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Key Agency Contacts

Please note that this is a list of main points of contact within FSIS. For information on other USDA agencies, please check out the Directories page offered on USDA.gov under Contact Us.

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Note: The general mailing address for headquarters is Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250-3700

FSIS Program Areas:

OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR (OA) 

Paul Kiecker, Acting Administrator
(202) 720-7025
Fax: (202) 205-0158
Room: 331-E Jamie Whitten Building

Cara LeConte, Chief of Staff 
(202) 720-6618
Fax: (202) 205-0158 
Room: 331-E Jamie Whitten Building

Dr. David Goldman, Acting USDA Chief Medical Officer
(202) 720-2644
Fax: (202) 690-2980
Room: 341-E Jamie Whitten Building

Dr. Pat Basu, Chief Public Health Veterinarian
(202) 690-9413
Room: 3805 South Building. 

Janell Kause, Agency Scientific Integrity Officer
(202) 690-0286
E-mail: FSIS_ScientificIntegrity@fsis.usda.gov 
Room: 9-199, Patriot Plaza III
USDA Scientific Integrity Policy Fact Sheet (PDF Only)

Civil Rights Staff
Angela Kelly, Director
(301) 504-7755
Fax: (301) 504-7746
George Washington Carver Center, Mail Drop 5261
Civil Rights Staff Directory

Internal Controls Staff
Ronnie Dunn, Director
(504) 589-3138
New Orleans, LA

Office of International Coordination 
Mary Stanley, Acting International Coordination Executive 
(202) 720-0287 
Main line: (202) 708-9543
Fax:  (202) 690-3856 
Room:  3143 South Building
E-mail: InternationalCoordination@fsis.usda.gov

U.S. Codex Office
Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Manager for Codex
(202) 205-7760
Fax: (202) 720-3157
Room: 4861 South Building
U.S. Codex Office Contact Information

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OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (OCFO) 

Steven Fisher, Chief Financial Officer
(202) 720-8700
Fax: (202) 720-5399
Room: 3165-South Building

Michael Erickson, Deputy Chief Financial Officer 
(202) 708-9514
Fax: (202) 720-5399
Room: 3164-South Building

Performance, Evaluation, and Planning
Sarah Lynch, Director
(202) 708-9515
Fax: (202) 690-1030
Room: 3831 South Building

Budget Division
Michael Toner, Director
(202) 690-8398
Fax: (202) 690-4155
Room: 2159 South Building

Martina Simms, Deputy Director
(202) 720-3614
Fax: (202) 690-4155
Room: 2159 South Building

Financial Management Division
Michelle Garner, Director
(301) 344-0750
Fax: (301) 504-5910
George Washington Carver Center, Mail Drop 5262

Vacant, Deputy Director
(301) 344-0750
Fax: (301) 504-5910
George Washington Carver Center, Mail Drop 5262

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OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (OCIO)

Janet Stevens, Chief Information Officer
(202) 205-9950
Fax: (202) 720-5399
Room: 3165 South Building

Lisa Wigfall, Deputy Chief Information Officer
(202) 720-3880
Fax: (202) 720-3984
Room: 4909 South Building

Business Application Division
Frances Byrd, Associate Chief Information Officer
(202) 708-8758
Fax: (202) 720-3984
Room: 4915 South Building

Governance & Quality Assurance Division
Dennis O’Brien, Associate Chief Information Officer
(202) 260-9304
Fax: (202) 720-3984
Room: 4899 South Building

Information Assurance Division
Elamin Osman, Chief Information Security Officer
(202) 720-5164
Fax: (202) 720-3984
Room: 4908 South Building

Innovation & Operations Division
Charles Fabry, Chief Technology Officer
(202) 720-4791
Fax: (202) 720-3984
Room: 4897 South Building

Program Management Division
William Thompson, Associate Chief Information Officer
(202) 692-4203
Fax: (202) 720-3984
Room: 4914 South Building

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OFFICE OF DATA INTEGRATION AND FOOD PROTECTION (ODIFP)

Terri Nintemann, Assistant Administrator
(202) 690-6486
Fax: (202) 690-5634
Room: 3130 South Building

Soumaya Tohamy, Deputy Assistant Administrator
(202) 708-9554
Fax: (202) 690-5634
Room: 3130 South Building

