Staff Bios

Office of the President

The Office of the President oversees the activities of the various AMI departments and the AMI Foundation. The Office of the President also coordinates the Institute's Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

James Hodges

James H. Hodges

Interim President and CEO

jhodges@meatami.com

Work: (202) 587-4231

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Jim Hodges is the interim president and CEO of the American Meat Institute, a position he assumed in 2014. In his role, he oversees AMI’s legislative, regulatory, scientific, international tradeand communications activities and the operation of the AMI Foundation. Previously, he served AMI’s executive vice president and oversaw the Institute’s food safety and inspection related regulatory activities and AMI Foundation initiatives. Since 1984, he has served in a variety of key positions at AMI, including senior vice president of regulatory affairs and his most recent role as executive vice president of AMI and president of the AMI Foundation. Prior to joining AMI, Hodges worked for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Earlier in his career, he was employed in the meat industry in research and development and quality assurance capacities.

Hodges earned a B.S. in food science from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., and an M.S. in meat science from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.


Rosemary Mucklow

Director Emeritus

rmucklow@meatinstitute.org

Work:

Fax: (510) 763-6186

Rosemary Mucklow serves as NAMI's Director Emeritus, and has been associated with the meat industry for over 50 years. Until 2007, she was the Executive Director of National Meat Association and held this position since 1982, when the Western States Meat Packers Association and the Pacific Coast Meat Association merged to form a stronger, broad-based organization. Previously, Mucklow provided guidance to members on regulatory and business issues as part of the North American Meat Association. At NAMI, she works with all staff members in the Oakland office to support the total mission of the organization, to back up the CEO on crisis and emerging issues, and to introduce firms to the benefits of membership.


William Sessions

Director,
Product Marketing and Promotion

bsessions@meatinstitute.org

Work:(202) 587-4200

Fax: (703) 831-8948

Bill Sessions serves as NAMI’s Director of Product Marketing and Promotion. In this capacity, he is responsible for the activities conducted under NAMI’s contract with the Beef Checkoff Program for veal promotion, industry information, quality assurance and post-harvest beef safety research. Sessions completed his 37 year career with USDA as the Associate Deputy Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Livestock and Seed Program. Over his career with USDA, Sessions was responsible for managing programs that included Meat Grading and Certification, Auditing, Federal meat and fish purchases, Country of Origin Labeling, Market News, Standardization and many Department level issues related to marketing, research, promotion and food safety. He brings a wealth of regulatory and marketing experience to his position with NAMI. In 2012, the North American Meat Association recognized Sessions with its Presidents Award for his many years of dedicated service to USDA and the industry.

Sessions earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in Animal Science.


Christl McCarthy

Christl McCarthy

Executive Assistant to the President 

cmccarthy@meatinstitute.org

Work:(202) 587-4232

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Christl McCarthy serves as NAMI's Executive Assistant to the President, responsible for assisting the president in coordinating and implementing the Institute's goals and objectives.  She also works closely with the NAMI Board of Directors.  McCarthy most recently served as the director of exposition services for the American Meat Institute, one of NAMI's predecessor organizations, which she joined in December 1996.  In that role, McCarthy coordinated and executed logistical details for all AMI and AMI Foundation meetings.

Prior to joining AMI, McCarthy held several positions in retail management including her role as a merchandise manager for a golf professional shop, and assistant store manager positions at Pea in the Pod and The Limited. McCarthy received her undergraduate degree in marketing management in 1991 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Regulatory and Scientific Affairs

The Department of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs coordinates NAMI's efforts with regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, Citizen and Immigration Services, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Food and Drug Administration. The department assists members in issues related to meat and poultry inspection and interfaces with USDA and FDA on regulatory initiatives related to inspection. The department also manages NAMI's research and education arm, the NAMI Foundation (NAMIF). NAMIF employs experts in science, education and communications to manage research projects and to translate research findings into useful educational opportunities and informational resources for the industry and the public.

Mark Dopp

Mark Dopp

Senior Vice President,
Regulatory Affairs and Scientific Affairs/General Counsel

mdopp@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4229

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Mark Dopp is the general counsel and senior vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs for NAMI, previously serving as the American Meat Institute's senior vice president of regulatory affairs and general counsel. He became AMI's outside general counsel in May 1995. In 1999, he formally joined the Institute and assumed responsibility for AMI's regulatory affairs activities. In his current role, Dopp oversees policy development and research and represents industry views to government officials on all major regulatory initiatives. He also provides legal counsel to NAMI.

