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Reaching At-Risk Audiences and Today's Other Food Safety Challenges
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Janice Adams-King
Commander Janice Adams-King is a registered nurse officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She has worked in the both the clinical and the administrative setting, taking on assignments in the areas of AIDS/Oncology, fraud and abuse, and consumer outreach. Currently, she is assigned to the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, where she is a Public Health and Public Affairs Specialist. Commander Adams-King received an MS in Community and Public Health Nursing and a BSN from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

John O. Agwunobi, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Julie Albrecht
Julie A. Albrecht is an Associate Professor and Extension Food Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interest is applied food safety and she has several publications related to salad/salad bar food safety. She earned her PhD in Food Science from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. She is also a Registered Dietetian.

Janet Anderson
Janet B. Anderson, MS, RD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Utah State University. Her primary responsibility is teaching in the Dietetics Programs where her graduates have achieved a near 100% pass rate on the national board examination. She is a Registered Dietitian with extensive knowledge of general nutrition, sports nutrition, life-cycle nutrition, school lunch programs, and food safety. She founded the Safe Food Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting research to further knowledge of consumer food handling practices. Her food safety research has been featured on The Today Show and Prime Time Live.

Jennifer Anderson
Jennifer Anderson was born in Yorkshire, lived in Norwich, and received her undergraduate education from Leicester, England. Her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition focused on the elderly and her PhD degree in Nutrition Education were awarded by Colorado State University. She is currently Professor and cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Her research interests include nutrition education and community nutrition with emphasis on development and evaluation of nutrition education programs. Jennifer has served as President of the Society for Nutrition Education and President of the American Heart Association of the Pacific Mountain Affiliate. She has served on the National Board of the American Heart Association.

Susan Arendt
Susan W. Arendt, Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, earned her PhD in Foodservice and Lodging Management at Iowa State University. Her research interests include food safety, learning strategies, and leadership behaviors. Her teaching includes courses in foodservice management, human resource management, leadership, and quantity food production.

Patricia Aune
Pat (Patricia) Aune is a Food Safety Educator, with United Tribes Technical College, in Bismarck, ND. She has over 36 years of experience teaching food safety concepts to high-risk audiences in North Dakota, Alaska, and Oregon. Partnering with Tribal environmental health specialists and Tribal businesses led to the development of the Together, Sharing Food Safely CD/video and training packet for foodservice businesses. Aune travels to Tribal communities conducting food safety institutes that reach foodservice providers for childcare, schools, senior meal sites, hospitals, correctional centers, powwow food vendors, casinos, and private businesses. Aune has a MS in Agriculture Education from the University of Arizona and a BS in Home Economics Education from North Dakota State University.

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David W. Babcock
David W. Babcock is the senior associate attorney in Marler Clark Attorneys at Law, L.L.P., P.S., in Seattle, WA. Mr. Babcock graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in 1991. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Washington Law School, graduating with Honors in 1997. Mr. Babcock is a member of the Order of the Coif, a national law honor society. Prior to joining Marler Clark, Mr. Babcock practiced in the areas of products liability, government liability, insurance bad faith, and medical and nursing home negligence in Arizona. At Marler Clark, Mr. Babcock's practice has focused on multiple party complex litigation, most commonly related to foodborne illness outbreaks. Representing children and the elderly has been a central focus of Mr. Babcock's practice.

Mr. Babcock co-authored the article, "How to Document a Food Poisoning Case" with William Marler for the November 2004 issue of Trial Magazine, and is the author of "Recouping the Costs of Outbreak Investigations and Prevention," which appeared in the January/February 2005 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health, and "The Legal Implications of 'Toxic' Mold Exposure," which appeared in the April 2006 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. Mr. Babcock and fellow Marler Clark associate, R. Drew Falkenstein, co-authored "Tracing Mad Cow Makes Litigation Unlikely," an article on litigation resulting from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow) contamination, for the March 2006 edition of the King County Bar Association's Bar Bulletin.

Heather Bair-Brake
Heather Bair-Brake, DVM, MS, is a Health Education Coordinator for the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2003, she earned her veterinary medical degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. She coordinates health education activities within the branch, seeks and formalizes partnerships within the pet and agricultural industry, and manages the Healthy Pets/Healthy People Web site. Heather also coordinates a CDC-wide Zoonoses Working Group and is involved in various outreach activities related to veterinary medicine. Her primary communication interests are in the area of zoonotic diseases and pets.

Betsy Barrett
Betsy Barrett, PhD, RD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management and Dietetics at Kansas State University. She has experience in food safety research and education. Through K-State Research and Extension, she has received numerous grants to conduct food safety and HACCP training in Kansas and has published her research related to these grants. She has taught ServSafe® classes to hundreds of students at Kansas State University. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Commerce Bank Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Human Ecology.

Sam Beattie
Sam Beattie, PhD, is an Extension Food Safety Specialist and Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is the Extension Specialist responsible for consumer food safety in Iowa. His responsibilities are also in the areas of quality and safety enhancement for food processors. His research areas are in food mycology and attribution of foodborne illness to food handling behaviors.

Georges Benjamin
Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, is well known in the world of public health for his work on bioterrorism and emergency preparedness, West Nile virus, and mental health care. Benjamin has been the executive director of the American Public Health Association since January 2003. He came to that post from his position as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he played a key role developing Maryland's bioterrorism plan. Benjamin became secretary of the Maryland health department in 1999, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services.

Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. His career has included work as chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA; chief of emergency medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; chairman of the department of community health and ambulatory care at the District of Columbia General Hospital; interim director of the District's Emergency Ambulatory Bureau; and District of Columbia health commissioner.

Elizabeth Bihn
Elizabeth A. Bihn is a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University. Betsy received her BS in Zoology from The Ohio State University and her MS in Horticulture from the University of Florida. Since 1999, she has been the program coordinator for the National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program, focused on reducing microbial risks to fresh fruits and vegetables through the development of a comprehensive education and extension program. Betsy is a member of the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's International GAPs Training Team and is currently pursuing her PhD in Food Science.

Nora Bird
Nora Bird is a PhD candidate in Information Science and a Graduate Assistant at the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers University. She has worked on two interdisciplinary studies examining how information about genetically modified food and food safety are communicated to the public through Web resources. Part of this work was on the verification of the Website Quality Evaluation Tool. She has co-authored three papers on communicating genetically modified (gm) food research to the public, the quality of gm food Web sites, and seeking of gm food information on the Web. Prior to her graduate study, she worked in science libraries.

Nancy Bock
Nancy Bock is Vice President for Education at the Soap and Detergent Association. In her current role, she is responsible for developing, managing, and measuring the success of all consumer education programs and outreach activities for more than 100 companies. Her multi faceted work experience includes county, state, and federal government; faculty positions at two universities; non-profit associations; and business and industry. She has a BS and an MS in Education from West Virginia University. This foundation and her extensive work experience have allowed her to develop a variety of highly successful educational programs that have reached millions of individuals.

