Natalie Adan, Director, Food Safety Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture Natalie Adan is originally from Atlanta, GA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University. Natalie works for the Georgia Department of Agriculture as the Food Safety Division Director. As the Division Director, she oversees manufactured food, retail food, dairy, and farm safety programs. Natalie is committed to helping develop and implement a fully integrated food safety system rooted in public health principles and focused on prevention. She completed the International Food Protection Training Institute’s Fellowship in Food Protection Program in 2011 and actively participates in many food safety associations. In 2017, she received the Eugene H. Holeman Award for her valuable contribution to food, drug, cosmetic and consumer products in administration and enforcement
Helga A. Alexander, Calibration Program Manager, International Accreditation Service Helga Alexander is the Calibration Program Manager for International Accreditation Service (IAS). She is responsible for assessments, maintenance, renewals and other activities related to calibration laboratories pursuing IAS accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025. She is also responsible for providing training for the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 version of the standard, measurement uncertainty and for the successful transitioning of all accredited IAS laboratories to the new standard. In previous roles, Ms. Alexander served as Quality Systems Manager for Southern Research in Birmingham, Alabama, and Metrology Manager for Keithley Instruments in Cleveland, Ohio, where she implemented the ISO/IEC 17025 standard in the primary standards laboratory. Throughout her career in metrology, Ms. Alexander has been active with NCSL International, a trade organization for metrology professionals, serving on various committees. She is currently the Region Coordinator for the NCSLI’s Southern US Region. Ms. Alexander received a BS in physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and an MS in Physics from Cleveland State University.
Terri Arsenault, Agricultural Research Technician Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Education-B.S. degree in biology from Fairfield University, M.S. degree in Forestry from University of Vermont. I have been employed by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station since 1990. My job experience has mostly concentrated on pesticide residue analysis using gas chromatography. Our analyses are used for enforcement of pesticide tolerances on raw agricultural commodities intended for human consumption and for handling of misapplication complaints. Our lab has had a cooperative agreement to conduct analyses for the Food Emergency Response Network since 2005, and I have been primarily responsible for analyzing toxins using gas chromatography. In addition, I perform testing for ethanol content of alcoholic beverages and environmental samples for PCBs on behalf of other state agencies. Lastly, I have helped develop and implement the quality management system in our lab alongside the Quality Manager.
Ellen Basinger, Quality and Safety Manager, Commonwealth of Virginia, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services Ellen is currently the Quality and Safety Manager at Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS), Virginia’s State Laboratory. Ellen has worked at DCLS for nearly 19 years in several leadership positions including Manager of the Quality Safety and Training Group, Manager of the Microbial Reference group which performs clinical and bioterrorism bacteriology and Senior Scientist of the bioterrorism unit during the Anthrax incident. Prior to coming to DCLS Ellen worked for 18 years at the Medical College of Virginia in the clinical microbiology laboratory as a supervisor and bench medical technologist. Throughout her 36 year career she has been actively engaged in the process of continuous quality improvement including the development of programs and overseeing staff training, internal and external audits, and method improvement. As the Quality and Safety Manager at DCLS she is committed to ensuring DCLS maintains the highest quality standards, meets all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and seeks opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the quality processes that are currently in place within the Division.
