The Governing Board establishes and implements the strategic goals of the Society.

2022-2023 AOCS Governing Board

President, Silvana Martini, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA
Vice President, Grant Mitchell, Process Plus, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Treasurer, Greg Hatfield, Bunge Limited, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Secretary, Gerard Baillely, Proctor & Gamble, Mason, Ohio, USA
Immediate Past President, Phil Kerr, Prairie AquaTech, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, USA
Member-at-Large, Tom Brenna, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
Member-at-Large, Fabiola Dionisi, Societe' Des Produits Nestlé - Nestlé Research, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Member-at-Large, Supratim Ghosh, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
Member-at-Large, Dharma Kodali, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Member-at-Large, Linsen Liu, Guittard Chocolate, Burlingame, California, US
Member-at-Large, Roger Nahas, Kalsec Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Member-at-Large, Lars Reimann, Eurofins Scientific Inc, Germantown, Tennessee, USA
Member-at-Large, Rick Theiner, Evonik Corporation, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Member-at-Large, Bryan Yeh, American Biodiesel, Walnut Creek, California, USA
Member-at-Large, Xuebing Xu, Wilmar Global R&D Center, Shanghai City, China
Member-at-Large, Holiday Durham Zanetti, Nutrilite Health Institute, Amway, Buena Park, California, USA
Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Donnelly, ex officio, AOCS, Illinois, USA

AOCS past officers (.pdf)

Governing Board Committees

The Governing Board has established the following committees composed of Society members to administer and carry out specific activities as described below.

  • Business Management Committee
    Develops financial policies and the Society's annual budget, as well as oversees investments. For more information, contact
  • Audit Committee
    Assists the Governing Board in fulfilling its financial oversight responsibilities. Acts as liaison between the Society's independent accountants and the entire Governing Board. For more information, contact
  • Nominating and Election Committee
    The AOCS Nominating & Election Committee is responsible for developing a slate of candidates for election to the Governing Board in accordance with the Society’s policies. The Committee evaluates information submitted by applicants and interviews top candidates believed to be the best fit based on current needs of the Society. The Committee recommends a slate of candidates to the Governing Board for approval. In December of each year, the final slate of candidates is presented to the AOCS membership for ratification by mid-February of the following year. Candidates receiving more than 50% support from ballots cast will be installed as new members of the Governing Board during its meeting that takes place during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.
  • Recognition Committee
    Serves as a coordinating body and as an administrative agent of the Governing Board over all recognition programs including awards and honors that are not governed by the Society's Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. Focuses on the financial health of the recognition program including reviewing award contracts and making recommendations. For more information, contact

AOCS Mission