Speaker Biographies, Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Public Meeting
January 31, 2012
Dr. David Goldman
Dr. David Goldman is currently the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Public Health Science at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). He was formerly Director of the Human Health Sciences Division at FSIS. He is a family practice and preventive medicine/public health physician, and a member of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, assigned to FSIS since February 2002.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1979, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Virginia in 1988, and his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 1996.
He spent 10 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, in both family practice and preventive medicine. He then spent 3 ½ years at the Virginia Department of Health, first as a District Health Director, then briefly as the Deputy State Epidemiologist, before joining the Public Health Service and FSIS.
Jeff Farrar, DVM, PhD, MPH
Dr. Farrar is the Associate Commissioner for Food Protection in the FDA where he oversees and coordinates various efforts in the Office of Foods. Dr. Farrar was previously the Branch Chief of the Food and Drug Branch in the California Department of Public Health where he led a large, diverse state food, drug, and medical device regulatory program. Dr. Farrar graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983 and his PhD in epidemiology from the University of California-Davis in 1998. Dr. Farrar completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service two-year training program in 1985. Dr. Farrar lead numerous environmental investigations of foodborne outbreaks in California including salmonellosis associated with eggs, sprouts, and cantaloupe, E. coli O157 illnesses from leafy greens, unpasteurized apple juice and sprouts, and cyclosporiasis from berries. He has worked closely with numerous industries and agencies to develop preventive guidelines for safe food production and has co-authored numerous scientific publications.
Dr. Christopher Braden
Dr. Christopher Braden is a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. He currently serves as the Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases. Previously, Dr. Braden has served as the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Parasitic Diseases, and Chief, Outbreak Response and Surveillance within the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases. Dr. Braden also served as a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination.
Dr. Braden earned his BS at Cornell University and MD at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine then fellowship in infectious diseases at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He went onto become an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1993. He is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, a member of the American Society for Microbiology, and an associate editor for the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.
His major areas of interest include molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigation, and national programs in food and water safety.
Kara Morgan, PhD
Dr. Kara Morgan is the Director of Public Health Measurement and Analysis Staff in the Office of Planning at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Morgan's work focuses on developing and evaluating data-driven decision support for effective risk management decisions.
Neal Golden, PhD
Dr. Golden is a senior risk analyst in the Food Safety and Inspection Service, Office of Public Health Science, and has served for the past 10 years. He graduated from Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts with his PhD on Campylobacter virulence. He currently leads the Salmonella and Campylobacter workgroup that develops, coordinates and manages polices to reduce these pathogens in FSIS regulated foods. He has also been involved in several risk assessment projects, including Campylobacter on poultry, Salmonella in eggs and chicken, Clostridium perfringens in RTE meat and poultry, and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry and eggs.
Antonio Vieira, DVM, MPH, PhD
Antonio Vieira, DVM, MPH, PhD is a doctoral epidemiologist responsible for the conduct of analytic studies of source attribution. Antonio received his DVM degree from the Universidade de Santa Maria, in Brazil, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Georgia, and his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Antonio worked with foodborne disease surveillance and source attribution models and methods at the Danish National Food Institute before joining the Outbreak Surveillance and Analytics Team, of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dana Cole, DVM, PhD
Dana Cole, DVM, PhD, is a large animal veterinarian and doctoral epidemiologist responsible for the direction of the Outbreak Surveillance and Analytics Team within the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dana oversees the data collection and quality assurance for the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System as well as the online tool for accessing outbreak data. She also leads work to conduct analytic studies of the source attribution of foodborne diseases to specific food commodities and settings. Dana has worked in Georgia Division of Public Health and the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine before coming to CDC.
Dana Pitts, MPH
Dana Pitts, MPH, leads scientific communications for the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dana came to CDC as a policy analyst in the Center for Global Health and later led communications for CDC's Division of Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response. She began her career as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State and has worked for over 20 years building strategic communications in a variety of fields and settings, including academia and private industry. Dana completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in policy and management.
Mike Hoekstra, PhD
Mike Hoekstra is a mathematical statistician in the Biostatistics and Information Management Office of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has served as primary statistical consultant for the Division for the last 12 years.
Mickey Parish, PhD
Since 2009, Mickey Parish has served as the Senior Advisor for Microbiology in the FDA/CFSAN Office for Food Safety. Prior to coming to FDA, Dr. Parish was Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland between 2005 and 2009, and was Professor of Food Microbiology at the University of Florida from 1986 to 2005. His research expertise is related to the processing of foods, especially juices, beverages and produce, for control of microorganisms.
Michael Batz is a researcher and head of food safety programs for the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) at the University of Florida. Prior to joining UF, he worked on food safety issues while at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and at Resources for the Future, a Washington DC-based non-profit research institute. Mr. Batz has a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Paul Cieslak
Dr. Paul Cieslak graduated from The Ohio State University College of medicine. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and then completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University in St. Louis, with his research focused on amebiasis. During 1992-1994 he worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. While there, he investigated outbreaks of E. coli O157 infection, salmonellosis, shigellosis, cholera, and botulism; and he also researched the association between reptiles and infection with certain serotypes of Salmonella. Since 1995 he has managed the Communicable Disease epidemiology section for the Oregon Public Health Division and served as Principal Investigator for Oregon's FoodNet program. He chairs the FoodNet Attributions Work Group.
Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk
Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, an internationally respected expert in food safety and foodborne illness, is the CEO of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention. With degrees in epidemiology and biostatistics, Dr. Kowalcyk brings a strong analytic background to the numerous government committees she has served on, including two National Academy of Science committees and the current CDC Board of Scientific Counselors Surveillance Working Group. Kowalcyk also has faculty appointments at both N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chief Global Quality Officer, ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE
Joan Menke-Schaenzer joined ConAgra Foods in May 2007 as Global Chief Quality Officer. Joan leads programs to create a world class foundation for quality and food safety through the standardization of best practices throughout ConAgra. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Joan was vice president of Food Safety and Defense at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Arkansas. Joan led the creation of worldwide quality, food safety and food defense programs and standards, all designed to protect the public while mitigating risks to Wal-Mart and its brands. She was responsible for food safety in 3000 stores and 200 clubs worldwide. Joan was with Kraft Foods, Inc., in Northfield, Illinois for 20 years. She last served as vice president of Kraft Foods North America Quality and Food Safety. During her tenure at Kraft, her accomplishments included leading the development of worldwide quality and food safety programs and policies through the Phillip Morris Worldwide Quality Council and the development of the company's crisis management/quick response team.