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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

2021-22 Board of Directors

Executive Committee


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Collette Kaster, M.S.
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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Ann Brackenridge, Ph.D.
President  

Ann Brackenridge is serving as President-elect for the association. She also served previously on the board as director. Ann works for Cargill.

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Dean Pringle, Ph.D.
Past President

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

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Gretchen Mafi, Ph.D.
President Elect

Gretchen Mafi is serving as President-elect for the association. She also served previously on the board as director. Gretchen is a Professor, Boulware Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University.

 

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Jennie Hodgen, Ph.D.
Treasurer

Jennie Hodgen started as Treasurer for the association in 2021. She also served previously on the board as director. Jennie is a Senior Account Manager, Corporate and Diversified Accounts Team for Merck Animal Health.

Directors


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Mindy Brashears, Ph.D.
Director and 2023 RMC Chair

 Mindy Brashears is a newly elected director who joined the AMSA Board of Directors in August 2021. Mindy Professor and Director, International Center for Food Industry Excellence Texas Tech University.

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Anna Dilger, Ph.D.
Director and 2022 RMC Chair

Anna Dilger is a director and has served on the Board of Directors since 2020.  Anna is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois.

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Megan Hobbs, M.S.

Director

Megan Hobbs is a director and has served on the Board of Directors since 2020.  Megan is the Group R&D Leader for Cargill Protein.

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Mandy Carr-Johnson, Ph.D.  
Director

Mandy Carr-Johnson is a 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.

 Andy King

D. Andy King, Ph.D.
Director

Andy King is a newly elected director who joined the AMSA Board of Directors in August 2021. Andy is currently a Research Food Technologist at the USDA-ARS, Meat Animal Research Center.

 Mark Miller

Mark Miller, Ph.D.
Director

Mark Miller is a director and has served on the Board of Directors since June of 2019. Mark is a Professor and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Distinguished Chair in Meat Science at Texas Tech University.

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Marcia Reeves
Director

Marcia Reeves is a director and has served on the Board of Directors since 2020. Marcia is the Head of R&D for Pilgrim's. 

 Wes Schilling

Wes Schilling, Ph.D.
Director & 2021 RMC Chair

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

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Bridget Wasser, M.S. 
Director

Bridget Wasser is a newly elected director who joined the AMSA Board of Directors in August 2021. Bridget is currently Associate Director of Customer Insights for Midan Marketing.



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