Our team: 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

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® Sustainability Commitment team supports the Sustainability Alliance and works with the entire dairy industry to provide consumers with the nutritious dairy products they want in a way that makes our industry, the earth and its people economically, environmentally and socially better — now and for future generations.

Angela Anderson, director, Customer Outreach

Rajesh Chintala, director, Nutrient Management & Stewardship

Angela Hessinger, business analyst, Sustainability Partnerships

Joe McMahan, director, Sustainability Partnerships 

Karen Scanlon, vice president, Sustainability Partnerships

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

Dr. Ying Wang, director, Sustainability Research

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. 

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.


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.

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.