IFSH Advisory Boards

Executive Advisory Board (EAB)

The Executive Advisory Board is composed of members representing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academia and the food industry. Governance, policy and strategic direction are determined by the Executive Advisory Board in support of the institute’s mission.

J. Stan Bailey, PhD

Director Scientific Affairs–Industry
bioMérieux, Inc.

Dr. Stan Bailey has authored or coauthored over 500 scientific publications in the area of food microbiology, concentrating on controlling Salmonella in poultry production and processing, Salmonella methodology, Listeria methodology, and rapid microbiology methods of identification. Dr. Bailey is past-president of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). In 2002, he was named Outstanding Senior Research Scientist for the USDA, Agricultural Research Service and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and IAFP.

Patrizia Barone, PhD

Regional Regulatory Affairs Director North America
Unilever

Dr. Patrizia Barone is the Regional Regulatory Affairs Director at Unilever, leading the strategic regulatory activities for the North American region. Before joining Unilever, Patrizia held positions at Reckitt Benckiser, initially as Vice President of R&D for North America. She moved to Australia to head the Asia Pacific & South Asia R&D Laboratory, and upon her return held positions culminating as Global R&D Category Group Director - Regulatory Affairs & R&D Systems, responsible for product safety and regulatory strategies for all products globally. Earlier, Patrizia worked with Colgate-Palmolive and Miles, Inc. Household Products Division, a division of Bayer AG.

Robert E. Brackett, PhD

Vice President and Director
Institute for Food Safety and Health, Illinois Institute of Technology

As IFSH Director, Dr. Brackett is responsible for management of the institute and will continue to improve its stature as a national and international leader in the fields of food safety and nutrition science. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Brackett served for three years as Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer with the Grocery Manufacturers Association in Washington, DC. Dr. Brackett also served as Director of the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA CFSAN), where he provided executive leadership to the Center’s development and implementation of programs and policies relative to the composition, quality, safety, and labeling of foods, food and color additives, dietary supplements and cosmetics.

Kurt E. Deibel, PhD

Vice President of Quality & Food Safety
North America Kraft Heinz Company

KURT E. DEIBEL, PHDDr. Deibel is the Chief Quality Officer for Heinz North America, a division of the H.J. Heinz Company.  In his role, he is accountable for the Quality and Food Safety programs for all products manufactured for Heinz N.A. Kurt joined Heinz in March, 2010.  Prior to Heinz, he held various leadership positions in Food Safety and Quality Assurance with Gerber Products Company, General Mills and PepsiCo. Kurt received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Food Microbiology.  He is a member of  the Tuskegee University Food and Nutritional Sciences Advisory Board.

Lawrence Grab, PhD (Chairman)

Vice President, RD&E, Global Food & Beverage
Ecolab, Inc.

LAWRENCE GRAB, PHD (CHAIRMAN)Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California Medical Center, Dr. Grab worked from 1987-1997 for Union Carbide Corp. at its Technical Research Center in Bound Brook, NJ, reaching the position of World Wide Technology Manager for the Biocides Business. He joined Ecolab in 1997, heading the microbiological services group. In 1999 he became Director of R&D for the International F&B group and from 2002-2004 he worked as Director of R&D for Latin America. Prior to his current role, Dr. Grab was Director of RD&E Food & Beverage for Ecolab in Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Düsseldorf Germany.

Susan T. Mayne, PhD

Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
US Food and Drug Administration

SUSAN T. MAYNE, PHDSusan Mayne is the director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this position, Dr. Mayne leads the center’s development and implementation of programs and policies related to the composition, quality, safety, and labeling of foods, food and color additives, and cosmetics.An internationally recognized public health leader and scientist, Dr. Mayne received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Colorado. She earned a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences, with minors in biochemistry and toxicology, from Cornell University.
She comes to the FDA from Yale University, where she was the C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Epidemiology. Her distinguished career there includes two leadership positions: chair of the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology and associate director of the Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Mayne has conducted extensive research into the complex role of food, nutrition, and other health behaviors as determinants of chronic disease risk. She is author or coauthor of more than 200 scientific publications.She recently completed two consecutive terms on the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and a five-year term on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. National Cancer Institute. She also served on a nutrition advisory committee for the FDA. She has worked closely with other government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on developing practical applications of research.

