Northeast Staff

Experts in international markets facilitate the connection between producers of U.S. food and agricultural products and international buyers and more. Our team works with state member agencies, the USDA and Foreign Agriculture Service to help U.S. organizations become export ready.

Tim Hamilton

Executive Director

Tim Hamilton is Executive Director of the Food Export Association of the Midwest USA and Food Export USA-Northeast. Together these associations offer international trade development services to U.S. exporters to over 40 countries around the world. Tim and his team work directly with the U.S. food industry, government officials, importers and distributors throughout the world to design and implement export development and promotion activities for U.S. food and agricultural products. Tim also leads programs that provide financial support to U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Market Access Program.

Tim previously served as Chairman of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council. He holds an appointment to the U.S. Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Processed Foods by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Association Forum of Chicago.

Tim has experience in both food manufacturing and international agriculture. Prior to joining Food Export-Midwest in 1991 and Food Export-Northeast in 2000, Tim was the general manager of a Chicago-based natural foods producer. Early in his career he was a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa. As an agricultural extension agent, he focused on increasing food production by working directly with farmers and ranchers in a remote region of the country. A Wisconsin native, Tim holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of International Business from DePaul University in Chicago.

Joshua Dillard

Deputy Director

Josh is the Deputy Director at Food Export-Northeast.  He began his position as Branded Program Manager in September 2012 after spending three years as the Manager of Market Research at the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.  In addition, Josh has over a decade of experience in the food industry, largely in the HORECA segment, including owning and operating his own retail establishment.

Josh holds an MBA in International Business from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business and an B.A. in Hospitality Management from The Pennsylvania State University.  A resident of Center City Philadelphia, Josh is an avid reef aquarium keeper and prides himself on being “in the know” about artisan food producers from across the globe.

John Belmont

Communications Manager

John Belmont joined Food Export -Midwest and Food Export-Northeast in February 2011 as Communications Manager. John has spent his entire career developing integrated traditional and digital marketing communications programs, strategies and tactics. He has spent time in both for-profit and non-profit environments and has extensive B2B communications experience. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Marketing and Advertising from Marquette University.

John currently resides on the north side of Chicago and spends his spare time chasing after his four small children, fixing up a 105 year old home and riding his bike all over Chicagoland.

Howard Gordon

Branded Program Manager

Howard joined Food Export USA-Northeast in September of 2011 as a Liaison.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing with a focus in Aviation Management from Jacksonville University. Before working for Food Export–Northeast, Howard worked for a major airline for 12 years in airport customer service. Additionally, Howard has worked in state government in the department of finance.

A native of Delaware, Howard enjoys traveling, swimming, and volunteering.

Suzanne Milshaw

International Marketing Program Manager

Suzanne joined Food Export USA-Northeast as the International Marketing Program Manager in June 2012. She served Food Export-Northeast previously as Branded Program Manager. She’s spent much of her career in the agriculture and food sector, most recently serving in promoting agricultural economic development in southeastern Pennsylvania.  She has spent time working abroad in Poland and Austria.

Suzanne earned a B.A. in International Studies from Trinity College and a M.S. in Nutrition in the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts University.  She enjoys gardening, swimming and volunteering.

Bruce Pansius

Finance Manager

Bruce is Food Export-Northeast' s Finance Manager, joining in January 2014. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, working in international trade development for nearly ten years. Earlier in his career, he worked for Campbell Soup Company and had his own manufacturing company.

Bruce holds an International MBA from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Political Science and Business Administration from Trinity University. He speaks Spanish and has worked in or visited over 35 countries. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and includes camping, woodworking, reading and exercising among his many avocations. 

Laura Buske

Communications Coordinator - Publications

Laura was born and raised in the Chicago area and joined Food Export-Midwest as the Administrative Assistant in March of 2011. She joined the International Marketing Program in 2013 and became the Communications Coordinator - Publications in March 2015 for both Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast. Prior to her employment at Food Export, she has worked supporting corporate executives at electronics and advertising firms.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys scrapbooking and watching her two sons play baseball.

Ben Cortese

International Marketing Program Associate

Ben Cortese joined Food Export-Northeast in August 2016 as a Liaison. Ben comes to Food Export with a diverse background, having spent time in both the Apparel and Real Estate industries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Fordham University in New York City.

Ben has travelled extensively throughout Europe and has completed both the Camino de Santiago and Tour du Mont Blanc hikes. He enjoys photography and has had the privilege to document all of his travels.

Tess England

International Program Associate

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Tess moved to Philadelphia to join the Food Export USA – Northeast team as an International Program Associate in May 2017. Prior to working at Food Export, Tess resided in Siem Reap, Cambodia where she worked in a non-profit that specialized in educating rural Cambodians about sustainable agricultural practices.