Teresa Y. Bills, Project Manager, Division of Partnership Investments and Agreements, ORA Office of Partnerships, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Teresa Y. Bills is the Project Manager for the Human Food State Contract Inspection Program within the Division of Partnership Investments and Agreements (DPIA) located in ORA Office of Partnerships (OP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ms. Bills serves organizationally as an expert in developing, monitoring, implementing, and evaluating current or projected complex, interrelated, regulatory inspection contracts and/or grants with state, local, territorial and Tribal (SLTT) food and drug control agencies. She has also held various managerial positions within OP related to inspections of specified firms, industries, and laboratory examinations of consumer products subject to FDA’s jurisdiction. Ms. Bills joined FDA in 2009 as an FDA investigator in the New Orleans District Office (NOL-DO) and later served as the State Liaison (SL) and Emergency Response Coordinator, where she oversaw the FDA/State Human and Animal Food contract programs and managed disaster and health outbreaks, respectively. Prior to joining FDA, Ms. Bills served as an Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee and was responsible for acquisitions and contracts statewide. She received a Master of Education in Administration & Supervision and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tennessee State University. Before joining Federal and State civil service, Teresa managed a Center of Excellence in Pediatric Nephrology focused on recombinant DNA technology for renal physiological studies at Vanderbilt University
Jennifer Bonsky, Rapid Response Team Food Safety Specialist and Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Jennifer started with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in 1999 as a Food Inspector in the metro-Detroit area. In 2008, Jennifer became involved in the MFRPS program and began serving as the Food Safety Specialist on the Michigan Rapid Response Team. Jennifer continues to serve as an MI RRT member and co-leads the MDARD’s Multi-Divisional Emergency Management Senior working group in their efforts to provide field-appropriate training, conduct exercises, and serve as state-wide resources during emergency responses. In 2018, Jennifer became the MFRPS Coordinator for MDARD Food Program.
Roger Brauninger, Biosafety Program Manager, A2LA Roger Brauninger has worked at the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) since 1999. In his role as Biosafety Program manager, his focus is on developing and maintaining accreditation programs in the Life Sciences with emphasis on microbial and chemical risks to people, animals and the environment. He is A2LA’s point person for interacting with organizations working with food and drug safety, human and animal anti-doping, biological and chemical threat agents and since 2014 for issues related to cannabis testing.
Matthew Coleman, Environmental Administrator, Division of Food Safety, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
In May of 1999, Matthew found his passion for Public Health when he began his career working with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) working as a field inspector in multiple programmatic areas. In July 2005, he earned his Registered Sanitarian(RS) and continues to maintain this credential through the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). In 2016, Matthew, earned his Certified Professional in Food Safety (CP-FS) through NEHA. Matthew is a graduate of International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Cohort VI.
In his current role as an Environmental Administrator with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food Safety, Bureau of Food Inspection, Matthew leads the Manufactured Food Team. He leads and guides policy and procedures to assure a safe, wholesome and properly represented food supply through permitting and inspection of food establishments, inspection of food products, and laboratory analysis for wholesale food products stored and / or produced across Florida. Matthew leads development and approves modification of all policy, procedures and program implementation to be in concert with goals of the Department, Division and Bureau and in the best interest of public health.
Matthew Colson, Chief of the Bureau of Food Inspection, Division of Food Safety, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Matt Colson is the Chief of the Bureau of Food Inspection for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food Safety. Matt is the current MFRPA Chair, and AFDOSS regional representative to the MFRPA Board. Some of the accomplishments of the MFRPA Board during Matt’s tenure include drafting and implementing a 3-5 year strategic plan, formalizing a process for changing the MFRPS, and working with FDA to implement mid-interval assessments of the MFRPS to verify full conformance. Matt also currently serves as AFDOSS President, and is an active member of AFDO, CFP, PFP, and is an IFPTI Cohort IV Fellow.
Sally Flowers, Laboratory Administrator, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Laboratory
Sally Flowers joined the Nebraska Department of Agriculture as Laboratory Administrator in September 2016. The NDA Laboratory houses three laboratory sections: Food, Dairy, and Residue; Feed, Fertilizer and Agricultural Lime; and Quality Assurance. Also, accreditation was first earned in 2015. Prior to joining NDA, Sally held lab positions in bench testing, quality control, applied research, teaching, and lab management in commercial and academic labs with an emphasis in microbiology. She is active on several AFDO, AAFCO, and APHL committees. Sally received a BS in Animal Science from University of Florida and a MS in Animal Science and PhD in Food Science from Penn State.
