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
2017 Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference Speakers
He graduated from the University of London Medical School and practiced internal medicine and infectious diseases in the United Kingdom until 1987 when he moved to the New England Medical Center. From there he became an Associate Professor at Tufts University in Boston, studying the molecular pathogenesis of foodborne pathogens.
Prior to forming TAG, David served as the Chief Medical Officer at the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and then joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the Chief Medical Officer at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in 2002. After serving as the Director of CFSAN’s Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response, David was appointed as the Assistant and then Associate Commissioner for Foods which provided him an agency-wide leadership role for all food and feed issues and the responsibility for the development of the 2007 Food Protection Plan, which served as the basis for many of the authorities granted to FDA by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Kara has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and has spent her career working in health departments. Kara started her career as an inspector at Tri-County Health Department, and then moved over to Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment. After taking a few years off, Kara landed at her current job at Denver Environmental Health.
Ms. Winks transferred to the Port of Denver, Colorado in the summer of 2006 to become the first Supervisor CBP Agriculture Specialist at the Port of Denver since the merger. In 2008, Ms. Winks earned the Director, Field Operations Quarterly Award for professionalism in the San Francisco/Portland Field Office.
In 2010, Ms. Winks was promoted to the position of Assistant Port Director of Trade Operations for the Area Port of Denver.
Ms. Winks holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis.