Soyfoods Association of North America Elects New Officers


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Soyfoods Association of North America Elects New Officers
New Slate to Serve until March 2014

Washington, March 13, 2013 — The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) today announced the election of its 2013-14 Board of Directors and Officers. Kate Leavitt, Director of International Sales and Marketing for SunOpta Grains and Foods Group Inc. was elected President; Katy Raneri, Senior Director of Nutrition, R&D for WhiteWave Foods, was named Vice President; and Rebecca Zimmermann, Senior Brand Manager, Soylution at Pharmavite, will serve as Treasurer for the 2013-14 term. In addition, Aaron Skyberg. Business Development for SK Foods International, Inc., and Karl Weingartner, Director of the International Soybean Program (INTSOY) at the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) will serve as SANA’s At-Large Board Members.

President Kate Leavitt commented, “As I gratefully accept the nomination as President of the Board, my vision for SANA is to continue in the great tradition that we have had and to focus on the mission statement that was crafted and validated in 2011 to simply “Increase the Consumption of Soyfoods.””

Leavitt continued, “Although the membership is diverse and represents different aspects of the total supply chain and various methods of soyfoods production, we are united in our belief in the health and well-being soyfoods provide to any diet and to growing the consumption of soyfoods. My personal motivation is simple: I believe in soyfoods, and I look for ways we can make more soyfoods available to more people through more channels. As part of fulfilling this vision and mission, I look forward to working with the staff and my fellow-board members to effectively conduct activities such as regulatory work on a variety of issues including the 2015 Dietary Guidelines; being the definitive source of information on soyfoods both to dispel the myths and misconceptions about soyfoods and to reinvigorate the wonderful truths about soyfoods; and to highlight the sustainability story of soyfoods, capturing this important feature to grow consumption and improve the health of our plant as well as our people.”

Other member re-elected to the board include include James Chen, Principle Scientist at the  Kellogg Company; Yoko Difrancia, Manager of PR and Marketing at House Foods America Corporation; and Kent Holt, Senior Manager, External Affairs for Solae, LLC; In addition, the following new members were elected to the Board: John Breen, Chief Operating Officer at Pulmuone Wildwood; Helen Kor, Corporate Director of Regulatory for the Hain Celestial Group; and Nicole Tomba, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Harvest Innovations.

The board and officers were elected at SANA’s Annual Meeting on March 7th at Natural Food Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.


The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) is a non-profit trade association that has been promoting consumption of soyfoods in the diet since 1978. SANA is committed to encouraging sustainability, integrity and growth in the soyfoods industry by promoting the benefits and consumption of soy-based foods and ingredients in diets. More information is available at