Phillip Fruechting, Program Manager, Food Protection Program, Arkansas Department of Health
Phillip Fruechting, R.S., is the Program Manager for the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) Wholesale/Manufactured Foods program. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences from the University of Arkansas with a major in Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology and a minor in Animal Science.
The Wholesale/Manufactured Foods section is one of many programs under the Environmental Health Protection Branch of the Arkansas Department of Health. The program provides direct services throughout Arkansas to wholesale/manufactured food establishments as well as conducting inspections under FDA contract. He has been with ADH Health since 2011 and has managed the wholesale/manufactured foods program since the agency enrolled in Manufactured Foods Regulatory Program Standards in 2012. He started his career as a Registered Sanitarian for the City of Dallas, TX conducting retail food inspections. He helped develop and served as lead instructor for the City of Dallas’ Food Handlers safety course. After leaving Dallas, he worked as a Registered Sanitarian for the City of McKinney, TX inspecting food service establishments and swimming pools. He is a member of Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO); serves as Vice-President on the Mid-Continental Association of Food and Drug Officials board (MCAFDO); is the MCAFDO representative on the Manufactured Foods Regulatory Program Alliance Board; is a member of the Partnership for Food Protection’s Information & Technology workgroup and is the current Secretary for the Arkansas Society of Professional Sanitarians. He also serves as the ADH’s Representative to the Arkansas State Committee of Plumbing Examiners.
Halima, Alli, Technical Program and Quality Management Team, Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation
Halima Alli is part of technical program and quality management team Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation. She is the Technical Program Manager for the accreditation of clinical testing laboratories and lends her laboratory expertise to general testing program activities as well. Halima is an ASCP Board of Registry-certified Medical Technologist, and has worked in a variety of laboratory environments in her 10 years in at the bench. Her experience includes veterinary clinical microbiology, and work in the Washington State Public Health Laboratory Biosafety Level 3 Tuberculosis laboratory. She moved into the medical device industry to do laboratory diagnostic system technical and application support for liquid a culture monitoring system, then for a manufacturer of PCR devices. Throughout her clinical and medical device career, quality assurance and regulatory compliance were cornerstones to success with new testing system.
Stacie Hammack, Environmental Manager, FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/Food Safety
Stacie Hammack has worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for 33 years with 31 of those years in the Food Safety Laboratories. With a B.S in biochemistry from Florida State University, she spent 22 years as a chemist and then the Chemistry QA liaison in Food Safety before becoming the Quality Manager over the Food Chemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Laboratories for the past 9 years. The Food Safety Laboratories have been continuously accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 including compliance with the AOAC International Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Microbiological and Chemical Analyses of Food, Dietary Supplements, and Pharmaceuticals since March 2007. During the most recent onsite assessment by A2LA the laboratories were assessed to both the 2017 version of 17025 and the August 2018 version of the AOAC criteria.
Jason Holleran, Food Safety Specialist, Division of Food Safety, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Jason Holleran is a Food Safety Specialist with the Ohio Department of Agriculture who conducts inspections of food manufacturers assessing compliance with several food safety regulations including Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Foods. in 2016, Jason became a part of the FDA Preventive Controls for Human Foods training Cadre, facilitating training of FDA and state food regulators in the application and implementation of the Preventive Controls for Human Foods rule. He has used this experience to enhance the Preventive Controls training program for Ohio state inspectors while providing outreach to industry by conducting the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods training.