Data Analysis and Integration Staff
Christopher Alvares, Director
(202) 690-6418
Fax: (202) 690-5634
Room: 3126 South Building

Inspection Data Analysis Staff 
Julie Smith, Director 
(202) 690-3976 
Fax: (202) 690-6459 
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room 9-142

Emergency Coordination Staff
Mary Cutshall, Director
(202) 690-6523
Fax: (202) 690-6459
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room 9-140

Food Defense Assessment Staff 
Mary Cutshall, Acting Director
(202) 690-6523
Fax: (202) 690-6459
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room 9-140

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OFFICE OF FIELD OPERATIONS (OFO) 

William C. “Bill” Smith, Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-8803
Fax: (202) 720-5439
Room: 344-E Jamie Whitten Building

Vacant, Deputy Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-8803
Fax: (202) 720-5439
Room: 344-E Jamie Whitten Building

Dr. Patty Bennett, Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator 
(202) 720-5397 
Room: 3155 South Building 

Regulatory Operations
Dr. Hany Sidrak, Executive Associate
(202) 720-3697
Fax: (202) 690-3287
Room: 3157 South Building
Districts: Atlanta, Jackson, Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Springdale

Dr. Keith Gilmore, Executive Associate
(785) 766-9830
Des Moines District Office
Districts: Alameda, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Des Moines

Strategic Planning and Operations Management Staff 
Dr. Quita Bowman Blackwell, Director/OFO Chief of Operations
(202) 205-0081
Fax: (202) 205-0381
Room: 3175 South Building

Recall Management and Technical Analysis Staff 
Jessica Pulz, Director
(202) 720-4614
Room: 0008 South Building

Resource Management and Financial Planning Staff
Robert Cooke, Director
(202) 418-8928
Fax: (202) 245-5095

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OFO District Offices and District Managers | For Import Field Questions
 

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OFFICE OF INVESTIGATION, ENFORCEMENT, AND AUDIT (OIEA)

Carl Mayes, Assistant Administrator 
(202) 720-8609 
Fax: (202) 720-9893 
Room: 3133 South Building

Carl-Martin Ruiz, Deputy Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-6246
Fax:  (202) 720-9893
Room: 3133 South Building

Compliance and Investigations Division 
Mark W. Crowe, Director
(510) 769-5729
Fax: (202) 720-9893
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710

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REGIONAL Compliance and Investigations Division Offices & Regional Directors


 

Enforcement and Litigation Division 
Scott C. Safian, Director 
(202) 418-8872 
Fax: (202) 245-5097  
Room: Patriot Plaza III, 8-205

Enforcement Operations Branch 
Carlynne Cockrum, Branch Chief 
(202) 418-8817
Fax: (202) 245-5097 
Room: Patriot Plaza III, 8-232

Hearings and Appeals Branch 
Valerie Neris-Blankenship, Branch Chief 
(202) 418-8846 
Fax: (202) 260-0229 
Room: Patriot Plaza III, 9-253

Management Controls and Audit Division
Vincent Fayne, Director
(202) 690-5662
Fax: (202) 690-0071
Room: 2175 South Building

International Audit Branch 
Valerie Clay, Branch Chief
(202) 720-8971
Room: 2126 South Building

Federal State Audit Branch 
Ron Eckel, Branch Chief
(402) 344-5018
Fax: (402) 344-5104
1616 Capitol Ave., Suite 260
Omaha, NE 68102

Resource and Management Control Branch
Michelle Long, Branch Chief
(202) 708-8177
Room: 2175 South Building

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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT (OM) 

Pete Bridgeman, Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-4425
Fax: (202) 690-1742
Room: 347-E Jamie Whitten Building

Frank Mays, Deputy Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-4745
Fax: (202) 690-1742
Room: 347-E Jamie Whitten Building

Office of Administrative Services
Yolanda Chambers, Director
(301) 504-3990
Fax: (301) 504-4274
George Washington Carver Center,
Room: 2L195, Mail Stop 5260

Employee Safety, Health, and Wellness Staff
Dan Smigal, Director
(202) 205-2833
Room: 2129 South Building

Regional Occupational Safety and Health Specialists 

Workplace Violence Prevention Program
FSIS Workplace Violence Prevention Hotline
1-877-987-3747

