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AFFI announces new staff.

Additions Enhance Communications, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Divisions

The American Frozen Food Institute announces the addition of Thomas Bradshaw, David Fikes and Cristina Poll to the staff.

Thomas Bradshaw joins AFFI as manager of legislative affairs. He will be responsible for tracking Congressional action on issues affecting AFFI members. Prior to joining AFFI, he served as a Congressional staff member in the House of Representatives for four years. He also has government relations experience working in the private and not-for-profit sectors. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Thomas earned a bachelors degree in English from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

David Fikes will serve as AFFI's director of communications. David has 25 years of experience performing research; working on weekly newsletters and managing website content for a 3,200 member community; designing curriculum and brochure content for adult educational offerings; teaching, presenting and facilitating workshops on the arts and literature; working with volunteers in the development of communications strategy, publication design and organizational flow; and developing plans for capital campaigns and other fundraising activities. David has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He also graduated magna cum laude from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. David comes to AFFI from the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas, where he served as Rector from 2000 to 2007. Previously, he served as Rector of Grace for eight years at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and as Assistant to the Rector for seven years at All Saints Episcopal Church and St. Anne's Episcopal Church, both in Atlanta.

Cristina (Tina) Poll joins AFFI as regulatory and international affairs specialist. Tina is a recent graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she earned her bachelors degree in Food Science and Technology. Tina brings knowledge of food quality assurance, food microbiology and food chemistry to AFFI's public policy and regulatory affairs teams. Tina has prior experience working at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and has coached tennis for four years.

Leslie G. Sarasin, AFFI President and CEO, says of the new additions, "I am thrilled to bring these individuals on board. Each of them brings a tremendous amount of talent to our team and each will lend valuable support to his or her division. Thomas, David and Tina join AFFI at a time when we face critical challenges on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory arena. Their individual skills and expertise will help AFFI be even more effective in bringing the positive story about frozen foods to light."

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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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