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 Lhotka05/14AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Michael Solter06/16AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Robert Gooch07/14AZ Dept. of Health Services
David Morales10/17AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Michelle Chester03/15AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Jackie Ward03/15AZ Maricopa County Environmental Services
Nianna Burns09/12FDA ITP LOS DO
Randy Zielinski11/13FDA ITP SAN DO
Devon Shoop08/17FDA ITP SEA DO
Julia Chervoni05/18FDA ITP SEA DO ITP
Evan Lum9/15Guam Dept. of Public Health and Social Services
Ronald Carandang9/15Guam Dept. of Public Health and Social Services
Michael Une11/16HI Dept. of Health
Erin Villanueva02/17HI Dept. of Health
Patrick Guzzle07/17ID Dept. of Health and Welfare
Christine Cox04/16MT Dept. of Health and Human Services
Cindy Ulch04/15NV Bureau of Health Protection Services
Richard Elloyan07/16Nevada State Health Division
Susan Kendrick08/17OR Dept. of Ag
Maryam Shadbeh Evans07/16OR Dept. of Ag
Valerie Aliski06/18OR Health Division
Erica Van Ess12/15Oregon Health Authority, FBI Prev. Pgm
Cynthia Robinson12/15Oregon Health Authority, FBI Prev. Pgm
Lloyd Clark Snyder04/16Riverstone Health
Christine Sylvis03/16Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas
Jacqueline Raiche-Curl09/17Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas
Joseph Graham12/15WA State Dept. of Health
Larry French 03/18WA State Dept. of Health
Helena Barton01/18WA Dept. of Health
Scott Pierce10/15WA Tacoma-Pierce HD
Katie Lott10/15WA Tacoma-Pierce HD

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Northeast Region

Fred Journalist02/15CT Dept. of Consumer Protection
Christine Applewhite03/16CT Dept. of Public Health
Cynthia Costa12/17CT Dept. of Public Health
Valerie Potopsingh08/15FDA ITP NYK DO
Richard Hapke06/16FDA ITP NWE DO
Richard L. Licari06/18FDA ITP NWE DO
Christine Majewski11/17MA Food Protection Program
Diane Bernazzani02/18MA Food Protection Program
Diane Chalifoux-Judge07/16MA City of Boston
Scott L. Davis04/17ME Dept. of Human Services
Maurice Anderson12/15ME Dept. of Human Services
Jessica Fletcher02/18Mohegan Tribal Nation, Uncasville, CT
Maryam Hosseini03/15Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Mashantucket, CT
John Seiferth09/17NH Dept. of Health
Judy Jervis09/17NH Town of Exeter Health Dept.
William Kalabanka10/14NYS Agriculture and Markets
Brian Lockard11/17NH Town of Salem Health Dept.
Brian Johnson05/17RI DOH
Sherry Sawyer06/17VT 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 Phillips03/15FDA ITP PHI DO
Kevin Dreesman10/17IL Dept. of Public Health
Dan Miller02/15IN State Dept. of Health
Lisa Harrison03/18IN State Dept. of Health
Suann Jewell06/16KY Cabinet for Health
Leslie Cobb04/15KY Cabinet for Health
Patrick Davis02/18KY 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 Coy06/17MI Dept. of Agriculture
Kevin Halfmann09/16MI Dept. of Agriculture
Rebecca Kryznowski09/16MI Dept. of Agriculture
Sean Dunleavy06/16MI Dept. of Agriculture
Thomas Tederington12/18MI Dept. of Agriculture
James Topie10/16MN Dept. of Health
Kimberley A. Carlton11/15MN Dept. of Health
Michelle Messer01/18MN Dept. of Health
Jan Kelly09/16MN Dept. of Agriculture
Katherine Simon08/16MN Dept. of Agriculture
Lorna K. Girard03/18MN Dept. of Agriculture
Michael S. Lee03/15ND Dept. of Health
Jeanne Garbarino06/16NJ Vineland City Health Dept.
Crystal Penn Stevenson06/16OH Dept. of Agriculture
Tim Tewksbary02/17OH 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 Douglas10/17WV Dept. of Health
Arthur Ness2/17WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
Larry Hanke12/15WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
Sonja Miller2/16WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
David St. Jules11/18WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
Sara Strehlow4/17WI Dept. of Agriculture TCP
James Mack12/15WI Dept. of Health/Family Services (DHFS)
Carrie Pohjola2/17WI Dept. of Health/Family Services (DHFS)

