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About the Event

Based on the impact of COVID-19, the safety of the attendees and global health recommendations regarding large, in-person gatherings the Animal Care and Handling Conference has transitioned to a virtual event this year.

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.


Monday, October 12th

Tuesday, October 13th

Wednesday, October 14th

Thursday, October 15th

Friday, October 16th

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.

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities please contact Jim Goldberg, Director Member Recruitment & Outreach, at 202-587-4206 or jgoldberg@meatinstitute.org

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Media Partners


Jamee Eggers

Jamee Eggers

Producer Education Director,
Iowa Pork Producers Association

Jamee Eggers serves as the Producer Education Director at the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Her responsibilities include facilitating the activities of producer-led committees in the areas of swine health and well-being, research, and producer education. She leads a group of pork producers and stakeholders on a Task Force with efforts focused on prevention and preparedness in the face of foreign animal diseases such as African Swine Fever. Jamee enjoys furthering the vision of the Iowa Pork Producers Association – successful farmers, enriched lives. Prior to her time at Iowa Pork, she was on staff at the National Pork Board and previously at the State Veterinarian’s Office within the Colorado and Nebraska Departments of Agriculture. Jamee received her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and her Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska. Both degrees were in the field of animal science. Jamee and her husband raise and sell purebred pigs throughout the US as well as farm corn and soybeans as the 4th generation on the farm in central Iowa.

Presentation: Pork Depopulation- Lessons Learned


Geraldine Auston

Geraldine Auston

President,
Ag & Food Exchange Commission

Geraldine Auston has over 25 years’ experience working with farming and food clients across Canada in the areas of association and risk management, as well as communications and promotions.

Geraldine has managed a variety of organisations, including the BC Raspberry Growers Association, BC Blueberry Council, BC Mushroom Industry Development Council, BC Farm Animal Care Council, BC Pork Producers Association and BC Hog Marketing Commission. She was director of communications for the BC Cranberry Marketing Commission, and national coordinator of the Canadian Livestock Transport Program.

In her role as president of the Ag & Food Exchange Ltd., she provides issues management expertise for businesses pressured by existing and emerging tactics affecting animal use and related production practices in Canada; as well as speaking and advising internationally.

Presentation: Agro-Terrorism in the Meat and Livestock Industry


Ashley Lembke

Ashley Lembke

Vice President
Food Safety & Quality Assurance
American Foods Group, LLC

Ashley Lembke is the Vice President of Food Safety & Quality Assurance for American Foods Group, LLC. In this capacity she oversees four beef and one pork slaughter facility in the areas of regulatory affairs, food safety, quality assurance and animal welfare. Ashley received her B.S. in Animal Science from Colorado State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Meat Science - Food Microbiology from Texas Tech University. She also serves as co-chair for the Animal Welfare Committee at the North American Meat Institute. Ashley and her husband Tyrel, Head Cattle Buyer for Long Prairie Packing, reside in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She enjoys riding and competing in National Reined Cow Horse Association events

Presentation: Bullet Session


Christopher Ford

Christopher Ford

FBI Dallas Field Office
Special Agent & Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Coordinator

WMD Coordinator Ford joined the FBI in 2005 and was assigned to the FBI Seattle Field Office where he worked WMD, Domestic Terrorism and Civil Rights matters. He was reassigned to the FBI Dallas Field Office in 2008. WMD Coordinator Ford has been a field WMD Coordinator for approximately 14 years. Prior to entering the FBI, WMD Coordinator Ford worked for over five (5) years as a civil engineer and land surveyor.

WMD Coordinator Ford has assorted experiences in WMD- and DT-related investigations, liaison/tripwire establishment and awareness training and has spent a significant amount of time establishing and maintaining critical external partnerships within the north Texas community. WMD Coordinator Ford was the case agent on Major Case 285, which was an international serial hoax white powder letter (WMD) investigation. He is also a member of the FBI Dallas Evidence Response Team and has assisted with the processing dozens of crime scenes, to include several mass shootings and other large-scale crime scenes.

Presentation: Agro-Terrorism in the Meat and Livestock Industry


Chantal LeBlanc

Chantal LeBlanc

Senior Specialist,
Animal Welfare,
Maple Leaf Foods

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

Presentation: Innovation in Poultry Welfare: Broiler Enrichments and Digital Transport Monitoring


Sara Crawford, Ph.D.

Sara Crawford, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President, Sustainability
National Pork Board

Sara Crawford is the assistant vice president of sustainability at the National Pork Board. She joined the Pork Checkoff in 2015 and previously led the retail outreach team and animal welfare programming as part of the organization’s domestic marketing department.

