About ERI

ERI Vision: ERI will serve our community by fostering innovative activities and concepts to strengthen the food processing industry.

ERI Mission: ERI will be a resource to the food processing industry by providing education, scholarships and research, through fundraising activities and volunteerism, which continuously improves the exchange of knowledge and promotes sustainability.

ERI Board of Directors Purpose and Duties:  The ERI Board of Directors shall determine what activities shall be carried on within the framework of the objects and purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The Board can solicit funds, gifts, grants and bequests; receive subscriptions; and establish, endow and hold the investments and assets of the Corporation. The Board of Directors can elect, remove, or suspend such officers, assistant officers, servants and agents as it may, from time to time, deem necessary; and appoint committees on particular subjects. 

ERI Board


Sue Root, Chair
Oregon Cherry Growers
Director of Field Services & Processing Fruit



Michelle Morrison
Oregon Cherry Growers
VP of Human Resources

Jim Munyon
J.R. Simplot Company

Clark Nelson
Mondelez International

Steve Travis
Oregon Cherry Growers

Steve Morasch
Morasch Meats

Gene Jensen
Calbee North America 

Ed Johnson
Oregon Cherry Growers

Matt Franke
Core Botanica




Casey Garten
Bank of the West

Jay Astle
(Endowment Only)
Univar USA

Damon Vickers
Cummins, Goodman, Denley & Vickers
Melissa Spain
Moss Adams LLP


Food Northwest's Education and Research Institute certifies that it is not an affiliate of, or hold any contractual relationship with, each such organization or corporation, listed above.

Endowment Fund

Established in 1989, Food Northwest’s Endowment Fund, managed by the Education & Research Institute, provides (6) $2,500 scholarships annually to promising students in food processing-related disciplines at colleges in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  The vision for the future of the food industry will include innovative leadership from new technical and professional employees.
Call 503-327-2200 for a free DVD on the industry and its Endowment Program.

Fully tax-deductible contributions to this fund are also used for internships and key research projects benefiting the Northwest food processing industry as a whole. Since 1989, the scholarships have totaled more than $400,000.   We welcome contributions of any size to help create your legacy towards new careers in food manufacturing.  Contact: controller@foodnw.org or call 503-327-2200.