Jerry Bowman
Jerry Bowman is Senior Director of Corporate Communications at NSF International. His areas of expertise include Media Relations, Strategic Communications, Cause Marketing, and Social Marketing. Prior to coming to NSF, he was the Director of the Office of Public Relations for the American Academy of Pediatrics and Vice President for Marketing Communications at Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships. He has an MA in Journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and a BA in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

Gladys Branic
Gladys Branic, MD, MPH, has served as the Director of the Manatee County Health Department in Bradenton, FL, since June 1989. She sets directions for medical specialty clinics and guides multidisciplinary cross-functional teams to improve the health status and environmental conditions of a culturally diverse population. During the past 14 years, she has been actively involved in deploying analytical tools to evaluate population-based strategies and giving national and international presentations on various health and wellness issues including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and stress

For 12 years prior to her medical career, she pursued a career in academia and administration. Additionally, for more than 30 years, she has traveled extensively in 50 countries in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean with involvement in health promotion, disease prevention, and training the trainer for lay community workers.

Dr. Branic's educational background includes Preventative Medicine Specialist Training at The Johns Hopkins University, an MD degree from The Medical College of Pennsylvania, a doctorate in social work at UCLA, a master's degree in administration from The University of Chicago, and an MPH in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Branic has received numerous state and national awards and currently hosts a monthly television show on various health and wellness topics.

Carol Byrd-Bredbenner
Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, PhD, RD, FADA, is a Professor of Nutrition and Extension Specialist at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. She received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University. She is a nutrition/health promotion researcher with a particular interest in environmental factors that affect health choices including advertising, media, nutrition labeling, portion sizes, and food preparation skills. The focus of her work is to describe these environmental factors, investigate their impact on health choices and health outcomes, develop recommendations for educational interventions, and/or validate the recommendations via theory-driven, behaviorally-focused health education intervention programs.

Margaret Briley
Margaret Briley is a Professor in Nutritional Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her doctoral degree from Texas Tech University. She teaches Community Nutrition and Food Science at UT Austin, and as an active Registered Dietitian has focused her research the past 20 years on nutrition of children in childcare. She has co-authored the last three position papers for the American Dietetic Association on nutrition in childcare. Her research on food safety in childcare centers includes the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of foodservice employees, directors, and parents. Most recently, she has researched the food safety issues of sack lunches prepared for children who attend childcare centers.

Cindy Brison
Cindy M. Brison, MS, RD, LMNT, is an Extension Educator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. She is a registered dietitian and received a Master of Science degree in Home Economics with a major in Community Nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cindy's program interests and expertise are in the area of teaching food safety to restaurants and other food service establishments, and she leads several ServSafe trainings yearly. She provides regional food safety expertise to the Nutrition Education Program, an Extension program that teaches nutrition, food safety, and food resource management to limited resource families.

Guendoline Brown
Guen Brown, Nutrition and Health Specialist with the West Virginia University Extension Service, received a PhD degree from Utah State University in 1978. She recently completed a multi-state, 3-year handwashing teaching and research program, Germ City: Clean Hands.

Susan Brown
Susan Brown is an Extension Educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Adams County. She has worked for over 30 years in Extension and is a full professor for the University of Nebraska. Sue is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her main areas of focus include food safety and youth and family. Her recent programming efforts have included food safety workshops for schools, restaurant managers, and the general public.

Paul Brumund
Paul is a field epidemiologist at the Chesapeake Health Department in Virginia. In his 16 years with the Virginia Department of Health, he has worked as a manager, program coordinator, and disease investigator at the local, regional, and state levels. He currently coordinates investigations of foodborne outbreaks, emerging diseases, and large communicable disease exposures. Paul received his BS in Education from Old Dominion University and will complete his Masters in Health Administration at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in December 2006. He is also a certified Food Safety Manager.

Elizabeth Bugden
Elizabeth Bugden is a food scientist working on the CDC Food Safe Schools Project to prevent foodborne illness in school children. She works at Kids First in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a consultant to the Coordinated School Health Program at the RI Departments of Education and Health. She worked at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., for 14 years and invented Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice. When she worked at HV Shuster, she appeared in a 20/20 segment hosted by John Stossel on generic products versus national brands.

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Ned Calonge
Dr. Ned Calonge is the Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He is the Chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, a member of CDC's Evaluating Genomic Applications for Practice and Prevention Workgroup and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. Dr. Calonge received his MD from the University of Colorado and his MPH from the University of Washington. His major interest is evidence-based medicine.

Sheryl Cates
Sheryl Cates is a Senior Research Policy Analyst with RTI International. Her research interests include consumer behavior research, risk communication, and survey research methods. She conducts qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate food safety education programs; to understand consumer attitudes, knowledge, and practices; and to inform labeling policy decisions. She manages research projects for USDA, FSIS and FDA. She has a BA, Business Administration, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Benjamin Chapman
Ben Chapman is the past chair of the International Association for Food Protection's Student Professional Development group and has co-authored three peer-review articles on food safety and risk communication. Ben's MSc work on on-farm food safety programs for the horticulture industry was printed as a book chapter in an internationally reviewed textbook in September 2005. Ben began his PhD studies in May 2005, continuing to look at food safety risk management and communication, though examining issues further down the farm-to-fork continuum: the food service industry. When not researching, Ben spends much of his time immersed in hockey, either playing or watching.

Beth Cleary
Beth Cleary, Registered Sanitarian, is a Public Health Sanitarian - Leadworker with the Madison, Wisconsin, Department of Public Health. She holds a BS in Environmental and Public Health from UW-Eau Claire. As a public health sanitarian with the City of Madison Department of Public Health, Beth primarily inspects retail food establishments for compliance with applicable City and State Public Health Codes and Standards. She is also responsible for training of new public health inspectors and implementing and providing formal food safety training to food handlers. Beth is the program coordinator for Safe Food Crew - An In-house Food Safety Training and Public Recognition Program. The Safe Food Crew was developed with a FDA Food Safety Innovation Grant.

Mildred Cody
Mildred M. Cody, RD, is Associate Professor and Head, Division of Nutrition, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. She received her PhD from Rutgers University. Dr. Cody's primary area of expertise is consumer food safety, with an emphasis on information delivery to health professionals and consumers. Dr. Cody is the author of the American Dietetic Association's professional and consumer books on food safety and serves on the governing board of the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

Susan Conley
Susan Conley is the Director of the Food Safety Education Staff for the Food Safety and Inspection Service at USDA. As Director, Ms. Conley oversees all of the Agency's consumer education activities and she is actively involved with the Partnership for Food Safety Education's Fight BAC!® campaign. In addition, Ms. Conley directs education projects targeted to the food service industry and to persons most at-risk for foodborne illness. Frequently serving as a media spokesperson, Conley has been featured on national television and radio. She is the author of numerous articles and feature stories on consumer food safety issues. Before beginning her government career, Ms. Conley had extensive experience in product marketing and retail store management. Conley holds a degree in Home Economics from the University of Maryland.

Cheryl Cothran
Cheryl Cothran, PhD, is the Director of the Arizona Hospitality Research and Resource Center, School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. With a doctorate in Labor History from the University of California, Davis, Cothran is especially interested in workforce development issues for at-risk populations. She has authored innovative federal grants to create model training programs for Native American tribes and female prison inmates. Most recently, her research center launched a partnership with the Coconino County Health Department to provide online Food Handler training in an innovative multi-lingual format. She has published numerous articles in hospitality and tourism journals.

B. Susie Craig
Susie Craig is an area educator in Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health for Washington State University Extension. She received an MS degree from Purdue University. She has served as an Assistant Professor for West Virginia University, a cognitive behaviorist, and as a Nutrition and Health Team leader for Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Rochester, NY. She has a special interest in cognitive-behavioral change and handwashing related to food safety. She directs the nationally recognized Germ City: Clean Hands, Healthy People Program. She is an active member of the Clean Hands Coalition.

