miller, Ph.D.
Director

Mark Miller is a newly elected director and has served on the Board of Directors since June of 2019. He is currently a Research Food Technologist at USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Steven Shackelford

Steven Shackelford, Ph.D.
Director

Steven Shackelford has served on the Board of Directors since 2018. He is currently a Research Food Technologist at USDA Agricultural Research Service.

 Wes Schilling

Wes Schilling, Ph.D.
Director

Wes Schilling is a newly elected director and has served on the Board of Directors since June of 2019. He is currently a Professor at Mississippi State University.

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Keith Underwood, Ph.D. 
Director & 2020 RMC Chair

Keith Underwood has served on the Board of Directors since 2018. He is currently an Associate Professor at South Dakota State University.

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Tommy Wheeler, Ph.D.
Director

Tommy Wheeler has served on the Board of Directors since June of 2017. He is currently Research Leader for the Meat Safety and Quality at USDA Agricultural Research Service.

 


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