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Faces of Food Safety: Susan Scarcia - Core Values and the FSIS Mission

Susan ScarciaSusan Scarcia embodies FSIS' core value of One Team, One Purpose. She understands that there are many different people who work together to accomplish the FSIS mission.

Susan has been working with FSIS for 16 years. As DM (District Manager) she oversees more than 600 Agency employees and more than 1,000 federally-inspected establishments. "I provide leadership in promoting and implementing FSIS' rules and regulations in 21 circuits throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine," Scarcia said, "I said 'promote FSIS' rules and regulations' because these laws are designed to ensure a safe meat supply and I am proud of that—they shouldn’t just be enforced—they should be promoted."

One Team, One Purpose

Scarcia shared what One Team, One Purpose means to her. "As part of my vision I’ve been visiting circuits throughout the District and emphasizing my expectations that Front Line Supervisors, Consumer Safety Inspectors (CSI), and Enforcement, Investigations, and Analysis Officers (EIAO) need to work together as one team rather than separately because we can leverage our resources better and achieve our goals much easier. I emphasize the value in the team concept every chance I get—whether it’s during staff meetings, conference calls, or during one-on-one discussions."

"I emphasize the value in the team concept every chance I get—whether it’s during staff meetings, conference calls, or during one-on-one discussions."

Susan Scarcia

A Cultural Transformer

Scarcia is also a proud member of the Agency’s Cultural Transformation Working Group. "I am committed to helping make the Philadelphia District, and FSIS as a whole, a better place to work," she said, "The efforts of the working group directly affect FSIS employees, and if people can be happier at work, then they will be more productive, and FSIS will be more successful in achieving its goals. I am proud to be a part of such an important team."

Road to FSIS

Susan is originally from the very district she manages, Philadelphia. Currently, she resides in Margate, New Jersey, with her husband, Jim Smith. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in Applied Nutrition Science with an emphasis in Medical Dietetics. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, dietetic technician, and assistant program coordinator for the USDA's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.

In 1998, she joined FSIS as a food inspector in Vineland, N.J., and has also worked as as a CSI, EIAO, district analyst, staff officer with the Export Program Staff in the Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C., and deputy district manager in Philadelphia. "All of my positions over the past 32 years in and outside of FSIS have been public health related and have helped me accomplish the mission of protecting public health," she said.

"I love my job and what the Agency stands for. I feel dedicated to the people and the Agency and that makes me feel really good. I also know that no matter what job I hold, one of my main goals is to truly support and publicly recognize the success of our inspectors. There are so many dedicated people in the field and I want them to know how valuable the work they do is in protecting the public’s health. I am part of a great team!"

Scarcia and colleagues present a certificate to retiring FSIS employee Tom Dibruno.

"This is a farewell to SEIAO Tom Dibruno retiring after 34 years of service with FSIS. Tom has been a valuable employee, colleague and a good friend," said Scarcia.

 

Last Modified Oct 18, 2016