Featured food safety industry leaders, experts
The QA Advisory Board provides input and perspective into the editorial content, direction and market involvement of the magazine. The board includes industry leaders representative of various segments of the food and beverage processing industry. Members of the board are advisers to the staff of QA magazine, commissioned to critique the publication, provide industry insight and provide editorial consultation. A member of the board also contributes a column in each issue of the magazine.
Founder and President
The Acheson Group
Former FDA Assistant Commissioner of Foods, Dr. David Acheson is the Managing Director, Food and Import Safety Practice, at Leavitt Partners.Previously a practicing doctor of internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Acheson began conducting basic molecular pathogenesis research on foodborne pathogens in 1987, then joined the FDA as Chief Medical Officer in 2002. Dr. Acheson is widely published and internationally recognized for his public health expertise in food safety and his research in infectious diseases.
Director, Food Safety, Food Safety & Lab. Services Network
Dr. Peter Bodnaruk is Director, Food Safety with Tyson Foods, Food Safety & Lab. Services Network. He has over 25 years experience in food safety having held food safety positions in the US meat industry and food research appointments in Australia and Great Britain. Peter has extensive experience in risk management and risk mitigation strategies for ready-to-eat meat products, has worked as a public health microbiologist and with the development of rapid detection methods for pathogens.
Biosafety Program Manager
American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
Roger Brauninger is Biosafety Program Manager for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). The company is a non-profit, public service, membership association providing accreditation for laboratories, reference material procurers, proficiency testing providers and product certification and inspection bodies. Roger serves in the Life Sciences group of A2LA, which includes biological chemical testing on foods, feeds, drugs, toxic materials and threat agents.
Kansas State University
Jim Campbell is a Research Entomologist with the USDA ARS Grain Marketing and Production Research Center in Manhattan, KS. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California-Davis. His research interests include the behavior of stored product insects and their natural enemies and how the use of behavioral information can improve the management of insect pests.
Senior Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain
Will Daniels is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain with WTRMLN WTR, for which he is responsible for the company’s supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution of its cold-pressed watermelon juice. Prior to WTRMLN WTR, Daniels was with Earthbound Farm from 1999 until 2014, where, as chief food integrity officer, he was responsible for food safety, food quality, and the company’s organic integrity program. Daniels is a sought-after speaker, was one of the Packer 25 annual list of produce leaders, and was named as a Food Safety News top food safety leader, and has authored book chapters. An active leader in the food industry, Daniels serves on a variety of boards and technical committees.
Quality Management Partners
Bradd Eldridge is Founder and President of Quality Management Partners (QMP). He is a member of the Joint Institute of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Advisory Council, Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Bradd has traveled to many countries around the world to discuss good quality practices toward successful food safety programs. Bradd holds a BA in chemistry and computer science from Catawba College in North Carolina, and an MBA from Indiana University.
Director of Quality
California Natural Products
Bruce Ferree oversees regulatory compliance, document control and QA and QC functions for this aseptic co-packer and rice syrup manufacturer. He is a food quality and safety professional with experience in many types of food operations, including meat and poultry, dairy (milk, cheese and whey), canning/aseptic, grain extraction, auditing, consulting and training. He has worked both domestically and internationally. Ferree received his Bachelor of Science in food technology from Colorado State University. Ferree also writes for the QA column From Plant to Floor.
Animal Handling Facility designer / professor, Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Col.
Temple Grandin is a world-renowned animal welfare specialist and designer of numerous animal handling facilities. An American doctor of animal science and professor, she is also a bestselling author and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior.
Chief Food Safety Officer
Jorge Hernandez is the Chief Food Safety Officer for Wholesome international, formerly the Senior Vice President of Food Safety & Quality Assurance for US Foods. Hernandez is a sanitarian, a certified food safety instructor, and a past FDA standardization officer and serves as a board member of the Center for Produce Safety Advisory Board and the International Food Protection Institute. He is a co-chair of the GFSI Technical Committee, the American National Standards Institute Accreditation Committee, the NRA Quality Assurance Executives Study Group, and the International Food Distributors Association Food Safety & Security Committee.
Director of Retail Food Safety
St. Louis, Mo.
Kim Kemp is Director of Retail Food Safety for Nestle Purina. Involved in all aspects of food safety, Kim has been particularly instrumental in implementing innovative pest management programs focused on "green" management and inspection and consultation. He has worked extensively with Wal-Mart and other retailers to develop and implement such programs and spoken at conventions around the globe.
Corporate Vice President - Quality Assurance and Regulatory
McCormick & Co., Inc.
Roger Lawrence is the Corporate Vice President - Quality Assurance and Regulatory for McCormick & Company, Inc. He has over 35 years of experience in Quality, Food Safety, Product Development and Regulatory positions in the food industry. His current responsibilities span McCormick's worldwide internal operations and supply chain. The corporate global quality team provides strategic direction and operational guidance to subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees, as well as quality, food safety and regulatory support to retail, food service and industrial customers. They are responsible for the development and implementation of functional policies and procedures as well as minimum quality and food safety standards.
Global Quality Assurance Manager
Bobby Love is Global Quality Assurance Manager for Phillips Foods which has processing plants and restaurants. Love is responsible for ensuring the quality operations of both Phillips domestic and the company owned and operated overseas plants, which have U.S. approved HACCP (Food Safety) plans.
Global Director, Quality & Food Safety Strategy, Policy and Programs
The Coca-Cola Company
Neil’s responsibilities include defining global strategy, policy, programs, requirements and initiatives for quality and food safety to ensure product integrity, whilst reducing risks across the supply chain. Neil joined the Coca-Cola system in June 1999 for Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd in the UK. Since then, he has held several Quality and Supply Chain technical lead roles within the UK and Europe before moving to a global position in Atlanta, USA in 2009.Neil was the technical crisis management lead for the the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 South Africa World Cup and for the 2012 London Olympics. Neil also led the steering group responsible for the development of PAS 223: Prerequisite Programs for Food Packaging, published in July 2011. Neil is a longstanding member of the GFSI Technical Working Groups, GFSI Board member and Board member of SSAFE.
New Orleans, La.
Shawn McBride is an industry consultant, having worked in the industry for more than 25 years and served as President & CEO of Chef Paul/Magic Seasoning Blends, responsible for overseeing all aspects of both the seasonings plant and K-Paul restaurant.
Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Deni took over the presidency of Copesan in 2006. Her previous experience encompasses leadership positions in marketing, sales and business management with exposure from a variety of companies and industries. Most recently, Deni was vice president of Business Development for Essential Industries, a privately-owned company that manufactures and globally markets polymers and resins for industrial coatings.
Divisional Vice President, Quality Assurance
Lori Randall is Divisional Vice President, Quality Assurance, Abbott Nutrition. She began her Abbott career in 1992 as a packaging engineer for Abbott Nutrition. Throughout the years, she has served in a variety of technical, professional and leadership roles in quality, engineering and manufacturing operations. Just prior to assuming her current role, she was director, global engineering, Abbott Nutrition Supply Chain. Prior to that, she served as the senior site director at the Abbott Vascular vessel closure device operation in Redwood City, Calif. Outside of Abbott, Lori’s career included engineering and program management roles at both M&M/Mars, Inc. and Starbucks Coffee Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in packaging engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.