Richard McDonald

Director
Division of Food Processing Science and Technology (DFPST)
Office of Food Safety (OFS)
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

RICHARD MCDONALDDr. McDonald is in charge of three FDA Branches at IIT’s Moffett campus: Process Engineering Branch, Food Technology Branch, Laboratory Proficiency and Evaluation Team.  He is responsible for the FDA facility and all FDA employees at Moffett and reports directly to senior FDA management in Washington, D.C.  McDonald jointly oversees the IFSH Collaborative Research Program. Dr. McDonald earned his Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Massachusetts in 1983, a M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from Michigan State University in 1974, and a B.S. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Massachusetts in 1968.  From 1968 to 1971, McDonald served as a U.S. Navy Officer that included a tour of duty in South Vietnam. Before joining the FDA, McDonald had extensive research experience in the food industry.  From 1980 to 1985, McDonald was Group Leader of Analytical Chemistry at Nestle in New Milford, Connecticut.  McDonald served as a biochemist at Miles Laboratories in Elkhart, Indiana from 1974 to 1978.

Indauê Mello

Global R&D Director, Microbiology
The Coca-Cola Company

INDAUÊ MELLODr. Indaue Mello is Director of Global Microbiology for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where she provides leadership and technical guidance to the global Research & Development (R&D) community to assure the safety and stability to the company’s extensive portfolio of food and beverage products. Dr. Mello holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of São Paulo, Brazil; an M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky; and a Ph.D. in Animal Science with a focus in Food Microbiology from the University of Florida.

Kevin L. Myers, PhD

Vice President, Research & Development
Hormel Foods Corporate Services, LLC

KEVIN L. MYERS, PHDDr. Myers has worked for Hormel Foods for 12 years in the company's Research and Development department and has more that 26 years of  industry Research and Development experience. In his current position, Dr. Myers is responsible for managing all product, process and package development, applied research, microbiology and chemistry labs, sensory labs and process authorities for Hormel Foods. He is a member of the Minnesota Food Safety & Defense Task Force, the American Meat Science Association, the Institute of Food Technologists, the Grocery Manufacturer's Association Science & Regulatory Affairs Council, and the American Meat Institute’s Scientific Affairs Committee.

John O’Brien, PhD

Head of Food Safety & Quality
Research Programme Food Safety & Integrity Nestlé Research Center

JOHN O’BRIEN, PHDDr. John O’Brien is currently the Head of the Quality & Safety Department, Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne (CH). He was Chief Executive Officer of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland from 2004 to 2009. Prior to taking up his present post, he worked in the food industry and held a number of senior positions with the Danone group including Director of Food Safety and Director of Corporate Scientific Affairs. During his career in the food industry, Dr. O’Brien was a board member and the Treasurer of the International Life Sciences Institute, Europe. Prior to working in France, he was a lecturer in Food Safety at the University of Surrey in the UK. He was the founding editor of the journal Trends in Food Science & Technology and, until recently, was the European Editor. He currently sits on the Editorial Boards of Trends in Food Science & Technology, Human and Experimental Toxicology and the International Journal of Dairy Technology.

Wilfredo Ocasio

Chief Science Officer, Food Safety
The National Food Lab

WILFREDO OCASIOWilfredo Ocasio holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Food Science from Kansas State University and a Doctorate’s degree in Food Microbiology from the University of Illinois. He started his professional career in 1989 as Project Microbiologist with the National Food Processors Association in Washington, D.C. In 1992, he was named Microbiology Division Manager for the NFPA in Dublin, CA and later became Vice President, Food Safety Group, for the National Food Laboratory, LLC. His professional career include 23 years of experience in the validation of low-acid aseptic processing and packaging equipment, thermal bacteriology research, HACCP, CGMP’s, and general food microbiology. In his current position, Ocasio is in charge of a team of 30 scientists and engineers dedicated to research in the areas of food processing and microbiology. Ocasio was recently appointed to serve in the National Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Criteria for Foods which provides scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologist, International Association for Food Protection and the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists.

Mickey Parish, PhD

Senior Advisor to the Director
Office of Food Safety Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition U.S. Food and Drug Administration

MICKEY PARISH, PHDMickey Parish is Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Food Safety at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. In this position, he develops and implements policies, regulations and guidelines related to food safety and provides technical expertise in a variety of food safety areas including compliance, enforcement, outbreaks and recalls. Prior to joining FDA in November 2009, Dr. Parish was Chair and Professor of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at University of Maryland where he provided leadership and oversight for all departmental activities. Until 2005, Dr. Parish was Professor at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center where he conducted research and published extensively on the microbiological safety and quality of juices, beverages and produce. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Society for Microbiology, Institute of Food Technologists, and the International Association for Food Protection where he will begin a 5 year term on the Executive Board beginning in August 2014.

