Conrad Choiniere

Director of the Office of Analytics (OAO), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Conrad Choiniere is the Director of the Office of Analytics and Outreach at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Dr. Choiniere provides executive leadership for a broad portfolio of scientific and regulatory functions including risk and decision analysis, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics and informatics, education and outreach, and food defense. Dr. Choiniere chairs FDA’s Toxic Elements Working Group which prioritizes the agency’s efforts to reduce exposures to lead, arsenic and other heavy metals from foods to the greatest extent feasible. Dr. Choiniere has a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Jonathon Gold

Vice President, Supply Chain & Customs Policy, National Retail Federation

Jonathan Gold is vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. In this role, Gold is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for representing the retail industry before Congress and the administration on supply chain, international trade, product safety and customs related issues impacting the retail industry. While with NRF, he has been a leading advocate of the value of trade and global value chains to the U.S. economy.

Prior to joining NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He joined CBP in May 2006 and was responsible for providing policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade-related matters. Gold also worked on implementation issues surrounding the SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency including CBP intelligence reform, pandemic flu and trade facilitation.

Before joining CBP, Gold spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders Association holding several government relations positions including director and then vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global supply chain policy in January 2005.

Gold has previously served on the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and on the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee on Distribution Services.

Gold graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 1994. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business with a concentration in finance.

Maile Gradison

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Maile Gradison is a Partner with Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC and serves as General Counsel for ASTA. As a “food lawyer,” she has a keen understanding of the issues affecting the food industry, from product development through production, distribution, and retail sale. Maile has considerable experience with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including advising companies on what FSMA means for their business, helping to develop compliance strategies, and providing strategic advice on public policy issues. Her practice also focuses on enforcement and compliance matters, particularly involving recalls or following receipt of FDA Warning Letters. Maile graduated with high honors from The George Washington University Law School and summa cum laude from Tulane University.

Dennis Hart

Executive Director, Chemistry Council of New Jersey

Dennis Hart is the Executive Director of the Chemistry Council of NJ, representing the chemical, pharmaceutical, refining, and other industries in the business of chemistry. Dennis is also President of State Street Associates, a full-service government affairs company specializing in state regulatory and legislative matters. Prior to joining CCNJ Dennis spent 6 years working in the utility and heavy highway construction industry first as Managing Director of the Construction Industry Advancement Program and as Director of Utility Operation for the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey. Most of Dennis’ career has focused on environmental and infrastructure issues including 7 years as Executive Director of the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust. Prior to that, Dennis spent 23 years in various staff and management positions within the NJDEP, including Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Regulation, Administration of the Water Supply Program, the State Drought Coordinator in 2002 and the Director of the Division of Water Quality. He is currently a Steering Committee member of the New Jersey Waterworks Collaborative; Chairman of the New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED) Environment Committee. Dennis has a BS in Biology from Juniata College and an MA in Administration from Rider University and is a 2002 graduate of the Leadership New Jersey Program.

Jill Hoffman

Sr. Director, Food Safety and Quality, B&G Foods

Jill is currently the Senior Director of Food Safety and Quality at B&G Foods. Before moving over to B&G, Jill was previously the Director of Global Food Safety and Quality Systems at McCormick & Co., Inc. Over her career she has worked across numerous product categories in various functions to include Food Safety and Quality, Operations, and Continuous Improvement. Jill has had the opportunity to engage and speak in various forums across the globe on topics such as supply chain integrity and food fraud and has contributed to various publications on these topics. Jill has a passion for transforming the quality and food safety functions through continuous improvement, digital enablement, and data analytics. She sees an abundance of opportunities to create efficiency and insights by greater adoption within food companies. Jill holds a B.S. in Food Science from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Food Safety from Michigan State.

Ben Howard

Director of Research, Certified Laboratories

Ben Howard has worked in the food testing services industry for the entirety of his career and has held scientific and leadership positions in high-throughput and contract research laboratories. His areas of expertise include contract research study design and execution, product development, molecular services, assay development and validation, laboratory management, and environmental troubleshooting and remediation. Ben joined Certified Laboratories in 2012 and currently holds a Director of Research position at their Midwest facility. He has been an associate member of ASTA since 2018 and serves on the Food Safety Committee and Analytical Subcommittee.