Vinetta Howard-King, Acting Program Director, Office of Human and Animal Food Operations – East, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Vinetta Howard-King is the acting program director for Human and Animal Food – East (HAF-East) in Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). In this role, Ms. Howard-King is responsible for operational functions in 6 HAF field divisions and the HAF foreign inspection program. Ms. Howard-King’s position of record is senior advisor to the assistant commissioner for operations in ORA. As senior advisor, she advised and assisted agency executive management in organizational design efforts, including: enhancing programmatic specialization; designing, building, and maintaining integrated IT systems; streamlining management structures; and maintaining an enterprise-wide view of policy, compliance, and regulatory operations. She worked directly with senior management in headquarters, regional, and district offices, using strategic problem-solving approaches towards compliance and enforcement that focuses on impact and results. Her previous positions include deputy director in FDA’s Office of Emergency Operations, compliance officer in FDA’s Baltimore District, and chemist in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She has served as acting manager in numerous leadership positions in FDA, including lab supervisor, district director, deputy office director, office director, and regional food and drug director. Ms. Howard-King holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry.
Jan Kelly, Manufactured Food Program Manager, Food and Feed Safety Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Jan Kelly has been with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) since October 1990. Her current role is as the Manufactured Food Program Manager. She leads Department staff in the implementation of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards and ensures the programs on-going conformance. She provides oversight for the negotiation and execution of the FDA Food Inspection Contract. Their Division and Program goals include working cooperatively with state and federal partners in establishing an integrated food safety system and ensuring Minnesota retains its position as a national leader in food safety. Prior to her current position, she worked as a Field Inspection Supervisor, Rapid Response Team Supervisor, and as a lead inspector where she worked on a number of projects including implementing a formal training program for food inspection staff. Jan is a new member of the MFRPA Board of Directors representing the North Central region and is the co-lead for Partnership for Protection (PFP) Work Planning, Inspections and Compliance Workgroup.
Jan feels very fortunate to live on a small acreage in SW MN with her husband Mark and a menagerie of animals. But Jan does NOT like baling hay and she also no longer likes winter
Patrick Kennelly, Program Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials
Patrick Kennelly is a Program Director for the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), and currently manages the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance Cooperative Agreement. Prior to joining AFDO, Patrick worked for the California Department of Public Health for 28 years. Prior to his retirement from CDPH, Patrick was the Chief of the Food Safety Section and was responsible for overseeing the Department’s statewide food safety operations which include inspection and investigation of processed food manufacturers, distributors, water bottling plants and vended water operations; investigation of food-borne illness outbreaks, food contamination and tampering events, and food recalls; and development and delivery of food safety education to the food processing industry. Patrick has directed and overseen numerous complex food-borne illness outbreak investigations, environmental investigations, tracebacks, and food recalls during his tenure.
Patrick previously served as a member of the California Food and Agriculture Defense Steering Committee and the California Organic Advisory Board. Patrick has previously served as the President of the Western Association of Food and Drug Officials (WAFDO) and served on the Board as a Member at Large in 2016 and 2017.
Patrick currently serves as a Governing Council Member and Co-Chair for FDA’s Partnership for Food Protection (PFP), and previously served as an Advisory Board Member for the Western Institutes for Food Safety and Security, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Produce Safety.
Patty Lewandowski, Bureau Chief, Division of Food Safety - Food Laboratories, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Ms. Patty Lewandowski is the Laboratory Director for the Bureau of Food Laboratories under the Division of Food Safety for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In this role, Ms. Lewandowski is the Responsible Official for the oversight of the BSL-3 laboratory for the CDC’s Federal Select Agent Program. Ms. Lewandowski earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a major in Microbiology & Cell Science and a minor in Chemistry, a MBA from Auburn University, and an advanced certification in Medical Technology from Baptist Health School of Medical Laboratory Science affiliated with Auburn University. Ms. Lewandowski is American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified and a licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist by the Florida Department of Health Division of Medical Quality Assurance with qualifications in Microbiology, Serology, Molecular Pathology, Hematology, Immunohematology, and Clinical Chemistry. Ms. Lewandowski has experience working in clinical and forensic laboratories as well as regulation and inspection of various health care facilities. Along with laboratory and regulatory expertise, Ms. Lewandowski has experience supervising professional and administrative personnel, grant writing and management, bill analysis, rule promulgation, emergency preparedness, and working with multiple federal agencies and state partners.
