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


October 2003; Updated February 2014

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. 


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Pacific Region

Lorinda Lhotka05/14AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Michael Solter06/16AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Robert Gooch07/14AZ Dept. of Health Services
David Morales07/14AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Michelle Chester03/15AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Jackie Ward03/15AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Veronica Oros11/14Arizona State University
Susan Strong06/12CA Dept. of Health Services, Food & Drug Branch
Nianna Burns09/12FDA ITP LOS DO
Terrance Thomas06/14FDA ITP LOS DO
Randy Zielinski11/13FDA ITP SAN DO
Devon Shoop07/14FDA ITP SEA DO
Julia Chervoni05/15FDA ITP SEA DO ITP
Evan Lum9/15Guam Dept. of Public Health and Social Services
Ronald Carandang9/15Guam Dept. of Public Health and Social Services
Dale Negata07/14HI Dept. of Health
Wendy Shenk10/15Honolulu Resident Post, San Francisco District Office
Patrick Gazzle12/07ID Dept. of Health and Welfare
Christine Cox06/09MT Dept. of Health and Human Services
Cindy Ulch04/15NV Bureau of Health Protection Services
Susan Kendrick07/14OR Dept. of Ag
Maryam Shadbeh Evans07/16OR Dept. of Ag
Valerie Aliski04/15OR Health Division
Erica Van Ess12/15Oregon Health Authority, FBI Prev. Pgm
Cynthia Robinson12/15Oregon Health Authority, FBI Prev. Pgm
Christine Sylvis03/16Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas
Richard Elloyan07/16Nevada State Health Division
Joseph Graham12/15WA State Dept. of Health
Larry French 02/15WA State Dept. of Health
Jill Trohimovich03/13WA Seattle/King County
Helena Barton12/14WA Dept. of Health
Jon Sherve10/13WA Spokane County
Scott Pierce10/15WA Tacoma-Pierce HD
Katie Lott10/15WA Tacoma-Pierce HD
Tom Kunesh05/14WA Whatcom County

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Northeast Region

Fred Journalist02/15CT Dept. of Consumer Protection
Christine Applewhite03/16CT Dept. of Public Health
Cynthia Costa05/15CT Dept. of Public Health
Jane Chen03/11FDA ITP NYK DO
Valerie Potopsingh05/12FDA ITP NYK DO
Richard Hapke06/13FDA ITP NWE DO
Richard L. Licari08/10FDA ITP NWE DO
Christine Majewski02/14MA Food Protection Program
Diane Bernazzani01/15MA Food Protection Program
Diane Chalifoux-Judge06/16MA City of Boston
Scott L. Davis10/14ME Dept. of Human Services
Maurice Anderson12/15ME Dept. of Human Services
Jessica Fletcher05/15Mohegan Tribal Nation, Uncasville, CT
Maryam Hosseini03/15Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Mashantucket, CT
John Seiferth09/14NH Dept. of Health
Judy Jervis09/14NH Town of Exeter Health Dept.
William Kalabanka10/14NYS Agriculture and Markets
Brian Lockard11/14NH Town of Salem Health Dept.
Catherine Payne-Feeney05/14RI DOH
Al Burns06/14VT Dept. of Health
Sherry Sawyer06/14VT Dept. of Health

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Central Region

Julie Silberberg03/16FDA ITP BALT-DO
Brian Emanuel03/16FDA ITP CHI-DO
Arian Gibson02/15DC Health
Christian Witkovskie03/16FDA ITP CIN-DO
Carol Perry04/15FDA ITP NJ
Tammy Phillips01/14FDA ITP PHI DO
Kevin Dreesman07/14IL Dept. of Public Health
Dan Miller02/15IN State Dept. of Health
Lisa Harrison03/15IN State Dept. of Health
Suann Jewell06/16KY Cabinet for Health
Leslie Cobb04/15KY Cabinet for Health
John Townes04/16KY Cabinet for Health
Lisa Staley10/15MD Dept. of Health & Mental Hyg.
Kim Burns10/14MD Dept. of Health & Mental Hyg.
Diedre Moltere04/16MD State
Barbara Coy06/14MI Dept. of Agriculture
Rebecca Peterson11/15MI Dept. of Agriculture
Kevin Halfmann09/13MI Dept. of Agriculture
Rebecca Kryznowski06/16MI Dept. of Agriculture
Sean Dunleavy06/16MI Dept. of Agriculture
Kevin Halfmann09/13MI Dept. of Agriculture
Thomas Tederington12/15MI Dept. of Agriculture
James Topie10/16MN Dept. of Health
Kimberley A. Carlton11/15MN Dept. of Health
Angela Cyr07/14MN Dept. of Health
Michelle Messer05/14MN Dept. of Health
Jan Kelly09/16MN Dept. of Agriculture
Katherine Simon08/16MN Dept. of Agriculture
Lorna K. Girard08/14MN Dept. of Agriculture
Michael S. Lee03/15ND Dept. of Health
Mary Lou Falco07/14NJ Health and Senior Services
Jeanne Garbarino06/16NJ Vineland City Health Dept.
Crystal Penn Stevenson06/16OH Dept. of Agriculture
Tim Tewksbary03/14OH Dept. of Agriculture
Larry Holbert06/16OH Dept. of Health
Bobby McLean12/15PA Dept. of Agricuture
Melissa Vaccaro03/15PA Dept. of Agriculture
George Van Note04/15PA Dept. of Public Health
Michael Treppel04/15U.S. Capitol
Christopher Gordon12/14VA Dept. of Health
Catherine Cummins07/14VA Dept. of Health
Christopher Thackston04/15VA Dept. of Agriculture
Erik Bungo11/16VA Dept. of Agriculture
Jessica Douglas04/14WV Dept. of Health
Justin Blaney03/14WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
Larry Hanke12/15WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
Sonja Miller12/16WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
David St. Jules11/15WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
James Mack12/15WI Dept. of Health/Family Services (DHFS)
Karen Brock12/12WI Dept. of Health Svcs