Craig Johnson

Chief Executive Officer, Long Point Advisors

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long Point Advisors, Craig M. Johnson has been a long-respected figure in New York politics. He is regarded as an insightful leader and trusted counselor to individuals and businesses as they navigate the New York State government ecosystem. With over two decades of experience in elected office, government affairs, law, politics, and business, Craig has earned a reputation for being a skilled negotiator, accomplished lobbyist, seasoned campaign strategist, and savvy business evaluator who possesses a track record of accomplishments and success for his clients at various levels of government. Craig will join ASTA in Miami to discuss the latest advocacy initiatives for practical and achievable regulations.

Shannen Kelly

Senior Manager of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, American Spice Trade Association (ASTA)

Shannen Kelly serves as ASTA’s Senior Manager of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs. In her current role, she provides guidance to members on complex regulatory and scientific issues that affect the spice industry. She also works to execute ASTA’s regulatory and technical affairs strategy by monitoring regulatory developments, developing member resources on regulatory and technical affairs matters to assist compliance activities for member companies, and serving as the primary staff liaison to several association committees.

Prior to joining ASTA, Shannen served in several scientific roles working with other food-related trade associations, including the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI), International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM), and the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA). She has a strong background in scientific project management, technical writing, and member engagement.

Shannen received her BS in Environmental Science from Hollins University and is slated to receive her MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in May 2022.

Judi Lazaro

Sr. Category Director, Food Safety, Global Sales, AIB International

Judi joined AIB International in 1990 and after varies roles including food safety inspector and Head of Audit Services North America, she is now the Sr Category Director, Food Safety, Global Sales. After graduating from college, Judi served in the US Army as a Commissioned Officer and then joined the fast-paced food industry with Frito Lay, Inc. She is passionate about the food industry and food safety and offers solutions to your complicated issues.

Jennifer McCadney

Special Counsel International Trade and Government Relations & Public Policy, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Jennifer McCadney is a Special Counsel in Kelley Drye & Warren’s International Trade and Government Relations and Public Policy practices. As both lawyer and policy strategist, Jennifer helps companies and organizations in a variety of industries identify, advance and/or defend their interests in legal, political, and regulatory arenas.
Jennifer’s forced labor work spans just under two decades in both the private sector and as a counsel for the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee. On behalf of clients with complex supply chains in the footwear, apparel and agricultural industries, Jennifer has advocated for a multi-stakeholder and whole-of-government approach to address underlying causes of forced labor.

Prof. J. David Miller

Professor & NSERC Research Chair, Carleton University

Dr. Miller became a Professor & NSERC Research Chair at Carleton University in 2000. Dr. Miller has published >350 papers on fungi and fungal toxins and has co-written and edited ten books on public health aspects of fungi and fungal toxins. He was a member of the Toxicology Study Selection and Review Committee that considers compounds nominated by the US Food and Drug Administration to the National Toxicology Program. He participated in International Agency for Research on Cancer Monographs 56 and 86. He was a member of the drafting committee of the World Health Organization IPCS monograph on fumonisin B1. He has invested considerable time in mycotoxin issues in Asia, South America, and Africa. Miller was a co-author of the IARC publication “Improving public health through mycotoxin control” (2013). Along with Professors Chris Wild and John Groopman, he helped to plan the working group leading to the report “Mycotoxin Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” (2016), chairing the panel meeting in 2014. He was a member of the 83rd Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (WHO/FAO; 2016-18). In 2018, he participated in a panel on child nutrition at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, leading to a statement.

Aside from his interests in toxins that affect humans and animals, Miller has published extensively on housing and health and on foliar endophytes of conifers that produce toxins that affect insects. Among many other awards, he received the AgExcellence Award from Agriculture Canada, the Toxicology Forum Scott Award for contributions to toxicology, and the prestigious NSERC Synergy Award. Dr. Miller is a member of the Toxicology Forum in Washington.

