Vander Heide and Phelps Award

The Vander Heide Award was established in 1940 and is presented every year at the Technical Conference to the Cookie and Cracker Academy’s Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing Course graduate who receives the highest score (or grade point average) for the graduating year. In addition, the Phelps Award is awarded to the graduating student with the second highest grade point average in the course. It was presented for the first time in 2016 at the Technical Conference and was established in honor of the course’s dedicated pioneer of the course – Kathy Kinter Phelps. The awards are typically kept as surprises to the honorees until the unveil at the Technical Conference.

Pictured from left: (Phelps Award) Andrew Shaw, Process & Research and Development, Jamaica Biscuit Company Limited, (Vander Heide Award) Brian Walesh, Process Engineer, Kellogg Company








“Since joining the Jamaica Biscuit Company Limited in 2004 as a Quality Control Inspector, fast track 15 years later, who would have thought that I would be on an exhilarating yet edifying career path. I have indeed grown personally and professionally. Taking this course has contributed vastly to my development. This course gave me new knowledge as it covered all aspects of the biscuit manufacturing industry, which in turn boosted my confidence in the field. I liked the way you had to work through each project/module and I received excellent feedback from my course coordinator, Vanessa, and advisors. The practicals were spot on as they had a direct correlation to my product development function. The team at ABA was interested in my success as I would email my concerns and would receive prompt responses ensuring that I was satisfied. I even had the pleasure of corresponding with Kathy Phelps when I started, so it is with esteemed gratitude that I accept this award in her honor. Thank you, ABA!” Andrew Shaw, Process & Research Development, Jamaica Biscuit

Vander Heide & Phelps Award Recipients:

2018 Vander Heide Award: Brian Walesh, Kellogg Company
2018 Phelps Award: Andrew Shaw, Jamaica Biscuit Company

Previous Vander Heide Award Recipients:
2017 Vander Heide Award: Brittany Tomlin, Kellogg Company
2017 Phelps Award: Robert Commandant, Weston Foods, Colonial Cookies Division
2016: Benjamin Colon, D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Company
2015: John-Claude Lacroix, D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Company
2014: Martha Hunt, Kellogg Company
2013: Kathleen Clark, ConAgra Foods
2012: Michael Downing, Bremner Food Group
2011: Maribeth Maligaya, Dare Foods Ltd.
2010: Nicole Schubert, Kraft Foods, Inc.
2009: Christine Leyland, Kraft Canada
2008: Katie Cleary, Kraft Foods, Inc.
2007: Raquel Calil, Kraft Brazil
2006: Allan Orth, Bremner Food Group, LLC
2005: William Bossert, Pepperidge Farm, Inc.
2004: Alfred Grigg, Interbake Foods LLC
2004: Kimberly Chuck, Kraft Foods Inc. (First Edition Winner)
2003: John Woszack, Kraft Canada
2002: Amy E. Marx, Keebler Company
2001: Greg Edwards, Keebler Company
2000: Cindi Pisarzewicz, Oak State Products, Inc.
1999: John M. Comstock, Nabisco Biscuit Company
1998: Sharry Motley, Nabisco Biscuit Company
1997: Carl Rust, Keebler Company
1996: Laura De Suero, Productos Alimenticios Pascual, S.A.
1995: Terry Sparks, Keebler Company
1994: Matthew Smallegange, Dare Foods Limited
1993: Daryl Nisenson, Keebler Company
1992: Michael Healy, Oak State Products, Inc.
1992: Tania G. Watson, Griffins Food Limited
1991: George Robinson, Nabisco, Inc.
1990: Steven May, McKee Baking Company
1989: Dawn Gillerman, Nabisco, Inc.
1988: Dennis Borrall, Interbake Foods
1987: Ronald Tremayne, Sunshine Biscuits Inc.
1987: Timothy Malefyt, Holland American Wafer Company
1986: Carlos Sutton, D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Company
1985: Carlos Reis, Bakers Limited
1984: Perry Thompson, Frito-Lay
1983: Jack Pick, Bakers Limited
1982: Roy E. Schulze, Ralston Purina Company
1982: William “Bill” Walsh, Interbake Foods, Inc.
1981: Irving Manschal, Nabisco, Inc.
1980: Bruce Jahnsen, Nabisco, Inc.
1979: Mary D. Gentry, Lance, Inc.
1978: Sue C. Bailey, Nabisco, Inc.
1977: Gerald K. Smith, Lance, Inc.
1976: John Knowles, Mother’s Cake & Cookie Company
1975: Christopher N. Taylor, Pepperidge Farm, Inc.
1974: Hugh J. Harris, Nabisco, Inc.
1973: John McDaid, Irish Biscuits, Ltd.
1972: Dorothy M. Cooksley, Grandma Cookie Company
1971: W. Gordon Cousins, Southern Biscuit Company
1971: C. Noel Quinn, Irish Biscuits Ltd.
1970: Donald P. Byrnes, Euram Foods, Inc.
1969: Bemie Postma, Keebler Company
1968: Gayle E. Hayes, Burry Biscuit Div. The Quaker Oats Company
1967: Billy D.Walker, National Biscuit Company
1966: J. J. Flynn, National Biscuit Company
1965: Homer E. Massey, Sr., Bremmer Biscuit Company
1964: A.W.Rechten, National Biscuit Company
1963: J.L. Peeler, Jr., Jack’s Cookie Corporation
1962: William R. Cary, Burry Biscuit Corporation
1961: Sally Schmidt, Crescent Mac. & Cracker Company
1960: Camen Renelli, Salemo-Megowen Biscuit Company
1959: John Adrian, Cal-Ray Bakeries, Inc.
1958: Paul Stillitano, Burry Biscuit Corporation
1957: Wolfred Kedderis, Weston Biscuit Corporation
1956: Joseph O. Plaisance, Jack’s Cookie Corporation
1955: Hoyle H. Hicks, Taylor Biscuit Company
1954: Jack S. Larson, Schulze & Burch Biscuit Company
1953: John R. Floyd, Lance, Inc.
1952: Donald F. Pinson, American Bakeries
1951: Wes Owen, Paulin Chambers Company
1950: A J. Albert, Jr., G. J. Hamilton & Sons, Ltd.