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, Ph.D

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, Ph.D (CHAIR)

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, Ph.D

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.

johannes burlin, j.d.

Co-CEO and Co-Founder
Tilia Holdings, LLC

Johannes Burlin is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Tilia Holdings, LLC, a Private Equity firm that focuses exclusively on investing in companies that provide services in the food supply chain.  Mr. Burlin has 25 years of professional experience as an operating executive, including most recently serving as President and Operating Partner of Safe Foods Holdings International, LLC. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Burlin was President of Silliker Laboratories, Inc., North America and prior to that served as CEO and Chairman of Advanced Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Burlin is trained as an M&A attorney and served as General Counsel of bioMerieux, Inc., prior to moving into domestic and international business development and operational roles.  Johannes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Kurt E. Deibel, Ph.D (Co-chair)

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

KURT E. DEIBEL, PHD

Kurt leads the Food Safety & Quality function for Kraft Heinz North America.  He is responsible for quality and food safety for raw materials, innovation, manufacturing and leads programs related to Regulatory compliance, labeling compliance and Food Safety.  Prior to his current role he was the Head of Innovation and Food Safety & Quality functions for Heinz North America.  In his role, he was accountable for the Product Development, Packaging, Project Management, Quality and Food Safety across all products manufactured for Heinz.  Kurt joined Heinz in March, 2010.  Prior to Heinz he held various leadership positions in Food Safety and Quality with Gerber Products Company, General Mills and PepsiCo.  Kurt received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Food Microbiology.  He is on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Food Safety and Health, the American Frozen Foods Institute, and the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation.  Previously he was on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Food Safety and an Advisory Board member of the Tuskegee University Food and Nutritional Sciences.

Steven j. hermansky, pharm.d., PH.D.,dabt

Vice President and Chief Food Safety and Quality Officer
Conagra Brands, Inc.

Steven J. Hermansky joined Conagra Brands in May 2007 to direct & oversee the corporation’s toxicology & product safety risk assessment programs and now heads the Food Protection, Regulatory Affairs and Analytical and Applied Sciences departments.  In this role, Dr. Hermansky leads teams of scientists in the Safety Sciences including microbiology, toxicology and analytical chemistry as well as the global regulatory affairs and food safety corporate audit functions.  He has over 30 years of post-doctoral toxicology, clinical trial and product safety experience in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Steve has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in toxicology from the University of Nebraska.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and has published over 40 textbook chapters, peer reviewed publications and scientific abstracts.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Public Health and serves on the Advisory or Editorial Boards of several organizations.

dana limpert

Director of Global Food Safety
Abbott

Dana Limpert is the Director of Global Food Safety at Abbott where she provides leadership and technical support to the extensive network of suppliers and manufacturing sites supporting production of Abbott infant formula and medical nutritional products. Dana has more than 30 years of experience in food quality and safety with 21 of those years with Abbott in quality roles supporting manufacturing, R&D, microbiology and food safety. Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from The Ohio State University.

Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D

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.

Kevin L. Myers, Ph.D

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.

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.

Lisa r. Robinson

Vice President, Global Food Safety & Public Health
Ecolab Inc.

Ms. Lisa R. Robinson is Vice President of Food Safety and Public Health for Ecolab Inc. and has 30 years of food industry experience. Lisa leads a global network of Ecolab food safety and public health resources and is responsible for the functional leadership of the company’s food safety and public health strategies.  She also provides leadership, technical expertise and consultation to internal and external customers on food safety and public health issues.   Lisa joined Ecolab in 2019, following nine years at SunOpta, Inc., where she was Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance. She previously held positions in operations, food safety, quality and regulatory compliance at Target Corporation, Pepsi Bottling Group, General Mills, Inc., and Schreiber Foods, Inc.  Lisa has a master’s degree in Food Safety and a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Michigan State University.

Darsh Wasan, Ph.D

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.

Ellen M. Jordan 

President and Founder
America’s Food Technologies, Inc.

ELLEN JORDAN REIDYEllen Jordan 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. Jordan 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. Jordan serves on the board of directors of the R.C. Bigelow Tea Company.

Ms. Jordan 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).

Roger Lawrence

President
Lawrence and Associates LLC 

Roger Lawrence is the retired Corporate Vice President - Quality Assurance and Regulatory for McCormick & Company, Inc.  He has over 35 years of experience in Quality, Food Safety, Product Development and Regulatory positions in the food industry.  His experience and past responsibilities spanned McCormick's worldwide internal operations and external supply chain.  The corporate global quality team provided strategic direction and operational guidance to subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees, as well as quality, food safety and regulatory support to retail, food service and industrial customers. They had overall responsibility for the development and implementation of functional policies and procedures as well as minimum quality and food safety standards.

Darsh Wasan, Ph.D

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.

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