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About the Event

With the meat and poultry industry processing 32 million cattle, 126 million hogs, 2 million sheep and lamb, and 237 million turkeys in 2018, animal handling issues are vitally important to our industry and the success of our businesses. From in-depth instruction by species to “big picture” sessions that address key strategies for managing the changing needs and trends, including the impact of consumer expectation on animal welfare, the Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry offers instruction at a range of levels from leading academic and industry experts.


Why Should You Attend?

With the meat and poultry industry processing 31 million cattle, 118 million hogs, 2.2 million sheep and lamb, and 243.3 million turkeys in 2016, animal handling issues are vitally important to our industry and the success of our businesses. From in-depth instruction by species to “big picture” sessions that address key strategies for managing the changing needs and trends, including the impact of consumer expectation on animal welfare, the Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry offers instruction at a range of levels from leading academic and industry experts.


Who Should Attend?

CEOs and senior managers who seek to understand new customer demands – and how to meet them.

Plant managers and operations personnel responsible for implementing new animal handling programs – or improving existing ones.

New livestock handlers on the front-lines.

Producers who want to understand animal welfare from farm to plant.

Animal welfare auditors looking to sharpen their skills.

Retail and restaurant companies who seek to understand the issues and challenges involved in animal care and handling.


Hotel Information

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
1 E Pershing Rd
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone: (816) 474-4400
Hotel Website

Click here for online reservations

Rates start at $189/night.
Reservations must be made by September 24, 2019 – after this date, rate will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

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Cassandra Tucker

Cassandra Tucker, PhD

Professor, Director of the Center for Animal Welfare
Department of Animal Science, University of California

Dr. Tucker leads a team focused on cattle behavior and welfare. Her research aims to understand the effects of housing and management systems from the animal's perspective. She also works as a consultant to help private and non-governmental organizations develop animal care standards as well as training and auditing programs. Through these activities, scientific information informs the day-to-day lives of cattle and the people that care for them. She teaches courses about domestic animal behavior and animal welfare at UC Davis and is the Director for their Center for Animal Welfare.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: The Five Freedoms: Where Are We Today?


Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D

President, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems,
Professor, Colorado State University

Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College, her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University, and her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. Facilities she has designed for handling livestock are used by many companies around the world. She has also been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods, and other corporations. Temple has appeared on numerous TV shows such as 20/20, Larry King Live, and Prime Time. Her books include: Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and The Autistic Brain. Her book Animals in Translation has been on the New York Times Bestseller List. Temple was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in September 2017.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Stunning and Determining Insensibility

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: The ABCs of Animal Handling
Stunning and Determining Insensibility


Paula K. Alexander

Paula K. Alexander

Manager, Animal Welfare
Tyson Foods, Inc

Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Oklahoma State University
Master of Science, Animal Science – Meat Science, Oklahoma State University

Paula’s career in the meat industry began in 2001 at Foodbrands, a division of IBP Inc., in Ft. Worth, TX in Research & Development. In nearly 20 years, her experience includes a variety of roles in Research & Development, Food Safety Quality Assurance (Beef, Chicken, Pork and Case Ready), Technical Services, Hides & Tannery Operations and Animal Welfare.

Her current responsibilities include the creation and management of beef, pork, chicken and turkey animal welfare training programs; including programs for off-site team members as well as contract growers and haulers. In addition, responsibilities include the creation and management of animal welfare programs implemented in the beef, pork, chicken and turkey plants. Management of the FarmCheck™ program as it relates to direct suppliers of cattle into Tyson beef plants. Provide technical service to cattle procurement team. Conduct animal welfare research at Tyson plants and in cooperation with supply and academic partners. PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) Certified and foundation Red Meat trainer. Transportation Quality Assurance Advisor status thru the National Pork Board. Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation trained.