Steven Mandernach, Bureau Chief, Food & Consumer Safety Bureau, Iowa Department of Inspection & Appeals
Steven Mandernach (Mawn-dur-knock) is the Bureau Chief for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals’ Food and Consumer Safety Bureau. Mandernach is currently Past President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials and co-chair of the Association’s Laws and Regulations committee. He served as the President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials from 2016-2017. He has also served as the chair and co-chair for the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance. He is a past president of the Mid-Continental Association of Food and Drug Officials.
Mandernach has a Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Food Safety from Michigan State University.
Erik P. Mettler, MPA, MPH, Assistant Commissioner for Partnerships and Policy, Office of Partnerships and Operational Policy
Erik P. Mettler is Assistant Commissioner for Partnerships and Policy within the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this role, he serves as advisor to the Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs on the full range of ORA's activities including partnerships, implementation of new laws and regulations, and overall strategic planning and prioritization. He is responsible for providing long range strategic direction for ORA policies and programs including the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Mr. Mettler previously served as the Associate Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine in the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM). His years of experience at the FDA give him a broad perspective on public health, policy, and administrative management along with an awareness of critical issues at all levels of the agency.
Mr. Mettler holds a Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Pamela Miles, AFDO President, Program Supervisor, Animal & Food Industry Services - Food Safety Program, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Pam Miles is currently the Program Supervisor for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Food Safety Program. She has worked for VDACS Food Safety Program for twenty–nine years. She was employed initially as a Food Safety Specialist, then as a Regional Manager and now functions in her current role as the Program Supervisor. In this position, she directs a statewide Food Safety Program; providing supervision, direction and support to all Program staff including Food Safety Specialists who are responsible for the inspection and ongoing monitoring of all food manufacturers, retailers and warehouses in the Commonwealth. Before her work with the state she worked for six years in quality control for Kraft Foods and for a Dairy plant. She graduated in Food Science from Purdue University and is an avid Boilermaker fan, especially basketball. She currently serves as the President for the Association of Food and Drug Officials and is a past President of AFDOSS.
Steve Moris, Manager, Division of Food, Safety, and Lodging, Kansas Department of Agriculture
Steve Moris is the Program Manager for the Division of Food Safety and Lodging at the Kansas Department of Agriculture. He has been with the program since 2006. The Food Safety Division is responsible for licensing and inspecting over 16,000 food establishments, food manufacturers, food storage, and lodging facilities. Prior to his work at the Department of Agriculture he spent 16 years working for the Kroger Company in positions ranging from the front-end clerk to store manager. In addition to the work Steve does to protect public safety in the state of Kansas he serves on numerous AFDO, CFP, and PFP committees. He is the past President and current director at large for the MCAFDO board. Steve is currently the President Elect for the AFDO Executive Board, a member of the FSPCA Steering Committee, and SW Region State Representative to the CFP Board. Steve and his wife Holly have two wonderful sons, Blake who is a civil engineering masters student at Kansas State University and Evan who is a High School junior. In his free time he enjoys attending Kansas State University sporting events, refurbishing furniture, and is involved in Evan’s rowing club by being on the Manhattan Junior Crew and the Kansas State Rowing Association boards.
Sheri Morris, Chief, Division of Food Safety Policy and Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Sheri Morris is a graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Biochemistry. She has more than 15 years of experience in the food industry during which she has held various quality assurance and sanitation management positions. Ms. Morris has been Chief of the Division of Food Safety Policy & Programs, with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for over 20 years, where she is responsible for food program oversight including retail foods, food manufacturing and distribution, milk sanitation, food employee certification, seafood and shellfish certifications, and seasonal farm labor camps.
She was the 2012 Conference Chair of the Conference for Food Protection, and previous member of the Executive Board. She is the current CASA region Executive Board member of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance.