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Sandra Daly
Sandra Daly is the Director (Communications and Infrastructure) for the New Zealand Food Safety Authority. NZFSA is responsible for both the provision of assurances for New Zealand's food export trade and for the regulation of food sold on the New Zealand domestic market. Sandra's role as Director of Communications has included the establishment and development of a consumer education program that provides food safety education to New Zealanders, focusing particularly on at-risk populations with resources developed for pregnant women, immuno-compromised people, ethnic groups, and families in their homes.

Marjorie Davidson
Marjorie Davidson is responsible for risk communication and health promotion at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she deals with mercury in fish, avian influenza, and obesity in children, among other topics. Prior to coming to FDA, she led a crisis communications program for major medical institutions involved in blood banking when it was discovered that AIDS was transmitted through the blood supply. Dr. Davidson has extensive experience in media relations from her previous work in the White House and the U.S. Congress. She received her doctorate in international education policy from the University of Maryland.

Michelle Davis
Michelle Davis is from Fayetteville, Georgia. She received her master's degree in nutrition from Georgia State University in August 2005 and has a dietetic internship through Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia. Her master's research involved assessing food safety knowledge and behaviors of HIV-positive females at an infectious disease clinic in Atlanta. Her professional goals are to expand and continue her research in food safety with at-risk populations and focus on education in this area.

Ellen DeFay
Ellen DeFay has worked in the Cooperative Extension system from 1994-2004 with Michigan State University Extension and, since 2004, with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, serving as educational manager of the nutrition and food safety issue areas. Presenting ServSafe workshops has been her expertise and has certified more than 400 food service managers. She recently received her Master's in Food Safety from Michigan State University with project focus determining the effectiveness of ServSafe training on implementation of improved food safety methods and procedures in food service establishments.

Leslie Dorworth
Leslie E. Dorworth is an Aquatic Ecology Specialist with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program. Ms. Dorworth specializes in water quality issues pertinent to the southern Lake Michigan region. She is located at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. Her position at Purdue Calumet encompasses both outreach to the communities in Indiana and Illinois, as well as maintaining an active role in research. Her outreach efforts are currently focused on river restoration, beach closures, and fish consumption advisories. Her research is focused on risk communication concerning fish advisories. She is a collaborator in the bi-state educational effort funded by the U.S. EPA, "Enriching Awareness about Fish Contaminants via Health Expos." She received her MS from Old Dominion University in
Norfolk, VA.

Suzanne Driessen
Ms. Driessen is on her tenth year at the University of Minnesota Extension Service. As an Extension Educator specializing in food safety education, she develops and teaches food safety and food science classes to the food service industry and consumers. Currently she is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture developing training programs for the Dairy and Food Inspection Division. Educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and a Masters of Arts in Adult Education. She is also Certified Health Education Specialist and a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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Shelley Feist
Shelley Feist is Executive Director of the Partnership for Food Safety Education. She is a graduate of Moorhead State University in Minnesota. At the Partnership, Ms. Feist has focused on bringing media attention to the Fight BAC!® consumer safe food handling messages and on organizational development and effectiveness. Prior to joining the Partnership, Ms. Feist was with the Pew Charitable Trusts, where her work included an effort to assess and strengthen the policy development capacity of state-based organizations. She has also worked for two U.S. Senators focusing on appropriations and domestic policy. She also served as the Director of Government Liaison for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

William Fisher
William Fisher, currently a Vice President at NSF International, is a 25-year veteran in the food industry, having held corporate positions with both packaged foods and restaurant companies. After earning Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at the University of Illinois, Fisher worked for General Foods where he held a number of research and development positions. Upon leaving General Foods, he became Director of Research & Development for Pillsbury's Godfather's Pizza. He then became the Vice President of Technical Services for Arby's and Vice President of Technical Business Development for Hardee's Food Systems. In 1998, Fisher joined Franchise Management International, developer and franchisor of multiple quick serve restaurant chains, as President.

Françoise Fontannaz
Françoise Fontannaz is the Knowledge Management Coordinator for the Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses, and Foodborne Diseases at the World Health Organization. She has coordinated several important programs at the WHO and is currently oversees the five keys project.

Lee Frantz
Dr. Lee Frantz holds an A.A.S. in Food and Lodging Operations from the Community College of the Air Force; a BS in Home Economics with an administrative dietetics specialization from the University of Nebraska-Omaha; an MS in Dietetics, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Kansas State University; and a doctorate in Human Resources and Family Sciences-with a Foodservice Management specialization-from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His career has spanned from work as a Boy Scout Camp dishwasher, to Chef in a Pennsylvania mountain resort, to 16.5 years military food and lodging management. He is honorably retired from the United States Air Force.

Carol Freeman
As a principal with the Customer Loyalty Practice at ORD Macro, Carol Freeman provides clients with a broad array of audience research, communication planning, and program development services addressing some of the Nation's most critical issues. She has helped government and private sector clients develop social marketing and internal and external communication strategies that support specific organizational objectives. She has directed or worked on social marketing and behavior change initiatives including injury, food safety, tobacco, and disaster preparedness. Ms. Freeman is currently working with a variety of government organizations including the CDC Injury Center, DHS Office of Community Preparedness, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, and U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps. Ms. Freeman received a BA in economics from Georgetown University.

Jane Frobose
Jane K. Frobose is program director for Family Consumer Sciences Colorado State University - Denver Extension and specializes in family wellness education. Frobose achieved a BS degree in Secondary Education and an MS degree in Consumer Education Sciences from Colorado State University, and has worked in the education field for 30 years. In addition to collaborative work on national, state, and local teams, Frobose has created, adapted, and developed resources and presentation materials to meet the needs and issues facing consumers of all ages. Educational presentation topics include health, nutrition, food safety, and disease awareness. Frobose serves on local boards and state advisory committees for family Strength and Wellness

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Julie Garden-Robinson
Julie Garden-Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences and an Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist at North Dakota State University. She is a licensed registered dietitian with a PhD in Cereal Science and Food Technology from NDSU. She teaches in NDSU's food safety degree programs and writes extensively for the public. Her food safety research and extension programs focus on food handling practices among consumers at home and workers in foodservice establishments, with an emphasis on reaching underserved and hard-to-reach populations.

Jeanne Gleason
As director of the Media Productions at New Mexico State University, Dr. Jeanne Gleason built a nationally recognized production center for creative videos, multimedia, and education game productions during thin financial times. She is the executive producer for more than 700 educational videos and 100 multimedia projects and supports a team of noted game developers. Dr. Gleason received the USDA Diversity Award and ACE Harmony Award for her programs for non-English speaking audiences. She has generated more than $12 million for NMSU through 100+ grants and contracts. Her documentaries have been featured at the Smithsonian Institution and carried on PBS stations in the USA, the Australian Broadcasting Company, and the Israeli Discovery Channel. Her interactive media productions are in use internationally and by numerous federal agencies, universities, and school systems. Dr. Gleason has a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; her MA and BS are from New Mexico State University.

