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Robert Rankin has over 15 years of association experience, with particular expertise in food industry issues management. Robert joined Kellen in 2005 and has consistently delivered strategic solutions to address complex regulatory, legislative and administrative challenges.
Robert has broad experience in the food and food ingredient industries, and is fully engaged in a number of activities which utilize his areas of expertise. He has worked closely with officials at key US Government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture, and has also worked with regulatory agencies in Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. He also has extensive experience in the development and communication of industry positions and has testified before U.S. state legislatures, the World Health Organization and local authorities on industry issues.
Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. He currently serves as President of the Calorie Control Council, Executive Director for the Infant Nutrition Council of America and Executive Director for the International Food Additives Council.
With over 20 years of association management experience, Michelle provides strategic oversight and guidance to various client organizations with focus on trade groups. She specializes in re-aligning organizations towards profitability and identifying growth opportunities, ensuring governance structures are aligned with strategic initiatives, solution orientated with emphasis on problem identification and conflict resolution, staffing utilization, developing staffing models to support organizations and transitions.
Michelle currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council and manages Kellen transitions/onboarding of new client organizations. She is a graduate of Northwood University in Midland Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing. She lives in the Western suburbs of Illinois with her husband and two children.
Hans Craen joined Kellen’s Brussels office in 2003. He specializes in EU affairs, with a focus on environmental, construction and energy policies. Hans acts as secretary-general for several of Kellen’s European clients including the European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) and the European Window Film Association (EWFA).
As secretary-general, Hans supports the Board in its strategic thinking, implementing public affairs and public relations activities and representing the organization in front of the European and national legislative bodies. He is also involved in several consulting projects for Kellen’s global clients.
Before joining Kellen, Hans worked as an EU Affairs coordinator for Hitachi’s liaison office in Brussels, covering environmental policy issues. Prior to that, he worked as a trainee in the legal department of the European Ombudsman’s office in Strasbourg.
Hans holds a law degree from the Antwerp University, as well as a European law degree from the Liège University. He also obtained a post-graduate degree in Business Management from the Vlekho Business School.
Mardi Mountford is the executive vice president of the Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA), a trade association representing infant formula manufacturers. In her role at the INCA, Mardi oversees state, federal and international legislative and regulatory issues as well as technical and scientific industry issues. She serves as an industry media spokesperson, and has testified before congressional and legislative committees.
Mardi also serves as vice president on the Governing Board of the International Special Dietary Foods Industries, of which INCA is a member, and has been closely involved in the transition of the organization from its former Paris location to Kellen’s Brussels office.
Mardi has more than 30 years of experience in association management. She received a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and biology from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina, and a master’s degree in public health, with an emphasis in nutrition, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sarah Washburn joined Kellen in 2009. She has more than 15 years’ experience in association management, specializing in operations, finance and board relations. Sarah has worked with a number of clients including the Institute of Packaging Professionals, the Business Marketing Association, the Contract Packaging Association, the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers, the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council and the Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association.
Prior to joining Kellen, Sarah served for eight years as the vice president of finance and operations for the Naperville Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.
Patricia Faison has over 25 years’ experience in association management and the food and beverage industry. She currently serves as Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs for the Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) and Technical Director for the Juice Products Association (JPA). Her responsibilities include monitoring current legislative and regulatory activities affecting the food industry, providing reports to members and facilitating various projects undertaken by ADS’ and JPA’s working committees. Patricia has developed numerous comments on regulatory, legislative and technical issues to federal, state and international agencies.
Patricia received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Savannah State University and holds a master’s degree from Purdue University. She is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).
Pamela Chumley is a member of Kellen’s Executive Committee. She has more than 19 years of experience in association management and over 28 years in the food industry. Pamela provides senior oversight to a number of Kellen association clients and serves as chief executive for several of these clients.
Her primary responsibilities include strategic advice, technical and regulatory affairs, financial management, meetings and trade show management, public relations, client research and administration. She specializes in issues management, membership communications and industry statistical and scientific research programs.
She currently serves as president of the Association of Dressings and Sauces, the Vinegar Institute and the Horseradish Information Council, and as Executive Administrator for the International Flight Services Association. She provides senior leadership to clients such as the Calorie Control Council, the International Formula Council and the International Food Additives Council.
Pamela earned a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Clemson University.
Maria Ungaro serves as executive director for The Content Council, the New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) and the NYWICI Foundation – the largest foundation for women’s communications scholarships in the United States. Maria is a seasoned association executive with almost 20 years at Kellen.
She is highly skilled in strategic thinking, operational effectiveness, membership retention, growth marketing and major event planning and fundraising. Maria has previously served Kellen in many other capacities including roles as executive director for the New York Women’s Agenda and deputy director to many trade associations such as the Builders Hardware Manufacturers and the Window Covering Safety Council.
A graduate of Fordham University, Maria holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major of Political Science with minor a Minor in Economics, as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing.
Holly Koenig provides executive oversight in marketing and business development as well as strategic support to Executive Directors in the company’s New York City office. She is a highly-skilled association executive with over 25 years of experience leading complex organizations at the international, national and local levels.
Holly has served dozens of nonprofits, trade groups and professional societies in the capacity of Executive Vice President or Executive Director including New York Women in Communications, the National Society of Healthcare Foodservice Management and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City Chapter.
Holly currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York Society of Association Executives. She is a speaker on many association and organizational subjects and she conducts internal training and educational workshops on such topics as Board development and sponsorships. Holly has published numerous association management articles, enjoys career coaching and mentoring young professionals.
Carol Freysinger provides associations with the tools for extensive growth, specializing in consensus building, leadership development, financial management, and membership services. She has more than 13 years of experience in association management, during which time she has provided oversight as well as hands-on management of committees and boards with a focus on consensus building.
Carol is experienced in working with trade counsel on issues such as tariffs and countervailing duties. As Executive Director, Carol has helped grow associations such as the National Pasta Association, Juice Products Association and the National Institute of Oilseed Products, among others. She also played a primary role in growing the National Candle Association as Executive Vice President, the Vacuum Insulation Association as well as the US Advanced Ceramics Association.
Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College, with graduate studies in Economics from George Mason University.
Maria Teresa Scardigli serves as the executive director for several associations, managing projects for clients in food drink and chemical sector. Her main responsibilities include supporting the Board in its strategic thinking, chairing of meetings, coordinating public affairs and public relations activities and representation of the organizations towards third parties.
Maria is the executive director of the International Stevia Council representing the interests of the producers and manufacturers of the natural, zero calorie sweeteners. She is also involved in consulting projects with Kellen clients, including the facilitation of strategic planning sessions, the legal and governance support to associations to establish themselves in Europe, among others.
She graduated from the University of Rome with a Law Degree, and received her Master’s Degree in European and Community Law from the European University Center of the University of Nancy in France.
John Ferraro has over ten years of association management, government relations, and legislative affairs experience, including more than seven years with Kellen managing operations for trade associations in the transportation, building construction, and manufacturing sectors.
While working at Kellen, John has advanced legislative and regulatory initiatives on Capitol Hill and state capitals for many trade associations. John has extensive experience with direct lobbying, legislative monitoring and research, mobilizing grassroots support, congressional fly-ins, coalition building, and has prepped association members for delivering testimony.
John currently serves as executive director to the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association and the Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association, and manages the day-to-day operations as general manager of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association.
John has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Affairs and a Master’s Degree in American Politics and Policy, both from Florida State University.