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Cary P. Frye
Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs
With more than 35 years of experience in dairy product processing and quality assurance, Cary Frye represents member companies on food labeling and standards of identity, ingredient technologies, nutrition and health issues, and product safety. She coordinates the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) Medical Advisory Board and is responsible for the technical development and regulatory oversight of nutritional marketing programs and processor materials that incorporate breaking medical and nutritional research.
A member of the International Dairy Federation, Frye is the chair of US-IDF and is a member of the US-IDF Standing Committee on Food Labeling and Terminology. She has been active in international standards, advising U.S. delegations on Codex standards and as the head delegate for IDF at the Codex Committee on Food Labeling.
Her work has been published in professional journals and textbooks, including "Dairy Processing and Quality Assurance" and "Manufacturing Yogurt and Fermented Milks," published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. See LinkedIn profile.
John T. Allan III
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
John Allan directs all aspects of IDFA's food safety training initiatives, leads efforts related to product safety issues and has responsibilities in federal and state regulatory affairs. He engages on behalf of IDFA members with 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc., and the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). Allan also helps represent IDFA’s international trade interests through his seat on the U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Trade Representative Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade of Processed Foods, as well as through engagement with the International Dairy Federation and the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).
Prior to joining IDFA, Allan was the director of regulatory and international affairs for the National Yogurt Association, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and AFFI’s affiliated associations: the National Frozen Pizza Institute, Frozen Potato Products Institute and the Frozen Food Foundation.
Allan also has regulatory and technical affairs experience in the infant formula industry and has worked for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization helping develop Codex international food standards. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Master of Science in food science and technology. See LinkedIn profile.
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Tony Eberhard joined the IDFA team in May 2017. He works with members on policy development and legislative strategy while advocating for dairy foods companies and the dairy industry before the Congress and the Administration. Before joining IDFA, he was the deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and guided the senator's legislative agenda, overseeing efforts on the farm bill, biotechnology labeling issues, immigration reform and White House budget negotiations.
Before that, he was a senior principal responsible for legislative affairs at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and also worked as a staff member to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), then ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Eberhard also was deputy legislative director and then acting legislative director for Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), where he established the senator as a leader on agricultural issues with a focus on dairy and rural development.
Eberhard began his career on Capitol Hill in the House of Representatives, working first for Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) and then Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.
Emily R. Lyons
Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel
Emily Lyons is responsible for working with members and government agencies on environmental, worker safety and sustainability issues, as well as food safety and food defense. She also serves as legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust, and statutory and regulatory interpretation.
Originally from a small dairy farm in Northern Illinois, Lyons has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Environmental Economics and Law from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her law degree from Vermont Law School and is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and the State of Illinois.
Lyons has held a series of internships with agricultural organizations and companies. She also served as a summer associate with Brown, Hay & Stephens LLP in Springfield, Ill., where she managed complex environmental cases, and as a law clerk for Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC in Washington, D.C. See LinkedIn profile.
Director of International Affairs
Beth Hughes is responsible for supporting the association's efforts on international trade and import and export issues. She also oversees IDFA's sweetener and trade committees, as well as programming for the annual International Sweetener Colloquium. In collaboration with other dairy and food industry associations, Hughes has worked with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to promote and protect U.S. dairy interests in free trade agreements and held briefings on Capitol Hill about the importance of preserving the use of common food names.
Before joining IDFA, Hughes served for five years as manager of international policy for the USA Rice Federation. She developed and implemented international trade policy and promotion activities to support the U.S. rice industry and help small- and medium-sized U.S. enterprises in overseas export markets. She also analyzed domestic and international rice trends and prepared comments relating to non-tariff and technical barriers, such as sanitary and phytosanitary barriers.
Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at George Washington University and received a Master of Arts in international affairs from Florida State University. See LinkedIn profile.