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American Meat Institute Announces Staff Promotions and Additions

Monday, January 5, 2009

Washington, DC — American Meat Institute (AMI) President J. Patrick Boyle today announced a number of staff changes that will enable the Institute to continue to effectively serve the needs of the meat and poultry industry.

In the Department of Legislative Affairs, AMI Director of Legislative Affairs Dale Nellor will become vice president of legislative affairs. Nellor joined AMI in February 2006. Previously, he worked for U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and was recently a campaign staff member for U.S. Senator-Elect Mike Johanns (R-NE).  In addition, Matthew Mika was named director of legislative affairs. Mika previously served as senior legislative assistant for agricultural issues in the office of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and also worked for Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI).  

In the AMI Foundation, Dr. Betsy Booren was named director of scientific affairs. Booren recently completed her Ph.D. in food science from Texas A&M University (TAMU). At TAMU, Booren taught courses on nutrition, food science and advanced meat science, oversaw laboratory facilities and assisted with extension programs. Booren received her master’s degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska and her bachelor’s degree in food science from Michigan State University.  Additionally, Dr. Andrew Milkowski, adjunct professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Wisconsin and former Kraft Foods fellow, has been retained to provide technical services for the Institute. Milkowski will focus on diet and health issues. Boreen and Milkowski will report to AMI Executive Vice President James Hodges, who today was named interim president of the AMI Foundation. 

In the AMI Convention Services Department, Senior Manager of Convention and Member Services Heather Schoch was promoted to director of convention and exposition services. Prior to joining AMI in 2007, Schoch managed conferences and trade shows at the Optical Society of America in their conventions and meetings department. Schoch graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. and is currently pursuing a Certified Meeting Professional designation. AMI Staff Assistant Rosie Levine was promoted to coordinator of convention and exposition services. Levine earned a bachelor of business administration in event management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

 “I am confident that these new appointments and promotions will help AMI meet the many challenges before the industry,” Boyle said.  “We have assembled a strong team that will allow us to better serve the needs of our members, and the industry as a whole.”


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