About Us

       Cactus IFT is one of 53 regional sections of the IFT (Institute of Food Technologists).  Our members represent all areas of the food industry, from packaging to manufacturing to research & development and beyond. With professionals in industry, academia and government, we strive to promote all aspects of food technology.

      New students and seasoned professionals benefit from being a member of Cactus IFT. Meetings occur several times throughout the year (check out the Events page) for fun and informative evenings with outstanding speakers and tours. These events provide you with the opportunity to network, be active in your local area and enjoy gourmet cuisine.

       Anyone with an interest in the food industry is welcome to join!

Meet Our Board

Alex Mohr

Current Section Chair

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Kaylah Farina

Past Section Chair

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Craig Slaughter


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Lorraine Hansen 


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Joyce Schlachter 


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Tedley Pihl

Director at Large

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Brian Giannini


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Dean Ulven

Membership Chair

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Janine Neal

Marketing & Communications Chair

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Quchat Shekkari

Standing Board Member

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Julia Nieforth

Student Liaison

University of Arizona

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Open Position

Nevada Member Liaison

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Open Position

New Mexico Member Liaison

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