The American Egg Board (AEB) has announced additions and promotions to its organization. “As we conclude the AEB’s 40th anniversary year and look forward to new milestone achievements in 2017, I’m thrilled to share this news related to our incredible team,” says Anne L. Alonzo, AEB’s President and CEO. “With these additions and the contributions of our entire staff, we’re positioned to deliver increased value and an even higher return on investment to America’s egg farmers and the collective egg industry going forward.”

The additions and promotions include:

Sofia Therios joins the AEB as its new Vice President for Marketing. Therios brings a wealth of corporate, field and entrepreneurial experience gained in the consumer packaged goods, restaurant and foodservice arena. She held various leadership roles at McDonald’s Corporation, ConAgra Foods and Kraft Foods, as well her own family’s restaurant business. Her position oversees the activities of the Consumer Media/PR Committee.

Dr. Tia Rains was promoted to Executive Director of the AEB's Egg Nutrition Center (ENC), after more than three years with the organization. Dr. Rains’ previous experience includes leadership roles at Kraft Foods and Biofortis Clinical Research. Her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Ph.D. in Nutritional Science serve as the ideal background to oversee ENC’s efforts.

Allison Pigatto, MS, RD, LDN, joins the ENC team as a Nutrition Engagement & Outreach Intern. She most recently worked for Gourmet Gorilla, where she gained extensive knowledge of the nutrition guidelines around school foodservice and a deep understanding of child nutrition.


Ken Hoffman was promoted to Vice President of Finance & Operations. With the AEB for almost two years, he helps administer and steward the AEB budget and finances. He is credentialed with a BS in Agriculture Economics, Masters of Accounting Science, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Gwen Ramirez was promoted to Director of Administration & Employee Relations. She has been with the AEB for 3.5 years and joined the organization from The Coca-Cola Company. Having proudly served our country in the military, she also has her BS in Business Management. Ramirez oversees CEO activities and daily administration, as well as serving as the primary employee liaison.

Ada Escobar joins the AEB as its new Office Manager. With more than a decade of administrative and office experience, she is currently in her senior year at Trinity International University, working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration.

These individuals bring proven, collaborative leadership and support to the AEB, especially important as new strategies, designed to increase the demand for eggs and egg products, are implemented.