Prior to joining AMI, Dopp worked at Hogan and Hartson, where he was active in areas of food and agricultural law on behalf of many clients, including domestic and foreign corporations. Dopp served in USDA's Office of the General Counsel before entering private practice in 1985. He joined Hogan and Hartson in 1989 as an associate and in January 1993 became a partner.

Dopp received his Bachelor of Arts in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Science from Michigan State University in 1981, also in agricultural economics. He received his law degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri.


Susan Backus

Susan Backus

Vice President,
NAMI Foundation

sbackus@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4220

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Susan Backus is the vice president for the North American Meat Institute Foundation, previously serving as the vice president for the American Meat Institute Foundation. She joined AMI in June 1997 and began working in the Foundation in 1999. Backus is responsible for management of food safety research projects initiated by the Foundation. She also is responsible for nutrition and health activities which includes staffing the Health and Wellness Advisory Committee. Backus also serves as the executive secretary of the Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association, which is managed by NAMI.

Backus received a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.


Betsy Booren

Betsy Booren

Vice President,
Scientific Affairs

bbooren@meatami.com

Work: (202) 587-4249

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Betsy Booren serves as NAMI's vice president of scientific affairs, previously in the same role at the American Meat Institute, which she joined in January 2009. Booren’s responsibilities include coordinating research activities for the NAMI Foundation and responding to the technical and scientific needs of NAMI members. Booren is also the staff liaison to the NAMI Scientific Affairs Committee.

Booren received her Ph.D. in food science and technology from Texas A&M University, M.S. in animal science from the University of Nebraska, and a B.S. in food science from Michigan State University.


Scott Goltry

Scott Goltry

Vice President,
Regulatory Affairs

sgoltry@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4254

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Scott Goltry is the vice president of regulatory affairs at NAMI. He previously served as vice president of technical services for the American Meat Institute. Joining AMI in 2008, Goltry provides oversight to packer and processor members on current and proposed inspection related issues. He is the staff liaison to the NAMI Inspection Committee and is also responsible for audit harmonization, food defense and sanitary design of facility and equipment initiatives at NAMI.

He has extensive expertise in food safety, quality control and regulatory issues for both packer and processed meat companies. A native of Kansas, Goltry received his bachelor of science in agriculture from Kansas State University and a master's of science in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Missouri.


Norman Robertson

Vice President,
Regulatory Services

nrobertson@meatinstitute.org

Work:

Fax: (510) 763-6186

Norm Robertson serves as NAMI's vice president of regulatory services. Prior to joining NAMI, Robertson served as the Executive Associate Director of Regulatory Issues at the North American Meat Association (NAMA), where he managed a highly skilled Regulatory Services staff. He began his career as a Slaughter Food Inspector in Vernon, California, in 1990. Robertson was promoted to an off line pro­cessing position in 1993 and then to a Consumer Safety Inspector position in the Long Beach Circuit in 1994. In 2001, Robertson was selected as one of two individuals to be promoted to the position of Consumer Safety Officer (CSO), now referred to as an Enforcement Investigation and Analysis Officer (EIAO), in the Alameda District. After work­ing for almost two years as a CSO, he was selected to be a Frontline Supervisor (FLS) in Vernon and then Petaluma, California, and finally as the District Case Specialist in the Alameda District. Robertson participated in national level workgroups and assisted in the official classroom training of subsequent EIAO classes during his time at USDA. Robertson’s experience working at various levels of USDA has provided him with a detailed and thorough understanding of how the regulatory Agency operates, which adds a strong regulatory skill-set to help our general members navigate the regulatory environment.

Previously, Norm served as the director of regulatory issues for NMA, and was the District Case Specialist for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Alameda District Office.


