State, Local, Tribal and Federal Inspection/Training Officers Certified by the FDA Using the Standardization and Certification Procedures

October 2003; Updated June 2015

Pacific Region  |  Northeast Region  |  Central Region  |   Southwest Region  |  Southeast Region

Purpose of listing of state standardized officials.

Under the authority of the Public Health Service Act as amended, the FDA has a responsibility to provide assistance to state and local retail food protection programs [42 USC 243]. The FDA provides assistance to federal agency retail food protection programs under authority of the Economy Act [31 USC 1535]. Assistance provided to state, local, and federal governmental bodies is also pursuant to FDA's authorities and responsibilities under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [1 USC 301].

Historically, FDA has met this responsibility by offering a variety of training opportunities and technical assistance based on model codes addressing recommended sanitation and food safety criteria for retail food establishments. Providing model food codes and model code interpretations and opinions, is the mechanism through which FDA, as a lead federal food control agency, promotes uniform implementation of national food regulatory policy among federal, state, tribal, and local agencies that have primary responsibility for retail food safety oversight or regulation. To assure greater uniformity, FDA recommends that regulatory jurisdictions adopt the model Food Code as law or regulation.

The main goal of a national food safety program is the reduction and prevention of foodborne illness. To that end, FDA provides several pathways, one of which is the standardization and certification of retail food inspection personnel. This process provides regulatory personnel the opportunity to subject their knowledge and skills related to the Code's provisions to a uniform system of measurement. The process and criteria for demonstrating proficiency in the required performance areas are described in the FDA Procedures for standardization and certification of Retail Food Inspection / Training Officers.

The procedures are based on the FDA Food Code and are updated to reflect current Food Code provisions and to include a more refined focus on foodborne illness risk factors, food code interventions, and application of the principles of hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP).

It is critical that food safety personnel become standardized and subsequently certified through this process to ensure that retail foods are safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented at retail throughout the United States. certification as an fda-certified inspection / training officer is issued to all candidates who successfully complete the standardization process. FDA is pleased to recognize, by listing according to FDA Regions, those persons who are recognized as standardized and certified via this process. 

FDA Regional Retail Food Specialists: Please submit updates to the table by email. 

Pacific Region

Lorinda Lhotka 05/14 AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Michael Solter 06/16 AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Robert Gooch 07/14 AZ Dept. of Health Services
David Morales 10/17 AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Michelle Chester 03/15 AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Jackie Ward 03/15 AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Nianna Burns 09/12 FDA ITP LOS DO
Randy Zielinski 11/13 FDA ITP SAN DO
Devon Shoop 08/17 FDA ITP SEA DO
Julia Chervoni 05/18 FDA ITP SEA DO ITP
Evan Lum 9/15 Guam Dept. of Public Health and Social Services
Ronald Carandang 9/15 Guam Dept. of Public Health and Social Services
Michael Une 11/16 HI Dept. of Health
Erin Villanueva 02/17 HI Dept. of Health
Patrick Guzzle 07/17 ID Dept. of Health and Welfare
Christine Cox 04/16 MT Dept. of Health and Human Services
Cindy Ulch 04/15 NV Bureau of Health Protection Services
Richard Elloyan 07/16 Nevada State Health Division
Susan Kendrick 08/17 OR Dept. of Ag
Maryam Shadbeh Evans 07/16 OR Dept. of Ag
Valerie Aliski 06/18 OR Health Division
Erica Van Ess 12/15 Oregon Health Authority, FBI Prev. Pgm
Cynthia Robinson 12/15 Oregon Health Authority, FBI Prev. Pgm
Lloyd Clark Snyder 04/16 Riverstone Health
Christine Sylvis 03/16 Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas
Jacqueline Raiche-Curl 09/17 Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas
Joseph Graham 12/15 WA State Dept. of Health
Larry French  03/18 WA State Dept. of Health
Helena Barton 01/18 WA Dept. of Health
Scott Pierce 10/15 WA Tacoma-Pierce HD
Katie Lott 10/15 WA Tacoma-Pierce HD