Michelle Motsinger, Consumer Safety Officer, Divisions of Standards Implementation, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Michelle Motsinger is a Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Specialist (MFRPS) for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) working in the Office of Partnerships. Her roles and responsibilities include providing regulatory program support to state programs, enhancing federal-state communications and collaborations by facilitating state participation and conformance with the MFRPS, and encouraging and supporting a fully integrated food safety system. Prior to working for FDA’s Office of Partnerships, Ms. Motsinger served as the FDA Denver District State Liaison for two years where she managed state food and feed contracts and served as a primary contact for states served by the District.
Prior to working for FDA, Ms. Motsinger was employed as the Standardization, Survey, Training, and Food Defense Program Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability (DEHS) for six years where she was responsible for oversight of the Division’s retail food standardization and survey programs, training of internal staff as well as local public health agency staff throughout the state, providing technical assistance on interpretation of various statutes and regulations, and served as the Division’s Food Defense program coordinator. Prior to that, Ms. Motsinger conducted manufactured food, retail food, child care, school, non-community groundwater, and tanning inspections for CDPHE for five years and conducted retail food, child care, and pool inspections for the Jefferson County Public Health Department (Jefferson County, CO) for two years.
She has a Masters of Science from the University of Colorado in Environmental Science, and a Bachelors of Science from Colorado State University in Environmental Health
Ruiqing Pamboukian, Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Pamboukian is a Food Safety Regulatory Scientist and Program Lead at the US Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affair, Office of Regulatory Science. Her leaderships include developing and leading the FDA laboratory accreditation program to promote laboratory accreditation for state regulatory food/feed testing laboratories, and working with the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) Microbiology Cooperative Program (MCAP) to enhance the analytical capability of national food/feed testing laboratories. Outside the FDA work, she served the AOAC Analytical Accreditation Criteria Committee and a board member for the Chinese Association of Food Protection in North America which is one of the affiliate of International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) for four years and she was the president in the past year. Her work include facilitate dialogue between IAFP and China’s food safety organizations and bridge communications between food safety professionals in North America and in China. Dr. Pamboukian serves our nation as a US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officer. She played several leadership roles in multiple committees within the corps. In 2010 she joined FDA and prior to her work in FDA, she was a research scientist at NIH and she received her PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Maryland in 2006.
Jennifer Pierquet, Program Planner, Food and Consumer Safety Bureau, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
Jennifer Pierquet (P-R-Key) works for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Food and Consumer Safety Bureau as a Program Planner. Her main duties include being the MFRPS Coordinator and providing project management oversight for the Rapid Response Team and Iowa Food Safety Task Force. She serves as Co-Chair for the Association of Food and Drug Officials, Food Protection and Defense Committee. Jennifer received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota – School of Public Health in 2007. Fun but nerdy fact is that Jennifer also holds a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) which she earned in 2018.
Dan Rice, Office of Food and Feed Laboratory Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Regulatory Science, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Entire career has been in public health, focused on human and animal health
Since January 2017 - Director of the Office of Human and Animal Food Laboratory Operations for the US Food and Drug Administration where I am responsible for the national human and animal food safety laboratory program.
Prior to that I was Director of the FDA Pacific Northwest Laboratory (2 years) in Bothell WA where I managed and led comprehensive regulatory human and animal food safety laboratory programs.
Prior to joining FDA I was director of the state food lab in NY (11 years) after nearly 15 years as a researcher in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the State University of New York, Albany, NY
Kitty Prapayotin-Riveros. My backgrounds are in Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biology. I started working as QA manager at Analytical Chemistry Department, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station since November 2011 to assist Dr. Jason White (Department Head and the Station Vice-Director) to develop the quality management system from the early stage. I started by developing the Lab Information Management System (LIMS) using Microsoft Access and Visual Basic for application to comply with software validation requirements, it is currently complying with ISO/IEC17025:2017.