Paula resides in Southwest Kansas with her husband, Clint, a Professor of Animal Science and meat judging team coach and her daughter, Paxton.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Teaching Stunning and Sensibility to Employees and Management (Beef)


Dianna V. Bourassa

Dianna V. Bourassa

Assistant Professor / Extension Specialist
Auburn University – Department of Poultry Science

She has participated in a wide range of poultry and egg food safety research including hatching/table egg sanitization, broiler processing, and on-farm interventions. In 2016, Dr. Bourassa joined the Auburn University Poultry Science department as an Assistant Professor / Extension Specialist in the area of poultry processing. Through her extension programming she has developed a Poultry Processing Short Course and has implemented a quarterly HACCP Roundtable Meeting to facilitate crosstalk between poultry processors and USDA-FSIS in the Jackson District. Her current research topic areas are based on needs identified through her extension programming and include the impact of stunning methods on bird physiology and effects of primary processing parameters on carcass microbiology. Dianna is an active member of PSA and WPSA currently serving on the PSA nominating and food safety committees. She also serves as JAPR subject editor for Meat Bird Processing and Products and is an associate editor for Poultry Science.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Controlled Atmosphere Stunning


Duane Eichenlaub

Duane Eichenlaub

Quality Assurance Manager
Nicholas Meat LLC

Duane Eichenlaub is the Quality Assurance Manager for Nicholas Meat in Loganton, Pennsylvania. He transitioned to this unlikely career path from a military background by first working in a modest beef and lamb harvest facility. Beginning as a laborer on the production floor, he educated himself with the process from the ground up and eventually assumed responsibility for the operation as the facility manager. Along with the added leadership responsibility, a new found enjoyment of program development and implementation lead to his current responsibilities.

For the past five years Duane has led the Quality Assurance Department which commits to ensuring adherence to company policies, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, customer expectations, and regulatory requirements beginning with the humane handling of incoming livestock and continuing through evaluation of customer feedback. Duane is an accredited Animal Welfare Officer through the University of Bristol and oversees all aspects of animal welfare at Nicholas Meat from employee training to ongoing program improvement.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Tips for Addressing Regulatory Actions for Animal Welfare


Courtney Daigle

Dr. Courtney Daigle

Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University – Department of Animal Science

Dr. Courtney Daigle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2004 from Oklahoma State University. She worked in the zoo industry for several years before continuing her education at Michigan State University where she received a Master of Science in Zoo & Aquarium Management (2008) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science (2013). During her graduate training, Dr. Daigle worked as an intern with the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute (2008), was a Junior research fellow at Wageningen Institute for Animal Sciences (2011), and was the technician for the Animal Behavior and Welfare Laboratory at Michigan State University (2008-2014). She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for Animal Welfare Science and the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University (2015).

Dr. Daigle specializes in evaluating the impact of husbandry and management practices on captive animal health, productivity, and welfare. Current research efforts include quantifying the impact of environmental enrichment and social mixing on feedlot cattle productivity and behavior as well as characterizing the relationship between cattle behavior and rumen health. The Daigle Lab also specializes in survey research, technology validation, data extraction from video recordings, and evaluating the human-animal interaction. Dr. Daigle teaches and undergraduate course on the Behavior and Management of Domestic Species, a graduate course on Bioethics and Animal Welfare, and coordinates a dog socialization course. Dr. Daigle is a faculty advisor for the Texas A&M Animal Welfare Judging Team and the Texas Aggie Cattlewomen.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Transportation Initiatives: Successes and Challenges


Lyndsey Jones

Lyndsey Jones

Manager
Corporate Swine Welfare, JBS

Lyndsey Jones is the Director of Animal Welfare for five pork processing facilities at JBS. Her responsibilities include overseeing humane handling programs within the plants and interacting with producers, customers, and industry groups to improve animal welfare. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Purdue University where she focused on animal behavior and well-being.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Teaching Sensibility and Stunning to Employees and Management (Pork)


Tiffany Lee

Tiffany Lee, DVM, PhD

Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
NAMI

Tiffany Lee is the director of regulatory and scientific affairs for the North American Meat Institute where she provides informed scientific analysis to its members on many issues, including food safety, food processing, food quality, diet and health, nutrition, public health initiatives, biotechnology, new technologies, research priorities, and animal health.

Lee collaborates with related industry trade associations and professional organizations on relevant scientific issues. She also develops and advocates a scientific platform to support meat and poultry industry initiatives on proposed policy, regulations and research priorities to federal and state agencies.

Lee supports the management of the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education, including developing industry research priorities in food safety, diet and health, and other important issues.