Sandria Godwin
Sandria Godwin, a graduate of Kansas State University, is Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, directs the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and serves as Coordinator of the Food Safety, Nutrition, and Family Well-being Team in the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Tennessee State University. Her current research interests include consumer food safety, specializing in home refrigeration and RTE foods, food security, dietary assessment methodology, and fruit and vegetable consumption. She recently received the 2005 Distinguished Researcher Award at TSU and the Distinguished Alumni Research Award in the College of Human Ecology at KSU.

Robin Goettel
Robin G. Goettel is Associate Director of Education for the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program. She has an EdM from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Goettel specializes in teacher training and curriculum development to address issues facing the southern Lake Michigan region. She is currently engaged in the bi-state educational effort, "Enriching Awareness about Fish Contaminants Via Health Expos." Through this U.S. EPA-funded project, she conducts workshops for grades 6-12 teachers about the risks/benefits of fish consumption. Students then present health-related posters on fish consumption at health fairs, food festivals, and other community events. Ms. Goettel has also coordinated four award-winning education projects on aquatic invasive species at Great Lakes regional and national levels. She serves on the Executive Board of the Sea Grant Educators Network and the Chicago Wilderness Coalition's Education Organizing Committee.

David Goldman
David Goldman is currently the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Public Health Science at the Food Safety and Inspection Service since November 2004. He was formerly Director of the Human Health Sciences Division at FSIS. He is a family practice and preventive medicine/public health physician and is 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. Before joining the Public Health Service and FSIS, he spent 10 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and 3 1/2 years at the Virginia Department of Health, first as a District Health Director and then briefly as the Deputy State Epidemiologist.

Joye Gordon
Joye Gordon is sequence head of public relations curriculum at the A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kansas State University. Her research focuses on communicating about physical hazards, especially food-related hazards. She has published in U.S. national refereed journals including Public Relations Review and Journal of Extension. She has conducted risk communication courses at Kansas State University and has provided short courses to national professional organizations including the National Communication Association and the Public Relations Society of America. She holds a doctorate from Purdue University in the areas of public affairs and issue management.

Robert Gravani
Dr. Robert B. Gravani, Professor of Food Science at Cornell University, works with all sectors of the food system and has developed innovative programs for constituents in production agriculture, food processing, food retailing, and food service, as well as consumers. Dr. Gravani has received several educator awards and has held leadership roles in a number of scientific societies. He is an active member of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense teams on Risk Communication, Education, and Public Health Response. He served on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods and several National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committees. His PhD is in Food Science from Cornell University.

Laura Green
Laura R. Green received her doctorate in experimental psychology from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. She is a Research Analyst in Food and Agricultural Policy Research at RTI International. In this position, she has applied behavioral science research methods to the study of food worker behavior and restaurant food safety in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has conducted studies on food workers' food handling practices, environmental health specialists' restaurant food safety practices, and the public's beliefs about foodborne illness. Her research has been published in International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health and Journal of Food Protection.

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Brenda Halbrook
Brenda Halbrook has been with USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for 3½ years and is the Director of the Food Safety Unit. The mission of the Food Safety Unit is to increase awareness about food safety and its role within FNS nutrition assistance programs, particularly the National School Lunch Program. Prior to this appointment, she served 13 years at the Food Safety and Inspection Service of USDA, where she was a public health specialist and the Director of the Executive Secretariat for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Food. She holds a master's degree in Nutrition Science from the Pennsylvania State University, a bachelor's degree in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis Campus, and is a Registered Dietitian.

Judy Harrison
Judy Harrison has degrees in Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, and Education. She is a professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition. She provides support for the outreach mission of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in food safety and food preservation and trains and supports County Extension Agents. She has served as project director on multi-state grants to develop, implement, and evaluate food safety education programs including videos, computer games, and web-based modules for a variety of audiences. She is a member of the International Association for Food Protection and the Institute of Food Technologists. She earned her PhD from the University of Georgia.

Olga Henao
Olga L Henao, PhD, MPH, is a Senior Epidemiologist with the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2004, she earned her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the coordinator for the FoodNet Population Survey which is designed to obtain information on prevalence of diarrheal illness, food consumption, and food safety behaviors. She also leads efforts to examine and validate foodborne diseases incidence trends using FoodNet and National level data. Her research interests include epidemiologic research methods; collection, analysis and interpretation of surveillance data; and nutritional epidemiology.

Alice Henneman
Alice Henneman, MS, RD, is an Extension Educator with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. She has a Masters degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a registered dietitian. Alice created Nebraska Extension's FOOD Web site ( http://lancaster.unl.edu/food) which integrates consumer food safety into Web articles and newsletters. The FOOD Web site averages over 65,000 visitors from "unique sites" monthly. The National Association of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences recognized Alice with a national award for a food safety game she created. She recently received the prestigious "Omtvedt Innovation Award" from the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Daniel Henroid, Jr.
Dan Henroid is a research assistant professor in the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston (UH) where he teaches courses in food safety and purchasing. Prior to UH, he was the state Foodservice and Lodging Management Extension specialist at Iowa State University where he coordinated several food safety training programs. He is researching issues in food safety management systems, handwashing compliance in retail food establishments, and use of the Internet to communicate food safety information. He holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and is a certified food safety professional.

Dawn Hentges
Dawn Hentges is an Associate Professor of Foods and Nutrition in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. She received a PhD in food science from Purdue University and has a unique and extensive background in food processing and food safety. Dr. Hentges has completed three summer fellowships at the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she conducted safety analyses of food processing for Advanced Life Support on long duration space missions.

Val Hillers
Val Hillers is Professor Emeritus at Washington State University. She holds a PhD in Nutrition from Washington State University, MS from Iowa State University, and BS from Montana State University, and is a Registered Dietitian. Her research and outreach work focuses on consumer education to reduce the risks of foodborne illness. She is author of more than 50 publications on food safety topics for professional and lay audiences. She frequently makes presentations on food safety topics for a wide variety of audiences, including consumers, food producers and processors, and regulators.

Marion Hinners
Marion Hinners joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in 1990 and the Food Safety Unit in June 2004. Her current projects cover food safety education, training and food defense initiatives for Child Nutrition Programs, and the commodity foods electronic complaint and rapid alert system. She represents FNS on the National Coalition for Food Safe Schools, a group that collaborated with CDC to produce the Food-Safe School Action Guide, and she served as a member of Council II of the 2006 Conference for Food Protection. Marion received an MS in Human Nutrition and Foods from Virginia Tech.

Mary Anne Hogue
Mary Anne Hogue, Vice President Food Safety Services, The Steritech Group, Inc., is responsible for the development of client food safety systems and sales. She has coached numerous successful food service HACCP teams. She served on the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) HACCP Advisory Committee and represents the American Dietetic Association (ADA) at the Partnership for Food Safety Education (Fight BAC!®). She is the chair of the ADA/ConAgra expert panel for Home Food Safety; It's in Your Hands. She holds a MS degree from Pennsylvania State University and a BS degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is a North Carolina licensed dietitian.