Ken Mastracchio

Senior Director,
Regulatory Affairs

kmastracchio@meatinstitutue.org

Work:

Fax: (510) 763-6186

Ken Mastracchio serves as NAMI's senior director of regulatory services. Previously, he was the Associate Director of Regulatory Issues at the North American Meat Association (NAMA), where he provided one-on-one regulatory assistance to the association’s members. Prior to his position at NAMA, Mastracchio was NMA’s Director of Regulatory Services since 1993. Mastracchio has also held management positions in the private sector in Safeway Stores and Gallo Salame, a division of Sara Lee Corporation. Before this, Mastracchio worked as a processing inspector in the Food Safety Quality Service branch of the USDA. He began his career working for the California Department of Food and Agriculture as a meat food inspector in 1973, and entered service with USDA in 1976. Mastracchio has a B.S. in Agricultural Science from Ohio State University and an Associate’s Degree in Animal Science from New York State University.


Dan McCausland

Dan McCausland

Senior Director,
Worker Safety and Human Resources

dmccausland@meatinstitute.org

Work: (608) 242-5950

Fax: (608) 242-5999

J. Dan McCausland is NAMI's senior director of worker safety and human resources, having previously served as director of workforce safety and human resources for the American Meat Institute.  McCausland oversees worker safety and human resources issues and serves as liaison to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). McCausland also is the NAMI staff liaison to the Institute's Worker Safety and Health Committee, and provides consulting and coordination to the Human Resources committee.

An occupational safety expert and food industry veteran, McCausland retired as regional director of safety and risk management for Kraft Foods in November 1998 after 32 years with the company (the majority of which were spent at Oscar Mayer Foods). McCausland was responsible for occupational safety and health activities for 18 Kraft Food plants in the upper Midwest. He also has worked with OSHA in reviewing various regulations and proposals. Most recently, he was a member of OSHA’s “National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics” from December 2002 to November 2004.

McCausland holds a Bachelor of Science in liberal arts and sciences from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin.


Christopher Dolan

Christopher Dolan

Director,
Environmental and Sustainability Issues

chris.dolan@FaegreBD.com

Work: (612) 766-8849

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Chris Dolan serves as NAMI's director of environmental and sustainability issues, having previously worked in this position for the American Meat Institute since 2014. He is a partner in the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels, specializing in environmental and natural resources litigation, environmental review, administrative proceedings, permitting, and compliance matters. He focuses on environmental litigation arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and a variety of state statutes as well as contractual environmental indemnity provisions.

Dolan has also worked with many federal and state administrative agencies on behalf of clients, including the EPA and the Bureau of Land Management. In litigation matters, he specializes in complex factual development and expert team management. Dolan has significant experience working with clients in the animal agriculture, oil and gas, energy, and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Dolan worked as a McCleary law fellow with the Human Rights Campaign. Before beginning his legal career, he was executive director of Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drives, an organization that collected food for Twin Cities food shelves.


Andrea Perkins

Director,
Regulatory Services

aperkins@meatinstitute.org

Work:

Fax: (510) 763-6186

Andrea Perkins serves as NAMI’s director of regulatory services. She previously served as the assistant director of regulatory issues for the North American Meat Association. Trained as an FSIS Enforcement Investigations and Analysis Officer (EIAO) and a Frontline Inspector, Perkins distinguished herself with a quick rise within the agency. Starting as a CSI Intern, she performed at a high level and was soon promoted to the EIAO position. Perkins earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Chico State University and subsequently received her MBA, while working for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.


Susana Arellano

Mexican Government Affairs Representative

sarellano@meatinstitute.org

Work: (52-961) 255-4146


Robert de Valk

Canadian Government Affairs Representative

rdevalk@meatinstitute.org

Work: (905) 356-5963

Robert de Valk is NAMI's Canadian Government Affairs Representative.  He also serves as the president of de Valk Consulting, Inc., a respected food regulatory consulting, intelligence and consulting practice in Ottawa, Canada with clients across North America. Throughout the past 27 years, Robert’s practice has focused on the meat and poultry aspect of the food industry. The firm’s Commodity Alert Program (CAP) is a widely subscribed intelligence service, and its flagship publication Poultry Briefs is read by key players across North America.

 

International Affairs

William Westman

William Westman

Senior Vice President,
International Affairs

bwestman@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4244

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Bill Westman is NAMI's senior vice president of international affairs.  Previously, Westman served as vice president of international trade for the American Meat Institute, a position which he held since 2010. Previously, he served 29 years with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Most recently, Westman was an Agricultural Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he was responsible for the overall supervision and management of the organization’s largest overseas operation. Prior to this, Westman served as Agricultural Minister Counselor in Berlin, Germany, and Brasilia, Brazil. He has also served as assistant deputy administrator, Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Western Hemisphere officer at USDA.