Lois Rossi

Consultant/Owner, Rossi Regulatory Consulting Group

After completing a full career (30 years) with the Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September 2014, Lois decided to continue with work in the pesticide regulatory area. She formed Rossi Regulatory Consulting Group in October 2014.

She has been working as a consultant on various pesticide regulatory issues including with WHO in the area of vector control products, on a project to increase JMPR capacity and many MRL-related issues. Other projects have involved establishing import tolerances for a variety of commodities and MRL harmonization issues and working on pesticides undergoing registration review in the US and other countries.

While at EPA she was the Director of the Registration Division in the Office of Pesticide Programs for 11 years. From 2004 to 2014 she served as the U.S. delegate to the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR). Also, she was the head of the U.S. delegation to the Working Group on Pesticides and the Registration Steering Group, OECD.

Ms. Rossi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire and a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Georgetown University. She is a native of Rhode Island.

John Reuther

President, Eurofins Analytical Laboratories, Inc.

John Reuther is the President of Eurofins Analytical Laboratories, Inc. In his role, he manages the requirements of the ISO 17025:2017 Quality System, including working with the Quality Management team in developing, implementing, overseeing, and enforcing the quality system, performing management reviews, and contract and tender reviews.

John is a career analytical chemist with 45 years of experience in the analysis of a broad variety of foods, agricultural commodities, byproducts, feeds and feed ingredients, fats, and oils, including olive oil, minerals, soil, water, and marine tissue samples. His past work experiences included laboratory operations, cost control, laboratory design and construction, quality assurance planning, LEAN process design, and analytical project management. John has experience in the techniques of atomic spectroscopy, high-pressure liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry. He also has over 20 years of experience in food chemical residue chemistry and extensive experience with FDA, USDA, EU, CFIA, and Japan MHLW sampling and testing protocols for trace contaminants and adulterants in food, feed, and agricultural commodities.

John graduated from the University of New Orleans, receiving a BS in Chemistry.

Laura Shumow

Executive Director, American Spice Trade Association (ASTA)

Laura Shumow has been with the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) since September 2018. She works with the ASTA Board of Directors to set the strategic direction of the association and with the ASTA staff to ensure the goals are met.

Prior to joining ASTA, Laura worked at the National Confectioners Association as the vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. In this role, she also oversaw the Chocolate Council, a decision-making body that handles issues specific to the cocoa and chocolate industry. She has a strong background in domestic and international regulatory issues, and a proven track record of success addressing challenges related to the supply chains of food ingredients sourced from developing countries. Laura received her master’s of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the Institute of Food Technologists, where she serves as chair of the Food Laws and Regulations Section.

Ronald Stakland

Senior Director Digital Solutions, FoodChain ID

Ron Stakland is the Senior Director of Digital Solutions for FoodChain ID, as well as its Global Product Manager for HorizonScan, a food risk assessment database system developed by Fera Science, Ltd. In this capacity, Ron advises food industry clients on ways to more efficiently identify potential hazards that threaten their key ingredients, and comply with FSMA, GFSI and other food safety standards.

Ron was raised on a farm in Iowa and has a BFA from the University of Minnesota. His entrepreneurial spirit drew him into the world of business where he has had successful careers in the financial industry, telecommunications, oil exploration, and, for the past eight years, the food industry. Ron is a regular host of FoodChain ID’s series of “Seeing Food Clearly” educational webinars and is a sought-after speaker at food safety events. When he is not working, he and his wife enjoy communing with Nature, traveling, hiking, birdwatching, and spending time with their three grown kids.

FoodChain ID Group offers a wide range of safety and quality services and solutions to the food industry, with offices in 12 countries and more than 30,000 food company clients worldwide.

Jon Wong

Research Chemist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Jon Wong is a Research Chemist affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition since 2002 and was a Chemist with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from 1997-2002. He obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, Davis For most of his career, he has been developing and validating multi-analyte procedures of pesticides, residues, and contaminants in food and agricultural commodities using gas/liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry.

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