Wheat Marketing Center Staff

Janice Cooper

Former Managing Director

Thank you for 6+ years of time & dedication to WMC and the Wheat Industry

Mike Moran

Executive Director

mmoran@wmcinc.org

Mike Moran joined the team as the new Executive Director of the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland Oregon in April of 2022. Mike’s work prior to the Wheat Marketing Center includes managing a farmer-owned wheat flour company marketed under the Shepherd’s Grain brand, production for Grand Central Baking in Portland and Seattle, and directing procurement strategies for Oregon Food Bank. His work included participating in the PNW Wheat Quality Council, legislative proposals to support farmers & address food insecurity, plus a previous customer of Wheat Marketing Center.

Mike served on the boards of several non-profits including the Bread Baker’s Guild of America and Portland Farmers Market, as well as serving on advisory boards to the Northwest Food Processors Association and Feeding America.

Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in community development from Portland State University, and continues to pursue strategies to increase sustainability in agriculture and the support the Quality of U.S. farmers.

Jayne Bock, PhD

Technical Director

jbock@wmcinc.org

Jayne Bock joined the Wheat Marketing Center as the Technical Director in November 2018. She established herself as an industry expert in flour and dough quality testing as an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph before joining C.W. Brabender Instruments as their Global Technical Leader and later Chopin Technologies.

Jayne has published refereed articles covering topics on wheat and flour quality, dough rheology, gluten structure-function, and the influence of bran on product structure and quality in whole grain products. She has worked extensively with wheat breeders, agronomists, producers, millers and food processors on collaborative projects in the pre-competitive space. Her focus is at the interface of academia and industry to find solutions for emerging issues across the market value chain.

Jayne earned a B.Sc. in Feed Science & Management and a M.Sc. in Food Science at Kansas State University before completing her Ph.D. in Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She speaks limited German and is refreshing her Spanish.

Andrew Mense

Food Scientist

amense@wmcinc.org

Andrew Mense joined the Wheat Marketing Center as a Food Scientist in March of 2021. Andrew conducts research and supports the technical education program to meet the needs of customers and address market needs. He brings industry experience from Indigo Agriculture as a Food Scientist and worked in quality assurance at Bay State Milling. In these roles, he was able to work closely with agronomists, growers, grain processors, and the food production industry.

Andrew has authored refereed journal articles focused on the structure of wheat bran and understanding its value-added properties as a food ingredient. In addition, he has conducted research on wheat and flour quality. He has an interest in working with stakeholders across the wheat supply chain to address issues in wheat, flour, and end-product quality.

Andrew earned a B.Sc. in Milling Science and Management, a M.Sc. in Grain Science, and Ph.D. in Grain Science with an emphasis in cereal chemistry at Kansas State University.

Bon Lee

Bongil (Bon) Lee

Operations Manager

blee@wmcinc.org

Bon Lee, Operations Manager, supervises a staff of wheat and flour technologists at the Wheat Marketing Center. Bon and his team conduct the annual crop quality survey for soft white and hard white wheat, producing the Pacific Northwest Soft White Wheat Quality Report and providing data for the U.S. Wheat Associates Crop Quality Report. Bon also oversees all milling and quality testing in support of WMC’s technical training courses, research projects, and WMC Lab Services proprietary business.

Bon built his career in quality control, working previously with Pendleton Flour Mills and a frozen-food company. A native of Chiba, Japan, Bon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University and has attended additional courses through the American Institute of Baking and the American Association of Cereal Chemists. He is also an active member of the International Association of Operative Millers. Bon speaks fluent Japanese and limited Korean.

Liman Liu

Assistant Operations Manager

liman@wmcinc.org

Liman Liu is the newest member of the WMC team, joining in March 2022. In the newly created position of Assistant Operations Manager, Liman will have broad responsibilities that include analytical testing and becoming proficient in milling, baking and Crop Quality project management, in preparation for assuming the Operations Manager position when Bon Lee retires in mid-2023.

Liman has extensive commercial baking and product development experience, having spent the last eight years at Dave’s Killer Bread (now part of Flowers Foods.) In her most recent role as R&D Manager, she led DKB innovation, ingredient formulation, and product and process development across five locations. She managed the development and launch of several new product lines including bagels, rolls and English muffins. She also led the creation of an in-house sensory panel to improve product consistency.

Prior to DKB, Liman worked for BAKERpedia as a food scientist, researching new technologies and writing informational articles. She has also published refereed journal articles focused on the relationship of grain quality to end product quality. Her product development experience brings value to all WMC activities, including technical training and product quality analysis.

Liman earned her Master’s degree in Food Science from Kansas State University. She also completed the AIB baking science program. Liman speaks fluent Mandarin.

Kin Wong

Laboratory Assistant

Kin Wong came back to WMC in June of 2017 as a Laboratory Assistant with responsibility for wheat flour milling, analytical testing, and TCK Testing. Kin held a similar position at WMC from 1997 to 2000. From WMC, he went to work for Intel as a manufacturing technician in Hillsboro, OR and retired from there in 2017.

Kin started his career at Sanwa Noodle in California as a machine operator and moved to Portland in 1980 to work for Hall Lab as a quality assurance technician. He attended Mount Hood Community College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Food Science with certification in Cannery Food Processing. He then attended Portland State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Kin speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese fluently. He also speaks limited Korean and Spanish.

Autumn Sicard

Laboratory Assistant

wmclabassistant@outlook.com

Autumn Sicard joined WMC in June 2022 as a temporary laboratory assistant for the Crop Quality season. She is a recent college graduate who is here to gain the laboratory experience she needs for her future school goals. She is passionate about ecological conservation and is pursuing a related professional degree. Autumn is just starting on her career path and is incredibly excited about the work she will be doing in the lab this summer.

Autumn attended Clark College where she received her Associate’s Degree in Biology. She transferred to Washington State University, Vancouver where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology.

Brent Haugen

Office Administrator

accounting@wmcinc.org

Brent Haugen joined the Wheat Marketing Center staff in January 2019. He is a Minnesota native and is excited about working with our agricultural partners around the globe.  Brent is responsible for office management & safety, billing, planning meetings & events, maintaining social media channels, and producing the annual PNW Soft White Wheat Quality Report. He sees agriculture as being vital to the continued growth of their local communities and to the sustainable future of our country.

Brent has a Business Administration degree from Ridgewater College and a B.Sc. in Marketing Management from Concordia University, Saint Paul. Haugen brings 30+ years of office administration and marketing experience to his position. He brings a vast background of working in the non-profit including agricultural, environmental, and destinations.