MEET OUR TEAM

Jeff Wuagneux

President & CEO

Jeff comes from a successful career in the food ingredients industry and founded RFI in 1989 with a vision to establish a vertically-integrated, global source of natural specialty ingredients and formulas for the food, functional food and dietary supplement industries. He has led RFI to become recognized as a diversified and quality-driven developer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of natural products. Jeff leads the executive team, provides vision, and is deeply involved with corporate, sales, business and product development strategies.

Trish Devine

Chief Operating Officer

Trisha has been with RFI for more than 20 years and has occupied key roles in several important areas of the company. Trisha began her tenure at RFI as Office Manager and moved up quickly to managing RFI’s Customer Service Department and Internal Sales. Trisha’s current role is to work with key accounts, as well as assist in developing strategic supply partnerships. Her depth of relationships with customers and extensive knowledge of company operations and products make Trisha a very important member of RFI’s executive team.

Paul Altaffer

Chief Innovation Officer

Paul has more than 30 years of experience developing, sourcing and marketing natural products. He was the founder of Nat-Trop, a pioneer in the development of natural and nutritional ingredients from South America, which merged with RFI in 2002. Raised in Brazil, Paul has a multi-cultural background and brings with him many important relationships in sourcing and product development. Paul’s primary concentrations are product development; technical sales; strategic and sustainable sourcing; program support; managing strategic industry and association relationships; and business development.

Pi-Yu Hsu

VP of Quality & Applications

Pi-Yu has been with RFI since 2002. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Technology, then a Master’s in Food Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Pi-Yu has more than 15 years of technical experience in the nutraceutical and food industries at a global level, and she has developed more than 50 major commercial products. Her diverse technical skills include QA programs design; food and dietary supplement regulations and compliance; product formulation and application; and analytical method development. At RFI, she manages the technical department, which includes QA, QC, regulatory, applications and technical service.

Marty Wilsey

Vice President, Manufacturing

Marty has worked for 25 years in the food, flavor and nutritional supplement industries. He spent 13 years at Hauser, Inc., a research and development company which focused on natural product extracts and purified plant compounds for the dietary supplement, pharmaceutical and food industries. With extensive experience in operations, raw material procurement and sourcing and research and development, Marty oversees the manufacturing operations for RFI.

Peter Jacobson

QC/QA Manager

Peter has more than 10 years of experience in quality control, manufacturing, and regulated testing. Prior to RFI, he spent four years with Eurofins as a study director under FDA and EPA guidelines. As the head of the quality group for RFI, he is responsible for the quality and safety of the ingredients and finished products and the general GMP compliance of the facility.

Smita Chandran

Regulatory Director
Smita is a trained food scientist who has her master’s in food science at South Dakota State University and Bachelors in Dairy Science from India. She is certified PCQI, HACCP and is also SQF practitioner. She provides her expertise in regulatory compliance in food and supplement industry, works closely with formulators for product scale up, review nutrition facts & supplement facts label for regulatory compliance. Customer satisfaction is her primary goal. She has been part of RFI since 2008 and over the tenure, she has gained experience in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and looks forwards to add more technical experience in near future.

Our team members have been instrumental in product innovation for years. Much of our early research and new products helped to popularize ingredients such as fermented foods, organic ingredients, ginseng extract, and yerba mate.

Browse some of the links below to learn more about our groundbreaking work.
  • Fermented foods information HERE
  • Organic ingredients information HERE
  • Ginseng extract information HERE

Additionally, we pioneered a go-to-market strategy that includes full regulatory and marketing support. This program is unique in the food manufacturing space. Learn more about the program on our Blueprints for Health® page and feel confident in bringing a product to market quickly and safely.