Westman has extensive experience in facilitating agricultural interactions with governments, private sector companies and trade associations and has well-established relationships with government officials and international business leaders.

Westman earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in forestry with a minor in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech.


Stephen Sothmann

Stephen Sothmann

President,
U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association

ssothmann@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4261

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Stephen Sothmann is the President of the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA), an affiliate of NAMI. He has served in this role since 2014.

Prior to joining NAMI, Sothmann served as a member of the legislative staff of Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, covering a broad range of economic issues including international trade and agriculture. A native of Indiana, he received a B.A. from Purdue University, a J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a M.B.A. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.


Jane Li

Contractor,
USHSLA

jli@meatinstitute.org

Work:

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Xueqing Li (Jane) is the foreign market development contractor for NAMI and USHSLA.  In her role, Li works with allied trade associations, USDA and other entities to formulate trade policy on a number of issues, to facilitate trade, to plan and execute foreign and reverse trade missions and to assist in preparing the association’s UES application. She is also the principal and senior consultant of Ag Food Consulting, which mostly focuses on working with the U.S industries and companies to expand exports to China by conducting market research, providing consultancy on trade policy and government regulatory issues and developing market strategies, among other responsibilities. Previously, she worked as the director of Promar Consulting's China office, managing and overseeing most of the company’s China projects. Prior to Promar, Li was an Agricultural Marketing Specialist serving as the principal advisor on Chinese marketing and trade possibilities to the U.S. Agricultural Trade office at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China.

Li earned her M.A in Agriculture Business from the University of Florida and she is fluent in English and Chinese.


Public Affairs

The Public Affairs Department handles communication with the media, policy makers and the public on behalf of NAMI's member companies.

Janet Riley

Janet Riley

Senior Vice President,
Public Affairs

jriley@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4245

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Janet Riley serves as NAMI's senior vice president of public affairs.  Riley previously served as senior vice president of public affairs for the American Meat Institute, having joined the Institute in 1991. In her role, she develops public information and issue management strategy, manages press relations and drafts speeches, news releases and other public communications and oversees the Institute's news reporting on MeatInstitute.org.

On behalf of the meat and poultry industry, Riley has appeared on Nightline, CNN, The Daily Show, The Martha Stewart Show, National Public Radio, ABC News, NBC News and many other outlets. In 2012, she won ESPN.com's “Quote of the Year."

In addition, she is the liaison to the Animal Welfare Committee and oversees policy initiatives in this area. As a member of the NAMI Crisis Management Team, she provides strategic counsel to NAMI members when needed. Riley also serves as president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

She earned her Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, Ill.


Eric Mittenthal

Eric Mittenthal

Vice President,
Public Affairs

emittenthal@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4238

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Eric Mittenthal is the vice president of public affairs at NAMI, previously serving in this role at the American Meat Institute. He came to AMI from the International Food Information Council where he led IFIC’s efforts in communicating with journalists and bloggers and also managed the FoodInsight.org blog.

Mittenthal is a member of the National Press Club and Public Relations Society of America and has led several media training workshops on a variety of topics from risk communications to nutrition to social media.

Mittenthal moved to Washington D.C. following a career as a television reporter and producer in several markets around the country, most recently working for WAGA-TV, the Fox affiliate in Atlanta. Previously, he also served as the Jacksonville Bureau Chief for WCTI-TV, the ABC affiliate in New Bern, NC and was a reporter for KIFI-TV, the ABC affiliate in Idaho Falls, ID. During his time as a reporter Eric covered numerous major stories including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Marine training and deployments from Camp Lejeune during the Iraq war, and the 2008 Atlanta tornado.

Mittenthal graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He also received a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.


Gamble McCown

Gamble McCown

Manager,
Web and Graphics

gmccown@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4236

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Gamble serves as manager of web and graphics for NAMI.  She previously served in the same role at the American Meat Institute since February 2012. She is responsible for designing and developing user interfaces for new CMS driven websites as well as creating and modifying new and existing pages and sites. She also designs print materials and graphics. McCown has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising and design along with several years experience as a front-end web developer specializing in responsive design.

