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.
Head of Global Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Mike Burness has been with Godiva for four years, and also acts as the regional head of employee safety, quality, food safety, and security for the pladis Americas, Japan/Korea, and Asia. Burness has served in the food industry for more than 30 years, all of which encompassed experience and leadership in the quality, food safety, and regulatory arenas. He has experience in bakery, thermal processing, meat and poultry, beverage, and multiple other food product platforms resulting from positions with companies that include Campbell Soup, PepsiCo, and Chiquita Brands International. At Chiquita, Burness was an executive officer of the company, and his experience in the technical field is matched by his experience as a business leader.
USDA-ARS / 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.
Assistant Dean: Graduate Academic and Faculty Affairs, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University
Darin Detwiler is an assistant teaching professor and the director of the Master of Science in the Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries program. An expert in food regulatory affairs, food policy, and food governance, he has more than 20 years of experience in food policy, including his service as a regulatory policy advisor for USDA, senior policy advisor for STOP Foodborne Illness, and advisory panels member for FDA, CFP, and more. Detwiler speaks frequently before industry, government, and international audiences on food safety and related policy.
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.
Having retired as Senior QA Manager for HP Hood, Bruce Ferree is now an industry consultant. At HP Hood, Ferree oversaw company quality assurance, quality control, and food safety. 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.
Vice President of Quality Assurance
The Wendy’s Company
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.
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.
Alfred (Al) St. Cyr
ASC Consulting, LLC
Al St. Cyr has been a part of the food and pest management industry for many years beginning as a sanitor in a bakery in 1970. After a stint in the U.S. Navy as a Preventive Medicine Technician. He returned to the commercial baking industry as Plant Sanitarian and QA Manager. In 1985 he partnered with Dr. Austin Frishman providing assistance to the food and pest management industry. 1990 Al went to AIB as an inspector and by 1993 became the Head of Food Safety Education providing consultation and educational programs for the industry around the world. St. Cyr continues to provide educational programs for the industry through his own consulting firm.
Executive Director, IFAAO & Senior Advisor to Danone and UNOPS
Yves Rey is Executive Director of IFAAO, a Senior Advisor to Danone Executive and BRF Brazil, and former Corporate General Manager of Danone Group & Chairman of the GFSI board. He has more than 44 years of experience in the world’s leading food, beverage and packaging companies in 10 different countries. An experienced general manager with a strong business and consumer oriented mindset, Yves has an extensive and demonstrated knowledge in food manufacturing and processing, food science, food safety and quality management, general management and a strong food related academy background and food law.