Ensley Howell
Ensley Howell, MS, RD, LD, has worked at NFSMI for 8 years. Prior to coming to NFSMI, she had worked for 17 years as a foodservice director and clinical dietitian in healthcare. Her education includes a B.S. degree in Dietetics/Institutional Management and a M.S. degree in Wellness. She has completed the coursework for a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

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Barbara Ingham
Barbara Ingham is an Associate Professor in Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Extension Food Science Specialist for the University of Wisconsin Extension. She received her BS in Food Science from Virginia Polytechnic University, an MS in Food Science from the University of Massachusetts, and a PhD in Food Chemistry from Cornell University. Dr. Ingham conducts laboratory research targeted towards the effective control methods for foodborne pathogens in food systems such as meats, juices, and sprouted seeds. She also conducts research into the assessment and evaluation of technology-mediated instruction in formal classroom settings and in outreach education (targeting low income audiences).

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Ruba Jibreen
Ruba Jibreen lives in Atlanta, GA. She recently completed her dietetic internship at Georgia State University, where she also earned her master's in nutrition. Her master's research focused on food safety and pregnancy and examined the effectiveness of a one-page educational brochure promoting food safety that was distributed among low-income pregnant women during their WIC visits. Originally from Palestine, she also holds a bachelor's in nutrition and food safety from the University of Jordan in Amman.

Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture

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Mark Kantor
Mark A. Kantor is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland in College Park. He received his PhD degree in food science from Rutgers University. He is interested in relationships between risk perception and behavioral change. His interest in food safety focuses on reducing risks of microbial foodborne illnesses in vulnerable populations. In the nutrition area, his research addresses the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of consumers with respect to consumption of whole grain foods and dietary supplements. He has also studied obesity issues in the military.

Jan Kelly
Jan Kelly has a BS from the University of Minnesota, St Paul. She has been with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture since 1990, working as a field inspector until 2000 when she obtained her current position. Her current job consists of specialized inspections, special investigations, and training. Since 2004, she has been and integral part of the Dairy and Food Inspection Divisions training team, working towards developing a comprehensive training program that brings the food inspection program into compliance with FDA Program Standards, Standard #2 - Trained Regulatory Staff. Other specialties include Retail HACCP, Retail Standardization, and pesticide misuse investigations.

Patricia Kendall
A native of Kansas, Patricia Kendall received her BS in Home Economics Education and MS in Food and Nutrition from Kansas State University. Her PhD is in Nutrition Education from Colorado State University. Pat Kendall joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in 1973, where she has held a variety of positions, including Cooperative Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, Interim Department Head, and Graduate Programs Coordinator. Her research and outreach work focuses on communicating with consumers about health risks, particularly risks associated with the safety of the food supply. She is the author of more than 100 publications for scientific and lay audiences and 2000+ newspaper columns on food and nutrition topics. She frequently makes presentations on food safety topics for a wide variety of audiences, including consumers, food producers, food safety educators, and health regulators. For the past few years, she has collaborated with extension specialists in Ohio and Washington State on research projects designed to better understand food safety behaviors of importance to targeted audiences and evaluation processes that can be used with confidence.

Lisa Kennon
Lisa R. Kennon, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, Department of Hospitality Management. She received her doctorate from Texas Woman's University. She has an established research agenda in the area of food safety related to specific consumer groups along with the food safety practices in the restaurant industry. Her teaching focuses on the area of food preparation, facility development, and design.

Andrew Knight
Andrew J. Knight is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Food Safety Policy Center, Michigan State University. He holds a Doctoral degree in Rural Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Knight's areas of expertise include agriculture, food, natural resources, policy, risk perception, and science and technology. His current research examines public perceptions of and policy implications surrounding biotechnology, food production systems, and food safety issues.

Katherine Kosa
Katherine M. Kosa, MS, is a Research Policy Analyst at RTI International in the Food and Agricultural Policy Research program. Ms. Kosa conducts consumer food safety research, using qualitative and quantitative methods to test educational materials; evaluates educational programs; and conducts research to understand consumer knowledge, attitudes, and practies. She manages projects and tasks for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ms. Kosa received her master's of statistics from North Carolina State University. She has published in several journals, including Food Protection Trends and the Annual Review of Public Health.

Barbara Kowalyck
Barbara Kowalcyk is President of the Board of Directors for Safe Tables Our Priority (S.T.O.P). Ms. Kowalcyk received an MA in Applied Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh and has spent most of her career working in clinical research as a biostatistician. In 2001, Ms. Kowalcyk became interested in food safety issues when her 2½ year old son, Kevin, died from complications due to an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Since then, Ms. Kowalcyk has become a strong advocate for improving food safety and was recently appointed to the USDA's National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Food.

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Bonnie Lacroix
Bonnie Lacroix is a PhD candidate with the Food Safety Network at the University of Guelph. As a registered dietitian and professional home economist, Bonnie brings to her research in risk communication and consumer handling practices, the experiences of being an extension food specialist in developing, delivering, and evaluating food and nutrition programs; having answered in excess of 25,000 consumer inquiries in consumer services; and quantity food service in hospital, pediatric, and long term care settings. Other educational initiatives include a food safety segment of the teen television program, Street Cents, and the Community Food Advisor peer-education program in Ontario.

Amy Lando
Amy M. Lando is a Consumer Science Specialist at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, and is the Project Director for the 2006 Food Safety Survey, a national telephone survey on food safety attitudes and knowledge. While at FDA, she has also conducted focus group research on food labeling issues. She holds a Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University with an emphasis on food and nutrition policy. Amy has a Bachelors of Arts in public policy with a minor in chemistry from Duke University.

Audrina Lange
Audrina Lange is a Food Safety Specialist with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's Food Safety Unit. She has been with FNS since November 2004. Her current and ongoing projects include a wide range of topics such as food defense, developing food safety programs, and commodity complaint processing. Previously, she worked for the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service and ConAgra Poultry. She has a BS degree in Animal Science with a focus on poultry science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

David Ludwig
David Ludwig has a Master of Public Health and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with 28 years of regulatory experience. He is the Manager of Environmental Health for Maricopa County, which ensures the health and safety for the Phoenix metropolitan area, the 4th most populous county in the country. Maricopa County takes great pride in being a national leader as demonstrated by the numerous awards they have received for Innovation in Food Safety programs, including the Samuel J. Crumbine and the International Association of Food Protection awards.

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Jim Mann
Jim Mann is the founder and Executive Director of the Handwashing For Life Institute. His work to reduce the risk of foodborne illness spans a career from farming, deli and cafeteria experience, to work as a chemist. He formulated leading brands in skin care, surface disinfection, pest control, and foodservice cleaner systems. His work has been as global as the worldwide war on virus and bacteria, working on six continents while living in three. Jim's latest addition to the industry's Best Practices is the "Hands-On System." This integrated process control for handwashing is enjoying documented success in foodservice, healthcare, and schools across the country. Last year, Jim was honored as the recipient of NSF's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Food Safety Leadership.

Robert Martin
Robert Martin, C.Biol, M.I.Biol, is the coordinator of the Agency's wide-ranging Foodborne Disease Strategy, which aims to reduce foodborne disease in the U.K. by 20% by 2006. Bob has worked at the Food Standards Agency for 6 years, initially in the Agency's Research Co-ordination Unit and in the Microbiological Safety Division since 2004. He has a degree in Applied Biology with Microbiology from North-East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT). Before joining the Agency, he spent over 20 years working in several food and microbiological laboratories in both the private and public sectors in the U.K. and overseas.

Jaclyn Maurer
Jaclyn Maurer, PhD, RD, is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. She received her PhD from The University of Arizona. She is a nutrition researcher with interest in health promotion/disease prevention outreach education. The focus of her work is to translate health promotion/disease prevention research into behaviorally-focused community-based programming and evaluate the effectiveness of this programming to improve health behaviors.

