Purpose | Serve the membership, develop plans, hit the goals, do the work, have some fun, i.e. really geek out on coffee.
Executive Management

Ric Rhinehart
Executive Director
Call | 562.999.3172
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  • Primary contact for strategic issues, leadership, advocacy, all things coffee
  • Works with Board of Directors and the Executive Committee
  • Our go-to guy, a coffee person through and through, cares deeply, has the whole office using "really?".
Cindy Cohn
Sr. Director of Events
Call | 562.999.3155
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  • Primary contact for oversight of all SCAA events, including management of our annual Expo
  • Works with the Expo Executive Committee & Exhibitor Advisory Council, while also occasionally learning from roasters and baristas
  • Master of the walkie talkie, likes organization & timelines, and keeps us all in line
Peter Giuliano
Sr. Director of Symposium
Call | 562.999.3183
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  • Curates, develops and leads the SCAA Symposium, our cutting-edge ideas conference
  • Develops new and innovative ways to understand and discuss key issues in coffee
  • Plays the accordion (sometimes professionally), is passionate about the OTHER kind of beans (you know, the kind you eat), and is enthusiastically nearsighted
Administration & Accounting
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Julie Housh
Executive Assistant
Call | 562.999.3143
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  • Supports the Executive Director and Executive team.
Tracy Savage
Director of Accounting
Call | 562.999.3157
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  • Primary contact for finance and accounting, human resources, systems
  • Works with Executive Committee
Irma Ramirez
Membership Accountant
Call | 562.999.3161
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  • Primary contact for membership accounting and accounts receivable
  • Works with Membership
  • Incredibly kind and lovely, our in-house translator and representative for Spanish speaking members around the world, makes a mean cup of coffee...everyday... for the entire staff... we love you
Adra Aragon
Staff Accountant
Call | 562.999.3150
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  • Primary contact for accounts payable and vendor correspondence
  • Works behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly
  • Makes things happen, has the best laugh ever, went to see the new Harry Potter movie on opening night but fell asleep, so went again the next day
Leigh Duszynski
Human Resources Manager
Call | 562.999.3145
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  • Human Resources, because miracle worker isn't an official job title.
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Stephen Morrissey
Senior Creative Advisor
Call | 562.999.3207
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  • Design, enhance and execute coffee service and sensory experiences across a wide variety of SCAA events
  • Create new specialty coffee and other beverage programs in line with advances in the marketplace, and a focus on member and attendee engagement
Lara Gallagher
Sr. Event Manager
Call | 562.999.3177
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  • Primary contact for event planning and logistics for regional and national barista competitions, as well as The Event Activities Hall
  • Works with the BGA Executive Council and Barista Events Working Group
Carrie Gibson
Events Manager
Call | 562.999.3153
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  • Primary contact for event planning and logistics for Barista Camp and Pathways at Expo national
  • Works with the BGA Executive Council and Barista Events Committee
  • Mom of 5 and completely calm and tireless when it comes to event coordination. We're not entirely sure she's not a robot
Theresa Maguire
Volunteer & Registration Design Manager
Call | 562.999.3163
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  • Primary contact for volunteer opportunities at all SCAA events - SCAA Expo, Re:co Symposium, Barista Camps, Roasters Guild Retreat and more
  • Works with the most amazing group of volunteers in the world to fill over 1500 volunteer positions each year!
  • Works with SCAA's registration vendor to continually improve and enhance the attendee experience for our annual trade show & symposium
Melissa McGuinness
Events Manager
Call | 562.999.3170
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  • Planning and support for the annual Exposition, including signage, housing, security and general operational logistics
  • Primary contact for Roasters Guild Retreat
  • Works with Professional Development Committee and Roasters Guild Executive Council
  • Can juggle a car, a baby and a husband with her bare hands
Lisa Pacini
Exhibit Sales and Service Manager
Call | 562.999.3167
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  • Primary contact for exhibit sales and service for our annual Event
  • Supports exhibitor marketing & promotions, and leads the charge for exhibitor fulfillment
  • Incredibly organized; knows what's what and where's where at all times
  • Works with Exhibitor Advisory Council
Shelby Paul
Senior Event Manager
Call | 562.999.3147
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  • Primary contact for event planning and logistics of Re:co Symposium.
  • Project Manager for SCAA Origin trips.
Stacy Woods
Event Manager
Call | 562.999.3149
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  • Planning and support for annual Exposition, including staffing, audio visual and general operational logistics
  • Operational support for Roasters Guild Retreat
  • Planning for SCAA Leadership Summit & June Planning Meeting
  • Stacy worked for SCAA from 1999-2007, and met her husband Brian at our Event in Miami; together they're determined to prove that normal kids can be raised in Las Vegas
Hugo Neuproler
Education Events Specialist
Call | 562.999.3185
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  • Works with Event Manager Carrie Gibson and the Professional Development department on planning and support for education and certificate programs offered at Barista Camp, Expo, and other SCAA educational events.