Employee Assistance Program
1-800-222-0364 (1-888-262-7848 TTY)

Worker’s Compensation Program
1-800-370-3747 #5

Office of Human Resources 
Joseph T. Abbott, Director
(202) 708-9548
Fax: (202) 690-1666
Room: 3152 South Building

Beverly A. Ledford, Deputy Director
(202) 708-9549
Fax: (202) 690-1666
Room: 3148 South Building

Human Resources Management Division
Phillip Brown, Assistant Director
(202) 708-9552
Fax: (202) 690-1666
Room: 3129 South Building

Human Resources Operations
Laura Frantes, Assistant Director
(612) 659-8591
Fax: (612) 370-2005
Room: Butler Square West

Mailing Address and Number for General Inquiries: 
FSIS Human Resources Office

Butler Square West 4th Floor
100 North Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1564
1-800-370-3747
Fax: (612) 370-2060

Labor and Employee Relations Division
Vacant, Assistant Director
(301) 504-5986
Fax: (202) 245-4798
Room: 8-252 Patriot Plaza III

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OFFICE OF OUTREACH, EMPLOYEE EDUCATION AND TRAINING (OOEET) 

Michael Watts, Assistant Administrator
(202) 205-0194
Fax: (202) 205-0159
Room: 4862 South Building

Outreach and Partnership Division
Dean Norman, Director
(202) 418-8897
Fax: (202) 690-6519
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room 9-256

Small Plant Help Desk  
Visit us online, e-mail InfoSource@fsis.usda.gov or call 1-877-FSIS-HELP (1-877-374-7435).

Center for Learning
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 2930 South Building
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 1-800-336-3747

Stephanie Wilkins, Chief Training Officer
(202) 205-2954
Fax: (202) 690-2040
Room: 2936 South Building

Dean Norman, Chief, Distance Learning Branch
(301) 504-4828
Fax: (301) 504-3371
Room: George Washington Carver Center, 2-L224

Sylvia Bourn, Chief, Organization and Employee Development Branch
(202) 772-6064
Fax: (202) 690-6519
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room 9-262

LaRia Robinson, Chief, Training Operations Branch
(214) 767-2793
Fax: (214) 767-8439
1100 Commerce St., Room 516
Dallas, TX 75242

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OFFICE OF POLICY AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (OPPD) 

Roberta Wagner, Assistant Administrator
(202) 205-0495
Fax: (202) 720-2025
Room: 350-E Jamie L. Whitten Building

Rachel Edelstein, Deputy Assistant Administrator
(202) 205-0495
Fax: (202) 720-2025
Room: 350-E Jamie L. Whitten Building

Import/Export Coordination and Policy Development Staff
Dorothy Feustel, Director
(202) 720-0082
Fax: (202) 720-7990

International Equivalence Staff
Dr. Janet McGinn, Director
(202) 690-5646
Fax: (202) 720-3856

Issuances Staff
Matthew Michael, Director
(202) 720-0345
Fax: (202) 690-0486

Melissa Hammar, Deputy Director
(202) 720-2096
Fax: (202) 690-0486

Labeling and Program Delivery Staff
Rosalyn Murphy-Jenkins, Director
(301) 504-0879
Fax: (202) 245-4792
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room D23

Jeffrey Canavan, Deputy Director
(301) 504-0879
Fax: (202) 245-4792
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room D25

Policy Analysis Staff
Todd Furey, Director
(301) 504-0841
Fax:(202) 245-4791
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room D29

Richa Ajmera, Team Leader
(301) 504 0851
Fax: (202) 245-4791
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room N33

Policy Development Staff
John Linville, Director
(402) 344-5000
1-800-233-3935
Fax: (402) 344-5007
Omaha, NE

Scott Seebohm, Deputy Director
(402) 344-5000
Fax: (402) 344-5007
Omaha, NE

Risk, Innovations, and Management Staff
Dr. William Shaw, Director
(301) 504-0890
Fax: (202) 245-4793
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room D27

Valeria Green, Deputy Director
(301) 504-0884
Fax: (202) 245-4793
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Room 8-266

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OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND CONSUMER EDUCATION (OPACE) 