Sandra McCurdy
Sandy M. McCurdy is an Extension Food Safety Specialist in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, a 75% Extension/25% Research position she has held for nearly 7 years. Dr. McCurdy received her PhD in Food Science from Washington State University. Her outreach and research interests include design of programs and materials to influence consumer behavior, particularly on the topics of handwashing and food thermometer use; educating and motivating high school students with regard to food service food safety, including the use of music to enhance learning; and home food preservation.

Claire McInerney
Claire R. McInerney, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. As an information scientist, her research focuses on knowledge development, management, and transfer; community informatics; and gender and technology. She recently collaborated with scholars at the Rutgers' Food Policy Institute on a USDA-sponsored project related to how consumers find information and learn about genetically modified food. Currently, she is working with a team that is investigating knowledge transfer related to food safety and security as well as the quality of food safety Web sites.

Edie McSherry
Edie McSherry is an Extension Agent at Colorado State University Cooperative Extension in Larimer County. Since earning a BS degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University in 1991, Edie has worked in community nutrition, health and food safety education for 15 years. In addition to working in collaboration with the Larimer County Health Department to offer safe food handling education for food service workers in the county, Edie conducts educational programs in the areas of health and wellness. Edie serves on several community coalitions and committees for health promotion.

Kathy Means
Kathy Means is vice president of government relations at the Produce Marketing Association, an international trade association for marketers of fresh produce. She is the association's point person on food safety, which is one of PMA's top priorities. PMA has been an avid supporter of the Partnership for Food Safety Education and its Fight BAC!® program since its inception and encourages its 2,100 company members to take advantage of the many resources offered, including safe produce handling advice for consumers. Kathy has a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Margaret Miller
Margaret Miller received her PhD in Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Following her degree, she worked in academia and industry before joining the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1989. She held several positions within the FDA including Deputy Director for Human Food Safety in the Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation at the Center for Veterinary Medicine. She is currently on secondment to the Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses, and Foodborne Disease at the World Health Organization.

Nancy Montanez Johner
Nancy Montanez Johner has been confirmed by Congress for the U.S. Department of Agriculture post of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. She will also serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Commodity Credit Corporation.

Montanez was appointed by former Governor Mike Johanns to serve as director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in March 2004. As director of HHS, she led a state government agency with almost 4,800 employees statewide. The major programs the agency administers include Child Welfare, Food Stamps, Aid to Dependent Children and Child Support Enforcement, as well as Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and eligibility determination for Medicaid.

Her background includes extensive involvement in focusing on family centered practice for children and families, and for children with serious disorders; and facilitating development of comprehensive family service plans for emotionally disturbed children and their families.

Montanez served as the HHS Western Service Area CEO in Gering from 2002-2003, where she led the development, implementation and monitoring of agency programs and policies. From 1999-2002, she was a service area administrator for HHS in Lexington. Prior to that, she worked in the Professional Partner Program at Region III Behavioral Health Services in Kearney from 1995-1999.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1994.

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Lynn Nakamura-Tengan
Lynn C. Nakamura-Tengan is an Associate Extension Agent with the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service. She has a MS from Cornell University. Her primary focus is consumer food safety education programs. She works with a team of extension educators to promote consumer foods and nutrition education under the Nutrition Education for Wellness (NEW) umbrella program ( http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/NEW/).

Mike Newton-Ward
Mike Newton-Ward (MSW, MPH-UNC-CH) is the Social Marketing Consultant for the North Carolina Division of Public Health. He also participates in the Turning Point Social Marketing National Excellence Collaborative, a coalition of six states created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote the use of social marketing in public health nationally. He has consulted with state and federal agencies on the use of social marketing; contributed to social marketing textbooks and journals; and taught social marketing courses. His current activities include building the capacity of public health systems to use the PRIZM commercial marketing database for audience research.

Kendra Nightingale
Kendra Nightingale is originally from a small farming community in western Kansas. Kendra received a BS degree in Agriculture from Kansas State University, where she participated in the undergraduate honors program. Kendra also holds a MS degree from Kansas State University in Food Science, where her research evaluated the use of lactoferrin, a milk-derived protein, to decontaminate and extend the shelf-life of beef products. Kendra Nightingale completed her PhD at Cornell University in Food Science with a concentration in Food Microbiology and minors in Epidemiology and Microbiology. Her PhD work probed the molecular epidemiology, ecology, and evolution of the human foodborne and animal pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. Kendra also completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University. Kendra joined the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in 2006.

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Barbara O'Brien
Barbara O'Brien joined the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service as a Food Safety Specialist on the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline in 1988; worked on the regulatory/policy side of the Agency as the Constituent Affairs Liaison to industry, trade, and consumer organizations; and returned to consumer education in 2000. She assumed her current position as Deputy Director of the Food Safety Education Staff in 2004. Prior to joining the government, Ms. O'Brien worked in hospitals and consulted in nursing homes. A registered dietitian, she has a BS in Home Economics from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.

Lillian Occeña-Po
Lillian G. Occeña-Po has joint appointments with the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the MSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences of Michigan State University. She obtained her PhD in Food Science from Michigan State University. She has served the last 3 years as campus co-chair of Extension's Food Safety Area of Expertise Team. Her research interests include food quality and safety, and ethnic food product development and processing. She has developed and conducted trainings on food safety, food processing, and total quality management in the food industry. She has also developed food safety curricula for diverse populations and food quality and safety management manuals for food entrepreneurs.

Philip C. Olsson
Mr. Olsson is a founder and a senior principal of Olsson, Frank and Weeda. He was born in Brockton, MA, and educated at Harvard University, obtaining his A.B. cum laude in 1962 and his LL.B. in 1965. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1965 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1973. He is the author of "Meat and Poultry Inspection: Wholesomeness, Integrity and Productivity," 75th Anniversary Commemorative Volume of Food and Drug Law, 1984.

Mr. Olsson served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Hastings Keith in 1967 and to Congressman Bob Mathias from 1967 to 1969. He was the Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Consumer Services from 1969 to 1971 and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Consumer Services from 1971 to 1973. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Olsson was responsible for regulatory programs ranging from commodity futures trading to consumer protection and food inspection. His practice includes both agency representation at USDA and FDA and litigation before Federal courts. Mr. Olsson is counsel to a number of companies and trade associations involved in food and agriculture related businesses and an advisor to the United States Delegation to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association (Vice-Chairman, Agriculture Committee, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice).

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Eileen Parish
Eileen Parish, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Virginia. Currently, she is the Medical Advisor in the Office of Food Safety, Defense, and Outreach for Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and is the Center Lead for Human Subject Protection Issues. She worked with the AMA, CDC, USDA-FSIS, and ANA to develop and update the Primer on Foodborne Illness for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals. She has been a member of APHA for a number of years in the Food and Nutrition Section and is the Chair of the Food Safety Committee.

Lynn Paul
Lynn Paul, EdD, RD, is a Professor and Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist at Montana State University. Her fields of study are public health nutrition, food safety, food and nutrition policy, and adult education. Dr. Paul utilizes an empowerment approach in promoting food, nutrition, and food safety for improving the physical and psychosocial health of individuals as well as community's capacity to create healthy environments. Dr. Paul has applied this approach to the development of successful food safety programs, such as enhancing food safety education and training among Montana's seven tribal reservations. One outcome of this collaboration is "Food Safety at Pow Wows" video and resource materials.