Past experience includes working with other associations and non-profits in the Washington D.C. area and the Extension Service at Montana State University, as well as many years in advertising and design as an art director. She earned her Web Development Certificate from the Center for Digital Arts at Boston University and attended Northern Virginia Community College for illustration and design.


Michael Schumpp

Michael Schumpp

Manager,
Public Affairs and Member Communications

mschumpp@meatinstitute.org

Work:(202) 587-4251

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Michael Schumpp serves as NAMI's manager of public affairs and member communications. He most recently served as the legislative and public affairs coordinator for the American Meat Institute.

Schumpp joined the Institute in March 2014. Previously, he worked in a public affairs firm in Washington, DC and at Winning Strategies Public Relations in Newark, N.J. Schumpp graduated Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and subsequently earned a master’s degree in Political Management, also at GW.


Exposition, Education and Member Services

The Department of Exposition, Education and Member Services oversees educational courses and resources, foodservice and retail marketing activities and supplier services. In addition, the department coordinates the annual NAMI International Meat Exposition.  The department also manages member relations, recruitment and services.

Anne Halal

Anne Halal

Vice President,
Exposition, Education and Member Services

ahalal@meatinstitute.org

Work:(202) 587-4230

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Anne Halal is the vice president of exposition, education and member services for NAMI. She previously served as the vice president of convention and exposition services for the American Meat Institute. Halal oversees all logistical and promotional arrangements for the NAMI convention, and contracts and logistics for NAMI Foundation workshops, seminars and meetings. She also acts as the staff liaison for the NAMI supplier committee and allied member committee.

Halal has over 20 years of experience with various trade associations, having worked as an account executive for NaylorCMG, and at the International Inline Skating Association, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Halal received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.


Sabrina Moore

Director,
Meetings and Conference Services

smoore@meatinstitute.org

Work:

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Sabrina Moore is the director of meetings and conference services for NAMI. Moore oversees the logistical arrangements for numerous NAMI events, including: education sessions at IPPE, the management conference, the outlook conference, the annual hot dog luncheon, the DC leaders meeting, the beef safety conference and the animal care and handling conference. In her role, Moore also handles contract negotiation and oversight for NAMI and NAMI Foundation events.

Moore has over 25 years of industry experience, having previously worked for NAMP and the North American Meat Assocaition, prior to assuming her role at NAMI. She studied at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.


Eric Zito

Eric Zito

Senior Director,
Membership and Exposition Services

ezito@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4223

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Eric Zito serves as the senior director of membership and exposition services for NAMI. He previously served as director of membership and exposition services for the American Meat Institute, joining the organization in 2006.

In his role, Zito handles a variety of tasks in the department. He is responsible for managing the membership database and serves as a customer service representative to NAMI members and prospective members.

Zito earned a bachelor’s of science in economics from The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business.


Jim Goldberg

Director,
Member Recruitment and Outreach

jgoldberg@meatinstitute.org

Work:

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Jim Goldberg serves as NAMI's member recruitment and outreach director.  Goldberg is an industry veteran with more than 26 years’ experience in the meat and poultry industries, most notably as part of the original team that created Meatingplace in 1993. Goldberg began his association work with the North American Meat Processors (NAMP) in 2010, where he grew association membership and worked on education, branding and marketing programs. In 2013, with the consolidation of NAMP and NMA, Goldberg began work with the North American Meat Association (NAMA), once again working on membership and developing new and existing education and marketing programs for the association.

Goldberg manages all NAMI efforts in the recruitment and retention of member companies through marketing and communication. Goldberg also works with sponsorship opportunities, including outreach at meat and poultry industry events, including at all NAMI and NAMI Foundation events.


Ann Wells

Director,
Education and Workforce Development

awells@meatinstitute.org

Work:

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Ann Wells is NAMI's director of education and workforce development, having joined the Institute's predecessor organization in 2001. Ann is responsible for the development of educational programs for NAMI members and the industry, and directs the association’s awards programs. In addition, Ann’s duties include the management of the content and production of the Meat Buyer’s Guide, and other NAMI materials, that serve to educate the membership and industry at large. Prior to the formation of NAMI, Ann served as the director of scientific and regulatory affairs for the North American Meat Processors Association and the director for science, technical education and outreach for the North American Meat Association.

