Advisory Council

The mission of the FSN Advisory Council is to advise and support the Food Science and Nutrition Department faculty, students, programs, and activities. Comprised of volunteer leaders from private industry and academia, advisory council members serve many purposes: assisting with curriculum decisions, helping with student and faculty recruitment, counseling about facilities, connecting us with others in business and social communities, and identifying and raising financial resources in support of our Learn by Doing mission.

Advisory Council members typically serve three-year, renewable terms. Meetings are held virtually and in-person on a regular basis throughout the academic year. In addition, members are encouraged to engage in research and project collaborations, interact with students through clubs and class presentations, and provide ongoing input into the curriculum and training opportunities to better prepare our students for professional careers.

We are always looking for alumni and non-alumni leaders to serve on our diverse and dynamic council. To lean more about the FSN Advisory Council, contact the department at

Members (* denotes alumnus)




Company / Location

Kerry Bridges*

Vice President, Food Safety

Chipotle Mexican Grill / Newport Beach

Amanda Carlson-Phillips


SVP, Strategic Partnerships & Insights

EXOS / Phoenix, AZ

Will Daniels*

President, Produce Division

IEH Laboratories / Carmel Valley

Greg Estep


Managing Director and CEO, Spices

Olam International / Fresno


Brian Farkas

Chief Science Officer

McCormick & Company / Sparks, MD

Angela Fissell*

Registered Dietitian

Dignity Health / San Luis Obispo

Jim Lipman*

Executive Vice President, Agriculture and Technical Services

California Olive Ranch / Chico

Scott May

VP Innovation

MISTA / San Francisco

Rob Neenan


California League of Food Processors / Sacramento

Nancy R. Rodriguez, Ph.D., RD, FACSM

Professor of Nutritional Sciences

University of Connecticut / Storrs, CT

Marty Yadrick

Director of Nutrition Informatics

Computrition / Kansas City, MO


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