Marketing & Communications
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Tara Smith
Director of Marketing & Communications
Call | 562.999.3174
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  • Primary contact for marketing, advertising, promotions, press and social media /digital inquiries
  • Manages SCAA websites, advertising programs, and new technology projects; Managing Editor of the Digital Edition of The Chronicle
  • Works with the Marketing Advisory Committee
  • If you are not a fan of the SCAA on Facebook or a follower on Twitter, she will hunt you down and make you one
Lily Kubota
Content & Communications Manager
Call | 562.999.3166
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  • Primary contact for communications inquiries including industry news, member press releases and electronic outreach
  • Executive Editor of The Chronicle (Print & Digital Editions)
  • Can organize vast and disparate pieces of information like nobody's business, takes on the daunting challenges with a smile, known for delivering zingers in staff meetings with spot-on timing
Stefani McGee
Event Marketing Manager
Call | 562.999.3165
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  • Primary contact for all event marketing and communication efforts for regional activities and the SCAA Event.
Heather Ward
Research Analyst
Call | 562.999.3187
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  • Primary contact for statistics, research, and coffee industry data
  • Works within the Marketing & Communications department to provide valuable, relevant information to members
Danny Pinnell
Communications Coordinator
Call | 562.999.3152
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  • Supports the marketing & communications team with content development, digital resources and website management, email campaigns, and social media.
  • Graduated from Biola University with a degree in public relations and journalism, loves adventure, Wipeout Season 6 Contestant.
Tyler Smith
E-Commerce Manager
Call | 562.999.3208
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  • Primary contact for online sales and product support
  • Works on the backside of our store site. (Yes, he is the person running the IM)
  • Makes sure to contact if you have any feedback on the site or need help with your order.
Dan Marmaduke
Marketing Coordinator
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  • Supports the Event Marketing & Communications team with content creation, event management, website management, email, and social media.
  • Avid Chicago Sports fan (Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks)
  • Invented an eponymous burrito-burger which is currently served in a Chicago restaurant. Inquiries appreciated.
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Mansi Chokshi
Membership Director
Call | 562.999.3140
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  • Primary contact for membership inquiries & member services
  • Works with BGA, RG Sustainability Council and Community Sub-Committee
  • Driven to provide awesome customer service to our members and talks to more people in one day than most do in a lifetime
Katie Cramer
Membership Manager
Call | 562.999.3164
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  • Focuses on engagement opportunities and fulfillment of membership value
  • Promotes benefits, programs and events to help members succeed
  • Manages the membership team and membership materials
  • A huge fan of delicious coffee and therefore incredibly grateful for your support and everything you do to make great coffee happen
Christopher Buck
Member Assistant
Call | 562.999.3168
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  • Works in membership to greet new members, provide quality customer service, and answer all questions regarding membership with the SCAA.
  • Responsible for Q grading services.
  • On the weekends, when he is not chasing down his twin daughters, you can find him roasting coffee in his back yard.
Professional Development
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Ellie Hudson
Director of Professional Development
Call | 562.999.3158
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  • Primary contact for SCAA educational partner programs with global coffee organizations
  • Strategic support for Guild Leadership and the four Professional Development Subcommittees
  • Once rocked a coffee bean tat, knows precisely the right word to use and can likely tell you its etymology, was on staff long before she was on staff
Dorit Goossens Lessard
Project Manager
Call | 562.999.3180
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  • Primary contact for SCAA education tracking, certification entitlements, and SCAA education questions beginning with "How do I...?"
  • Works with the Lectures Subcommittee and Skill Building Subcommittee
  • She is the owner of a bearded dragon and a three horned Jackson Chameleon. She loves to play easy card games and drink good wine, preferably with good friends, at a scenic location.
Kim Ta
Account Manager
Call | 562.624.4100
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  • Primary contact for all things related to the SCAA Campus Network and the SCAA Instructor Development Program (IDP).
Science & Standards
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Emma Sage
Coffee Science Manager
Call | 562.999.3159
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  • Primary contact for coffee science, standards, and protocols.
  • Works with the Statistics & Standards Committee to develop standards, review existing practices and standards, and conduct new research and testing.
  • A botanist with a true love for photosynthesis, seeks the why behind good coffee but fears that she is destined to eventually find that coffee tastes good 'just because'.
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Kim Elena Ionescu
Director of Sustainability
Call | 562.999.3171
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  • Provides leadership to the coffee community in matters of Sustainability throughout the value chain
  • Develops initiatives to support and enhance the cause of sustainability throughout the coffee community
Business Development
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Katy Goulding
Director of Business Development
Call | 562.999.3162
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  • Primary contact for sponsorship and business development opportunities
  • The bigger the challenge, the better. Throw anything at her, really.
Susan Gates
Susan Gates
National Account Executive
Call | 206.818.2563
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  • Responsible for all print and digital advertising opportunities.
  • Business Development liaison to The Specialty Coffee Chronicle team and primary contact for Barista Camp and Bloom Event partnership opportunities.
Cait McGehee
Cait McGehee
Project Manager
Call | 562.999.3142
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  • Supports the business development team with sponsor communication and onsite deliverables.
  • Thrives on meeting new people, drinking great coffee and sunshine.

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