BOARD MEMBERS & Staff
Where science and industry come together with a focus on soy & health
Board of Directors
Michelle BraunPhD, IFF - President
PhD, IFF - President
Michelle Braun is a nutrition scientist who leads Global Protein Scientific Affairs for IFF. In her research, she has maintained a focus on nutrition needs of children but spans other health related outcomes in adults as it relates to science translation and communication. In her role, she plays an active role in research, education and outreach across the food, nutrition and agriculture sectors.
She is engaged and active in several organizations related to the field of food and nutrition research and communication. She holds leadership positions in organizations that bring the topic of nutrition to a variety of audiences. Examples include serving as president of the Soy Nutrition Institute (SNI), the Institute of Food Technology (IFT), the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).
Michelle earned her Doctorate and Masters degrees in Foods and Nutrition from Purdue University with a BS in Nutrition Science from Indiana University. Her career has been a journey enriched with experiences in teaching, research, scientific affairs and science communication.
Chi Hee KimHerbalife Nutrition – Vice President
Chi Hee Kim
Herbalife Nutrition – Vice President
Chi Hee Kim is Senior Director of Global Government Affairs for Herbalife Nutrition, providing strategic guidance for proactive policy and regulatory development and issues management. With her expertise in international nutrition policy and food and dietary supplement regulations, and years of experience in engagement with thought leadership community, she also serves in leadership roles at key trade associations to help advance and protect the industry. In January, Chi was elected president of SNI Global, the interim advocacy organization, which has now become SNI Global, Inc., the larger organization replacing SNI.
April HemmesUnited Soybean Board -- Secretary/Treasurer
Will McNairUSSEC - At Large
Jessica Kiel is a registered, licensed dietitian, a certified personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a certified clinical research professional.
Currently, Jessica serves as the Clinical Research Manager of Medifast, Inc., a Maryland-based company specializing in the use of meal replacements as part of an innovative, evidence-based solution for weight management and health promotion.
As a member of Medifast’s Scientific and Clinical Affairs team, Jessica provides nutrition expertise on a wide range of product and program-related topics; designs, executes, and manages all stages of in-house research and investigator-initiated clinical trials; oversees the Medifast Scientific Advisory Board; and works collaboratively to substantiate new and existing marketing claims.
Jessica is a member of many professional organizations, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Society of Clinical Research Professionals, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is an advocate of the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND), where she has held several leadership positions, including Communications Chair, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. Jessica is the current President of the MAND Foundation and has been elected to serve as Vice President for the Soy Nutrition Institute and as the MAND House of Delegates Representative in the upcoming year.
Jessica earned her dietetics degree from Central Michigan University, with a minor in Business Administration. She completed her nutrition therapy internship at the renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation, with a focus on weight management, diabetes education, and disordered eating.
Danone North America
American Soybean Association/WISHH Program
United Soybean Board
Meet the SNI Global Team
Julie Ohmen is the new CEO of SNI Global. She is deeply seeded in the soybean world. For the past seven years, she ran a consulting firm and served as the new uses consultant for the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA). Her work focused on developing growth innovation strategy within bio materials, bio products, and food ingredients.
Before launching her consulting firm, Julie worked for over twenty years with Archer Daniels Midland, working predominantly in the commercial side of the business with a focus on innovation and business development.
She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree and received her MBA from Illinois State University. She is also a CPA. Julie lives in a western suburb of Chicago with her husband and two teenage daughters.