Governance

The Governing Board establishes and implements the strategic goals of the Society.

2017-2018 AOCS Governing Board

President, Neil Widlak, Arizona, USA 
Vice President, Len Sidisky, MilliporeSigma, Pennsylvania, USA
Secretary, Eric Decker, University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts, USA 
Treasurer, Doug Bibus, Lipid Technologies, LLC, Minnesota, USA
Immediate Past President, Blake Hendrix, Desmet Ballestra North America, Georgia, USA
Member-at-Large, Gerard Baillely, Procter and Gamble, Ohio, USA
Member-at-Large, Leon Pablo Espinosa, Desmet Ballestra North America, Georgia, USA  
Member-at-Large, Phil Kerr, SERIO Nutrition Solutions, LLC, Missouri, USA
Member-at-Large, Doug Hayes, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Member-at-Large, Grant Mitchell, Process Plus, LLC, Ohio, USA
Member-at-Large, Magdi Mossoba, US Food and Drug Administration, Maryland, USA
Member-at-Large, Dilip Nakhasi, Stratas Foods, LLC, Tennessee, USA
Member-at-Large, Tony O'Lenick, Sitech, Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA 
Member-at-Large, George Smith, Huntsman Performance Products, Texas, USA
Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Donnelly, ex officio, AOCS, Illinois, USA

Governing Board Committees

The Governing Board has established the following committees composed of Society members to administer and carry out specific activities as described below.

  • Business Management Committee
    Develops financial policies and the Society's annual budget, as well as oversees investments. For more information, contact gloria.cook@aocs.org.
  • Audit Committee
    Assists the Governing Board in fulfilling its financial oversight responsibilities. Acts as liaison between the Society's independent accountants and the entire Governing Board. For more information, contact gloria.cook@aocs.org.
  • Nominating and Election Committee
    Nominates candidates for office, taking into consideration the suggestions of the membership and the qualifications and contributions to the Society of the prospective candidates. If interested in serving in a leadership position in the Society, please complete our Leadership questionnaire to assist us in determining your skills and experience. Please note: forms are collected all year but only evaluated and reviewed during the months of April and May. For more information, contact patrick.donnelly@aocs.org.
  • Recognition Committee
    Serves as a coordinating body and as an administrative agent of the Governing Board over all recognition programs including awards and honors that are not governed by the Society's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Focuses on the financial health of the recognition program including reviewing award contracts and making recommendations. For more information, contact jnewman@aocs.org.

AOCS Mission