Darsh Wasan, PhD

Vice President & Motorola Chair Professor in Chemical Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology

DARSH WASAN, PHDDr. Darsh Wasan has spent the past 40-plus years at IIT doing and being everything from department chairman, dean of engineering, vice president for research and technology, vice president for academic affairs and provost at the university. Dr. Wasan founded NCFST, working with the US Food and Drug Administration to establish the institute as an FDA Center of Excellence. He has co-authored more than 400 publications, and has been supervisor and mentor to sixty doctoral students, fifty-five M.S. students, and fifteen postdoctoral fellows. Among his numerous awards and honors, Dr. Wasan was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors an engineer can be given in the US.

Board of Advisors

Dick Crawford

Founder Geezers Consulting
Vice President of Corporate Government Relations (Retired)
McDonald's Corporation

DICK CRAWFORDDick Crawford has spent his professional life immersed in the public policies and interests that shape the food, agricultural and trade policies. He is a trusted advisor with an extensive network among policymakers, business leaders, academic experts, and nongovernmental organizations around the globe. During the past 40 years he has moved from the U. S. House Committee on Appropriations, to the National Restaurant Association and finally to McDonald’s Corporation. At McDonald’s he was the corporate officer responsible for interactions with policy and regulatory matters with 118 countries and numerous international governmental organizations.

David Miniat

President and CEO
Miniat Holdings, LLC

DAVID MINIATA professional with more than three decades of business experience, David Miniat guides Ed Miniat, Inc., in his capacity as president. His leadership duties at the family-owned food supply business include formulating company plans and objectives, carrying out the policies of the board of directors and the shareholder base, and managing departmental executives. Before becoming president in 1995, David Miniat worked as vice president of the Cooked Meat Division for eight years and as purchasing manager for the Edible Oils Division for five years. The company supplies meal manufacturers, restaurants, and other businesses in the food supply chain.

Ellen Jordan Reidy

President and Founder
America’s Food Technologies, Inc.

ELLEN JORDAN REIDYEllen Jordan Reidy is President and Founder of America’s Food Technologies, Inc. (AMFOTEK®) a privately held blending and packaging operation specializing in product development and manufacturing of custom and private label beverages for the foodservice and specialty coffee arenas. During her 30 year coffee career, Ms. Reidy has served on numerous coffee industry boards. She is past chairperson of the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) and director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). She is a recipient of the SCAA’s Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award for her work on coffee sensory evaluation and coffee quality assessment. She also serves as a member of the National Coffee Association’s Scientific Advisory Group. In the private sector Ms. Reidy serves on the board of directors of the R.C. Bigelow Tea Company.

Ms. Reidy is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Illinois Institute of Technology. She serves on the board of advisors of IIT’s Knapp Entrepreneurship Center Knapp and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Stuart School of Business. She also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH).

David Van Eekeren

President
Land O’ Frost

DAVID VAN EEKERENMr. David Van Eekeren has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Land O' Frost, Inc. since January 3, 2011 and July 2008 respectively. Mr. Van Eekeren served as Executive Vice President of Land O'Frost since 2005. He started working for Land O'Frost full-time in 1991 as a supervisor in the Searcy, Ark., manufacturing plant. Since then, he went on to work in practically every part of Land O'Frost. He is a member of the Leadership Council and a former board member at The Cancer Support Center, and a member of the Board of Governors at Olympia Fields Country Club. He is also active in supporting a number of other organizations in the Chicagoland community. Mr. Van Eekeren earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Kansas and an MBA in finance from Loyola University in Chicago.

Darsh Wasan, PhD

Vice President & Motorola Chair Professor in Chemical Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology

DARSH WASAN, PHDDr. Darsh Wasan has spent the past 40-plus years at IIT doing and being everything from department chairman, dean of engineering, vice president for research and technology, vice president for academic affairs and provost at the university. Dr. Wasan founded NCFST, working with the US Food and Drug Administration to establish the institute as an FDA Center of Excellence. He has co-authored more than 400 publications, and has been supervisor and mentor to sixty doctoral students, fifty-five M.S. students, and fifteen postdoctoral fellows. Among his numerous awards and honors, Dr. Wasan was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors an engineer can be given in the US.

Executive Advisory Board Meetings

Formal EAB meeting on the evening of Wednesday, December 3, 
at the Army & Navy Club in Washington, DC.