About our workshops
BioSafe Systems’ food safety workshops connect industry experts with food-safety professionals. Attendees will learn about topics such as agriculture water profiling, soils and compost, human health pathogens, pathogen testing, transportation sanitation, auditing and BioSafe Systems’ integrated sanitation process.
12566 SE 93rd Ave – Clackamas, OR 97015 – United States
Schedule of Events
|8:30am||Opening Welcome||Amelia Jorden / Kevin Watson
|8:45am||ISP Integrated Sanitation Program||Amelia Jorden
|9:15am||Soils / Compost processes||Paula Rivadeneira PhD University of Arizona|
|10:30am||Agricultural Water Profile||Willette Crawford PhD
Katalysts Co / Consulting
|11:30am||Luncheon event/Wilbur Ellis Food Safety Consultation||Catered lunch / Mallory Lucas|
|12:30pm||E. coli/Salmonella||Joy Waite-Cusic, Ph.D
University of Oregon
|1:00pm||Cyclospora||Jerry Lopez PhD
University of Arizona
|1:30pm||Listeria||Meijun Zhu PhD
Washington State University
|2:00pm||Pathogen Testing||Celina To
|2:30pm||Sanitary Transportation||Kevin Watson
BioSafe Systems - Director of Food Safety
|3:00 pm||Primus Auditing Ops||Jeff Saleen
Primus Auditing Ops
|3:30 pm||KipTraq||Bryan Banks
|4:00 pm||Questions and Closing|
Amelia Jordon is a native to Washington state. Originally from Shoreline WA, Amelia earned her B.A. degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN focusing in Biology. She received her master’s degree in Entomology from Washington State University in 2014 where she studied native pollinators in GMO alfalfa seed production. Amelia worked as a post-graduate intern for Oregon State University in Hermiston focusing on potato pests and BMSB. Following her graduate studies, she became an agronomist for Westland Seed in Ronan, MT, working with many different crops such as seed potatoes, cherries, alfalfa seed, canola and grain seed. In 2016, Amelia became the Technical Sales Representative for BioSafe Systems covering the Pacific North West. Her valuable experiences have provided the ability to work in all cropping systems in the Pacific North West.
Willette M. Crawford, Ph.D., MPH
Willette M. Crawford, Ph.D., MPH, is a leading food microbiologist with over 14 years of experience in Food Safety that spans both regulatory and industry issues in the primary production and processing arenas. She earned her doctorate in Food Science from Purdue University concentrating in food microbiology, a master’s degree of Public Health from East Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in both Chemistry and Biology from South Carolina State University. She is a proven leader in the fresh produce industry with experience across the entire supply chain and has held leadership positions in companies such as Chiquita Brands International and Green Giant Fresh. Dr. Crawford also served as a technical advisor and subject matter expert for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations and international standards and provided policy and technical support in the FDA’s response to foodborne illness outbreaks, recalls, investigations, and import issues. Dr. Crawford has worked in various research disciplines addressing different areas of public and environmental health and has presented her food safety and food defense research internationally as a guest lecturer and at professional meetings and conferences. Her work has included research with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Energy Plant Pathology research, collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat foods, and the creation of a Food Defense and Bioterrorism Simulation training tool for public health agencies and the food industry to assess the public health and economic impacts of intentional attacks on the nation’s food supply.
Dr. Paula Rivadeneira
Dr. Paula Rivadeneira is a Food Safety and Wildlife Extension Specialist for the University of Arizona. Her programs include microbiological testing of environmental samples to identify pre-harvest foodborne pathogens and assisting growers with excluding wild and domestic animals from their fields. On Twitter she is known as @PaulaThePoopDr. Her primary projects focus on co-management of agriculture and wildlife by developing environmentally friendly ways to deter mammals, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and birds from agricultural fields.
Joy Waite-Cusic is an Associate Professor of Food Safety Systems at Oregon State University. Joy is a Food Safety Microbiologist that works on applied research to support understanding pathogen burden and mitigation along the food chain. Joy engages with the food industry on applied research and works to support farms and food processors to reduce the risks of foodborne illness. She works with the industry to identify challenges and provide practical approaches that will improve public health and keep our local farms and processors in business.
Dr. Gerardo (Jerry) U. Lopez
Dr. Gerardo (Jerry) U. Lopez is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Arizona in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lopez’s research program focusses on Food Safety, water quality and transmission of pathogens in indoor environments utilizing standard cultural and molecular PCR including 3rd generation Droplet Digital PCR and sequencing methods for the detection of foodborne and waterborne pathogens such as Norovirus, Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli and Cyclospora cayetanensis in environmental water samples and fresh produce. This research allows for examining processing environmental samples and a determination of the prevalence and potential risk associated with consuming water and fresh produce contaminated with foodborne and waterborne pathogens. Dr. Lopez’s extension program focusses on 4-H STEM Youth Development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), involving collaborating with Arizona 4-H agents across the state and several colleges in providing STEM activities for 4-H STEM LABS, One Health: 4-H STEM Discovery Camps and 4-H STEM YOUniversity Summer Camps in order to peak youths interest in STEM careers and preparing the next generation of STEM Innovators. Dr. Lopez received his B.S. in Botany and Zoology with honors and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Western New Mexico University. He also received a Master’s in Educational Leadership and a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Arizona. He is a faculty fellow at the University of Arizona for the ASEMS (Arizona Science Engineering Scholars) program, which works with underrepresented and first-generation undergraduate students.
