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Northern Crops Institute Announces Staff Changes
January 12, 2009

Director Brian Sorenson announces three staff changes at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D. Thunyaporn Jeradechachai and Staci Lee joined the NCI staff this fall, and Rilie Morgan was recently promoted.

Jeradechachai and Lee are great additions to our staff, says Sorenson. They have quickly contributed to our short courses and technical services. Morgan has been with NCI for over two years and has grown in his understanding of grain processing. Promoting him to Processing Specialist is a testimony of his value to NCI.
Thunyaporn (Naggie) Jeradechachai joined the NCI staff in August as a Food Technologist and was promoted to Crop Quality Specialist on December 1.

Promoting Jeradechachai to Crop Quality Specialist is a very important step in building a technical team that will provide improved service and expertise to benefit our regions agricultural producers and value added processors, comments Sorenson.

Jeradechachais primary responsibilities include laboratory testing and analysis for the quality evaluation and utilization of pulse and oilseed crops and their co-products. Jeradechachai earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from North Dakota State University (NDSU). She worked as a Student Research Assistant with the USDA in
Fargo from 2005-2008. In January 2009, she will begin her graduate studies in Cereal Science at NDSU. Jeradechachai is a native of Bangkok, Thailand.

Staci Lee began duties as Lab Manager in October. Lee assists in the evaluation and demonstration of the quality and functionality of regionally produced wheat and other crops, including the milling, baking and other processing properties, for NCIs educational and technical service efforts. She also provides oversight for NCIs flour quality and baking labs, and will develop and implement lab/pilot-plant safety, food safety, hygiene, and sanitation programs.

Lee previously worked as Quality Assurance Manager for ADM Milling Company and as Quality Manager in Training for Cargill Flour Milling, both in
Chattanooga, Tenn. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from NDSU in Food Science. Lee is from Kindred, N.D.

Rilie Morgan was promoted to Processing Specialist on December 1. His main duties include operating NCIs pasta and twin-screw extruders, assisting with durum milling projects, maintaining and operating other processing equipment, and keeping ingredient inventories.

Morgan joined NCI in 2006. He also worked at NCI as a student laboratory assistant from 2003- 2005. Morgan is a graduate of the University of North Dakota (UND) and NDSU. He began graduate studies in Cereal Science at NDSU in September. He is from
Grafton, N.D.

Many of our short courses are taught to international customers of our crops and processed products. It is very important that our staff has the ability to work with diverse groups and cultures, and I feel that our entire staff here at NCI does a great job making our guests feel welcome and comfortable while they are here, concludes Sorenson.


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