For nearly 15 years, the Institute for Feed Education and Research has been advancing understanding and trust in a sustainable feed and pet food supply chain through timely research and education.

Board of Trustees

For almost 15 years, the Institute for Feed Education and Research has been developing resources that help the U.S. animal food industry better communicate its story to corporate decision-makers and stakeholders looking for credible science and facts on where their feed and pet food comes from.

As the only public charity of its kind, IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring it supports critical education and research activities that advance understanding and trust in a sustainable animal feed and pet food supply chain. Each trustee believes in IFEEDER’s core values and that being part of its leadership is a good return on investment for their companies and encourages others to supporting this critical work.


Mike Gauss Mike Gauss
Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.
Board of Trustees chair 2023-24


Paul Phillips Paul Phillips
DuraPlas Inc./Maxi-Lift, Inc.
Board of Trustees vice chair 2023-24


John AkridgeJohn Akridge
MFA Incorporated


Partha BoraPartha Bora
Wilbur-Ellis Company


Leah Dorman, D.V.M.Leah Dorman, D.V.M.
Phibro Animal Health Corporation
Education and Engagement Committee chair


Courtney HallCourtney Hall
CHS Inc.


Jamee KrugJamee Krug
Elanco Animal Health


Steve LernerSteve Lerner, Ph.D.
Chr. Hansen Animal Health & Nutrition
Research Committee chair


Scott LovinScott Lovin


Chris HostetlerChris Hostetler, Ph.D.
National Pork Board


Juan Tricarico, Ph.D.Juan Tricarico, Ph.D.
Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy



The IFEEDER Research and Education and Engagement Committees provide additional guidance in support of IFEEDER’s projects and initiatives.

When you contribute to IFEEDER, you join industry champions and external partners shaping the future of U.S. animal food.