BMBRI Board of Directors 2019-20
Mary-Jane Maurice, MaltEurop (Chair)
Mary-Jane started out as a bench chemist at Fleischmann-Kurth Malting in 1990. In 2000, she was promoted to Director of Quality Assurance for Froedtert Malt, and currently serves as Director of Technical Services for Malteurop North America. She has worked for the same company for the past 28 years, even though it has had six different names during this period. Her responsibilities include Quality, Food Safety, Innovation, new product development, and North American varietal strategy.
Mary-Jane serves on the Board of Directors for AMBA, its Technical Committee, and the Quality Evaluation Subcommittee. She is currently the Board Chairman for the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute in Canada. Mary-Jane received her Malting Diploma with Distinction from the Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain in 2004. She is the only American maltster to hold this diploma, and is one of very few worldwide to ever pass all of its requirements.
Rich Joy, Canada Malting Co. Limited (Vice Chair)
Rich Joy is the Director of Malting and Technical Services for Canada Malting. He is located at the Canadian head office in Calgary, Alberta.
Rich possesses a Ph.D. in Developmental Plant Physiology as well as a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Calgary. Rich held postdoctoral fellowship positions with the University of Calgary and the University of Tohoku in Japan and spent time as a research associate with the National Research Council of Canada.
Following his time with the NRC, Rich began an extensive career in the Malting industry with Rahr Malting. He progressed from the Manager of Quality Control and Technical Services to Technical Director, Plant Manager and eventually Vice-President of Operations and Technical Director. Rich joined Canada Malting in 2013 as Director of Malting and Technical Services.
In his role with Canada Malting, Rich is responsible for quality, technical services, food safety and our North America labs for both Canada Malting and Great Western Malting in North America.
Ronald Volpi, Rahr Malting Co. (Treasurer)
Greg Rutledge, Sleeman Brewing Co.
Greg Rutledge is the National Brewmaster for Sleeman Breweries Ltd. and has been with the company for 25 years. Greg was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. Greg graduated from the University of Waterloo with an BSc. in Environmental Science and has the WBA International Diploma in Brewing Technology from the Siebel Institute of Technology. Greg has held numerous positions in the brewing industry including Brewer, Quality Assurance Manager and Regional Brewmaster. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife and three children.
Amanda Butt, Great Western Brewing
Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Amanda Butt, BSc, MSc, Dipl. Brew, studied Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland and followed up with Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh, Scotland. Amanda worked across the country with Labatt (ABInBev) for 7 years with progressively more senior roles within Brewing and Operations, during which time she was recognized in “Portraits of Strength” by TechGirls Canada. In 2015 she made the move to Boston to manage R&D operations for the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) where she and her team helped to launch over 20 new beers in 2 years. Amanda returned to Canada with her family in 2017 to join Great Western Brewing Company as the Brewmaster.
Christian Holbrook, New Belgium Brewing
Christian Holbrook has been working in the Craft Brewing Industry for 18 years; the last 15 years at New Belgium Brewing. Most recently he was the Quality Manager of Brewing Raw Materials at New Belgium Brewing from 2010 – 2018 and Production Brewmaster from January 2018 to present.
Christian holds a B.A. from The University of Minnesota – Duluth in 1999, a Diploma from World Brewing Academy in 2001, and a MSc in Brewing Science from The University of Nottingham in 2015.
David Klinger, Cargill Prairie Malt
David Klinger is the Vice President of Sales at Prairie Malt which is part of Cargill Malt and has been in the malting industry since 1990. He was born and raised in Jansen, Saskatchewan and was active in the family farm where he grew Barley, Wheat and Canola. David has both a Diploma in Agriculture and a Degree in Agriculture, majoring in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. In the past, David had agricultural and community-development experiences in Germany, Suriname and Israel. David enjoys working with Growers, Maltsters and Brewers/Distillers. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife. They have two children.
Tom Nielsen, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Thomas, or Tom, began his professional brewing career at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in January 2004, after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in food science and technology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Tom is currently the Manager of Research and Development and Raw Materials Manager at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Tom has been instrumental in the design and execution of several very successful new brands while at Sierra Nevada. In Fall of 2014, Tom was featured in All About Beer Magazine as one of the top innovators in the craft brewing industry. That same year, Tom was awarded with the best paper presented at the National Master Brewer’s Association of the America’s meeting in Austin, Texas for work he designed and led describing kiln drying impacts on hop aroma and flavor.
Tom serves as Sierra Nevada’s representative to the National Barley Improvement Committee, American Malting Barley Association, the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute, the Canadian Barley Quality Evaluation Team, the German Society of Hop Research, the USA Hop Research Council as Treasurer, and the Hop Quality Group as Technical Chair.
Aaron Vaughn, ABInBev
Aaron Vaughn is currently the Global Manager, Supply Quality Assurance at Anheuser-Busch InBev located in St. Louis, Missouri. Aaron has spent 19 years with Anheuser-Busch in a variety of positions ranging from Brewmaster to Malthouse Plant Manager. Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s largest brewer with over 500 beer brands and operations in over 50 countries.
BMBRI Technical Committee Chair
Xiang S Yin is the Director of Brewing Research and Innovation at the Rahr Corporation based in Minnesota. He worked as the Global Director of Brewing Raw Materials at SABMiller based in UK, and prior to that as Global Technical and Innovation Director with Cargill Malt. Xiang is a fellow of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD). He served MBAA as the district president in Western Canada and the ASBC as the 76th president, and chairman of the Foundation Board, and is a recipient of the ASBC Award of Distinction 2015. Xiang continues serving the ASBC on the Editorial Board for the JASBC, as Chairman of the Research Foundation Board and the Asia Liaison Officer. He is on the Steering Committee for the US Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative. He has been serving BMBRI as the Chair of the technical committee since 2016, and is a past Chairman of the Board when representing Prairie Malt. Xiang is the author or coauthor of over 60 papers and patents. He holds a first degree in fermentation technology from China, and Ph.D. from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 1986. His postdoctoral training was carried out at the GRL of the Canadian Grain Commission.
BMBRI Operational Management
Gina Feist is the Executive Director of the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI). Throughout her career Gina has worked in diverse research related roles; starting at the lab bench early in her career, moving on to business development and intellectual property management, and prior to joining BMBRI she was the research program manager at the Western Grains Research Foundation. Gina holds a BSc. and a Masters of Business Administration.