Staff

Janice Cooper

Managing Director

cooper@wmcinc.org

Janice Cooper is the Managing Director of the Wheat Marketing Center (WMC) in Portland, Oregon, a position she has held since November 2015. Prior to joining the WMC, she served for six years as Executive Director of the California Wheat Commission and earlier managed the California Association of Wheat Growers. In addition to her experience in the wheat industry, Janice has a broad background in business development and trade policy in the banking, high tech and renewable energy sectors. Janice started her career in Washington, D.C. as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. She returned to D.C. later as the Trade Representative for the State of California.

Janice was recently re-appointed to the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee, the private sector group appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to advise the Federal Grain Inspection Service on its programs and priorities. She is also a member of the Export Council of Oregon, which advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and helps promote U.S. exports.

Janice holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science / International Relations from the University of California, Los Angeles. She speaks Danish and continues working on her Spanish.
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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.

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.

Brent Haugen

Office Manager

Executive Assistant to Janice Cooper

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.