Steering Committee

Steering Committee members are professionals from key stakeholder organizations representing food industry associations, extension educators and regulators. The Steering Committee helps identify the training needs and commodity -or sector-specific materials and resources that may be adapted or adopted by the Alliance in fulfilling its mission, and in drafting training modules and units.

Committee Members

Robert Ahern, PhD
Manager, Agricultural Health and Food Safety
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Robert E. Brackett, PhD
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Vice President,
Director, Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)
and FSPCA Coordinator

Benjamin Chapman, PhD
Assistant Professor and Food Safety Specialist
North Carolina State University

Claudia Coles
Administrator, Office of Compliance & Outreach,
Food Safety Consumer Services
Washington State Department of Agriculture

Clay Detlefsen
Senior Vice President, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs & Staff Counsel
National Milk Producers Federation

Debra DeVlieger
Consumer Safety Officer
Bainbridge Island Resident Post
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Adam C. Fahrenholz, PhD
Assistant Professor, Feed Manufacturing
North Carolina State University

David Fairfield
Director of Feed Services
National Grain and Feed Association

Jacob Fleig
Program Coordinator
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)

Donna Garren, PhD
Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs
American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI)

David Gombas, PhD
Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology
United Fresh Produce Association
Retired

Kathy Gombas
Senior Advisor
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Retired

Cassandra Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor of Feed Technology
Kansas State University

Jennifer McEntire, PhD
VP Food Safety & Technology
United Fresh Produce Association

Steven Moris
Program Manager
Food Safety and Lodging Program
Kansas Department of Agriculture

Robert Rankin
Executive Director
International Food Additives Council

Ramkishan Rao, PhD
National Program Leader, Food Science and Technology

Don Schaffner, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist
Rutgers University

Jenny Scott
Senior Advisor
Office of Food Safety
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Juan L. Silva, PhD
Professor, Food Processing and Safety
Mississippi State University

Katherine Simon, R.E.H.S.
Compliance Unit Supervisor, Food & Feed Safety Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Warren E. Stone
Senior Director of Science Policy
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)

Ron Tanner
Vice President Philanthropy, Government and Industry Relations
Specialty Foods Association

Hillary Thesmar
Vice President of Food Safety Programs
Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Pat Tovey
Director, Technology and Regulatory Compliance
Pet Food Institute (PFI)

Purnendu C. Vasavada, PhD
Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin- River Falls

Jason Wan, PhD
Associate Director and Research Professor
Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Gerald Wojtala
Executive Director
International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI)

Jon Woody, CAPT, USPHS
Director, Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)