Lee earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University in 2012. After practicing in a mixed animal clinic in Limon, Colorado, she returned to Kansas State University to pursue a PhD degree in Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology. Her research focused upon beef cattle health and welfare, including diagnosis of mobility problems and prevention of carcass bruising in fed cattle.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Welcome and Introduction: Why Are We Here?

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentations: FAQ: NAMI’s Animal Handling Guidelines
Tips for Addressing Regulatory Actions for Animal Welfare


Roya Galindo

Roya Galindo

Director, Regulatory Services
NAMI

Roya Galindo serves as NAMI’s director of regulatory services. She first began her career in 2005 when she was one of the first successful consumer safety inspector interns (CSI) to complete the internship program for the Food Safety and Inspection Service. She worked as a CSI for a few years until she was quickly promoted to an Enforcement Investigation Analysis Officer (EIAO).

After mentoring many of the EIAOs, Galindo switched gears and worked for the industry managing and refining establishment’s food safety systems. Galindo’s extensive background in industry and regulations allows her to provide the members with guidance on a wide array of subjects.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Tips for Addressing Regulatory Actions for Animal Welfare


Dallas Wynn

Dallas Wynn

Sr. Manager of Animal Wellbeing
Tyson Foods

Dallas has had a full and varied career in the poultry industry leading to an intricate knowledge of the poultry business. From primary breeder experience, to live production positions in both chicken and turkey operations, to processing plant and quality assurance positions, Dallas has been involved with or managed nearly every step in the business. A degree in Poultry Science from the University of Arkansas combined with 31 years in the industry has led him to his current role as Senior Manager of Animal Welfare for Tyson Foods where he is responsible for leading a team of Animal Welfare specialists covering 5 states. Dallas and his wife Connie reside in northwest Arkansas.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: The ABCs of Poultry Handling


Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia

Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia

Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) with a 50% research, 30% teaching and 20% extension and service appointment. Dr. Pairis-Garcia earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Iowa State University in Ames, IA and her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grinnell College. Dr. Pairis-Garcia serves on the Pig Welfare Committee for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) and The National Pork Board.

Dr. Pairis-Garcia’s research interests include
1) Pain management in livestock animals utilizing pharmacological interventions to minimize pain
2) Development and refinement of educational material to ensure timely and appropriate euthanasia on farm and
3) Development and implementation of audit and assessment programs to ensure positive animal welfare and handling on farm.

In addition, Dr. Pairis-Garcia was board-certified by the American College of Animal Welfare in 2018 and currently writes a column for the magazine Pig Progress with a focus on swine welfare and behavior.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Pork Euthanasia on Farms and Fitness for Transport


Josh White

Josh White

Executive Director - Producer Education
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Josh White serves as the Executive Director - Producer Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

In his current role with NCBA, Josh and his team are working to capitalize on the rich histories of the Beef Quality Assurance, Stockmanship & Stewardship, and Cattlemen’s College programs while developing new initiatives such as the Cattlemen’s Webinar Series to deliver even greater value to NCBA members and the cattle industry. Josh also provides leadership for NCBA’s policy funded sustainability efforts and helps lead Beef checkoff funded efforts associated with cattle production. He serves on the board of directors of the Beef Improvement Federation and represents NCBA on the board of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Josh is a fourth-generation cattleman. He purchased his first heifer at the age of twelve and began building his own cattle herd. Josh and wife, Erin, live in Highlands Ranch, CO with their three children. He continues to own cattle on his family’s farm in Georgia.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Communicating with Producers and Livestock Markets for Continuous Improvement in Animal Welfare


Jennifer Woods

Jennifer Woods

Owner
J. Woods Livestock Services

An Animal Care and Welfare specialist based out of Blackie, Alberta, Canada, Woods obtained her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Colorado State University and her Masters degree in Veterinary Preventative Medicine - Animal Welfare from Iowa State University. She has over 25 years experience with production livestock and has been collaborating with the livestock industry in all aspects of animal welfare and care since 1998. She has been a professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) certified processing plant auditor and instructor for other auditors since 2007 and is the lead trainer and developer for Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certification program. Her areas of expertise include euthanasia, animal handling and behavior, animal welfare auditing and assessing (slaughter, farm, feedlot and transportation), livestock emergency response, transportation and facility design. Her work has been used globally to audit, train and improve farm animal welfare.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: FAQ: NAMI’s Animal Handling Guidelines
Conducting Internal Audits on Your Robust Systematic Approach
Canada's Health of Animals Regulations (HAR) Transportation Update


