Steering Committee

The Sprout Safety Alliance Steering Committee consists of representatives from IIT IFSH, federal and state government departments, academic institutions and trade associations.  The Steering Committee’s role is to decide on the overall strategies of the Alliance, to determine the scope of work, and to nominate the members of the Technical and Education/Outreach committees.

State Government

Maha Hajmeer, PhD
Research Scientist IV, Science and Education Section
Food and Drug Branch, California Department of Public Health

Jane Reick, PhD
Food Safety Inspection Unit Chief
California Department of Public Health

Industry Organizations

Joseph Corby
Executive Director 
Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO)

Robert Sanderson
President
International Sprout Growers Association (ISGA)

Academia

Kaiping Deng, PhD
Senior Scientist
Institute for Food Safety and Health
Illinois Institute of Technology

Donald Schaffner, PhD
Extension Specialist
Rutgers University

Trevor Suslow, PhD
Extension Research Specialist Preharvest to Postharvest Produce Safety
University of California, Davis

Federal Government

Annemarie L. Buchholz, PhD
Consumer Safety Officer
Center for Food Safety and Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Tong-Jen Fu, PhD
Research Scientist
Center for Food Safety and Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Michelle Smith, PhD
Senior Policy Analyst
Center for Food Safety and Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration