Staff and Board
Ephi has over 20 years of diverse professional experience in event production, sustainability consulting, and restaurant marketing. She is certified as a Digital Event Strategist (DES) and works closely with the Events and Education Committee to organize and implement in-person and virtual FCIA events, webinars, conferences, and regional meetups to reach a wide audience.
Bill Guyton, Senior Advisor
Bill has deep technical expertise and hands-on sustainable development field experience with in-country experience in 30 different nations in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East, supporting agricultural programs and trade associations. Bill provides strategic support to FCIA's cocoa value chain committee, including building public-private partnerships and developing methods for tracking and reporting progress on sustainability practices and standards. Bill also serves as business liaison to the TSIRO Alliance in Madagascar; bringing together public and private sector partners to support environmental and value chain improvements in cacao and spice production.
Mey is a sensory analyst with a background in cocoa trading. Based in Tingo Maria in Peru, Mey represents FCIA on the MOCCA, a US Department of Agriculture funded program in Latin America. Mey‘s specific duties are to link cocoa farmer organizations with company members and to provide quality assessments of cocoa.
Melissa Martin, Manager of Marketing, PR & Events
Melissa Martin is a marketing specialist, who has over 15 years of professional experience in strategic marketing. Melissa has operated her own marketing consulting agency for over ten years, with a focus on the culinary arts and agricultural tourism. With her roots in creative writing, this nationally published author turned her passion for writing into a successful career. Currently, Melissa specializes in content management and implementing digital growth goals in both B2B and B2C realms.
Jill Hansen is the owner of Great Blue Accounting and Consulting LLC. She earned her bachelor‘s degree in Accounting from the University of Montana in 1995. Jill has worked as a management accountant in many industries and for many types and sizes of companies and non-profits organizations. Her specialization is creating custom accounting and reporting solutions for management teams, boards of directors, members, and other end-users. Great Blue Accounting‘s mission is to provide premier accounting services with a commitment to high-level customer service to meet the specific needs of every client. Jill Hansen | LinkedIn
Madeline Nieves is the senior accountant for Great Blue Accounting. She earned her bachelor‘s degree in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico in 1996. She is originally from Puerto Rico and has been working remotely for Great Blue since her family moved to Minnesota in 2020. She is fully bilingual, with Spanish as her first language. She has worked in the private sector for different types of companies, developing experience in the complete accounting cycle. Madeline is an expert in the day-to-day transactions of FCIA, facilitating member payments and supporting operations and marketing staff with the necessary financial information.
2022 FCIA Board of Directors
(TCHO Chocolate), President Emeritus
(Seattle Chocolate Company), Vice President
(Cacao Latitudes), Treasurer
(Guittard Chocolate Company)
(International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting, Gran Cacao & Blue Cacao)
Jacques De Waele
(Savage Brothers Company)