Robert Elder

Robert Elder

Sr. Director FSQA/Regulatory Compliance
Seaboard Triumph Foods

Robert Elder is the Senior Director FSQA Regulatory Compliance and Food Safety for Seaboard Triumph Foods. Robert partners and oversees multiple pork processing facilities working with senior management, sales, operations and FSQA staff as part of his responsibility to ensure all products and programs meet regulatory and food safety requirements. Robert has been overseeing animal welfare, regulatory compliance, food safety and sanitation programs for over 15 years with Seaboard Foods and prior, having spent several years working in preharvest food safety and epidemiology research for USDA ARS resulting in several peer review publications and development of Industrial food safety diagnostics.

Robert grew up on a family farm in northern Kansas. Attended Kansas State University receiving a BS in Microbiology, an M.S. Degree in Veterinary Sciences at University of Nebraska Lincoln and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Robert has been a member of the NAMI Animal Welfare Committee for over 15 years and served as co-chairman for the committee for two terms. Robert has PAACO, PCQI, HACCP and SQF certifications.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Creating and Implementing a Robust Systematic Approach


Vance Crowe

Vance Crowe

Communications Strategist
Articulate Ventures, LLC

Vance Crowe is a communications consultant that has worked for corporations and international organizations around the world. He has spoken before more than 90,000 people, answering questions about some of the most sophisticated and controversial technology in the modern age.

Vance is the former Director of Millennial Engagement for Monsanto, a Communications Strategist for the World Bank Group, a returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Kenya, a former Communications Coordinator at a National Public Radio affiliate in Northern California and was a deckhand on an eco-tourism ship that traveled the Western Hemisphere. His stories and lessons illuminate aspects of communications that remain hidden to most people. Vance holds a degree in communications from Marquette University and a Master's Degree in Cross-Cultural Negotiations from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: The Architecture of Stories That Change Hearts and Minds


KRISTEN PARMAN

Kristen Parman

Vice President Membership Services
Livestock Marketing Association

Kristen Parman grew up on a commercial cow-calf and livestock trucking operation in Buffalo, Missouri. After earning a bachelor of science in agricultural business from Missouri State University she joined LMA working with livestock auction markets nationwide overseeing the association’s book of member services, member recruitment and the development and management of LMA’s animal handling and employee training programs. Kristen and her children, Brock (age 8) and Emery (age 6) reside in Smithville, Missouri along with their lovably lazy dog Tank and Bun-Bun the Rabbit.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Communicating with Producers and Livestock Markets for Continuous Improvement in Animal Welfare


Mike Spurgin

Mike Spurgin

National Beef

Mike Spurgin is the Technical Services Corporate Director of Programs for National Beef. His responsibilities includes the oversight of National’s humane handling program in each of their fed-beef plants. Mike has been employed with National Beef for 25 years. Prior to joining the Tech Services group in 2005; Mike was the Beef Grading Manager at the Dodge City facility as well as the Head Beef Carcass Merchandizer in Liberal. Mike has been a certified PAACO auditor for many years. Mike is a graduate of Texas Tech University and grew up on a small cattle ranch south of Dallas, Texas.

Mike and his family live outside of Cimarron, Kansas.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Beef Euthanasia: Trucks and Yards


Lily Edwards-Callaway

Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway

Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences,
Colorado State University

Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway is currently an Assistant Professor of Livestock Behavior and Welfare at Colorado State University in the Animal Science Department. Originally from the Northeast, with a B.A. in French from Amherst College, Dr. Edwards-Callaway had her first exposure to the agriculture industry, on a small scale, during her time at the University of Rhode Island where she received a Master’s in Animal Science. After finishing her studies, Dr. Edwards-Callaway moved to Colorado, receiving her PhD in Livestock Behavior under the advisement of Dr. Temple Grandin at Colorado State University. Since completion of her graduate work, Dr. Edwards-Callaway has held various roles in academia (Assistant Professor, Kansas State University), the packing industry (Director of Animal Welfare, JBS) and cattle production (VP of Operations, Crystal River Meats) primarily focusing on improving animal welfare in the various management systems. She is involved in industry groups and associations including the Colorado Beef Council and the Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board to promote and progress the beef industry.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Stunning and Sensibility Research Updates

