Our Staff

Contact a USDEC staffer by using either our Contact Us form or calling 703-528-3049. 

Executive Office

Tom Vilsack, President and CEO

Matt McKnight, Chief Operating Officer

Omar Syed, Senior Advisor

Regina Black, Director, Executive Office

Shirley Martin, Executive Coordinator

Cheese Marketing

Ross Christieson, Senior Vice President, Global Cheese Marketing

Merle McNeil, Senior Vice President, Retail Cheese Marketing

Amy Foor, Vice President, Culinary Cheese, Educational Programs

Angelique Hollister, Vice President, Global Cheese Marketing

Katie Phelan, Director, Strategic Development

Ryan Hopkin, Coordinator, Global Cheese Marketing

Rebecca Vidal, Coordinator, Cheese Marketing

Ingredient Marketing

Vikki Nicholson-West, Senior Vice President, Ingredient Marketing

Annie Bienvenue, Vice President, Technical Services

Kara McDonald, Vice President, Marketing Communications

Terri Rexroat, Vice President, Ingredient Marketing

Kristi Saitama, Vice President, Ingredient Marketing

Keith Meyer, Coordinator, Global Ingredient Marketing

Communications

Margaret Speich, Senior Vice President, Communications and Membership

Mark O'Keefe, Vice President, Editorial Services

Luke Waring, Director, Communications and Membership

Weston Abels, Coordinator, Member Services

Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Jonathan Gardner, Senior Vice President, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Sandra Benson, Vice President, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Eddy Fetzer, Director, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Nick Gardner, Director, Codex and International Regulatory Affairs

Dacia Whitsett-Morrow, Director, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Jessica Smith, Analyst, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Bryan Jacoby, Coordinator, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Operations

Chuck Timpko, Senior Vice President, Operations and Evaluation

Danny Ingram, Vice President, Information Resources

Kari Kwiatkowski, Director, Government Funding, Compliance and Operations

Erin Kealiher, Manager, Government Funding, Compliance and Operations

Strategic Insights

Marc Beck, Executive Vice President, Strategic Advisor

Al Levitt, Vice President Market Analysis and Communications

William Loux, Analyst, Global Trade

Trade Policy

Jaime Castaneda, Senior Vice President, Trade Policy

Shawna Morris, Vice President, Trade Policy

Tony Rice, Coordinator, Trade Policy