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Northeast Region

Fred Journalist 02/15 CT Dept. of Consumer Protection
Christine Applewhite 03/16 CT Dept. of Public Health
Cynthia Costa 12/17 CT Dept. of Public Health
Valerie Potopsingh 08/15 FDA ITP NYK DO
Richard Hapke 06/16 FDA ITP NWE DO
Richard L. Licari 06/18 FDA ITP NWE DO
Diane Bernazzani 02/18 MA Food Protection Program
Diane Chalifoux-Judge 07/16 MA City of Boston
Scott L. Davis 04/17 ME Dept. of Human Services
Maurice Anderson 12/15 ME Dept. of Human Services
Jessica Fletcher 02/18 Mohegan Tribal Nation, Uncasville, CT
Maryam Hosseini 03/15 Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Mashantucket, CT
Robert Allen 06/18 NH Dept. of Health
John Seiferth 09/17 NH Dept. of Health
Judy Jervis 09/17 NH Town of Exeter Health Dept.
William Kalabanka 10/14 NYS Agriculture and Markets
Brian Lockard 11/17 NH Town of Salem Health Dept.
Brian Johnson 05/17 RI DOH
Robert Manfredi 05/18 VT Dept. of Health
Sherry Sawyer 06/17 VT Dept. of Health

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Central Region

Julie Silberberg 03/16 FDA ITP BALT-DO
Brian Emanuel 03/16 FDA ITP CHI-DO
Arian Gibson 02/15 DC Health
Christian Witkovskie 03/16 FDA ITP CIN-DO
Carol Perry 04/15 FDA ITP NJ
Tammy Phillips 03/15 FDA ITP PHI DO
Kevin Dreesman 10/17 IL Dept. of Public Health
Dan Miller 02/15 IN State Dept. of Health
Lisa Harrison 03/18 IN State Dept. of Health
Suann Jewell 06/16 KY Cabinet for Health
Leslie Cobb 04/15 KY Cabinet for Health
Patrick Davis 02/18 KY Cabinet for Health
John Townes 04/16 KY Cabinet for Health
Lisa Staley 10/15 MD Dept. of Health & Mental Hyg.
Kim Burns 10/14 MD Dept. of Health & Mental Hyg.
Diedre Moltere 04/16 MD State
Barbara Coy 06/17 MI Dept. of Agriculture
Kevin Halfmann 09/16 MI Dept. of Agriculture
Rebecca Kryznowski 09/16 MI Dept. of Agriculture
Sean Dunleavy 06/16 MI Dept. of Agriculture
Thomas Tederington 12/18 MI Dept. of Agriculture
James Topie 10/16 MN Dept. of Health
Kimberley A. Carlton 11/15 MN Dept. of Health
Michelle Messer 01/18 MN Dept. of Health
Jan Kelly 09/16 MN Dept. of Agriculture
Katherine Simon 08/16 MN Dept. of Agriculture
Lorna K. Girard 03/18 MN Dept. of Agriculture
Michael S. Lee 03/15 ND Dept. of Health
Jeanne Garbarino 06/16 NJ Vineland City Health Dept.
Crystal Penn Stevenson 06/16 OH Dept. of Agriculture
Tim Tewksbary 02/17 OH Dept. of Agriculture
Larry Holbert 06/16 OH Dept. of Health
Bobby McLean 12/15 PA Dept. of Agricuture
Melissa Vaccaro 03/15 PA Dept. of Agriculture
George Van Note 04/15 PA Dept. of Public Health
Michael Treppel 04/15 U.S. Capitol
Christopher Gordon 12/14 VA Dept. of Health
Catherine Cummins 07/14 VA Dept. of Health
Christopher Thackston 04/15 VA Dept. of Agriculture
Erik Bungo 11/16 VA Dept. of Agriculture
Jessica Douglas 10/17 WV Dept. of Health
Arthur Ness 2/17 WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
Larry Hanke 12/15 WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
Sonja Miller 2/16 WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
David St. Jules 11/18 WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
Sara Strehlow 4/17 WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
James Mack 12/15 WI Dept. of Health/Family Services (DHFS)
Carrie Pohjola 2/17 WI Dept. of Health/Family Services (DHFS)