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Fact or Fiction: Lessons in Animal Behavior and Handling


Jason Mcalister

Jason McAlister

Director of Animal Welfare
Triumph Foods

Got his start at a small mom and pop plant in the early 90’s, before spending several years with IBP and Tyson. Jason came to Triumph foods to help with their animal welfare program. He was instrumental in the facility design and launch of the company’s newest facility, Seaboard Triumph Foods in Sioux City Iowa. Jason has spent time traveling around the world interacting with many different harvest companies across all species, for improvement of animal welfare. Jason championed the mindset of a no competition across the industry when it comes to animal welfare and takes pride in being part of a team of experts working closely to help those who handle livestock so they perform better. Improving the quality of life for animals, maximizing profits and teaching the next generation are the passions driving him daily.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: FAQ: NAMI’s Animal Handling Guidelines


Dan Thomson

Dr. Dan U. Thomson

Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology
Kansas State University

Dr. Dan U. Thomson is a third generation bovine veterinarian from Clearfield, IA. Dr. Thomson received his BS in Animal Science and DVM from Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson completed a MS in Ruminant Nutrition from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Thomson is recognized internationally as a leader in animal welfare, beef cattle production and cattle health management. Dr. Thomson has published 112 peer-reviewed papers and delivered 840 invited talks internationally on his research and field experience on the interactions between production management, environment and nutrition on the health and well-being of beef cattle. Dr. Thomson’s research program has been granted over $35.3 million with $16.0 million of those funds coming with him as the primary investigator.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Sedation Techniques in Cattle


Brenden McCullough

Brenden McCullough

Vice President of Technical Services
National Beef Packing

Currently the Vice President of Technical Services for National Beef Packing.

Has been in the industry for 28 years spending most of that time in the food safety field.

Spent 8 years in the Technical Service division with IBP where he worked in numerous plants, the corporate office and as a QA Manager.

Has been at National Beef for 20 years.

Has been involved in NAMI, BIFSCO, SWMA, STEC CAP Grant, and many other industry committees over the years.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Tips for Addressing Regulatory Actions for Animal Welfare


Jennifer Walker

Jennifer Walker DVM, PhD, Dip. ACVPM

Director, Milk Quality
Danone North America

A California native, Jennifer earned her BS Animal Science and DVM (2000) from UC Davis. Dr. Jen worked as an associate for 4 years in a California practice specializing in dairy herd health developing her interests in on-farm education, udder health and animal welfare. Dr. Jen completed her PhD in Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University minoring in University Education and most recently earned her Master’s degree in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law through the University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Jen has served the veterinary profession as a member of the bovine practitioners Animal Welfare Committee and Ethics Task Force and as Chair of the castration and dehorning task force. Each of these experiences has given her the opportunity to appreciate the diversity in perspective of veterinarian practitioners. Dr. Jen also served on the board of the Professional Animal Auditors Organization (PAACO), and continues to serve PAACO by volunteering her time in the development and delivery of the Dairy Farm Auditor Certification program.

Dr. Jen spent 8 years leading the development of the Dean Foods’ animal welfare program as Director of Dairy Stewardship. Dr. Jen took joined Danone North America as Director of Milk Quality in 2018 and is now responsible for managing milk quality and the development and management of Danone North America’s animal welfare program.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Beef Euthanasia on Dairy Farms and Fitness for Transport


Paige Hartley

Paige Hartley

Director,
Total Quality

Paige began her career at Darden in 2008. Paige and her team ensure the safety and quality of more than 3,000 different products that come from 1,500 suppliers in more than 30 different countries around the world. They are also responsible for food safety and quality practices within more than 1,800 Darden restaurants that collectively serve more than 320 million meals annually.

Paige has substantial land-based protein and seafood industry experience as well as having made significant contributions with the strategic sourcing of Darden’s beef category in her most recent role on the Protein Purchasing team.