Our laboratory is now accredited with three scopes: • Aflatoxin Analysis in Animal Feed by UHPLC/MS • Pesticide Residues in Foods by GC/MS and LC/HRMS • Total Arsenic in Juice, and Solid and Semi-Solid Food Matrices by ICP/MS
Bryanne Shaw, Biology Section Manager, Laboratory Services Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Mr. Schuettler has worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food Safety for the past 19 years. He began as a Sanitation & Safety Specialist, promoted to Senior Sanitation & Safety Specialist and again promoted to Sanitation & Safety Supervisor. In this role he supervised eight field inspectors in their daily work as well as any training they need. His current position is on the Manufacturing Quality Assurance Team as an Environmental Specialist III. In this position he is overseeing the implementation of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule and provides technical information to the field as well as helps to create training, policy and procedures and conducts training and audits for the manufactured food area. In addition to this position he is also a member of the Rapid Response Team which responds to food and feed incidents throughout the state. In this role he has received training in several ICS position specific roles including Incident Commander, Planning Section and Operations. He has been involved with several rapid response type serving in different capacities. Mr. Schuettler has been involved with the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance as a representative on one of the workgroups (Food Categories & Representative Processing Working Group) this group submitted the ideas and groundwork for the exercises that will be used in the teaching curricula. He also assisted in review of the Hazard Analysis chapter as well as review of the product flow and supporting documents that were chosen to be used as the examples. He has been a member of the FDA Training Cadre for FD219 Juice HACCP and Conducting Juice Inspections that teaches regulators from Federal, Tribal, and State how to conduct juice HACCP. He completed the following Train the Trainer courses; AFDO Seafood HACCP Alliance, Produce Safety Alliance, and Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. He has participated as an instructor and lead instructor for several Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance courses Mr. Schuettler was the only state representative on the Preventive Controls for Human Food Regulatory Curriculum workgroup that created the course FD254 which is currently being taught to all manufactured food regulators throughout the United States, in addition to helping to create the curriculum he also helped develop the Train the Trainer course FD254T which is currently being taught to the future instructors of the course, he is considered a subject matter expert on the Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule and is also a Preventive Controls for Human Food Regulator Advisor. Mr. Schuettler is also on two workgroups, the Food Foundations and the Manufactured Foods groups for the National Curriculum Standards as well as a member of the Partnership for Food Protection’s Training and Credentialing Workgroup. Before joining the Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Safety Brian spent 19 years working in a variety of positions (Chef, Executive Chef, Manager and Owner/Operator) in several Country Clubs, Cafés and Restaurants in South and Central Florida
Brian Schuettler, Environmental Specialist III, Manufacturing Quality Assurance Team, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Bryanne is the Biology Section Manager for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in the Laboratory Services Division. She plans, directs and manages the research and analytical activities of the Microbiology and Plant Analysis Units. She has been with the MDA since 2008 and spent 6 years as the Microbiology Unit Supervisor. Prior to working for the MDA Bryanne was a Microbiology Lab Supervisor at Nestle HealthCare Nutrition.
Kimberly Stryker, Program Manager, Food Safety and Sanitation Program, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Kimberly Stryker is the Manager of the Alaska Food Safety and Sanitation program. The Food Safety and Sanitation program provides direct services throughout Alaska to food establishments (retail and manufactured food), seafood and shellfish processors, and operators of general sanitation facilities ranging from pools and spas to hair and body art schools and shops. Alaska enrolled in the Voluntary Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards in January 2006 and the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards in July 2008. She is the WAFDO region representative for the MFRP Alliance and is a member of AFDO.
