2024 Speakers

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KEYNOTE PRESENTER

Mary Weaver Gertz

Mary Weaver Gertz

Chief Food Safety & QA Officer
Yum Brands


TOWN HALL

Steve Mandernach

Steve Mandernach

Executive Director
AFDO

James Jones

James Jones

Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods
FDA

Jose Esteban

Jose Emilio Esteban

Under Secretary for Food Safety
USDA

Rob Tauxe

Rob Tauxe, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, DFWED, NCEZID, DDID
CDC


CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Ola Afolayan

Ola Afolayan

Kellanova

Felice Arboisiere

Felice Arboisiere

Director FSQA N. America
Dole

Al Baroudi, PhD

Al Baroudi, PhD

VP, QA & Food Safety
The Cheesecake Factory

Sharon Beals

Sharon Beals

Senior VP, Food Safety & Quality
CTI Foods

Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont

Danone

Mahirwan Bhagia

Mahirwan Bhagia

Vice President, Global Food Safety
PepsiCo

Chirag Bhatt, RS, CCFS

Chirag Bhatt, RS, CCFS

Director – Regulatory Affairs (Environmental Health)
HS GovTech

Adrienne Blume

Adrienne Blume

Editorial Director
Food Safety Magazine

Kerry Bridges

Kerry Bridges

Vice President, Food Safety
Chipotle Mexican Grill

John Butts, PhD

John Butts, PhD

Consultant
FoodSafetybyDesign

Damarys Castillo

Damarys del Castillo

WFIS Representative in LATAM region

Chitsanzo Chiko Kachaje

Chitsanzo Chiko Kachaje

Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety
Home Market Foods

Conrad Choiniere, PhD

Conrad Choiniere, PhD

Director, Office of Analytics and Outreach
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

Loblaw Companies

Vanessa Coffman, PhD

Vanessa Coffman, PhD

Director
Alliance to Stop Foodborne Illness

John Crabill

John Crabill

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Betsy Craig

Betsy Craig

Menutrinfo

Dionne Crawford

Dionne Crawford

Manager of US Restaurant Food Safety
McDonald's USA LLC

Marc Cwikowski

Marc Cwikowski

Co-founder and Managing Director
World of Auditing SRL

Lori Dodson

Lori Dodson

Senior Advisor
Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

Natalie Dyenson

Natalie Dyenson

Chief Regulatory and Food Safety Officer
International Fresh Produce Association

Jay Ellingson

Jay Ellingson

Food Protection Administration - Chief Scientific Officer
Kwik Trip, Inc

Jennifer Fernan

Jennifer Fernan

Director, FSQA Standards and Supply Quality
J&J Snack Foods Corp.

Oscar Garrison

Oscar Garrison

Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety
United Egg Producers

Melody Ge

Melody Ge

Food Safety & Quality Assurance Director
Starkist

Tina Gettis

Tina Gettis

Manager, Business Development and Communications
Illinois Tech, Institute for Food Safety and Health

Emma Gometz

Emma Gometz

NPR's Science Friday

Sanjay Gummalla, PhD

Sanjay Gummalla, PhD

Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs
American Frozen Food Institute

Jorge Hernandez

Jorge Hernandez

VP, Quality Assurance
The Wendy's Company

Jill Hoffman

Jill Hoffman

Senior Director Food Safety and Quality
B & G Foods Inc

Dan Horan

Dan Horan

Food Safety Director
Wegmans Food Markets

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson

Regulatory, Sr. Science Advisor
FDA

Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD

Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor & NoroCORE Scientific Director
North Carolina State University