Paige received a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA and lives in Central Florida with her husband and 3 boys.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Understanding Customer Needs in Animal Welfare


Chantal LeBlanc

Chantal LeBlanc

Senior Specialist, Animal Welfare
Maple Leaf Foods

My name is Chantal LeBlanc and I am the Senior Specialist, Animal Welfare for Maple Leaf Foods. I started at Maple Leaf in February of 2018 as an Animal Health and Welfare Technician for poultry, where I performed internal welfare audits on farm. My background includes a Master of Science degree in Poultry Welfare and Behaviour from the University of Guelph.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Hot Topics in Poultry Welfare: Enrichments, Lighting, and Slow Growing Breeds


Kathleen Long

Kathleen Long

Vice President, Animal Care,
Maple Leaf Foods

Dr. Kathleen Long is the Vice President of Animal Care for Maple Leaf Foods Inc. There she is responsible for animal welfare programs and initiatives across the Company’s swine and poultry operations. Dr. Long works closely with operational teams, senior leadership, and the office of Sustainability to develop and implement leading animal care strategies for the betterment of Maple Leaf’s animals and to help bring shared value to others in Maple Leaf’s supply chain.

Dr. Long joined Maple Leaf Foods in 2013 as a poultry veterinarian. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Avian Health and Medicine from the University of Georgia and is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Implementing an Internal Audit Program in Poultry Processing


Quita Bowman Blackwell

Dr. Quita Bowman Blackwell

National Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator,
Food Safety Inspection Service,
USDA

Dr. Quita Bowman Blackwell joined the Food Safety and Inspection Service as a Veterinary Medical Officer after some time in private veterinary practice. She worked in the field as a poultry veterinarian but also worked as a quasi-relief veterinarian in multiple species establishments. Dr. Blackwell is a native of Florida but moved to Southern California as a toddler. She is a true valley girl! She did her undergraduate work resulting in a B.S. in Zoology with a double minor in Voice and Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She then obtained her Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in 1990. She completed the Key Executive Leadership Certification Program at American University, School of Public Health in Public Policy Implementation; several Executive trainings from The Brookings Institute; and the Harvard University Program on Negotiations. She is also a Federal Quality Review Board Certified, Senior Executive Service Candidate.

Dr. Blackwell has an extensive background in risk management, food safety policy development, animal health emergency management, the prevention of hazards into production and process, resource (financial and human) management, executive project management; agency modernizations, and safeguarding the consuming public. This is demonstrated through her senior level leadership experience over the past 28 + years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a senior manager directing policymaking activities. She is now the National Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator. She also served as the Loaned Executive representing the Department of Agriculture to the Combined Federal Campaign on executive detail. She has been known as the HACCP Lady, the Chicken Lady, and the Catfish Lady. She is a classically trained Lyric Soprano, a Federal Scientist, as well as a Senior Manager.

Dr. Blackwell is currently the National Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator with the Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Her goal is to have a positive impact on the consuming public to protect human health and safety. She is married to a Hampton University and Tuskegee University graduate (Ian Blackwell, a biologist with the EPA). They have one 19-year-old son (Lyr) attending Claflin University in SC and two feline and one canine sons.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: FSIS Policy and Enforcement Update


Lacey Alexander

Lacey Alexander

North American Beef Welfare Lead,
Cargill

Graduated University of Illinois in 2004 with a BS in animal science. Been with Cargill for 14 years. Started with Cargill Pork in 2005 as a hog buyer. 2010-2015 Pork Animal Welfare Specialist. 2015-current Beef Welfare Lead. Duties include ensuring regulatory compliance across 8 beef plants in North America through designing and implementing welfare programs, driving performance through data management, and partnering with academia to improve welfare through research. Sit on the NAMI animal welfare committee, PQA Advisor, TQA Advisor, PAACO Red Meat Trainer, sat on BQAT committee, BQA and BQAT trainer, member of VBP+ technical committee.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Teaching Stunning and Sensibility to Employees and Management (Beef)

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Conducting Internal A udits on Your Robust Systematic Approach
Transportation Initiatives: Successes and Challenges


Lucy Anthenill

Dr. Lucy Anthenill

District Veterinary Medical Specialist,
USDA-FSIS

Dr. Lucy Anthenill is currently the District Veterinary Medical Specialist (DVMS) for the Alameda District, and covers livestock humane handling and poultry good commercial practice enforcement and policy in California, Arizona and Nevada. Prior to this, she was the DVMS for the Denver District for 3 years. Dr. Anthenill spent 1.5 years in Washington DC as the Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator in 2013-2014. She started as a DVMS in the Dallas District in March 2011 after joining the FSIS agency as a Public Health Veterinarian.

