Leadership team

Our dedicated executive committee members run the organization smoothly and efficiently. The executive committee members are elected by the members in good standing. The chairs and the committee members are appointed by the leadership team.

Meet the Team

Please meet the Phi Tau Sigma leadership team for the 2020-2021 year.

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Rodrigo Tarté, Ph.D


Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University

Kantha Shelke

Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.


Principal, Corvus Blue LLC

Liz Boyle

Liz Boyle, Ph.D.

Immediate Past-President

Professor & Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University

Daryl Lund

Daryl Lund, Ph.D.

Assistant Treasurer

Professor Emeritus, Department of Food Science, University of Wisconsin

Kathy Kotula

Kathy Kotula, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Senior Investigative Food Scientist at Investigative Food Sciences

Board of Directors

2018-19 to 2020-21: Until August 31, 2021

  • Stephen Campano, M.S.
  • Lili He, Ph.D.
  • Claire Zoellner, Ph.D.
  • Ravi Chermala, M.S., M.J., MBA (Ravi replaced Rodrigo Tarté, who advanced to President Elect)

2018-20 to 2021-22: Until August 31, 2022

  • Martha Cassens, M.S.
  • Rebecca Creasy, Ph.D.
  • Yaguang (Sunny) Luo, Ph.D.
  • Laura Strawn, Ph.D.

2020-21 to 2022-23: Until August 31, 2023

  • Navagnana (Navam) Hettiarachchy, Ph.D.
  • Poulson Joseph, Ph.D.
  • Fanbin Kong, Ph.D.
  • Matthew (Matt) Taylor, Ph.D.

Committee Chairs

  • Awards Committee – Charlwit Kulchaiyawat, Ph.D.
  • Chapter Affairs Committee – Terri Boylston, Ph.D.
  • Constitution & Bylaws Committee – Rick Falkenberg, Ph.D.
  • Development Committee – Mary Schmidl, Ph.D.
  • Finance Committee – Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.
  • Future Directions Committee - Rodrigo Tarté, Ph.D.
  • Membership & Qualifications Committee – Lauren Jackson, Ph.D.
  • Newsletter & Communications Committee – Kathryn Kotula, Ph.D.
  • Nominations & Elections Committee – Tom Aurand, Ph.D.
  • Program Committee – Rodrigo Tarté, Ph.D.
  • Ad hoc Audit Committee – Mary Schmidl, Ph.D.
  • Ad hoc Internship Organization Committee – Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., Co-Chair, David Park, B.S., Co-Chair
  • Ad hoc Strategic Relations Committee – Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.
  • Ad hoc Student Relations Committee – Claire Zoellner, Ph.D.
  • Ad hoc Website/Wikipedia Committee – Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.

Are you interested in joining the team?

If you are interested in joining the leadership team, please contact us. The success of our organization depends on the contribution of volunteers like you.