Tess earned her B.A. in International Relations from Franklin University Switzerland. In her free time she enjoys running, trying new restaurants and jiu jitsu.

Andrew Haught

International Marketing Program Senior Coordinator

Andrew joined Food Export USA-Northeast in April 2014 as the International Marketing Program Assistant. He earned his B. S. in Hospitality Management from Drexel University and worked for Drexel in the Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, and Food Science Program. 

Andrew grew up in Manchester, NH and the NH Seacoast and has a fondness for New England and seafood in particular. When he is not at work he can be found biking and walking around the city, traveling, reading at the beach or gardening up on his roof deck in Center City.

Deborah Ingravallo


Deborah joined Food Export USA – Northeast as a Liaison in August 2017 following an extensive career as a Marketing and Events Coordinator with a local Trade Association, working with every segment of the Maritime Industry within the Ports of Philadelphia and Wilmington.  

Her career in Maritime began in sales and marketing with a major Steamship Line, eventually transitioning to outside sales within the Philadelphia area. 

Deborah is a Jersey girl born-and-raised and holds a B.A. from Penn State University.  She is a huge baseball fan (Philadelphia Phillies), loves the South Jersey shore, and is active in the Township and County where she resides in New Jersey.

Apryl King


Apryl moved from Maine to Philadelphia to join Food Export-Northeast in October 2018 as a Liaison. Before joining as Liaison, Apryl was a Research Associate at the Maine International Trade Center as well as a Food Export Intern in Maine. Apryl received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Maine.   

Apryl is a true Mainer and New Englander and loves seafood and the outdoors. Apryl loves exploring the outdoors and in her new city of Philadelphia.

Sarah Larson

Communications Associate - Social Media

Sarah Larson joined Food Export – Northeast in May 2018 as our Communications Associate – Social Media.   She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and History from Indiana University.  Previously she has worked as a Social Media Coordinator managing the social media presence of small businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  She has experience with all of the major social media platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Instagram.

Sarah grew up in California and now loves living on the East Coast and getting to experience all 4 seasons, even winter!  In her free time she enjoys reading a variety of genres, listening to Broadway soundtracks, discovering new podcasts, and hiking through her local Wissahickon Valley Park.

Wahkeena "Keyna" Mason

Senior Administrative Specialist

Keyna worked for Food Export-Northeast as a temp starting July of 2002.  She later became a full-time employee in August of 2003.  As the Senior Administrative Specialist she provides support to the Deputy Director, Finance, Branded Program and International Marketing Program. Using her charm to collect Food Export program evaluations is just one more area of her expertise.

Prior to joining Food Export-Northeast, she provided customer service to small companies in the Food Distribution Center that corresponded with the seafood industry.  Keyna, as she is affectionately known as, recently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in March of 2013.  She enjoys shopping, singing, writing spoken word poetry, spending time with her family, watching football (Dallas Cowboys) and has found a new love for travelling now that she has finished her degree.

Adolfo Montelongo

Communications Coordinator - Content

Adolfo joined Food Export-Midwest in the fall of 2010. He is originally from Houston, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Communications. Prior to his employment with Food Export-Midwest, he worked in marketing with the WNBA, Clear Channel Radio, the Austin Marathon and in project management. He also spent time as a legislative intern with former Congressman Ken Bentsen.

In his free time he enjoys running, discovering new places to eat in the city, and cheering on his Texas Longhorns.

Anna McCrorey

Accounting/HR Coordinator 

Anna joined Food Export USA-Northeast  in March 2013. Prior to joining Food Export she worked  as a Fiscal Assistant  in the Accounting departments of two different organizations  in the Human Services field. Anna brings over 20 years of non-profit experience to Food Export.  She enjoys spending time with her family.

Madison Smith


Maddie joined Food Export USA – Northeast in September 2018 as a Liaison. She graduated in May 2018 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Food Marketing and International Business from Saint Joseph’s University right here in Philadelphia. Maddie has had internship experiences in both sales and recruiting prior to her graduation from SJU. Maddie has lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia all her life but loves the experience of working right in Center City!

In her free time, Maddie loves being outside snowboarding or hiking, watching the Philadelphia Eagles and trying new restaurants.

Mike Weiand

IT Administrator

Mike became the IT Administrator for Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast in October 2010. He is originally from the suburbs north of Chicago. He spent the past 12 years in southern Illinois, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Technologies and Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

Prior to returning to the Chicago area, Mike worked at SIUC at the Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development on the Rural Medical Transportation Network Project, providing GIS expertise to the project and serving as LAN Administrator for the department.

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