Community commitment: Our team

Experts in agriculture, life cycle research, sustainability and animal science comprise the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® sustainability team and work with members of the dairy industry to advance dairy sustainability through science, tools, tracking and reporting.

Dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system

Angela Anderson, director, Customer Outreach

Angela Anderson
Angela Anderson leads in a new role that is positioned at the center of the dairy industry to initiate and execute a proactive effort to foster relationships with major dairy customers, including retailers, restaurants and food service companies. She will inform customers of the proactive dairy community efforts underway and identify synergies and partnership opportunities. Additionally, Anderson will also work closely with the National Milk Producers Federation, to highlight the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program to dairy customers. 

Prior to joining the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Anderson worked for the National Pork Board as the manager of food chain outreach and channel communications focused on building customer partnerships around the subject matter of animal care, environmental stewardship, food safety and nutrition. Anderson additionally worked for the Iowa FFA Foundation as the FFA enrichment center director and for the University of Minnesota as an academic advisor for agricultural education. 

Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in public service and administration in agriculture from Iowa State University and a master of arts in educational leadership and policy from the University of Minnesota. 

Jerry Bingold, director, Renewable Energy

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Jerry Bingold directs projects supporting the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® goal of creating a more sustainable food system by maximizing the value of nutrients in cow manure and commercial food waste. He manages and supports programs for key dairy industry stakeholders, and he analyzes and communicates information relating to digesters.

His background includes developing digester solutions and renewable energy projects for major energy buyers, as well as experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency and power contracts with rural electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and large commercial and agricultural companies. Most recently, Bingold served as principal of commercial and industrial business development for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Previously, Bingold worked with Chevron Energy Solutions, Dynegy, Inc., Illinova Energy Solutions (Illinois Power) and Portland General Electric.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon and received the top U.S. Department of Energy national award for energy efficiency and the environment.

Rajesh Chintala, director, Nutrient Management and Stewardship

Rajesh Chintala focuses on dynamic research and outreach programs aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farming while creating value for the dairy industry through manure management and stewardship. He also collects, analyzes and helps to disseminate the information of multidisciplinary research and outreach programs regarding dairy manure management, water quality and GHG mitigation strategies, working in support of existing DMI initiatives. 

Before joining the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, he worked for three years as a research associate on the U.S. Department of Energy regional biomass feedstock partnership at North Central Sun Grant Initiative. Later, he moved to the plant science department at South Dakota State University to conduct research on assessing the potential of biochars as a soil amendment for the rehabilitation of eroded agricultural landscapes and published several peer-reviewed scientific articles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and master’s degree in soil science and agricultural chemistry from Sri Venkatateswara Agricultural College (ANGRAU), in Tirupati, India and a Ph.D. in soil chemistry from West Virginia University.

Angela Hessinger, business analyst, Sustainability Partnerships


Angela Hessinger works with dairy farmers, cooperatives, trade organizations and state/regional checkoff organizations as part of the Sustainability Partnerships team to increase engagment among these groups in the Innovation Center's broad sustainability efforts. She also serves as a cross-functional liaison connecting sustainability with the organization's school and community engagement work and plays a key role in the planning of the Dairy Sustainability Alliance®'s biannual meetings.


Prior to joining the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy in 2014, Angela worked at the American Farm Bureau Federation as a Public Policy Assistant and as a Program Assistant for their Young Farmers and Ranchers, Rural Affairs, and Safety programs. She also served as an International Trade Intern with the National Pork Producers Council and as a Social Media and Marketing and Education Intern with the Ohio Pork Producers Council.


Angela was the fifth generation to be raised on her family’s hog, grain and dairy farm, and earned her bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics from The Ohio State University.


Erin Fitzgerald, senior vice president, Global Sustainability

Erin Fitzgerald
Erin Fitzgerald leads efforts to enhance dairy’s contributions to a more sustainable food system by examining the intersection between nutrition, health, hunger, food waste and environmental impact. Under her leadership, the Innovation Center conducted an environmental impact assessment that led to an industry-wide voluntary carbon reduction goal of 25% by 2020. She also established strategic partnerships with World Wildlife Fund and USDA.

Fitzgerald previously served as senior manager, business development at Lowendal group, a European operational cost-reduction firm. She also led multiple projects at Cardinal Health in Chicago, and Maurepas, France, where she received the Chairman’s award for integrating a pan-European business plan for sales and marketing measurement.

She is recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture, an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow, and a Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40 recipient. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Erin participates in agriculture initiatives including: Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, Field to Market, Global Dairy Agenda for Action, North America Climate Smart Alliance, Solutions from the Land, and the White House Climate Data Initiative. She also serves on the boards of Sustainable America and Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship Program and is a board advisor to Food Waste Reduction Alliance. She is a resident expert at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Chad Frahm, senior vice president, Sustainability

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Chad Frahm leads the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s sustainability team efforts in their work with the dairy industry through the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Alliance®, the development of common metrics and tools to communicate the industry’s commitment to and progress of continuous sustainability improvements, as well as the development of strategic partnerships with restaurant and retail companies, government, and environmental non-governmental organizations.