Dr. Anthenill graduated from UC Davis veterinary school, and has an advanced degree in pathology. She has worked in private practice and the CA state diagnostic laboratory system, and taught veterinary anatomy at UC Davis.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: FSIS Update on Noncompliance and Enforcement Actions


Jeffery D. Hill

Jeffery D. Hill

Animal Welfare Specialist,
Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions

Over the past 25 years Jeff Hill has served numerous roles within production agriculture companies, the meat-processing industry, government affairs, research organizations and regulatory services. He continuous to spearhead efforts to improve animal care and handling through the development, implementation and auditing of animal welfare programming.

Jeff currently serves as the Animal Welfare Specialist within the Technical Consulting Solutions business unit for Wood. Wood is a global leader in the provision of engineering, project and technical services to the industrial, energy, food and beverage sectors. Wood provides an integrated, holistic approach to animal welfare consulting services through its 400 worldwide offices and network of over 30,000 licensed engineers.

Over the past 20 years Wood has continues to expand its offerings to the agriculture and agri-food industries with projects ranging from the design of advanced chick hatcheries, integration of advanced production technologies, facility designs for meat processing facilities and development of advanced livestock transportation systems.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Transportation Initiatives: Successes and Challenges


Tim Toliver

Tim Toliver

Corporate Manager Fresh Meats Quality Assurance and AnimalWelfare
Hormel Foods Corporation

Tim is a 30 year employee with Hormel foods serving in multiple different roles in Pork Procurement and Quality Assurance throughout his career. During these 30 years Tim has been directly involved in developing quality management systems,training and auditing for both on farm production and animal welfare and in plant animal handling and welfare for Hormel.

Tim is a PAACO certified auditor and trainer for Meat Plant Auditing and a PAACO certified auditor for on Farm Swine Auditing. Additionally Tim serves on animal welfare committees for both NAMIand NationalPork Board as well as part of the Common Swine Industry Audit Task force.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Teaching Sensibility and Stunning to Employees and Management (Pork)


Ann McDonald

Animal Welfare and PVP Manager
Smithfield Foods

Ann McDonald joined Smithfield Foods in 2006 and is currently Director of Animal Welfare and Pork Quality. Ann attended Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelors and Masters in Animal Science. Ann has spent over sixteen years working in the area of Animal Welfare and is an active member of the NAMI and National Pork Board Animal Welfare committees and a meat plant and Common Swine Industry audit instructor with the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO).

Event: Animal Care and Handling Pre-Conference Workshop
Presentation: Pork Euthanasia: Trucks and Yards


Chuck Bildstein

Product Specialist
Bunzl

Chuck graduated from Hamilton Business College in 1984 with a diploma in Business Management. He has worked in sales & marketing of many different products throughout his career. He started working in his current position of Equipment Sales & Support in 1999 with Enterprise Inc. in Dallas, TX which was purchased by Bunzl in 2003. His current responsibilities include but are not limited to sales, support and training on captive bolt tools and electrical stunning systems at the packing plant and on farm to the producer customers throughout the United States. This support includes cleaning, maintenance, trouble-shooting and proper use of this equipment. He has been member of the NAMI Animal Welfare Committee for several years; he does presentations on captive bolt equipment to University and College faculty and students in the US and Canada. His work was recently recognized by AMI as Vendor of the Year for 2013 for the level of support and service provided to the industry.

Event: Animal Care and Handling Conference
Presentation: Stunner Maintenance and Demonstration


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Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education is committed to providing an optimal educational experience for attendees. Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education reserves the right to deny admission either in advance or on-site to anyone whom the Institute believes will disrupt the conference or hinder the learning experience. This decision will be based in part upon the individual's history and/or the history of the organization with whom the person is affiliated. If you have any questions about whether or not you will be admitted to the conference, please contact NAMI Vice President of Communications, Sarah Little, 202-587-4263, slittle@meatinstitute.org.

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