Carol Blake, Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-3884
Fax: (202) 690-0550
Room: 331-E Jamie Whitten Building

Aaron Lavallee, Deputy Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-0460
Room: 3137 South Building

Congressional and Public Affairs Staff
Roxanne Smith, Director
(202) 720-9113
Fax: (202) 720-5704
Room: 1175 South Building

Media Inquiries: Press@fsis.usda.gov

Executive Correspondence and Issues Management Staff
Karen Hunter, Director
(202) 690-3882
Fax: (202) 720-7609
Room: 1167 South Building

Food Safety Education Staff
Christopher Bernstein, Director 
(202) 720-9891
Fax: (202) 720-5704
Room: 1175 South Building

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 
1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Staff
Arianne Perkins, Director
(202) 690-2760
Fax: (202) 690-3023

For FOIA Requests: 
FSIS Freedom of Information Act Office
Room 2168-South Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Phone: (202) 720-2109
Fax: (202) 690-3023
Email: fsis.foia@usda.gov

Web and Digital Communications Staff
Alison Amor, Director
(202) 690-6188
Fax: (202) 690-0460
Room: 1180 South Building

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OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE (OPHS) 

David P. Goldman, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-2644
Fax: (202) 690-2980
Room: 341-E Jamie Whitten Building

Dr. Kis Robertson Hale, Deputy Assistant Administrator
(202) 720-4819
Fax: (202) 690-2980
Room: 341-E Jamie Whitten Building

Dr. J. Emilio Esteban, Executive Associate for Laboratory Services
(706) 546-3420
Fax: (706) 546-3428
Athens, GA 

Dr. Pat Basu, Senior Leader – Chemistry, Toxicology & Related Sciences
(202) 690-9413
Room: 3805 South Building

Janell Kause, Scientific Advisor for Risk Assessment
(202) 690-0286
Fax: (202) 690-6337
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Mail Drop 3766

Dr. Uday Dessai, Senior Public Health Advisor
(202) 690-6431
Fax: (202) 690-6337
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Mail Drop 3766

Dr. Kristin G. Holt, FSIS Liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(404) 639-3379
FSIS c/o Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, N.E., Mail Stop G-24, Atlanta, GA 30329-4018

Dr. John J. Johnston, Scientific Liaison
(202) 365-7175
2150 Centre Ave
Building D Room 3207
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Vacant, Scientific Advisor
(706) 546-3109
Fax: (706) 546-3428
Athens, GA

FSIS Field Service Laboratories

Eastern Laboratory
Frankie Beacorn, Director
(706) 546-3576
Fax: (706) 546-3383
Eastern Laboratory
Athens, GA

Midwestern Laboratory
Terry Dutko, Director
(314) 263-2686, Ext. 344
Fax: (314) 263-2679
Midwestern Laboratory
St. Louis, Missouri

Western Laboratory
Vacant, Director
(510) 982-4957
Fax: (510) 982-4998
Western Laboratory
Albany, CA

John Jarosh, Deputy Director
(510) 982-4957
Fax: (510) 982-4998
Western Laboratory
Albany, CA

Food Emergency Response Network Staff
Dr. Randal C. Layton, Director
(706) 546-3572
Fax: (706) 546-3518
Athens, GA

Laboratory QA/QC Staff
Louis Bluhm, PhD, Acting Director
(706) 546-3559
Fax: (706) 546-3559
Athens, GA
Accredited Laboratory Program: Contact Information

Headquarters Staffs

Applied Epidemiology Staff
Dr. Karen Becker, Director
(202) 690-6045
Fax: (202) 690-6414
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Mail Drop 3766

Resource & Program Management Staff
Sherri Johnson, Director
(202) 690-6623
Fax: (202) 690-6337
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Mail Drop 3766

Risk Assessment and Analytics Staff
Dr. Michelle Catlin, Director
(202) 690-2680
Fax: (202) 690-6337
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Mail Drop 3766

Science Staff
Evelyn Mbandi, Acting Director
(202) 690-6537
Fax: (202) 690-6364
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Mail Drop 3766

Evelyne Mbandi, Deputy Director
(202) 690-6537
Fax: (202) 690-6364
Room: Patriot Plaza III, Mail Drop 3766

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Last Modified Jan 11, 2018