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 

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, from 2013-2018 she served as the Director of Scientific Communications and Technical Programs and was promoted to Associate Executive Director in 2018. 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 Brock, Texas 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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