The Sweetest Staff in Washington, D.C.


John H. Downs, Jr.

John H. Downs, Jr.
President & CEO

Chief of Staff

Elise Fennig
Chief of Staff & Senior Vice President of Operations

Tirzah Orr
Director of the Executive Office & Board Liaison

Kristen Belanger

Kristen Belanger
Database Administrator

Christine Reilly
Operations Coordinator


Steve McCroddan
Chief Financial Officer

Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson
Vice President of Finance

Erin Garcia

Erin Garcia
Manager of Finance

Megan Curtin

Megan Curtin
Staff Accountant

Public Policy & Government Affairs

Brian McKeon
Senior Vice President of
Public Policy

Manager of Government Affairs

Dan Shorts
Vice President of Government Affairs 

Jennifer Gardner

Jennifer Gardner
Director of State
Government Affairs

Kelly O'Donnell

Kelly O’Donnell
Political Director

Julianna Cann
Manager of Public Policy
and Political Affairs

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Farida Mohamedshah
Senior Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Diane Welland
Director of Nutrition Policy & Scientific Affairs

Lory Reveil

Lory Reveil
Director of Food Safety and Scientific Affairs

Industry Affairs and International Business Development

Lynn Wylie
Vice President of Industry Affairs

Karen Horan
Vice President of
Global Business Development

Meetings & Membership

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson
Vice President of Membership & Business Development

Jaclyn Gurwitz
Director of Meetings
& Events

Mandie Middleton
Director of Membership &
Engagement Services

Kim Nolan

Kim Nolan
Senior Manager of Sponsorship & Exhibit Sales

Barrett Jackson

Barrett Jackson
Meetings & Membership Coordinator

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

Carly Schildhaus
Director of Public Affairs & Communications

Amy Buglass

Amy Buglass
Senior Manager of
Web Technology

Elizabeth Kapolka

Elizabeth Kapolka
Manager of Public Affairs & Communications

Hope Myers
Writer & Editor

Lauren Spielman

Lauren Spielman
Graphic Designer