Sara has extensive experience in animal sciences, ranging from farm management to quality assurance programs to academia. Prior to joining the Pork Checkoff, she was a beef and pork vendor specialist for the OSI Group, a provider of food products to many foodservice and retail companies. From 2012 to 2015, Crawford served as an assistant professor and then department chair of the animal sciences department at Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

She has also led quality assurance and research programs with Mars Petcare U.S., and worked as an intern on retail initiatives and meat merchandising programs with U.S. Meat Export Federation (Tokyo), Certified Angus Beef, LLC, and, in the retail space, the Kroger Company.

Crawford has a Ph.D. in animal welfare science, her M.S. in genetics and meat science and an undergraduate degree in animal sciences, all from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Presentation: Pork Depopulation- Lessons Learned


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 32 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 7 states. Dallas and his wife Connie reside in northwest Arkansas.

Presentation: The ABCs of Poultry Handling


Tyler Davis

Tyler Davis

Assistant Professor,
Psychological Sciences,
Texas Tech University

Tyler Davis is Associate Professor of Psychological Science at Texas Tech University where he runs the CAPROCK Lab. The CAPROCK lab focuses on computational neuroscience and its applications to real world questions in health and consumer behavior. Tyler's current focus involves using neuroimaging to understand how people learn and make generalizations about food, animals, medicine, and technology. He's particularly interested in how brain processes and human factors contribute to One Welfare and One Health topics such as adoption of food and animal welfare technologies and zoonotic disease transmission.

Presentation: Consumer Reactions to Animal Welfare Messaging


Emily Yeiser Stepp

Emily Yeiser Stepp

Vice President,
The National Dairy FARM Program,
National Milk Producers Federation

Emily Yeiser Stepp began her involvement in the dairy industry through the 4-H dairy leasing program and then went on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management from Penn State University. Upon graduation from Penn State, Emily worked for ABS Global Inc. as their Young Sire Program Specialist in the Mid-Atlantic region. She then went on to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech and obtained her Master’s of Science degree in Dairy Science. Following her Master’s program, Yeiser Stepp served as the Dairy Initiatives Manager for the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and as the Dairy and Beef Extension Coordinator at the University of Maryland. In her current role as Vice President of the National Dairy FARM Program, Emily oversees the U.S. dairy industry’s social responsibility program that encompasses animal care, antibiotic stewardship, environmental stewardship and workforce development.

Presentation: On-Farm Audit Update


Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Grandin Livestock Handling Systems,
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.

Presentations:
The ABCs of Animal Handling
Stunning and Determining Insensibility and Stunner Maintenance


G. Robert Hagevoort Ph.D.

G. Robert Hagevoort Ph.D.

Extension Dairy Specialist & Associate Professor
NMSU Ag Science Center at Clovis

Dr. Robert Hagevoort, a native of The Netherlands, is an Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist at New Mexico State University. Prior to joining NMSU in November of 2005, Dr. Hagevoort served for over 10 years as an independent dairy management consultant primarily in California’s southern and central Valley. As an Extension Specialist, he has been working closely with the dairy industry in New Mexico and across the West regarding many regulatory and environmental issues. In an effort to rebuild a dairy program, Hagevoort is one of the co-founders of the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, which provided the incentive for a re-establishment of a minor in dairy at NMSU. A key component of his current program is the development and implementation of a comprehensive dairy workforce training & safety program. A great deal of time is spent working individually with dairies and collectively with producer associations on implementing and evaluating comprehensive workforce training programs in dairy safety, animal handling, parlor performance, calf care, feeder performance, and hospital and maternity care. A recent direction, because of expressed producer needs, is a focus on the development of effective middle-manager training programs.

Presentation: Addressing Mental Health for Animal Handlers


Jason McAlister

Jason McAlister

Director of Animal Welfare,
Triumph Foods

Jason McAlister is the Director of Animal Welfare for Triumph Foods. He 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.

Presentation: Pandemic Effects on Animal Welfare


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.

Presentation: Innovation in Poultry Welfare: Broiler Enrichments and Digital Transport Monitoring


Monica Kramer McConkey

Monica Kramer McConkey

Rural Mental Health Specialist,
Eyes on the Horizon Consulting

Monica Kramer McConkey has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a counselor, program supervisor and administrator. Her focus throughout her career has been to increase access to, and remove the stigma often attached to mental health services. Monica grew up on a farm in northwestern Minnesota and has intimate understanding of the dynamics leading to farm stress and its impact on farm families. She currently works as one of two Rural Mental Health Specialists in Minnesota providing support to farmers and their families through a contract with the MN Ag Centers of Excellence and Farm Business Management. Monica also travels throughout the country speaking on the impact of Emotional Stress on the Farm through her consulting business Eyes on the Horizon Consulting, LLC.