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Southwest Region

April Jones09/14AR DH
Cary Gray04/16AR DH
David McKinnon11/16AR DH
Jeff Jackson03/17AR DH
Lynn Lively11/17AR DH
Sherri Woodus12/15AR DH
Brianne Ratajczak01/18CO DPHE
Joanne Sax02/16CO DPHE
Kara Stone11/15CO DPHE
Mark Speltz08/15IA Department of Inspections and Appeals
Tina Batterson02/18IA Department of Inspections and Appeals
Sara Kingland05/16IA Department of Inspections and Appeals
Debra Grabowski10/16IHS Albuquerque Area Office
Jessica Wrosch05/14Kansas Dept. of AG
Brenda Tatom03/18Kansas Department of Agriculture
Kala Wood01/18Kansas Dept. of AG
Pat Mahoney09/17St. Louis City Health Dept.
Robert Gilliland08/13Kansas City, MO
Ellen Dettman02/16MO DOH
Ann Winkler03/16MO DOH
Dan Kahler06/16NE 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
Alicia Burkett04/17OK SDH
Marsha Allmon01/15OK SDH
Quwanza Duggins06/16Oklahoma City-County HD
Debbie Watts11/15Tulsa City-County HD
DeBrena Hilton06/17Tulsa City-County HD
Benjamin Anderson12/16TX DSHS
Billy Craddock02/17TX DSHS
Christa Lennon05/16TX DSHS
Melissa Hardin07/17TX DSHS
Tom Arbizu08/15TX DSHS
Jason J. Guzman12/17TX DSHS
Aaron McNeill03/17U.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

Rene Sinsky10/17AL Jefferson County Health Dept
Mark Cohen01/16FL DACS
Robert King04/17FL DACS
Miguel Fernandez11/15FL DACS
Anna Johnson06/16FL DACS
Joetta Defrancesco 03/18FL DACS
Stephen Hoffman08/15FL DBPR
Lisa Lambert 4/18FL DBPR
Cynthia Walker05/15FL DBPR
Lydia Gonzalez03/18FL DBPR
Ric Mathis08/17FL Dept. of Health
VaKesha Brown03/17FL Dept. of Health
Sharon Saulter02/16FL Dept. of Health
Karen Anderson08/16GA 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-Robinson11/17GA DeKalb County Board of Health
William (Ken) Collins07/16GA Lee County Health Department
Lauren Harris02/17GA Dept. of Agriculture
Allison Strickland05/18GA Dept. of Agriculture
Corey Millwood11/15GA DPH
Galen Baxter05/16GA DPH
Bert Tilton04/16GA Houston Co. Health Dept.
Jason Reagan07/17GA East Metro Health District
Carline Richardson04/17GA Fulton County Health Department
Meca Irving11/15LA Dept. of Health & Hospitals
Suzette Bass12/15MS Dept. of Health
Susan Bates11/15MS Dept. of Health
Suzan Walker11/17MS MSDH
Rosemarie Wright06/17NASA 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
Kristi Nixon02/16NC DHHS
Melissa Ham08/16NC DHHS
Cindy Callahan11/15NC DHHS
Stephen Graham01/18NC Mecklenburg County Health Department
Mark Kenion05/17NC New Hanover County Health Department
Ellen Reynolds07/17NC Union County Health Dept.
Thomas Jumalon06/15NC Wake County Environmental Services
Ilsa Suris01/16Puerto Rico Dept. Of Health
Danny Vazquez01/18PRHD
Rebecca Causey05/16SC DHEC
Tammy Gordon01/17SC DHEC
Ron Murphy01/15TN Dept. of AG
Nathan Hannah07/17TN Dept. of AG
Kathi Bolton03/17TN Dept. of AG
Jeff Kirksey10/17TN Dept. of AG
Shaun Bryant10/17TN DOH
Lori LeMaster09/16TN DOH
Phil Petrie01/17TN DOH

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