Dr. Meijun Zhu
Dr. Meijun Zhu is an associate professor at the School of Food Science at Washington State University. She obtained her B.S., M.S. and Sc.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at China Agricultural University and earned her Ph.D. in Food Microbiology from Iowa State University in 2004. She worked as an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming during 2008-2012. She works as an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the School of Food Science, Washington State University since 2012. Her research program spans enteric foodborne pathogens, food safety, and gut health. Her research team is evaluating and seeking cost-effective and practical strategies to control foodborne pathogens in foods. Her lab has been evaluating and optimizing chemical sanitizer efficacy against L. monocytogenes on fresh apples during cold storage and apple packing process, as well as controlling its contamination on food contacting surface. Meanwhile, her lab is also seeking and validating non-pathogenic bacterial surrogates for chemical sanitizer intervention against L. monocytogenes, is comprehensively studying impacts of water activity and food matrix on thermal resistance of L. monocytogenes in low moisture condition and is further developing intervention methods. She has published nearly 200 research papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Celina To recently joined Qualicon Diagnostics division of Hygiena as their Technical Support Specialist in January 2019. Prior to joining Hygiena, she was with Safeway-Albertsons as their Quality Assurance Supervisor and SQF Practitioner. While at Hygiena, she has been working closely with the sales team in implementing innovative solutions for food safety and quality. Celina received her B.S. in Food Science from California Polytechnic State University, after which she interned at NASA Johnson Space Center performing research in food product development and food safety. Celina then went on to earn her M.S. from Purdue University, where she collaborated with USDA-ARS team and Dr. Arun Bhunia in developing a Three-Dimensional Vero Cell-Platform for Rapid and Sensitive Screening of Shiga-Toxin Producing Escherichia coli.
For over 20 years Kevin Watson has initiated and led international food safety projects and provided support regarding all areas of food safety. His experience and expertise derives from a multi-faceted background with leadership positions held with the Arizona Department of Agriculture, Fresh Express Inc., Chiquita International and his own company, Grupo Rio Fresh in Sonora, Mexico. Kevin has developed and managed FSMA policies for growers, harvesters, and transportation programs, managed and coordinated internal 2nd party audits, implemented, managed, monitored and verified raw product food safety in accordance with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and has implemented auditing and Global GAP guidelines for McDonald’s cooling and storage auditing. He has worked directly with individual growers, vendors/suppliers, harvesters, transporters, cooling and storage operator to provide technical support and assistance, resolve technical issues, conduct outreach training presentations on issues that may impact food safety and participate in grower/harvester cooling and packing operations both nationally and internationally. He also successfully ran the first audit pilot program for tomato growers in Sinaloa, Mexico. Kevin is also an active member of the LGMA technical sub-committee in Arizona where he reviews and submits actions to the marketing committee for clarifications and implementation to the industry.
Jeff Saleen is a native Californian and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Fresno State in Agricultural Business. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the Agriculture industry, including 18 years as an Agricultural Biologist for the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and 12 years as the Director of Food Safety for Bonipak Produce. His experience includes extensive knowledge with the CA/AZ LGMA, California Department of Food & Agriculture, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, GAP’s, GMP’s-including processing, HACCP, Produce Safety Rule & Preventative Controls.
Mallory Lucas is a Food Safety Specialist with Wilbur-Ellis covering western Oregon and Washington. Mallory graduated from Eastern Washington University, gained experience at research farm, and began her career with Wilbur-Ellis. She started out in ag technology but has spent the last three years helping farmers get prepared for food safety and sustainability audits. Mallory has training in HACCP, is a FSMA Produce Safety Rule Trainer and PCQI, and recently became one of six GlobalGAP Farm Assurers in the United States, specializing in Integrated Farm Assurance and the Produce Handling Assurance.
Bryan Banks is the founder and COO of KipTraq (pronounced “Keep Track”). KipTraq is a mobile data collection platform that allows customers to configure what data they want to capture, capture that data quickly and generate customized reports and dashboards. KipTraq helps companies save time and increase accountability across many industries and many departments. Bryan has been developing software to help companies manage complex business processes for over 20 years. Prior to building KipTraq, he led a team of engineers in developing a full Financial/HR/Payroll system for K-12 school districts. He started his career as a biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and has a degree in Marine Biology from UC Santa Barbara.
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