Graduate of West Chester University in West Chester, PA (1977), B.S. Health Science.
Started my career in the food industry during college working for Swift & Company in the summer. Joined Swift full time after graduation from college and spent 16 years working with Swift & Company (Armour Swift – Eckrich, ConAgra) in poultry operations, processed meats and poultry and corporate FSQA.
Joined Specialty Brands in 1993 as Director of Quality Assurance. Specialty Brands was purchased by Windsor Foods in 2004 and Windsor was acquired by Ajinomoto Foods in 2014. Currently serving as Sr. Director, Food Safety & Quality Assurance with Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. Celebrating 25 years with the “company” in October, 2018.
I am currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Food Safety Magazine. Since 2001 I have written 17 articles on Food Security, Allergens, Sanitation and GMP’s as well as other food safety related topics. Most recently I contributed 2 podcasts for Food Safety Matters: “Meeting the Challenges of Food Plant Sanitation, in March 2018; and Environmental Monitoring and Listeria Control in October 2018.
In 2006 CRC press published my book entitled “Food Plant Sanitation: Design, Maintenance and Good Manufacturing Practices” (second edition, 2013). The third edition is in the developmental stages.
I am a member of the International Association of Food Protection and the American Frozen Food Institute as a contributor to the Listeria monocytogenes Working Group. Certifications include SQF Practitioner, ASQ Certified Quality Auditor and Preventive Control Qualified Individual
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