2012 - 2014 McCain Foods, NPD Manager, Americas, Roseburg, Oregon
2011 - 2012 McCain Foods, R & D Manager - Potato and Vegetables, Othello, Oregon
2008 - 2011 McCain Foods, Project Manager - Vegetables, Colton, California
2006 - 2007 cin! cin!, Owner/Operator, Wine and Specialty Food Shop, Roseburg, Oregon
2005 - 2006 Steamboat Inn, Assistant Chef, Steamboat, Oregon
2003 - 2004 Part-time restaurant/foodservice jobs while attending Culinary and Sommelier Schools
1985 - 2003 E & J Gallo Winery, Product Development Manager, Modesto, California
I have over 20 years experience in food and beverage development. I was a Product Development Manager for E & J Gallo Winery in Modesto, California responsible for many of the B & J Coolers currently on the market.
I also have experience in frozen food as a R & D Manager over two research groups, roasted vegetables and potatoes for new product development.
Recently, I was New Product Development Manager, Americas, where I was responsible for keeping the pipeline filled with new product ideas.
My expertise is in beverage and I consider myself an accomplished taster and developer. I worked with many flavor companies to develop and optimize flavor profiles that were very successful in finished beverage products.
I also have lots of experience in managing both people and projects, always with an eye to the consumer and to keeping my direct reports motivated in this direction.
B.S. Degree in Foods and Nutrition, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Assoc. Degree in Culinary Arts - Le Cordon Bleu, Western Culinary Institute, Portland, Oregon
Certified Sommelier, International Sommelier Guild, Portland, Oregon
Completed five MBA courses in statistics, economics, managerial accounting, business ethics and contexts in contemporary business, University of Redlands, Redlands, California
Management - people and projects
Product Development - alcoholic beverages, frozen vegetables/potatoes
New Product Development - researching new trends, attending trade shows, conferences,etc. for new product ideas
Culinary Arts - creative in developing new recipes and recipe applications
Sensory - experience in sensory training, very adept at tasting, analyzing ingredients
Wine Evaluation - experience in tasting, evaluating and identifying wines around the world
Entrepreneurial - established a new business and managed the operation of a store, including purchasing, promotion, pricing, event planning and many other aspects involved in owning and operating a shop.
WFF - Women's Foodservice Forum - member and volunteer on programming committee and social media committee
Research Chef's Association - member and volunteer on new members committee
IFT - past member; attend annual convention
HOA - member of board of directors for homeowner's association
America's Test Kitchen - volunteer recipe tester