Our Staff

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

 Secretary Tom Vilsack, President and CEO 

Omar Syed, Senior Advisor to the President and CEO

Matt McKnight, Chief Operating Officer

Weston Abels, Coordinator, Member Services

Morgan Beach, Manager, Trade Policy

Marc Beck, Executive Vice President, Business Unit Director, Middle East/ North Africa

Sandra Benson, Vice President, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Annie Bienvenue, Vice President, Technical Services

Cameron Burris, Coordinator, Market Research and Analysis 

Jaime Castaneda, Senior Vice President, Trade Policy

Ross Christieson, Senior Vice President, Business Unit Director, North Asia

Edward Fetzer, Director, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Amy Foor, Director, Team Lead, Vietnam

Jonathan Gardner, Senior Vice President, Market Access, Regulatory Compliance 

Nick Gardner, Director, Codex and International Regulatory Affairs

Angelique Hollister, Vice President, Team Lead, Hong Kong, South Korea, Middle East/ North Africa

Ryan Hopkin, Coordinator, Export Markets

Daniel Ingram, Vice President, Information Resources 

Bryan Jacoby, Coordinator, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Erin Kealiher, Manager, Government Funding Compliance and Operations

Kari Kwiatkowski, Director, Government Funding Compliance and Operations

Alan Levitt, Vice President, Communications and Market Analysis

Shirley Martin, Executive Coordinator 

Kara McDonald, Vice President, Global Marketing Communications

Merle McNeil, Director, Business Unit Director, Latin America 

Keith Meyer, Coordinator, Export Programs

Shawna Morris, Vice President, Trade Policy

Vikki Nicholson-West, Senior VIce President, Business Unit Director, Southeast Asia

Mark O'Keefe, Vice President, Editorial Services

Katie Phelan, Director, Strategic Development

Terri Rexroat, Vice President, Team Lead, Latin America

Kristi Saitama, Vice President, Team Lead, China, Japan, Southeast Asia 

Jessica Smith, Coordinator, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs

Margaret Speich, Senior Vice President, Strategic and Industry Communications

Chuck Timpko, Senior Vice President, Operations and Evaluation

Rebecca Vidal, Coordinator, Strategy and Insights

Luke Waring, Manager, Communications and Membership

Dacia Whitsett-Morrow, Director, Strategy and Insights