Candidate for President-Elect
USDA-ARS Western Wheat Quality Lab
Washington State University
Craig F. Morris is the Director of the USDA-ARS Western Wheat Quality Lab in Pullman, Washington, on the campus of Washington State University. Craig has been active in Cereals & Grains Association, since graduate school in the early 1980s. He holds a B.S. from Iowa State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University. Craig served three terms on the Editorial Board and was Editor-in-Chief of Cereal Chemistry. He has served previously on the Cereals & Grains Association Board of Directors and has participated in a broad array of activities within the Association including Approved Methods Committees, Divisions, and service on numerous ad hoc committees. Craig is a Fellow of the Cereals & Grains Association and received the Thomas Burr Osborne Medal in 2019 and is a past award recipient of the William F. Geddes Lecture and John C. Halverson Award. Craig co-founded the Pacific Northwest Wheat Quality Council, a vibrant organization that connects the milling and baking industries with wheat breeders. His research focuses on the genetic improvement and enhanced utilization of wheat and other cereals and grains. He has published over 220 peer reviewed scientific papers and numerous book chapters and proceedings. He is an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and Colorado State University.
The world continues to change, and the cereals and grain industries are changing with it. The Cereals & Grains Association must continuously evolve to keep pace with the needs of its members and strive to fulfill what I term, Excellence in Science—Solutions for Industry—Training the Next Generation. I will work hard to ensure that the Association remains a highly relevant, trusted source of information, a resource for continuous professional development and growth, and a place we can truly call home despite the many challenges we currently face and will have to face in the future. We are a diverse Association with cutting-edge basic and applied scientists, exceptionally talented practitioners, and bright enthusiastic students. We all have a role to play in our Association’s vitality, and I call on each of you to be engaged and volunteer in areas of importance to you. It would be a tremendous honor to serve you as its President to help guide the Association toward its exciting future. Specifically, my aims are to make our annual meeting and various forms of communication relevant, accessible and of the highest quality, to grow our membership, and to keep our Association financially strong. The Cereals & Grains Association has been my professional home for many years, and I look forward to having the opportunity to working with you to make the most of our bright future.
Candidates for Director
Brook Carson is vice president of product development and marketing at Manildra Group USA. She supports innovation and oversees the application and prototype development related to wheat proteins and wheat starches. She leads marketing in a wide range of communication venues—ranging from social media platforms to technical seminars to trade show presentations. Prior to joining Manildra, Brook spent ten years with ADM in various roles gaining expertise in the areas of wheat, milling, proteins, and grains, and the impact each has on bakery and food products. Brook attended Kansas State University where she earned her B.S. in Bakery Science and Management and M.S. in Food Science. With 15 years of experience in the food and baking industry, Brook’s focus has centered on new ingredient formulations and technologies. Her passion in the industry relates to ingredient functionality and helping customers translate that knowledge into product creation. Brook joined Cereals & Grains Association as a student while at KSU. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Milling and Baking Division and previously served as an Advisory Board member.
It is an honor to be nominated to serve the Cereals & Grains Association on the Board of Directors. If elected, my priority would be to support the vision of the Cereals & Grains Association as a leading science-based facilitator in the area of cereal grain science. The ability of the Association to act as a “facilitator” for science, and to translate science to industry, is a distinguishing benefit of this organization. Cereals & Grains Association is a unique group, with members devoted to its success and courageous in their commitment to a dynamic, relevant future for grains and cereals. The personal and professional networks that individuals can build through involvement with Cereals & Grains Association is invaluable, making connections from education to scientific studies, and throughout the value chain. Our Association fills a unique space in the industry by encouraging scientific growth and discovery, advocating for grains with science, and supporting both fundamental research and application knowledge – the keys to propel the industry forward. Unprecedented changes in consumer preference yield new opportunities and new approaches to how we look at the cereal and grain world. It is an exciting time to explore new markets, stretch ingredient capabilities, and create new product opportunities. My industry experience positions me to lend perspective and knowledge relevant to the future of translating scientific aspects to accessible application ideas. I am passionate about the future of cereals and grains as plant-based and sustainable food sources. As an organization, we have an opportunity to invite students and young professionals to join our mission and by fostering their involvement we ensure future success of Cereals & Grains Association as an integral organization. An integrated collaboration with education, research, and industry will be the key to success in the race to answering consumer demands, developing health standards, and global food insecurity.
Bay State Milling Company
Sean Finnie is the Senior Manager of Varietal Development and Research at Bay State Milling Company. Sean’s work focuses on developing and commercializing unique cultivars with an emphasis on nutrition and quality traits. Sean has been a member of Cereals & Grains Association since his undergraduate work at the University of Idaho. Sean has been an active member in the Milling and Baking Division, Professional Development Panel, Foundation, Program Teams, and Scientific Advisory Panel. Most recently, Sean served as the Program Chair for the Cereals & Grains 19 meeting. Sean received a Ph.D. in Grain Science and Industry from Kansas State University and a M.S. and B.S. in Food Science from the University of Idaho. Sean was also a Postdoctoral Researcher at KU Leaven, working with Dr. Jan Delcour.
I am honored to be nominated to serve as a director of the Cereals & Grains Association. This organization has been instrumental in my career path—from my undergraduate studies all the way to my current role at Bay State Milling. Every significant opportunity was initiated by an interaction within the Association. As director, I will strive to maintain this unique aspect of the organization and try to ensure others experience the same level of opportunities I have benefited from. I will also work to ensure our membership base grows through attracting new professionals and students by exploring opportunities in educational services and mentoring opportunities. I’m excited for the future of this organization, but I realize the current challenges we face, and I look forward to being part of the transformation of this organization into the Cereals & Grains Association.