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Bryce Quick, Deputy Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

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Ram Rao
Damanna Ramkishan Rao is currently employed as the National Program Leader for Food Science and Technology at the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rao is responsible for leading reviews of food science and technology programs, representing CSREES with multi-state research and extension committees, and evaluation research and grant proposals on emerging issues in food science technology and food safety. He received his PhD in Nutrition and Biochemistry from Auburn University and servied a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications and has chaired the Southern Regional Section of the Institute of Food Technologists.

Vemula Rao
V. Sudershan Rao is Senior Research Officer at the National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad, India. He holds a PhD in Applied Botany from Mangalore University, Karnataka State, India. His major areas of research include: investigations into foodborne diseases; molecular epidemiology of food pathogens; identification of critical control points for food safety in the unorganized sector of food industry; risk assessment; food additives and contaminants including the bacterial pathogens; development of methods for the detection of food contaminants and adulterants; studies of knowledge, attitude, and belief practices on food safety; and organization of training programs on food safety to various stake holders of food safety.

Richard Raymond, Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA

Laura Reiser
Laura S. Reiser is a Public Affairs Specialist for the Food Safety Education Staff of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Maryland. Laura has been with the Food Safety Education Staff since 2002 and worked in communications, outreach, and public affairs with USDA since 1993 in varied capacities and programs, including campaign manager, editor, writer, media liaison and event coordinator. She first learned about social marketing in the late 1990s and has been hooked ever since! She serves on a parish health ministry team and managed an eyeglass clinic on a 2005 mission trip to Trinidad.

Barbara Reynolds
At CDC since 1991, Barbara Reynolds's communication expertise has been used in the planning or response to pandemic influenza, vaccine safety, emerging disease outbreaks, and bioterrorism. She has acted as a crisis communication consultant on health issues for France, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, former Soviet Union nations, NATO, and the World Health Organization. Barbara is the author of the 2002 book Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication and CDC's Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication course, and, in 2004, she launched a version of the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication course for leaders. Her research and writings are focused on emergency risk communication best practices, integrating models of communication for public health, and building community hardiness in the face of disaster.

Lynn Riggins
Lynn Riggins, MBA, PhD, is now an Assistant Professor with Central Missouri State University. At the time of this research, she was the Assistant Campus Sanitarian and part-time instructor at Kansas State University. She has taught ServSafe® for 3 years, has published research related to HACCP implementation in non-commercial operations, and received a grant from the Child Nutrition Foundation to develop a model HACCP program for child care centers. Riggins completed her PhD from K-State in August 2006.

Kevin Roberts
Kevin R. Roberts, MS, Instructor, Kansas State Univeristy (Master of Science, Iowa State University), is an instructor in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management, and Dietetics at Kansas State University. Roberts is experienced in food safety research and training and has over 12 years of restaurant operations/management expereince. Roberts' research interests include applied food safety research in the commercial restaurant setting, food safety behaviors of foodservice employees, and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point applications in foodservice.

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Michéle Samarya-Timm
Michéle Samarya-Timm holds a BS and an MA in Health Education and is employed by Franklin Township Health Department in Somerset, New Jersey, where she functions as Certified Health Education Specialist, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, and Health Officer. She is an active participant in the National Clean Hands Coalition, is Chairperson for the New Jersey Department of Health's Handwashing Task Force, and has received an Exceptional Merit Award from the Handwashing Leadership Forum for her ongoing commitment in promoting effective hand hygiene education. In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named her one of the nation's Emerging Public Health Leaders.

Tera Sandvik
Tera Sandvik is the Project Coordinator for the "Teens Serving Food Safely" program for the North Dakota State University Extension Service. She has an undergraduate degree in dietetics from NDSU. Her extension programming focuses on youth and hard-to-reach populations.

Jorgen Schlundt
Jorgen Schlundt received his DVM. from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (RVAU) in Copenhagen in 1978 and his PhD in Veterinary Science, Microbiology, from RVAU in 1983. He has worked on several national and international activities aimed at optimizing the present food safety systems, including systems for risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. He has worked at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark, at the Environmental Protection Agency of Denmark, as a head of Bacteriology Section of the Veterinary Research Laboratory in Zimbabwe, and as a head of Division of Microbiological, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. Dr. Schlundt joined the World Health Organization in 1999 and is currently Director of the Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses, and Foodborne Diseases at the World Health Organization Food Safety Programme, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.

Carol Schwarz
Carol Schwarz is an Extension Educator for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Buffalo County and a Registered Dietitian. She received her Masters Degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a third degree in Kitchen and Bath Design from University of Nebraska-Kearney. Carol has worked for UNL Extension for 23 years. Her main areas of focus are food and nutrition, wellness, and food safety. Current programming efforts include workshops for hospital and nursing home food service managers and cooks, food allergy training for food service managers, and food safety training for grocery store food service workers.

Matthew Seeger
Matthew W. Seeger (PhD, Indiana University 1982) is currently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. His teaching and research are in communication ethics, crisis and emergency risk communication, organizational responses to crisis and disaster, interagency coordination and informational needs. His work on communication and crisis management has appeared in various journals and in several edited collections and proceedings. His current research interests focus on informational needs during crisis, crisis and public health, communication and natural disasters, crisis discourse, and the application of chaos theory and learning theory to crisis.

Howard Seltzer
Howard Seltzer is the National Education Advisor in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has developed or helped develop numerous consumer education campaigns including, among others, egg safety, juice safety, food defense and security, food safety for seniors, and National Food Safety Education Month. He assisted in the development of the Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses: A Primer for Physicians and represents the agency on the Partnership for Food Safety Education, the National Coalition for Food Safe Schools, the Nutrition and Food Safety Education Task Force, and the Coalition of Organizations for Disaster Education.

Mario Seminara
Mario Seminara graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station in 1971 in Animal Science and did graduate studies there. Following a restaurant management career for two national chains, he worked for city/county regulatory authorities as a Sanitarian and the Texas Department of Health as Assistant Director, Retail Foods Division, in Austin. In 2000, he became Manager of the Environmental and Consumer Health Unit with the City of Austin/Travis County Health Department. His career with FDA as a Regional Food Specialist began in 2002. Mr. Seminara is the primary FDA retail food safety contact for Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.

Jan Singleton
Jan Singleton is the national Program Leader in Food Science and Food Safety at the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Singleton manages, leads, and administers a national grant program that awards competitive grants to faculty at accredited colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and its territories. She joined USDA in 1992 after leaving the University of West Virginia, where she held a joint appointment in Extension and the Department of Community Medicine at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Her PhD is in Human Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a Registered Dietitian and is an active member of the American Dietetic Association, the Society for Nutrition Education, the Institute for Food Technologists, the International Association for Food Protection, the American Society for Microbiology, and the American Chemical

Kathleen Slobin
Kathleen Slobin is a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology-Anthropology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco in 1991. Following her tenure as Director of Women's Studies at NDSU from 1997 to 2002, she took a sabbatical year as a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center in New York City. There she participated in a seminar, "Facing Global Capital, Finding Human Security: A Gendered Critique," sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Terra Smith
Dr. Terra Smith earned her BS from Cornell University, an MS from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD from Oklahoma State University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences in the College of Education at the University of Memphis. Dr. Smith's scholarly work addresses questions related to developing research skills in the context of food management and product development. As a result, special emphasis is placed on understanding the nature of students' epistemologies in relations to foods-related experiences and studies.

