Board Members

Karen Keeder September 2015

Karen Keeder


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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Cory VanLoocke

Vice President

Cory is currently Manager of Business Development with Ring Container Technologies. Cory holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging from Michigan State University and has 18 years of industry experience. Cory began his career with Kraft Foods in Glenview, IL where he spent 9 years working on Philadelphia cream cheese, natural cheese, process cheese, growth…Learn More


Tomas Haracourt


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


Lindsay Beck


Lindsay grew up in metro Detroit and attended Michigan State University from 1995 to 1999, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging in 1999.  Lindsay’s Packaging career has included positions in packaging design, technical sales, research and development, packaging sustainability, virtual prototyping and people leadership; working for packaging manufacturers large and small, as well as…Learn More


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

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Tracy Nameth

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


Jenn Hoelzel

Jenn (Fry) Hoelzel grew up around Gull Lake, MI, just outside of Kalamazoo, until graduation in 2003.   She attended Michigan State University in the fall and soon realized that she had a passion for Packaging by her sophomore year.  While her time within the SoP was short, her experiences with the diverse classes, making lifelong friends,…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


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

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Chip Foster

Chip comes from an all Spartan family dating back to the 40’s, and received his BS from the School of Packaging in 1982. After 5 years of designing and manufacturing plastic closures with Alcoa, he began his career with PepsiCo. Since 1987, he has held numerous Operations, Sales, Engineering, R&D and Quality leadership roles with…Learn More

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Thomas Osip

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

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

Reeve Brandon

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


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


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