Speakers

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John Allan
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & International Standards
International Dairy Foods Association
John Allan leads all dairy food safety efforts for IDFA and has responsibilities in federal and state regulatory affairs. He engages on behalf of IDFA members with 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc., and the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). 
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IDFA
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Rick Barefoot
President
Barefoot Trucking
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Dr. Edward Dudley
Associate Professor
Department of Food Science, Penn State University
His research takes genomics and molecular biology approaches to study both pathogens (Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella) and probiotics (Lactobacillus).  He teaches several courses in the Department including the junior level Food Microbiology.  He is the current chair of the Food Microbiology division of the American Society for Microbiology, and an Editor for Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
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Edward Dudley
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Dr. Ginger Fenton
Dairy Extension Educator
Penn State University
Ginger holds a B.S. in Environmental Science/Biology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Food Science and Ph.D. in Pathobiology, both from Penn State University. 

Her programs focus on milk quality and food safety from the farm to the processor. She offers programs to improve milk quality on the farm and increase profitability of farms including on-farm culturing, mastitis management, raw milk impacts on finished product quality, and value-added dairy. Her other areas of interest include farm safety and occupational health and working with women on farms.   
 
Ginger also works with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for animal food processors and dairy food processors by offering Preventive Controls for Qualified Individual courses for animal food and human food. 
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Peggy Good
QA Manager
Turkey Hill Dairy
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Turkey Hill Dairy
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Hank Hirsch
President
RK Environmental
Hank’s career spans more than twenty-eight years in the pest management industry. He has worked in both operations and in a technical capacity. During the past twenty-three years, Hank worked exclusively with the food industry. 

As a Board Certified Entomologist, Hank has worked with several major food processors to provide training, technical support, developing new technologies and the design of pest prevention and food safety programs. He regularly lectures at continuing education programs offered by Rutgers University, National Pest Management Association, University of Kentucky, New Jersey Pest Management Association, Pennsylvania Pest Management Association and New York Pest Management Association, as well as in-house training programs. 

Hank studied entomology at Rutgers University and has a specialization in stored product insects. 
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RK Environmental
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Paul Hoge
Dairy Specialist
PA Department of Agriculture
Paul is a Sanitarian Program Specialist for the PA Department of Agriculture. He graduated from Penn State University in 1978 with a degree in Dairy Production. He served in the US Army Ordnance Corp following graduation and then gained work experience in dairy farming and dairy processing until joining PDA in 1985. He has worked in many areas of the Milk Sanitation program and most recently has been involved in the revision of PA Chapter 59. He works closely with representatives of academia, industry, and regulatory to help assure the safest and highest quality milk and milk products for Pennsylvania.
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Michael Hydock
Chief, Laboratory Division
PA Department of Agriculture

Michael F. Hydock earned a BS in Animal Production from Penn State University in 1978. He was a QA/QC Manager in the private sector for 18 years. He became a PA Approved Laboratory Director in 1980. He has worked as an FDA Certified Laboratory Evaluation Officer since 1997 and Chief Laboratory Section of Food Safety & Laboratory Services since 2002.

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Dr. Lydia Johnson
Director
Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services, PA Department of Agriculture
Lydia Johnson was appointed Director of the Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services in May 2011. Lydia served previously as the Assistant Director of the bureau for 3.5 years. Prior to her work at the department, Lydia, who is a registered and licensed dietitian, was the Director of Nutritional Services at multiple sites of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for more than 20 years and, more recently, was the Director of Food Services for the South Side Area School District. She also teaches online nutrition and management classes at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Lydia obtained her Doctoral degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix, her Masters in Health Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelors of Nutrition and Food Science from Mercyhurst College.  
 
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Dr. Kerry Kaylegian
Dairy Foods Research & Extension Associate
Department of Food Science, Penn State University
Dr. Kerry E. Kaylegian provides technical support to the dairy industry and delivers outreach programs focused on improving the safety and quality of dairy products. Kerry directs courses on dairy HACCP, pasteurizer operations, cheese making, dairy basics for artisan processors, and fundamentals of food science. She assists with the ice cream and cultured products short courses. Her research focuses on improving the functional and nutritional properties of milk fat as an ingredient. Kerry judges dairy products at several national competitions and is coach of the Penn State Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Team. Her degrees are in Food Science with an emphasis on dairy products, she has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellowship from Cornell University.
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Kerry Kaylegian
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Steven Kurtz
Program Specialist
PA Department of Agriculture

Steve was raised on a dairy farm. He worked for Guers Dairy for five years before moving to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in weights and measurements, running the tank calibration truck. Steve accepted a position with Interstate Milk Producers running their tank calibration truck. Later he took a position with Interstate as an Approved Inspector. Steve then returned to PDA as a Milk Sanitarian, then Milk Sanitation Supervisor and currently a Program Specialist. He is married to his wife Kathleen, and has three sons and three grandchildren.

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David Pearce
Regional Milk Specialist
U.S. Food & Drug Administration

David covers the regions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has worked in Food Safety since 1982 and with the dairy industry since the mid-1990's. David has conducted dairy evaluations and testing throughout the USA and countries in the Mediterranean, Europe, and South Africa.

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Chris Thompson
Chief, Dairy Standardization Branch
USDA/AMS/Dairy
Chris is a Dairy Products Marketing Specialist at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) Dairy Program as Chief of the Standardization Branch. In this capacity, he is involved in policy development and international trade oriented issues related to the U.S. dairy industry focusing on trade facilitation, market access and standards. In this role, he also serves as the U.S. Delegate to the Codex Committee on Milk and Milk Products. Prior to joining the Standardization Branch, Chris served as an Associate Market Administrator in the Southeast and Florida Federal Order Office and as Milk Program Coordinator at the University of Kentucky’s Division of Regulatory Services. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agriculture from Western Kentucky University.
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Cindy Weimer
Senior Vice President Industry Relations
American Dairy Association North East
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Rod Wheeler
Founder
Global Food Defense Institute
Rod Wheeler is the Founder and CEO of The Global Food Defense Institute, the only global firm that focuses solely on Food Defense, Intentional Adulteration, education, tampering investigations and intelligence. Rod has also served as a Crime Analyst for the Fox News Channel, and a regular guest on several national and international news outlets providing analysis and commenting on cases of International Security, Terrorism and Crime.   The Global Food Defense Institute has conducted dozens of focused and broad mitigation security assessments, written numerous facility security plans and have conducted several product tampering and workplace violence related investigations for various companies large and small. 
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