Who We Are

Our Mission

The ISTA Educational Foundation‘s mission is to engage, inspire, and empower student leaders who will improve our world through advancing transport packaging design. Dedicated to the support and service of the packaging community, the ISTA Educational Foundation (ISTAEF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(C)3 charitable organization, raising and distributing funds to foster educational growth in the transport packaging space. Click here to view our FAQ.

Our Corporate & Individual Supporters

ISTAEF is sincerely grateful to the following supporter for their generous contribution to support our foundation program efforts:

  • SC Johnson - A Family Company
  • ISTA
  • Dwight & Janice Schmidt
  • Ed & Barb Church

Board of Directors

The ISTAEF Board of Directors helps guide the foundation through their dedication and commitment to the transport packaging industry.

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A.J. Gruber, ISTA

President & Treasurer

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Brian O'Banion, ISTA

Vice President & Secretary

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Nora Crivello, Westpak


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Mike Gabriel, Land O'Lakes


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Jonathan Quinn, Pregis


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Dwight Schmidt


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Rodney Prater, SC Johnson, A Family Co.


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Greg Fornasiero, The Home Depot