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  • Welcome
  • Our Mission and Goals
  • Membership and Activities
  • Executive Committee
  • Committees

Welcome to the Longhorn Section of IFT! We are part of the Institute of Food Technologists, a community of food professionals from across the globe who have come together to advance the science of food.

As a section of IFT, we offer our regional members (more than 900) an opportunity to come together, network, and develop both personal and business relationships. We also work to support students and new professionals in our area who are beginning their careers in food science. Whether it's at a barbeque gathering or a lecture featuring an industry speaker, we look forward to seeing you at our next event!


LIFT April Meeting
Thursday April 10th
Team Building Event
Cosmic Jump

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Special Event Notice
IFTSA South Central Area Meeting and College Bowl
Best Western Plus, Lewisville TX
Friday, April 11 @ 9AM

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The mission of the IFT is to advance the science and technology of food through the exchange of knowledge.

The goals of the National IFT and the Longhorn Section are:

to be the recognized worldwide resource of scientific and professional based food science and technology information

to be members' primary resource for knowledge and professional development

to be recognized as an advocate for science on food related issues

to be financially secure and stable

How can you connect with other professionals within the food science and technology profession? When you join IFT and become a member of the Longhorn Section, you gain new opportunities to share expertise and insights, expand your professional network, and build relationships with new contacts in Texas and around the world.

As a member, you have access to:

  • Scientific and technical research
  • Insights into emerging products and technologies
  • Intelligence on consumer trends
  • Valuable career and employment support
  • Private entry into peer networking opportunities
  • Exclusive discounts on educational events

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2013 - 2014 LIFT Executive Committee

Chair Elect Deanna F. Michna
Chair Kim Holdridge
Secretary Erika Lyssy
Treasurer Hank Dres
Counselor Dick Metivier

Longhorn IFT Committees

Here are the new committees that are available to join to get more involved in your Longhorn IFT!
Send an email to if you want to volunteer for any of the committees listed below.

Committee Descriptions

Committee Members
(* Committee Chair)

Membership Committee  
This committee will be in charge of all members information of Longhorn IFT.  It will be Chaired by the Secretary.  This information will need to be updated and reviewed to make sure we have email addresses, home addresses, company names, phone #'s that are current for many of our members.  This is a detailed data entry type of work.  This is an ongoing activity throughout the year.  We can have up to 3 people for this committee.  If you are the type of person that is good with details and searching for information we need you for this volunteer committee!
Erika Lyssy*
There are currently 2 positions open for this committee.
Scholarship Committee  
This committee sets requirements for students to receive Longhorn IFT scholarships.  They also participate in the selection of candidates and recipients.  They get together and review applications after the fall semester and make a decision soon after.  This volunteer position takes about 3 months of time.  We can have up to 5 people for this committee.  If you have experience with students, experience within the food industry and want to help students with their career choices in the food industry then we need you for this committee!

Hank Dres*
There are currently 4 positions open for this committee.

Technical Speaker Committee  
This committee is in charge of finding interesting and informational topics to bring to the monthly meetings for our members to gain industry knowledge.  Contacting the speaker and arranging the agenda will be necessary.  All forms of food industry experience and non experience welcome.  It can be veterans or new members to do this volunteer committee.  This committee can have up to 3 people.  It will be chaired by the President-Elect. It is an ongoing process since we try to have at least 5-7 speakers a year.  If you know of new things on the market or new trends then this is the committee for you!

Deanna F. Michna*
Asher Streets

There is currently 1 position open for this committee.

Monthly Venue Committee  
This committee seeks out new places for us to have monthly meetings.  Great food, location, cost, and space requirements are all necessary items to house our group.  This committee can have up to 3 people.  It will be chaired by the President-Elect. We have around 8 meetings a year.  If you are a social person who frequents many places around town, in any part of the DFW area, then we need you to volunteer! Deanna F. Michna*
There are currently 2 positions open for this committee.
Welcoming and New Member Committee  
This committee is responsible for finding new ways to attract new members by group functions, networking, school affiliations, and by just spreading the word about Longhorn IFT.  This committee will also be the welcoming force at all meetings to introduce new members to the group.  This committee can have up to 5 people.  If you love to network, are good at marketing, and love to bring people together for a common cause, we need you on this volunteer committee!
There are currently 5 position open for this committee.
Erika Lyssy*(Chair position is open)
There are currently 4 positions open for this committee.
Christmas/Holiday Party Committee  
This committee will plan our annual Christmas/Holiday party in regards to location, costs, entertainment, space, securing door prizes and/or goody bags for members, food and beverages.  This is a 3-4 month commitment since it usually takes preplanning to secure a location.  Up to 3 people can be on this committee.  It will be chaired by the President-Elect. If you are interested in planning or assisting and dreaming up a great party for this fun time of year, please join this committee!
There are currently 3 position open for this committee.
Deanna F. Michna*
There are currently 2 positions open for this committee.
Supplier's Night Committee and Golf Committee  
This committee arranges our supplier’s night for our biggest fundraiser for scholarships. It takes a lot of preparation such as: coordination of all areas and hotel, registration and overlapping areas,  golf tournament preparation, technical sessions, Computer Systems coordination, Student Liason, Volunteers, Scavenger Hunt, and Advertising. Currently we have several people involved in this committee. We always need new ideas and experience in all of these categories. Remember all team members make a great win! If you have input to enhance this committee, then we need you to volunteer! Greg Hanks*
Donna Henry*
Lisa Whitner*
There are currently positions open for this committee.
Mentor Committee  
This committee will be available for advice for new members coming into the industry to show them the ropes and the outlets they have available to them.  This would be a 5 person panel that would rotate every couple of years or just a list of mentors that can be contacted for advice on the website.  They would need to be willing to meet or give talks to college/high school/new members that would go into or are currently in the food industry. If this sounds like something you might be good at or wanting to assist the upcoming food recruits, then please join us on this committee!
Deanna F. Michna*(Chair position is open)
Michelle Tittor
There are currently 4 positions open for this committee.

If you have any questions, please contact Deanna F. Michna or click on any link in the actual committee to contact someone in that committee. If you have any ideas for Longhorn IFT, please contact any Leadership member listed on the website. We look forward to growing our section and our knowledge of the food industry!


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