Allison Jennings

Allison Jennings

Albertson's

Lone Jespersen, PhD

Lone Jespersen, PhD

Principal
Cultivate

Cindy Jiang

Cindy Jiang

Senior Director of Global Food Safety Risk Management
McDonalds

Tülay Kahraman

Tülay Kahraman

Co-founder and Managing Director
World of Auditing SRL

Deb Kane, MS

Deb Kane, MS

VP, Food Safety, Quality, EHSS & Regulatory
J&J Snack Foods Corp

Larry Keener

Larry Keener

Presdient and CEO
International Product Safety Consultants

Gillian Kelleher

Gillian Kelleher

CEO
Kelleher Consultants LLC

Megan Kenjora

Megan Kenjora

Senior Manager, Food Safety Culture
Hersheys

Monica Khoury

Monica Khoury

Senior Quality Expert
Nestle

Tim King

Tim King

Founding Partner
Quality Matters

Kathy Knutson, PhD

Kathy Knutson, PhD

Educator
Kathy Knutson Food Safety Consulting

Larry Kohl

Larry Kohl

Private Label Brands

Heather Krug

Heather Krug

Regulatory Programs Branch Chief
State of Colorado

Mahipal Kunduru, PhD

Mahipal Kunduru, PhD

Vice President, Quality Assurance
Topco Associates LLC

Bill Lachowsky

Bill Lachowsky

Food Safety & Education
Consultant

Franck Lamour

Franck Lamour

Food Safety Manager
EG America

Alvin Lee, PhD

Alvin Lee, PhD

Director of the Center for Processing Innovation
Institute for Food Safety and Health

Glenda Lewis, MSPH

Glenda Lewis, MSPH

Director, Retail Food Protection Staff
FDA

Karen McCarty

Karen McCarty

Agropur

Drew McDonald

Drew McDonald

VP, Quality and Food Safety
Taylor Farms

Steve Mandernach

Steve Mandernach

Executive Director
AFDO

Chip Manuel

Chip Manuel

Regulatory Strategy and Compliance Program
Instacart

Spir Marinakis

Spir Marinakis

VP of Food Safety, Quality and Technical Services
Maple Leaf Foods

Raquel Maymir

Raquel Maymir

Manager of Global Regulatory Operations and Compliance
General Mills, Inc

Roger Muse

Roger Muse

Director
ANAB

Brendan Niemira, PhD

Brendan Niemira, PhD

Research Leader
USDA

Kathleen O'Donnell

Kathleen O'Donnell

Chief Scientist
Wegmans

Carrie Rigdon, PhD

Carrie Rigdon, PhD

Research Director
AFDO

Janet Riley

Janet Riley

Senior Communications & Public Affairs Executive
Janet Riley Strategies

Brendan Ring

Brendan Ring

Creme Global

Eliese Ronke

Eliese Ronke

Manager
Alliance to Stop Foodborne Illness

Donna Schaffner

Donna Schaffner

Associate Director Food Safety, QA & Training
Rutgers University, Food Innovation Center

Matthew Stasiewicz

Matt Stasiewicz, PhD

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Shawn Stevens

Shawn Stevens

Founding Member
Food Safety Counsel

Glenn Stolowski

Glenn Stolowski

Vice President, Global Food Safety
HEB

Hilary Thesmar

Hilary Thesmar

FMI

Steve Tsuyuki

Steve Tsuyuki

VP of Food Safety, Quality, Technical Services and Sanitation
Maple Leaf Foods

Roberta Wagner

Roberta Wagner

IDFA

Keith Warriner, PhD

Keith Warriner, PhD

Professor, Department of Food Science
University of Guelph

Nickolas Waters

Nickolas Waters

Market Director, Food Safety
Sysco

Michael Wood, PhD

Michael Wood, PhD

Manager, Food Safety & Quality
Kroger

Rosalind Zils

Rosalind Zils

Sr. Director, Quality and Food Safety
8th Avenue Food & Provisions


CERTIFICATE COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Martin Bucknavage

Martin Bucknavage

Senior Food Safety Extension Associate and Team Lead, Industrial Food Safety and Quality
Penn State

Brad Evans

Brad Evans

Director & Co-Founder
Anti-Counterfeiting Strategy Group

Roy Fenoff

Roy Fenoff

Associate Professor
The Citadel

Kathy Gombas

Kathy Gombas

Senior Advisor
FSMA Implementation Solutions

Bill Lachowsky

Bill Lachowsky

Food Safety & Education
Consultant

Steve Mandernach

Steve Mandernach

Executive Director
AFDO

Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer

Microbiology Lead
Kerry Global

Kara Mikkelson

Kara Mikkelson

Director of Food Safety
ChemStation

Donna Schaffner

Donna Schaffner

Associate Director Food Safety, QA & Training
Rutgers University, Food Innovation Center

John Spink, Phd

John Spink, Phd

Director
Michigan State University

Melissa Vaccaro

Melissa Vaccaro, MSc, CP-FS

Senior Food Safety Program Specialist
NEHA


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