Nancy Thiex, Consultant, The Association of American Feed Controls Officials
Thiex retired in 2011 after 35 years of service to South Dakota State University, where she managed an Analytical Services Laboratory. Since “retirement” Thiex has provided technical consulting as Thiex Laboratory Solutions LLC. She continues to be active in AAFCO and AOAC and other professional organizations, serving on many working groups, committees and task forces. Two of these volunteer efforts include co-chairing the AAFCO Laboratory Methods and Services Committee and serving as a section editor for JAOAC. A significant work effort over the past five years has been contributing to the the three association cooperative agreement "Building an Integrated Laboratory System to Advance the Safety of Food and Animal Feed" funded by US FDA. In this effort lead by APHL, she serves as the AAFCO Lead Investigator and Project Manager. She is proud to have been able to contribute to the many valuable deliverables of this collaboration of FDA, APHL, AFDO and AAFCO
Anthony (Tony) Taube, Branch Chief FDA/ORA/OSPOP/Human and Animal Food Policy Branch, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tony graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1988, majoring in Microbiology and began his FDA career as an Investigator in Detroit District in August 1988. He later served as a Supervisory Investigator, supervising both Import and Domestic Investigators for about 10 years. In his career he also served three years as an FDA field trainer and focusing on FDA’s food defense mission Tony served almost 12 years at the FDA Prior Notice Center (PNC) later renamed the FDA Division of Food Defense Targeting, first as a Watch Commander, then as Deputy Director, and lastly as the Division Director.
In February 2016, Tony accepted a transfer to his current position as the Policy Staff Director/Branch Chief of the Human and Animal Food Policy Branch where his team works on the development of many cross cutting ORA operational policy guidance documents or regulations (e.g. import, recalls, etc.), as well as human and animal food policy and regulations mostly connected to the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
.Kathryn Wangsness, MHA, Chief and Quality Assurance Manager for the Office of Laboratory Services, Arizona State Public Health Laboratory
Kathryn Wangsness is Office Chief of Laboratory Services and serves as the Quality Assurance Manager at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory. She has been with the laboratory since 1997 and has been in her current role since 2008. Kathryn is an active participant in a variety of work groups one of which was updating the Best Practices for Submission of Actionable Human and Animal Food Testing Data Generated in State and Local Laboratories.
Timothy Weigner, Director, FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Partnerships, Division of Standards Implementation
Tim Weigner currently serves as the Director for the FDA Office of Partnerships, Division of Standards Implementation, bringing more than 35 years of experience in food safety, food defense, and emergency response management. He manages a staff of 16 providing support to states implementing the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards and Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards, Rapid Response Teams (RRTs), as well as support for State cooperative program areas (retail, molluscan shellfish, and milk). Tim’s career with FDA includes serving as a training officer with the FDA Division of Human Resource Development providing development and delivery of regulatory inspection programs for manufactured foods. Prior to coming to FDA, he served as a Food Defense Analyst with the USDA Food Safety Inspection Services, and formerly as the Director for Advance Programs with the Uriah Group, developing and delivering seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, and games for the food and agriculture sector, sporting venues, and federal/state/local government coordination preparedness programs. Tim Weigner spent 6+ years with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) as the Senior Director for Food Safety Programs for the Food Marketing Institute in Washington, DC managing and coordinating food safety and educational programs for FMI’s 2,300 retail food industry worldwide members. His diverse career also includes 20 years of services in the U.S. Army Veterinary Services as a Veterinary Services Warrant Officer specializing in global food safety and quality assurance programs, and nuclear/biological/chemical defense and protection.
Erin Woodom-Coleman, Emergency Response Coordinator, Office of Partnerships, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Erin Woodom-Coleman is a Project Officer in FDA’s Office of Partnerships. She is currently managing the following cooperative agreements: Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), and Maintenance and Enhancement of ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation and Whole Genome Sequencing for State Food Testing Laboratories. Erin joined FDA in 2012 as the Emergency Response Coordinator for the Baltimore District Office. In 2013 she joined the Office of Partnerships to help monitor the laboratory related cooperative agreements. Her background before joining FDA includes experience as an Agricultural Microbiologist, a Food Compliance Officer, and a Regulatory Programs Coordinator. Erin graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Biology Specialization.