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Southwest Region

April Jones09/14AR DH
Ashley Nale08/13AR DH
Cary Gray11/12AR DH
Lynn Lively02/13AR DH
Sherri Woodus12/15AR DH
Joanne Sax02/16CO DPHE
Kara Stone11/15CO DPHE
Mark Speltz08/15IA DIA
Tina Vandenberg12/14IA DIA
Sara Kingland05/16IA Dept of Inspections and Appeals
Debra Grabowski10/16IHS Albuquerque Area Office
Jessica Wrosch05/14Kansas Dept. of AG
Daryl Meierhoff02/15Kansas Dept. of AG
Guy Windholz07/15Kansas Dept. of AG
Pat Mahoney10/13St. Louis City Health Dept.
Robert Gilliland08/13Kansas City, MO
Ellen Dettman02/16MO DOH
Ann Winkler03/16MO DOH
Dan Kahler10/12NE Dept. of AG
Marlon Buzek10/15NE Dept. of AG
Troy Huffman08/13NE HHS
Johnathan Gerhardt07/16NM ED
Ron Taylor05/13NM ED
Anita Roy05/13NM ED
Lucas Tafoya03/13BC EH
Marsha Allmon01/15OK SDH
Quwanza Duggins06/16Oklahoma City-County HD
Debbie Watts11/15Tulsa City-County HD
DeBrena Hilton06/14Tulsa City-County HD
Juan Munguia08/13TX DSHS
Tom Arbizu08/15TX DSHS
Aaron McNeill03/14U.S. Public Health Service-Indian Health Service
N.Jay Schvaneveldt05/15UT DAF
Ron Marsden12/16UT Dept. of Health
Tom Trevino11/15UT Salt Lake Valley HD
Dawn Helms08/16WY Dept. of Agriculture

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Southeast Region

Phyllis Fenn04/15AL Dept of Public Health
Mark Cohen01/16FL DACS
Robert King05/14FL DACSe
Vivian Knippen04/14FL DACS
Mark Lamb02/15FL DACS
Michael Takosh10/15FL DACS
Miguel Fernandez11/15FL DACS
Stephen Hoffman08/15FL DBPR
Anna Johnson06/16FL DBPR
Cynthia Walker05/15FL DBPR
Lydia Gonzalez04/15FL DBPR
Ric Mathis02/15FL Dept. of Health
Robin Eychaner01/14FL Dept. of Health
VaKesha Brown04/14FL Dept. of Health
Sharon Saulter02/16FL Dept. of Health
Karen Anderson8/16GA Candler County Health Department
Lauren Baker10/15GA Chatham County Health Department
Angie Davis09/15GA Cobb-Douglas Public Health District
Sherry Beasley08/15GA Coweta County Health Dept.
Nakia McGuire-Robinson07/14GA DeKalb County Board of Health
William (Ken) Collins07/16GA Lee County Health Department
Lauren Harris02/17GA Dept. of Agriculture
Corey Millwood11/15GA DPH
Galen Baxter05/16GA DPH
Tonya Gray03/15GA DPH
Bert Tilton04/16GA Houston Co. Health Dept.
Jason Reagan05/14GA East Metro Health District
Carline Richardson01/14GA Fulton County Health Department
Haritha Batula12/14GA Fulton County Health Department
Meca Irving11/15LA Dept. of Health & Hospitals
Suzette Bass12/15MS Dept. of Health
Susan Bates11/15MS Dept. of Health
Brenda Clark03/15MS MSDH
Queen Swayze02/15MS MSDH
Lisa Dillon01/15MS MSDH
Rosemarie Wright06/14NASA Kennedy Space Center
Teresa Clark09/15NC Craven County Health Department
Greg Yankee03/16NC DHHS
Carolyn Griffin03/16NC DHHS
Laura Gammons12/16NC DHHS
Cheryl Slachta05/16NC DHHS
Judy Daye01/16NC DHHS
Kristi Nixon02/16NC DHHS
Melissa Ham08/16NC DHHS
Cindy Callahan11/15NC DHHS
Aimee Lee10/15NC Mecklenburg County Health Department
Ellen Reynolds06/14NC Union County Health Dept.
Thomas Jumalon06/15NC Wake County Environmental Services
Ilsa Suris01/16Puerto Rico Dept. Of Health
Rebecca Causey05/16SC DHEC
Tammy Gordon1/17SC DHEC
Ron Murphy01/15TN Dept. of AG
Lori LeMaster10/15TN DOH
Shaun Bryant06/14TN DOH

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