Caroline Smith DeWaal
Caroline Smith DeWaal is the director of the food safety program for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and co-author of Is Our Food Safe? A Consumer's Guide to Protecting Your Health and the Environment (Three Rivers Press, 2002). She represents CSPI in Congress and in the regulatory arena. She has extensive media exposure on these issues, including appearances on numerous national news shows and in national newspapers. Prior to coming to CSPI, Ms. DeWaal was Director of Legal Affairs for Public Voice for Food and Health Policy. She has presented papers on food safety at over 50 scientific and public policy conferences. Ms. DeWaal graduated from the University of Vermont and Antioch School of Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Julia Smith-Easley
Julia Smith is an Associate Director for Health Education at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She coordinates health education, training, and communication activities for CDC's Food Safety Office. Ms. Smith works with other federal agencies, industry, consumer, and professional organizations to promote food safety among consumers, industry, and health professionals, and has presented at many national public health conferences. Ms. Smith was instrumental in facilitating the creation of the Clean Hands Coalition and continues to promote the benefits of hand hygiene education. Ms. Smith received her MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina.

Jeannie Sneed
Jeannie Sneed, PhD, RD, CFSP, is a professor in the Foodservice and Lodging Management Program at Iowa State University and is affiliated with the ISU Institute for Food Safety and Security. Her PhD is from The Ohio State University. Her research interests are in the area of food safety in retail foodservice operations, particularly in school foodservice. She has been involved in research that examined foodservice employees' attitudes, knowledge, and practices related to food safety in schools and assisted-living facilities. Her current research relates to mitigating cross contamination in retail foodservice, including assisted living, child care, schools, and restaurants.

Deanna Staskel
Deanna Staskel is a Registered Dietitian who has recently completed a PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the food safety conditions in Texas childcare centers, including the behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes of foodservice workers.

Tori Stivers
Tori L. Stivers is a Seafood Specialist with the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service, where her activities include seafood safety education and Georgia seafood marketing. Recently, she developed and implemented national outreach efforts to consumers and health professionals about the risk of Vibrio vulnificus infection from eating raw clams and oysters. She also serves as the Vibrio vulnificus Education Coordinator for Georgia. Mrs. Stivers received her Master of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1983.

Theresa Stretch
Theresa Stretch, MS, RD, CFSP, a registered dietitian and a certified food safety professional, has served as a Food and Nutrition Specialist at the National Food Service Management Institute since May 2000. Her responsibilities include the development and coordination of several NFSMI food safety resources. Theresa originally from Illinois, is also a former school food service director.

Catherine Strohbehn
Catherine H. Strohbehn is Extension Specialist for Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management at Iowa State University. She earned her doctoral degree from Iowa State University in 1991 and currently is an adjunct associate professor affiliated with the University's Institute for Food Safety and Security. Catherine has over 20 years teaching (undergraduate/graduate students) and research experience in foodservice management, with interest areas of food safety and local food use by foodservice establishments. She is registered with the NRAEF as a ServSafe™ Instructor, as an RD with the American Dietetic Association, and with the NEHA as a Certified Food Safety Professional.

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Ewen Todd
Ewen C. D. Todd is Director of the Food Safety Policy Center (FSPC) at Michigan State University. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. He was Director of the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center from 2001 to 2006, coordinating research in microbiology, toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, and social science in the area of food safety, distance education programs, and outreach in the community. The FSPC was initiated in 2004 and is looking at policy issues at state and international levels. He graduated from Glasgow University with a BSc in Bacteriology and a PhD in bacterial systematics.

Pamela Tom
Pamela D. Tom is the Seafood Extension Manager for the University of California, Davis - Sea Grant Extension Program. She serves as the Sea Grant state leader in extending science-based information on seafood safety and quality and is an expert on Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point training information. Pamela represents UC as a liaison and technical resource member to state, national, and international agencies and committees that extend technical information on seafood safety, risk assessment, and quality. She received her MSc from UC-Davis.

Mary Jo Trepka
Mary Jo Trepka is Associate Professor in the Program of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Stempel School of Public Health, Florida International University. Dr. Trepka received her MD from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and her MSPH from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Trepka's research interests are in the surveillance, epidemiology, and control of infectious diseases of public health significance including foodborne diseases.

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Margaret Venuto
Margaret Venuto currently works as the Epidemiologist for the Food Safety Unit of the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this position, she designs food safety event tracking databases and performs statistical, trend, and spatial/temporal analyses on data to identify patterns among foodborne illness and injury events in the FNS feeding programs. Her academic training includes a Master of Public Health with a focus on infectious diseases epidemiology and current study in epidemiology through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her professional interests include infectious diseases epidemiology and the application of spatial technologies (Geographical Information Systems).

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Marcia Weber
Marcia Weber is an Extension Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension in York County, Pennsylvania. She is an instructor for ServSafe™ and SuperSafeMark™ and teaches Cooking for Crowds, a Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety and Front Line Food Safety for food processing line workers. Her areas of emphasis are food safety education, nutrition and wellness, and childcare education. Prior to joining Penn State, she was a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher for 18 years. She holds a BS degree in Home Economics Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Training and Development from Penn State University.

Cami Wells
Cami Wells is an Extension Educator for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. She is housed in Grand Island, Nebraska. She is a registered dietitian and received her Masters degree from Northern Illinois University. Cami's focus areas include nutrition and wellness with an emphasis in working with limited-resource families. She also provides food safety education to professionals such as restaurant managers, consumers, and volunteers in a variety of settings. Recent programming efforts have included food allergy training for foodservice managers and food safety workshops for grocery store managers.

Nancy Wiker
Nancy Wiker is an Extension Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She is a ServSafe™ instructor and a member of the writing team for Penn State's Cooking for Crowds, a food safety program for non-profit organizations. She also teaches Front Line Food Safety, a program for line workers in food processing facilities. Before joining Cooperative Extension, Nancy was a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher for 25 years. Her areas of emphasis are food safety, nutrition, and women's health. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education degree in Extension Education from Penn State.

Cynthia Williams
Cynthia Williams is a Senior Program Analyst with the USDA/FSIS Program Evaluation and Improvement Staff. She plans, organizes, and directs program evaluations. Cynthia has been with FSIS for over 8 years. Prior to joining FSIS, Cynthia worked as a nutritionist for more than 25 years, leading food and nutrition program improvements, consulting on hospital and nursing home accreditation issues, and counseling patients. She has taught college courses in food science, nutrition, and food systems management. Cynthia is a registered dietitian. Her Master's Degree is in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and her Bachelor's Degree is in Home Economics from the University of Alabama.

Jodi Williams
Jodi Williams is the Program Specialist for Food Science and Food Safety in the Plant and Animal Systems unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). Dr. Williams supports the National Program Leader and shares responsibility for providing leadership and direction essential to accomplishing the objectives of the national Integrated Food Safety Initiative. Dr. Williams received both her PhD and MS from Virginia Tech in Food Science and Technology with a focus on food chemistry/sensory analysis. Her BS is from Delaware State University in Chemistry.

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