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Southwest Region

April Jones 09/14 AR DH
Cary Gray 04/16 AR DH
David McKinnon 11/16 AR DH
Jeff Jackson 03/17 AR DH
Lynn Lively 11/17 AR DH
Sherri Woodus 12/15 AR DH
Brianne Ratajczak 01/18 CO DPHE
Joanne Sax 02/16 CO DPHE
Kara Stone 11/15 CO DPHE
Mark Speltz 08/15 IA Department of Inspections and Appeals
Tina Batterson 02/18 IA Department of Inspections and Appeals
Sara Kingland 05/16 IA Department of Inspections and Appeals
Debra Grabowski 10/16 IHS Albuquerque Area Office
Jessica Wrosch 05/14 Kansas Dept. of AG
Brenda Tatom 03/18 Kansas Department of Agriculture
Kala Wood 01/18 Kansas Dept. of AG
Pat Mahoney 09/17 St. Louis City Health Dept.
Robert Gilliland 08/13 Kansas City, MO
Ellen Dettman 02/16 MO DOH
Ann Winkler 03/16 MO DOH
Dan Kahler 06/16 NE Dept. of AG
Marlon Buzek 10/15 NE Dept. of AG
Troy Huffman 08/13 NE HHS
Johnathan Gerhardt 07/16 NM ED
Ron Taylor 05/13 NM ED
Anita Roy 05/13 NM ED
Lucas Tafoya 03/13 BC EH
Alicia Burkett 04/17 OK SDH
Marsha Allmon 01/15 OK SDH
Quwanza Duggins 06/16 Oklahoma City-County HD
Debbie Watts 11/15 Tulsa City-County HD
DeBrena Hilton 06/17 Tulsa City-County HD
Benjamin Anderson 12/16 TX DSHS
Billy Craddock 02/17 TX DSHS
Christa Lennon 05/16 TX DSHS
Melissa Hardin 07/17 TX DSHS
Tom Arbizu 08/15 TX DSHS
Jason J. Guzman 12/17 TX DSHS
Aaron McNeill 03/17 U.S. Public Health Service-Indian Health Service
N.Jay Schvaneveldt 05/15 UT DAF
Ron Marsden 12/16 UT Dept. of Health
Tom Trevino 11/15 UT Salt Lake Valley HD
Dawn Helms 08/16 WY Dept. of Agriculture

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Southeast Region

Rene Sinsky 10/17 AL Jefferson County Health Dept
Mark Cohen 01/16 FL DACS
Robert King 04/17 FL DACS
Miguel Fernandez 11/15 FL DACS
Anna Johnson 06/16 FL DACS
Joetta Defrancesco 03/18 FL DACS
Stephen Hoffman 08/15 FL DBPR
Lisa Lambert 4/18 FL DBPR
Cynthia Walker 05/15 FL DBPR
Lydia Gonzalez 03/18 FL DBPR
Ric Mathis 08/17 FL Dept. of Health
VaKesha Brown 03/17 FL Dept. of Health
Sharon Saulter 02/16 FL Dept. of Health
Karen Anderson 08/16 GA Candler County Health Department
Lauren Baker 10/15 GA Chatham County Health Department
Angie Davis 09/15 GA Cobb-Douglas Public Health District
Sherry Beasley 08/15 GA Coweta County Health Dept.
Nakia McGuire-Robinson 11/17 GA DeKalb County Board of Health
William (Ken) Collins 07/16 GA Lee County Health Department
Lauren Harris 02/17 GA Dept. of Agriculture
Allison Strickland 05/18 GA Dept. of Agriculture
Corey Millwood 11/15 GA DPH
Galen Baxter 05/16 GA DPH
Bert Tilton 04/16 GA Houston Co. Health Dept.
Jason Reagan 07/17 GA East Metro Health District
Carline Richardson 04/17 GA Fulton County Health Department
Meca Irving 11/15 LA Dept. of Health & Hospitals
Suzette Bass 12/15 MS Dept. of Health
Susan Bates 11/15 MS Dept. of Health
Suzan Walker 11/17 MS MSDH
Rosemarie Wright 06/17 NASA Kennedy Space Center
Teresa Clark 09/15 NC Craven County Health Department
Greg Yankee 03/16 NC DHHS
Carolyn Griffin 03/16 NC DHHS
Laura Gammons 12/16 NC DHHS
Cheryl Slachta 05/16 NC DHHS
Kristi Nixon 02/16 NC DHHS
Melissa Ham 08/16 NC DHHS
Cindy Callahan 11/15 NC DHHS
Stephen Graham 01/18 NC Mecklenburg County Health Department
Mark Kenion 05/17 NC New Hanover County Health Department
Ellen Reynolds 07/17 NC Union County Health Dept.
Thomas Jumalon 06/15 NC Wake County Environmental Services
Ilsa Suris 01/16 Puerto Rico Dept. Of Health
Danny Vazquez 01/18 PRHD
Rebecca Causey 05/16 SC DHEC
Tammy Gordon 01/17 SC DHEC
Ron Murphy 01/15 TN Dept. of AG
Nathan Hannah 07/17 TN Dept. of AG
Kathi Bolton 03/17 TN Dept. of AG
Jeff Kirksey 10/17 TN Dept. of AG
Shaun Bryant 10/17 TN DOH
Lori LeMaster 09/16 TN DOH
Phil Petrie 01/17 TN DOH

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