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NCA Staff

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Administration & Finance

John H. Downs, Jr. Tracy Thompson Barbara O'Brien
John H. Downs, Jr.
President & CEO

Tracy Thompson 
Vice President of Finance
Barbara E. O'Brien
Director of HR & Administration
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Erin Garcia  Valerie Gottlieb  
Erin Garcia
Manager of Finance 

 Valerie Gottleib
Operations Coordinator




Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs

Alison Bodor Liz Clark Laura Shumow

Alison Bodor 
Executive Vice President

Liz Clark
Vice President of Government Affairs

Laura Shumow
Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs



Industry Affairs

Larry Wilson Jenn Ellek
Larry Wilson
Vice President of Industry Affairs
Jenn Ellek
Sr. Director, Trade Marketing & Communications

Sweets & Snacks Expo

Theresa Anthony Grace Woodyard  
Theresa Anthony
Senior Director of EXPO
Grace Woodyard
Senior Exhibits Manager

International Business Development

Karen Horan    
Karen Horan 
Senior Director of International
Business Development


Meetings & Membership

Libby Taylor Courtnay Davis Anne Krohn
Libby Taylor 
Vice President of Membership
& Meetings 
Courtnay Davis
Director of Events & Membership
Anne Krohn
Manager of Meetings & Membership 

Emily Dreskin

Christine Purcell 


Emily Dreskin
Membership Specialist

Christine Purcell
Meetings & Membership Assistant 





Communications & Technology

Susan Whiteside  Christopher "Gindy" Gindlesperger VJ Mayor
Susan Whiteside
Vice President of PR & Marketing Communications 
Christopher Gindlesperger
Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications

 VJ Mayor
Senior Director of Communications

Reggie Meyer

 Olivia Brown


Reginald "Reggie" Meyer
Director of Technology

 Olivia Brown
Communications & Marketing Specialist