Speakers 2018-04-23T06:42:57+00:00

Each year the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference strives to provide a lineup of the most relevant speakers to bring you the most current information, constructive workshops and timely presentations regarding food safety in the Rocky Mountain Region

2018 Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference Speakers

Patrick Quade
Patrick QuadeFounder & CEO, iwaspoinsoned.com
Patrick Quade is the founder and CEO of Dinesafe.org & Iwaspoisoned.com. These platforms are designed to identify food safety issues early and catch outbreaks in real time. Patrick gained his analytical skills working on Wall Street and uses them today to improve Dinesafe.org & Iwaspoisoned.com for the benefit of consumers, public health, and industry.
Dr. Anne StrailyCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
Anne Straily, DVM, MPH, DACVPM is a veterinary medical officer with CDC’s Center for Global Health, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Parasitic Diseases Branch. In her current position, she is the lead epidemiologist for foodborne parasitic diseases, including cyclosporiasis and toxoplasmosis. Her work at CDC also focuses on the epidemiology, control, and prevention of non-foodborne parasitic diseases like Chagas and schistosomiasis, among others. Anne first came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer assigned to the Rickettsial Zoonosis Branch. Prior to joining CDC, she was an infectious diseases epidemiologist at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and a public health officer in the US Air Force (Reserves). Anne completed her undergraduate degree and veterinary training at Kansas State University, and her graduate degree in public health at the University of Kansas. She is board certified in veterinary preventive medicine and public health.
Duane SinningColorado Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry
Duane Sinning- Colorado Dept. of Agriculture, Assistant Director Plant Industry Attended South Dakota State University with Bachelor Degrees in Agricultural Business- Horticulture, and Commercial Economics. Duane began his career as a farm manager Iowa and an operations manager in Michigan in the nursery industry before moving to Colorado. Since moving to Colorado in 1987 Duane has worked in the greenhouse industry with positions that have included sales, plant breeding and market development including 15 years of international business development for companies headquartered in Germany and England. Before joining the Colorado Department of Agriculture as the Assistant Director of Plant Industry and the Hemp Program Manager in June of 2014 Duane worked for Cargill’s canola breeding facility in Ft Collins, CO as the greenhouse manager directing the greenhouse staff and designing new facilities. As the Assistant Director of Plant Industry the role has included direct oversight of the Industrial Hemp Program including the development of Rules to implement the industrial hemp portion of CO’s Amendment 64 and the 2014 Farm Bill.
Cristy DiceProduce Safety Rule Program Manager, Colorado Department of Agriculture
Cristy Dice is the Produce Safety Rule Program Manager for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, working under the FSMA Project Director, Steve Bornmann. Her role is to implement the Produce Safety Rule in Colorado by developing policies, goals, objectives and strategies for the program. She works closely with CSU Extension, grower organizations, and other states to create a program that is uniform and consistent with other programs in the nation and meets the needs of Colorado produce growers.
Karla WorfKing Soopers/City Market and Kroger
Started with King Soopers in 2003 after graduating from college at Marshall University in West Virginia. First Management Role with Kings Soopers was Assistant Deli Manger. I have held the positions of Deli Manager, Assistant Store Manager, Loyalty Manager, and most currently Expense Sanitation Sustainability (ESS) Manager for all 153 stores throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Lane Drager
Lane DragerBoulder County Public Health
Lane Drager works for Boulder County Public Health and serves as the Consumer Protection Program Coordinator overseeing the Food Safety, Body Art, and Vector programs in the environmental health division. Lane is on the executive committee of the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. Lane serves as a member of the Jefferson County Board of Health.
Dr. Ruth EdenBioExpert
Dr. Ruth Eden, President of BioExpert, has dedicated her career to the development of new microbiological product and their commercialization. Ruth has developed numerous methods, systems and devices in microbiology that streamline procedures, minimize sample preparation, reduces time to results; provide automation and real time communication for faster and easier microbiological testing. Dr. Eden earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in food microbiology and biotechnology with a bachelor degree in chemical and food engineering from Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Technion City, Israel. In the past year she has dedicated her time to the http://ask-bioexpert.com/ website that serves the food safety community. This is a new interactive forum for the discussion of topics facing the food safety community.
Chantell BassettKing Soopers/City Market and Kroger
Chantell is the Expense, Sanitation, and Sustainability Assistant for King Soopers and City Market. Since the inception of a composting program in 2012, King Soopers and City Market have diverted 42.9 million pounds of compost from the landfill. King Soopers and City Market currently has a successful sustainability program and is looking forward to expanding the program in years to come.
Devin KoontzFood and Drug Administration
Devin Koontz, Lead Health Communications Specialist (Denver, CO) Mr. Koontz leads the team of FDA’s professional communicators representing the agency in the western half of the United States. This team works closely with the media, government partners, industry associations, academia and community based organizations to promote compliance with FDA regulations and ensure safe usage of FDA regulated products. Devin returned to the FDA in 2015 after having served as the public affairs director for the USDA/Food and Nutrition Service, Mountain Plains Regional Office, for the previous two years. In that capacity he led a team of public affairs professionals responsible for media relations, public relations, and event planning for ten states in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions. From 1998-2013 he was the public affairs specialist for FDA’s Denver District Office and before that held several other positions in DEN-DO compliance branch beginning in 1991. Devin earned a Bachelor of Organizational Communications from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. He does not generally write about or refer to himself in the third person, but in this case he will make an exception.
Hamish WalkerSeattle Fish Company
Hamish is the Chief Operating Officer at the Seattle Fish Company, a 100 year old Denver based distributor of fresh fish and gourmet products.
Karen Fifield
Karen FifieldMichigan State University Extension
Karen has worked for Michigan State University Extension for 20 years. She has had a variety of assignments within Extension. For the last six years she works in the area of Food Safety. As a life long learner she earned her Masters degree from Michigan State University in 2012 with a focus on Clinical Social Work. She feels this provides her with tools to better work with people in all areas of life. Karen’s personal life brings a lifetime of food preservation and safe food practices with agriculture. Karen’s experiences on the farm begins as a child growing up on a small farm, milking cows as a first job and then continued when she married a farmer. She has been married for 37 years to James Fifield and together they own a beef farm in Northern Michigan. They have raised three adult children on their farm and are blessed with three grandson’s, which bring them great happiness. She believes that the simple things in life can bring the most happiness. Her philosophy is; the best way to avoid a food borne illness it to simply, wash your hands!