Prior to joining the Innovation Center, Frahm worked for BP Biofuels, leading agricultural development efforts to create a sustainable supply of land and feedstocks for cellulosic biofuels projects. He previously served as general counsel for the Indiana lieutenant governor and as staff attorney for the Indiana Farm Bureau, providing public policy advocacy related to regulatory and environmental issues affecting farmers and the agricultural industry.


Frahm holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a Master’s of Business Administration and law degree from Indiana University. He also is a graduate of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership program.

Laura Mandell, vice president, Sustainability Communications

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Laura Mandell works closely with all industry stakeholders, including farmers, processors, manufacturers, brands, academics, government and nongovernmental organizations. She focuses on increasing awareness of industrywide efforts that demonstrate how sustainability can deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for the dairy industry and the food system, from farm to table.

Mandell has more than 25 years of experience in business-to-business and business-to-consumer organizations, including the human resources, financial services, telecommunications and consumer goods industries. Prior to joining Dairy Management Inc. in 2008, she led global and cross-functional brand strategy, marketing communications and creative services teams at Hewitt Associates, The Quaker Oats Company and Citicorp Diners Club.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Joe McMahan, director, Sustainability Partnerships

Joe McMahan is responsible for advancing the applicability of Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® sustainability research and tools to real-world supply chains. Through this role McMahan helps advance dairy-focused sustainability initiatives and reporting efforts for leading retailers and brands, and provides guidance on sustainability metrics, engagement and communication strategies for the industry.

Prior to joining the Innovation Center, McMahan worked as a sustainable agriculture program manager for The Coca-Cola Company. He also spent three months in Indonesia in a sustainability-focused internship with Mars, Incorporated, and nearly four years in East Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and agribusiness consultant, improving livelihoods for smallholder and subsistence farmers.

McMahan holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Auburn University and a master’s in business administration from Duke University focused on sustainability, strategy and social entrepreneurship.

John Monaghan, business development manager, Sustainability

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John Monaghan is the Sustainability Business Development Manager at the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. He is responsible for Dairy Sustainability Alliance® member relations and meeting strategy, U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards program strategy; as well as new business development and special projects.

Prior to joining the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, Monaghan spent time as a legislative specialist for energy and environmental policy at a public policy think tank. He also served as a paralegal specialist in the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a specialty in business, law and the environment.

Karen Scanlon, vice president, Sustainability Partnerships

Karen Scanlon leads the Innovation Center's sustainability partnerships efforts across a wide variety of stakeholders, with a focus on other agriculture sustainability efforts, environmental and conservation organizations, government and industry partners, customer partners and more.  Karen and her team nurture collaborative efforts that will develop and advance resources to track the dairy community’s continuous improvement and will recognize and celebrate sustainability success. 


Karen brings extensive leadership experience in partnership development, strategy development and execution, and agriculture conservation initiatives after serving as Executive Director of the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) for 11 years. In this role, she worked with strategic partners in the public and private sectors to build innovative and effective programs to achieve sustainability goals and success in a variety of conservation efforts across the United States. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from University of Florida and a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management from The Ohio State University.

Juan Tricarico, Ph.D., vice president, Sustainability Research

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Juan Tricarico, Ph.D., is vice president, Sustainability Research, for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy at Dairy Management, Inc. in Rosemont, Ill. In this position, Dr. Tricarico collaborates with scientists, nutritionists, veterinarians, producers, government, and NGOs on the scientific soundness, economic viability, and social responsibility of dairy production in the United States. He also leads the Innovation Center project Cow of the Future® providing research and analysis to reduce environmental impacts through improvements in dairy cow feeding, breeding, and management. Prior to joining the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, he managed ruminant Research & Development for Alltech Inc., a global leader in animal health and nutrition. His primary focus at Alltech Inc. was on feed additive development and evaluation. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he earned a Licentiate in Biological Sciences from Universidad C.A.E.C.E. in Buenos Aires and a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky where he serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Ying Wang, director, Sustainability Research

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Ying Wang, Ph.D., is Director of Sustainability Research at the Rosemont, Ill.-based Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, where she spearheaded the groundbreaking development of life cycle assessments (LCAs) for dairy products through the farm-to-table dairy system and managed the environmental sustainability research program and collaborated with broad stakeholders from agricultural communities, food industry, academia and environmental NGOs. She served as the co-chair of the Large Ruminant Technical Advisory Group for UNFAO LEAP (Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance) program and the Chair for Environmental Science Standing Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF).


She developed LCAs for “footprinting” sustainability within global supply chain categories at Kraft Foods, where she was a program manager for Global Supply Chain Environmental Sustainability. She has also honed her commitment to collaboration and science-based initiatives in previous roles at the New York Environmental Management System Assistance Program, the Institute of Industrial Science at Tokyo University in Tokyo, Japan, and the R&D department of Procter & Gamble, China.


She earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China, a Master of Science degree in Environmental, Health and Safety Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.