The Sweetest Staff in Washington, D.C.

Administration & Finance

John H. Downs, Jr.

John H. Downs, Jr.
President & CEO

Chief of Staff

Elise Fennig
Chief of Staff & Senior Vice President of Operations

Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson
Vice President of Finance

Tirzah Orr
Assistant to the
President & CEO

Lauren Swift

Lauren Swift
Registrar and Data Specialist

Erin Garcia

Erin Garcia
Manager of Finance

Public Policy & Government Affairs

Liz Clark
Senior Vice President of
Public Policy

Manager of Government Affairs

Dan Shorts
Director of Government Affairs 

Courtney Hogan
Manager of Grassroots
& Public Policy  

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Debra Miller
Senior Vice President of
Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Paige Smoyer
Manager of Food Safety
& Regulatory Affairs  

Industry Affairs and Sweets & Snacks Expo

Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson
Vice President of Industry Affairs

Lynn Wylie
Senior Director of Industry Affairs

Theresa Anthony
Senior Director of the
Sweets & Snacks Expo

International Business Development

Karen Horan
Vice President of
Global Business Development

Meetings & Membership

Libby Taylor

Libby Taylor
Vice President of
Membership & Meetings

Jaclyn Gurwitz
Manager of Meetings & Events

Mandie Middleton
Manager of Membership
& Engagement Services

Kim Nolan
Sponsorship & Exhibit
Sales Manager

Public Affairs & Communications

Christopher Gindlesperger
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications

Susan Whiteside
Vice President of Integrated Marketing & Communications

Manager of Digital Content and Front end Development

Paul Kissin
Director of Marketing
& Web Technology

Lauren O’Toole Boland
Director of Communications

Carly Schildhaus
Manager of Public Affairs

Amy Buglass

Amy Buglass
Manager of Web Technology

James Gleason
Content Manager

Joy Phifer
Graphic Designer