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.


Carlos Gonzalez, Ph.D. Carlos Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Hill's Pet Nutrition
Board of Trustees chair 2024-25


Steve Lerner Steve Lerner, Ph.D.
Novonesis Animal and Plant Biosolutions
Board of Trustees vice chair 2024-25


John AkridgeJohn Akridge
MFA Incorporated


Susanna ElliotSusanna Elliot
Alltech, Inc.


Courtney HallCourtney Hall
CHS Inc.


Jamee Krug BlahauvietzJamee Krug Blahauvietz
Elanco Animal Health


Scott LovinScott Lovin


Paul PhillipsPaul Phillips
Maxi-Lift Inc./Southwest Agri-Plastics


Dan RiceDan Rice
Western Milling


Chad RisleyChad Risley, Ph.D.
Berg+Schmidt America, LLC


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.