Date: December 14, 2021
Time: 5- 6 pm
Parastoo Yaghmaee – President
Gabriela Swamy – Secretary
Xi Feng-Dir. At Large
WanChim Lim- Dir. At Large
John Frelka- Dir. At Large
Victor Hong- Dir. At Large
Mathew Poon- Dir. At Large
Christopher Ham- Dir. At Large
Jeff Sheasley- Dir. At Large
Ashwini Wagh – Education Chair
Jamie Lawrence- HornBlower Editor
Craig Rothe-Past President
Bruce Ferree-Symposium Chair
Martin Potnick – Sierra Region
Erin Evers-Membership & New Prof.
5:02 PM Called to Order, Meeting called to end 6:02 PM (PST)
NCIFT Holiday party: Feedback
Erin reported that the event was a great success, and the speaker was fantastic. She also
appreciated the slides he shared.
Wanchin suggested that for the next dinner meeting, self-introduction at the tables would be
great and that would foster interaction. She also found the speaker knowledgeable and
suggested it would be great if the event status was communicated to National IFT.
Parastoo: NCIFT by-law talks about finance committee who can advise the board on fianance
related matters when is needed. Parastoo proposed to form the committee and have it
functional. She said there is always question regarding reimbursement, bank accout, and other
finance related matter that requires decision. Having an active finance committee would be
Terri: Love the idea as it supports the treasurer. It is preferable to have a member with some
income tax filing background, who would be able to provide advice, point out the warning signs
related to the tax return of a non profit organization.
Martin – Form for reimbursement is not in detail. Can the form be revised? Terri explained that
the previous form had too many sections and there were a lot of questions from people filling
the form. The new form created to make it more clear.
Bruce asked whether the by-law states finance committee? Terri has been the only point of
reference so far for all financial questions. The answer was yes, the by-law section 8.2.
Parastoo asked if everybody agrees, a finance committee will be formed. Nobody objected.
Terri: There are scams to collect money. Please be aware of it. Please call and confirm any
finance related information to the responsible person. Please look out for other members as
Ashwini: Parastoo, has the issue been sorted out?
Parastoo: Yes. We have checked the e-mail system and the scam e-mail had an external source.
As a safety measure, I have changed the e-mail address.
Martin – Member only information would be a good idea to solve the problem.
Upcoming confirmed events (Parastoo)
Poster: No abstract has been received yet. Abstracts will be reviewed. Selected
abstracts will be given an opportunity to present their poster in person.
Martin: Operational education sessions might attract more people. Please consider
For future educational programs
Upcoming in progress events
Scholarship committee update
Had 9 applications UC Davis and SJSU. Emails will go out to start judging the process by the end
of this week
Nomination Committee update
John: By law suggests 4-6 Dir at large. Search for 2 Dir of large. Matthew will be out by the end
of 2022. Need a candidate for President Elect.
Jaime: Email sent – request for articles
Please share articles in advance for future publications
Parastoo will email the article related to 80th anniversary collected memories to Jaime
Next board meeting will be held in person in Sacramento, on Feb 15,2022 at 1:30 pm in
Magnolia Ballroom in Sheraton Hotel.
Discount codes will be sent to leadership team for registration.
Meeting ended: 6:02 pm
Dr. Zhongli Pan
Dr. Vivian Wu
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Ms. Ellice Ogle
Dr. Gabriella John Swammy
Dr. Nishtha Lukhmana
Premier Nutrition Company
Ms. Erin Evers
Dr. Xi (Alex) Feng
Mr. John Frelka
Del Monte Foods, Inc
Ms. WanChin Lim
Dr. Leigh Schmidt
Ms. Yanyao Yu
NOMINATING & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mr. John Frelka
Innovative Products and Services
SUPPLIERS’ NIGHT EXPO CHAIR
Mr. Bruce Ferree
Insight Food Safety Consulting
GRANTS COMMITTEE CHAIR
NEW PROFESSIONALS GROUP CHAIR
Ms. Erin Evers
VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE CHAIR
Ms. Clara Lang, Kinders