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

Steve McCroddan
Chief Financial Officer

Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson
Vice President of Finance

Tirzah Orr
Assistant to the
President & CEO

Erin Garcia

Erin Garcia
Manager of Finance

Christine Reilly
Operations Coordinator

Public Policy & Government Affairs

Brian McKeon
Senior Vice President of
Public Policy

Manager of Government Affairs

Dan Shorts
Senior Director of
Government Affairs 

Kelly O’Donnell
Director of Political Action Committee

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Farida Mohamedshah

Farida Mohamedshah
Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs

Paige Smoyer
Senior Manager of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs  

Industry Affairs and Sweets & Snacks Expo

Lynn Wylie
Vice President 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

Lee Anne Pirrello

Lee Anne Pirrello
Vice President of Member Value & Strategic Engagement

Jaclyn Gurwitz
Senior Manager of Meetings & Events

Mandie Middleton
Senior 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
Senior Director of Marketing
& Web Technology

Lauren O’Toole Boland
Director of Communications

Carly Schildhaus
Senior Manager of
Public Affairs

Amy Buglass

Amy Buglass
Senior Manager of
Web Technology

Amy Boylan
Content Manager

Joy Phifer
Manager of Graphic Design