Board Members

Karen Keeder September 2015

Karen Keeder

President

Karen Keeder is a Lead Packaging Engineer at Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, MI. She received her B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University in 2003 specializing in Environmental Studies. Karen began her career through an internship and then eventual full time position at Gerber Product Company in Fremont, MI. In addition to her Packaging…Learn More

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Thomas Osip

Vice President

Tom graduated from Michigan State with a Packaging degree in 1981 and received a MBA from Ohio State in 1990.   Tom has worked in the food and medical industries with Abbott Labs, ConAgra Foods and Mead Johnson Nutrition.   While most of his career has been related to Packaging, Tom has worked in a variety of…Learn More

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Tomas Haracourt

Treasurer

Tomas Haracourt started his packaging journey on the campus of MSU back in 1996.  Since graduating in 2001 he has worked for Quaker Oats/PepsiCo and Gerber Products/Nestle Nutrition in various roles across R&D and Operations.  Tomas’ current position at Nestle Nutrition is Head of Packaging for the Infant Nutrition division.  Tomas joined the MSU Packaging Alumni…Learn More

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Tracy Nameth

Secretary

Tracy Nameth grew up in Grand Rapids and is a MSU SOP graduate from December 1999. She is very involved with the SOP through multiple venues. She was elected to the board in October 2012. She implemented a Distance Mentoring program at the school in 2011 designed to mentor students remotely and help them to navigate their…Learn More

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Brian Dynda

Immediate Past President

Brian graduated from MSU in December of 1995. Focusing mainly on automotive packaging he now is a seasoned packaging sales engineer for Doug Brown Packaging Products focusing on the appliance, automotive and food industry. He officially was elected to the board in 2011 but was active prior on various committees  including Career Fair where he…Learn More

Mike Vaughan

Mike Vaughan

Before graduating from the MSU School of Packaging with a Bachelor of Science in 2009, Mike completed two internships at Toyota Motor North America in Princeton, Indiana and one with Colgate-Palmolive in Piscataway, NJ. He hired into Orbis Corporation in 2010, working first with Kia Motors America then Nissan North America. He holds a Master’s…Learn More

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A.J. Gruber

A.J., a lifelong Spartan, received his B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University in 2005. He began his career with UPS in Chicago, IL where he worked as a Packaging Engineer and Supervisor of Dangerous Goods.  In 2011 he was hired by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) as Vice President of Technical Operations and was…Learn More

Calla Scheller

A second generation MSU School of Packaging graduate and third generation Spartan, Calla bleeds green. Before graduating from the SOP in 2012 Calla completed internships at Sara Lee, Cadbury and Williams-Sonoma. She currently works at Kraft-Heinz in Glenview, IL working on a number of iconic brands. In her free time Calla enjoys exploring her city…Learn More

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Reeve Brandon

Reeve graduated from Michigan State in the school of Packaging in 1997. Prior to graduation, Reeve was an intern at Nabisco in East Hanover, NJ. For the past 10 years Reeve has worked for Henkel in Packaging and Consumer Goods with roles in Sales and Key Account Management. The primary focus is on adhesives used…Learn More

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Ryan Sammartino

Ryan grew up in Okemos and graduated from the MSU School of Packaging in 2006. He completed his internship in New Jersey with Cordis – a Johnson & Johnson company. Following graduation, Ryan moved to Chicago and worked as a Packaging Engineer in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry with Abbott Laboratories, Baxter Healthcare, and…Learn More

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John Minagawa-Webster

John graduated with a Packaging Degree from Michigan State in 2006 and obtained an MBA from the University of Louisville in 2012.  He started his packaging career working at Estee Lauder as a Packaging Analyst and Quality Engineer.  John then moved on to work with American Fuji Seal in Technical Sales and eventually as a…Learn More

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Matt McNichols

Matt received his BS in Packaging in 2009 from Michigan State. He began his career at Kraft Foods in Glenview, IL and is currently an Associate Principal Engineer at PepsiCo. In addition to being involved with Packaging at MSU, he was also Captain and four year letter winner on the MSU Men’s Swimming & Diving…Learn More

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Ryan Dick

While at MSU, Ryan was a four-year letter-winner on the varsity soccer team and graduated with a B.S. in both Kinesiology (2008) and Packaging (2009).  He then began his career on the East coast as a Packaging Consultant at Unilever, before moving on to become a Package Testing Analyst at Estee Lauder.  Currently, Ryan is…Learn More

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Megan Cox

Megan graduated from Michigan State University with a Packaging degree in 2005 and received a MBA from Robert Morris University in 2008.  Megan has worked in food and beverage her entire professional career.  She worked for the HJ Heinz Company in Pittsburgh, PA from 2006-2013 and is currently working at Beam Suntory in Louisville, KY.

Laura Smith

Laura Smith is a 2006 graduate of Michigan State’s School of Packaging.  Since graduation, Laura has worked for Fort Dearborn and Pactiv in various roles across Sales and Marketing.  Laura is currently working for Printpack’s Rigid Division, as an Account Manager.  Laura had been involved with the Packaging Alumni Association as a non-board member on…Learn More

Kali Kretchman

Kali Kretchman

Kali graduated from the School of Packaging in 2015 after completing two internships with Kimberly Clark and Kellogg’s. She then returned to Kellogg’s to start her career before taking on her current role at Whirlpool. She is a new member to the MSUPAA board this year (2017) and is looking forward to sharing her passion…Learn More

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Alison Schuitema

Alison is currently a Product Manager at Avery Dennison, where she has worked in various roles since graduating from the School of Packaging in 2013. While at MSU, she had an internship at Eisai Co. and served on the executive board for COPPAC. Alison grew up in Grand Rapids and has been a lifelong Spartan…Learn More

Matt McNichols

Since graduating from the MSU School of Packaging in 2009, Matt has spent his professional career to date as a packaging developer in the food and beverage industry. Matt currently works for PepsiCo supporting the Gatorade, Tropicana and Naked Juice businesses. In addition to his involvement in the MSUPAA Matt is also involved with Varsity…Learn More