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Greg Sherry is a member of the Executive Committee and an award-winning marketing and communications executive with 25+ years of experience developing strategic, integrated campaigns for many leading worldwide brands. In addition to serving as founder and CEO of his own agency, which he built and later sold to Publicis, Greg has held senior level positions with several, top independent firms. Greg also directed corporate communications for a 1B+ global consumer products company.
Greg oversees Kellen’s team of 65 Communications professionals, including Public Relations, Digital Marketing, Creative and Web Development, across the company, both here in the United States and International.
Greg has deep experience, working with many leading Consumer, B2B and Professional Services clients, worldwide. He has strong expertise in many of Kellen’s key markets, including Food & Beverage, Building & Construction, Consumer Lifestyle, Technology and Financial Services
In addition to membership in numerous Communications and Business organizations, Greg serves as a mentor for Platinum Minds, an education-based program, providing leadership training for inner city youth.
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.
Joan Cear is responsible for public relations, marketing communications, social media, integrated marketing and issues, as well as crisis management programs for a wide range of Kellen clients such as Sweet’N Low, In The Raw brands, the Juice Products Association and the National Pasta Association.
Joan is a seasoned PR counselor and former journalist with experience in pro-active and public affairs client programs including consumer goods and services, trade and professional associations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. .
Joan graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is a past president of New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) Foundation and a former board member of Make-A-Wish Foundations of Metro New York, Peninsula Counseling Center and America Scores-New York. She currently serves as a PR advisor to Angel Flight Northeast.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Steven Basart serves Kellen’s international associations through strategic planning and by identifying global market opportunities for their industry or profession. He has guided clients on the implementation of their strategy for Asia by successfully establishing their government relations, communications, membership development programs, as well as overseeing their local Chinese website launches.
Steven has served as the former director China for the Drug Information Association during which time he actively built strategic alliances with local counterpart organizations and government agencies including the Commissioner of the SFDA, key players at the Ministry of Health, and leading pharmaceutical and healthcare industry media. He has also supported international questions on Chinese food laws and delegations at the Codex Committee meetings on food additives.
Steven represents Kellen and their clients at the Beijing-based European, American, and Benelux Chambers of Commerce. He holds a Masters in Chinese Studies and Bachelors in Law with cum laude distinction from Leiden University.