Ann received her B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, and M.S. in Animal Science from Kansas State University.


Christina Marmor

Senior Manager,
Meetings and Conference Services

tmarmor@meatinstitute.org

Work:

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Christina Marmor serves as the senior manager of meetings and conference services for NAMI. In addition to coordination and execution of all aspects of NAMI and NAMIF meetings, she also serves as lead planner for the United States Hide, Skin and Leather Association. She received her degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Christina has over 15 years of meeting and conference management experience, starting her career at the American Meat Institute in 2000, and serving as the director of meetings for the American Political Science Association.


Nicole Vetsch

Nicole Vetsch

Coordinator,
Education and Workforce Development

nvetsch@institute.org

Work:(202) 587-4242

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Nicole Vetsch is the NAMI's coordinator of education and workforce development. She previously served as coordinator of education and awards for the American Meat Institute, a position which she has held since January 2013. Vetsch assists in the planning of educational programs for all NAMI and NAMIF events and coordinates the Environmental Achievement and Recognition Awards and Worker Safety Awards. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and minor in American Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Office of Administration

The Office of Administration oversees NAMI's annual budget, accounting and annual audit.

Ron Nunnery

Ron Nunnery

Chief Financial Officer

rnunnery@meatinstitute.org

Work:(202) 587-4240

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Ron Nunnery is the chief financial officer of the North American Meat Institute. He joined AMI, NAMI's predecessor, in 1990.

Prior to joining AMI, Nunnery was assistant deputy administrator for USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, where he was responsible for budget, policy analysis, finance, personnel, administration and information management support functions. In 1985, Nunnery was selected by the American Political Science Association as a Congressional Fellow and served in the office of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Olin (D-VA).

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., and did graduate work in public administration at Boston College, Boston, Mass., and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.


James Cornett

James Cornett

Senior Director,
Information Technology and Administration

jcornett@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4247

Fax: (202) 587-4300

James Cornett is the senior director of information technology and administration for NAMI.  He previously served as director of information technology and administration for the American Meat Institute since April 2012. Cornett is responsible for all of the network infrastructure and systems at the North American Meat Institute, as well as managing and directing human resources and payroll services.

He has extensive experience in network systems analysis and design, systems engineering and helpdesk support. His past experience has included working with other associations and non-profits in the Washington, DC area within their information technology departments. A native of the area he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Maryland.


Thao Grimes

Thao Grimes

Controller

tgrimes@meatinstitute.org

Work:(202) 587-4226

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Thao Grimes serves as controller for NAMI, having held the same position at the American Meat Institute (AMI) since June 2011. Grimes is responsible to the CFO for timely and efficient monthly closings and financial statements for several organizations and associations within the NAMI family. Grimes reviews and supervises daily operations of the accounting department, including budgeting, billings, processing payables, bank reconciliations and payroll. Other responsibilities include supplying quarterly lobbying report information and the annual Form 990 checklist.

Prior to joining AMI, Grimes had more than five years' experience in auditing and accounting with Gelman Rosenberg & Freedman. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland University College and has further expanded her knowledge in auditing and accounting through continuing professional education programs.


Roy Costa III

Roy Costa III

Manager,
Systems Administration

rcosta@meatinstitute.org

Work: 202) 587-4246

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Roy Costa III is the systems administrator for the North American Meat Institute.  Roy previously held this position at the American Meat Institute, since arriving 2012.  Costa handles the maintenance and security of IT systems. He has more than a decade's experience in maintenance, networking, security, planning and development.

A recent transplant to the district, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Theater while studying Biochemistry at Bates College.


Percy James

Percy James

Manager,
Production Center

pjamest@meatinstitute.org

Work: (202) 587-4234

Fax: (202) 587-4300

Percy James manages the production center for the North American Meat Institute. He joined NAMI's predecessor organization in 1973.

James manages the printing, graphics and mail operations of the Institute, including production of brochures, promotional literature and direct mail campaigns. He also oversees NAMI's in-house photography operation. He earned his Associates of Arts in sociology from Crane Junior College, Chicago, and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography.


Legislative Affairs

The Department of Legislative Affairs acts as the meat and poultry industry's representative on Capitol Hill. The department also manages the AMI Political Action Committee (AMI-PAC) and publishes the Washington Insider Newsletter.