Michael Shahani serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Nebraska Cultures, Inc. He oversees all aspects of manufacturing, new product development, customer service and marketing, as well as coordinates all scientific resources and activities for the company. Michael obtained his M.A. from the University of California, Davis and D.M.A. from the University of Hartford, and worked for Dr. Shahani in business development for several years prior to formally joining Nebraska Cultures, Inc. full time in 1996. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Probiotics Association, and is a past Executive Committee member.
Lara Jackie Dickinson
Director of Marketing
Lara Jackie Dickenson serves as Director of Marketing for Nebraska Cultures, Inc. She has nearly twenty years of consumer packaged goods marketing, sales, and general management experience with an emphasis on bringing healthy food and ingredient innovations to the natural and mass market. She has provided strategic marketing and sales leadership consulting to leading edge food and beverage companies, including Numi Organic Tea, Jamba Juice, Nestle Purina, House Foods America and Japan, Mighty Leaf Tea, Gardein Protein, Balance Bar, Dr. Melina, Alter Eco Foods, and Gamechanger. Lara is a director for the Alliance of CEO’s and recently co-founded the League of Sustainable Executives (LSE), a prominent group of founders and CEO’s dedicated to improving the Natural Products Industry. Her various innovation activities have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Reuters, Brand Week, and the Orange County Register and Channel 4 View from the Bay.
Chief Creative Officer
Robbin Shahani serves as the Chief Creative Officer for Nebraska Cultures, Inc. and is responsible for executing advertising campaigns and producing the company’s multi-media programming. He also supports corporate operations and customer service. Robbin has written, directed and produced videos for Nebraska Cultures, documenting the company’s history and products, in addition to Dr. Shahani’s scientific lectures on probiotics. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Utah.
Dr. Robert Hutkins, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Advisor
Dr. Robert Hutkins serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor for Nebraska Cultures, Inc. In that role he oversees and advises the company on quality control and new product development. Dr. Hutkins is a frequent lecturer at international and national trade and education seminars on behalf of Nebraska Cultures, Inc. Dr. Hutkins is a Professor of Food Microbiology at the University of Nebraska. His research there is focused on the physiology of probiotic lactic acid bacteria, with the goal of understanding the metabolic pathways involved in food and industrial fermentations. Dr. Hutkins works with probiotics at the University of Nebraska and continues to follow Dr. Shahani’s path of making probiotics a common dietary supplement for the general public. In 2005, he was the first recipient of the Khem Shahani Professorship in Food Science and Technology awarded by the University of Nebraska. In 2006 he was appointed to the Scientific Board of the International Probiotic Association.
Leona Shahani has been involved in the holistic medical movement and natural health products industry for more than 45 years. As the wife of the late Dr. Khem Shahani, she has been closely involved in the development of Nebraska Cultures, Inc. since its inception in 1981. After receiving her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Leona began her professional career as a clinical psychologist before becoming president of Nebraska Cultures. As president, Leona helps shape and implement the mission first established by Dr. Khem Shahani and uphold his high standard of quality.
Since 2014, Nebraska Cultures has been a proud partner of Maypro Industries, as part of their Proprietary & Branded Ingredients division. Maypro acts as the exclusive distributor of Nebraska Cultures’ raw materials in the U.S. and some international markets as well. Please inquire for details.
Maypro works closely with their global suppliers to meet the needs of our most demanding customers to deliver quality products at competitive prices while providing consistency of supply and excellent service. In addition to offering a broad range of well-established natural ingredients, Maypro has also developed a highly selective portfolio of innovative proprietary patented and branded ingredients backed by extensive clinical data that meets the scientific and regulatory requirements of their most demanding customers.