Upcoming Events

Below is the list of events for the current Great Lakes Section IFT year. Please note that dates and locations may be subject to change. Click on the event info link for detailed information.

  1. 42nd Annual GLS IFT Suppliers Day 2022, Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek

    December 31 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Our 2020-2021 Section Officers, Directors and Committee Leaders are listed below:

ChairTracy BakerForthright Development
Chair ElectTracy BakerForthright Development
SecretaryJennifer Elegbede 
TreasurerJeff GarzaGarza Consulting
Director at LargeMadison HockerDawn Foods
Director At LargeAnna CheelyKalsec
Past ChairKelley PuttKellogg
Student RepresentativeMadison PalmiterMichigan State University
Faculty RepresentativeLinda GarrowMichigan State University

Position Descriptions
To learn more about any officer position, please refer to our bylaws for further details.

Committee Chairs

Audit CommitteeScott Peterson
Financial PlanningJeff Garza
Golf OutingJohn Bailey
High School OutreachOPEN
Job Shadow/Industrial LinkSarah Smith-Simpson
Membership/New ProfessionalsOPEN
Program CommitteeChelsey Timm
Program CommitteeAna Wiessel
Supplier’s DaySue Riippa
Supplier’s DayLela Squire


IFT sections offer a great way to network with other food science and technology professionals. Each section is an extension of IFT that boasts a unique flavor catering to the professional fields represented in a geographic region.

There are a variety of opportunities to make an impact, whether you’re interested in a one time, short-term, or a longer-term commitment. Talk to any of your current section leaders about your interest in volunteering. For more information, please contact: greatlakesift@gmail.com.


A collection of useful professional and student resources.

Calendar Items:
IFT Coordinated National Calendar

Institute of Food Technologists
IFT Research, Reports, & Policy
Michigan State University Food Science Club
MSU Food Science & Human Nutrition Program
IFT Student Association (IFTSA)

GLS IFT Reimbursement Form