NCIFT February Board Meeting Minutes
Date: February 22, 2022
Time: 4- 5 pm
Parastoo Yaghmaee – President
Ellice Ogle- President Elect
Gabriela Swamy – Secretary
John Frelka- Dir. At Large
Christopher Ham- 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.
Katie Uhl – UC Davis
Amber Yung-I Sun – UG rep, UC Davis
Maria Giovani – UC, Chico
4:05 PM Called to Order, Meeting called to end 5:01 PM (PST)
Food Processing Expo and Luncheon recap
Parastoo provided feedback that the participant response to the luncheon was greatly positive.
The speaker highlighted the process of Filtration in the session and approximately 30 people
attended the luncheon.
Erin updated on the expo and extended her appreciation for the CLFP team. She also thanked
Bruce, Mathew, Parastoo, John for volunteering at the booth. She also updated that there was
interest from vendors for the golf tournament. Registration forms were handed out.
NCIFT Website modification comments
Parastoo informed the team about the NCIFT website update process. A login is set up for
members and meeting minutes and Hornblower will be available only for members. Other
general information is available for everyone. The team is still working on the developing the
other aspects of the website.
Scholarship Committee update
Parastoo updated the team as Charlwit was not present. The committee was able to rank the
applicants and select winners. Eleven scholarships were given to SJSU and UC Davis students.
She also encouraged UC Chico members to increase student participation.
Nomination Committee update
John updated the team that all positions have been filled except for the Chair elect. He will be
reaching out to more people and will be updating in the next meeting. The nomination list
needs to be finalized by Spring 2022.
Terri updated that she will be stepping down as Treasurer after the fiscal year. Since the
Treasurer position is not an elected one, the President will appoint the Treasurer after the
tenure is completed.
Finance Committee – Roles and responsibilities
Parastoo updated the team about the first meeting of the Finance committee that was held last
week. In the first session, the committee listed the responsibilities as follows:
1. Provide advice and guidance to NCIFT Board when is needed.
2. Create, approve, and update (as necessary) policies that help ensure the assets
of the organization are protected.
3. Ensure policies and procedures for financial transactions are documented and is
reviewed annually and updated as necessary within NCIFT bylaw.
4. Ensure approved financial policies and procedures are being followed.
5. Ensure the financial records of the organization are accurate and complete.
6. Assist the treasurer in managing and monitoring the organization finances.
7. Work with event chairs in developing the budget and monitoring expenses.
8. Annual review of best financial practices
Bruce and Martin suggested that financial advice should be included in the responsibilities.
Zoom host and moderator (need more volunteers, for Supplier’s Night and webinars)
Ellice updated on the virtual events conducted so far and participant responses have been very
positive. She requested for more volunteers for future events. Gabriela agreed to volunteer for
Jamie updated that the next deadline to submit articles is Fri Mar 18. She also requested an
assistant editor. Gabriela has promised to reach out to the NUFS Club students to volunteer
Upcoming confirmed events
Bruce highlighted that the IFT and NCIFT logo needs to be fixed before printing the
Bruce is working on the expo location. Same buildings as in the past, agreement almost
final, agreeing on lay-out for the buildings
COVID protocols will be followed, and Bruce has arranged for a sanitizer sponsor –
RBChemical and Co. The team is looking for a mask sponsor
Victor and Parastoo are working on adding the Student Poster competition and
presentation – lay-out within the floor
Bruce is starting outreach to UCD and SJSU for student volunteers.
Upcoming in progress events:
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