Presentation: Addressing Mental Health for Animal Handlers


Neal Matthews

Neal Matthews

Neal Matthews, Applied Meat Scientist and Nutritionist, PIC,

Neal Matthews grew up in Arkansas on a small farm that had pigs, cattle, and chickens and this is where his love for working with animals began. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in Agriculture with an emphasis in Animal Science. He obtained a Master’s of Science and PhD in swine nutrition from Louisiana State University with a focus on nutritional manipulation of pork composition and quality. Following his PhD he conducted a 1 year post-doctorate teaching growth and development biology and continuing research in the area of nutrition and meat science. Upon leaving the university he accepted a position as Technical Services Manager and Meat Scientist at Premium Standard Farms a fully integrated swine company with over 200,000 sows. There he conducted research in the areas of meat science, nutrition, fat quality and genetics along with managing aspects of pork quality in the 2 packing facilities and developing payment matrixes for procurement of pigs. In 2008, Neal began working for PIC as a Performance Validation Supervisor based in the United States. In this role, Neal has been involved with development, analysis, and interpretation of research data, developing tools for optimum market weight, auditing packing facilities to optimize meat quality and working in the area of fat quality. In this role, Neal has worked in packing plants in many different countries including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Croatia, Poland, South Africa, Equator, Bolivia, and Australia. Neal spent a 2.5 year period living in Spain and working throughout Europe and returned to reside in the U.S. in June of 2017 where he continues to work globally in the areas of applied meat science.

Presentation: Carbon Dioxide: Past, Present and Future


Quita Bowman Blackwell

Dr. Quita Bowman Blackwell

National Humane Handling Enforcement Coordinator
Food Safety and Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

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.

Presentation: Regulatory Update


Dr. Rhonda Miller

Dr. Rhonda Miller

Professor,
AgriLife Research Fellow & AMSA Meat Science Fellow,
Department of Animal Science,
Texas A&M University

Dr. Rhonda Miller is a professor in the meat science section in the Department of Animal Science. She holds appointments on the Faculty of Food Science and Technology and the Graduate Faculty of Nutrition.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and her doctorate from Colorado State University. She conducted her doctorate research in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Clay Center, Nebraska.

Dr. Miller teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in meat science and sensory science. In addition, she directs the Sensory Testing Facility within the Department of Animal Science.

Dr. Miller conducts research on the quality, quantity, safety and usefulness of meat and meat products through her appointment with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. Her current research is on the antemortem and postmortem factors affecting the composition, palatability and quality of red meat; development of automated grading technology to determine quality in beef and pork; and the use of non-meat ingredients to improve the shelf-life and/or safety of red meat with emphasis on development of value-added red meat products.

Presentation: Consumer Reactions to Animal Welfare Messaging


Kyle Shipman

Kyle Shipman, DVM

Director,
Avian Health & Field Operations,
Indiana State Board of Animal Health

Dr. Kyle Shipman serves as Director of Field Operations for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH). He is a graduate of Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Agriculture (Animal Sciences). Shortly after joining BOAH, Dr. Shipman played a significant role in the agency’s response to the highly pathogenic avian influenza event in Dubois County in 2016. He has also helped lead the extended response to bovine tuberculosis in cattle in Southeastern Indiana.

Dr. Shipman continues to expand his knowledge about responding to diseases of high consequence. In early 2020, he traveled to Uganda to participate in an international, hands-on training course to learn first-hand how to diagnose and respond to cases of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). He is a USDA-certified and trained Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician.

Dr. Shipman is currently serving his second term as treasurer for the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. In 2020 he completed Indiana AgrIIntstitute’s two-year Agricultural Leadership Program as part of Class 18.

Presentation: Poultry Depopulation


Janice Swanson

Dr. Janice Swanson

Director of Animal Welfare and Professor,
Michigan State University

Dr. Janice Swanson is professor and director of Animal Welfare at Michigan State University since 2007. She is cross appointed in the MSU Departments of Animal Science and Large Animal Clinical Sciences. Swanson directs outreach, teaching and research on farm animal welfare with a focus on social responsibility in the food system. Swanson received a PhD in Applied Ethology from the University of Maryland. Her professional career includes five years as a technical information specialist in the USDA Animal Welfare Information Center and 15 years on the faculty of the Department of Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State University. In addition to academic responsibilities, Swanson provides expertise on farm animal care and welfare to government, animal production organizations, commodity groups, and the food industries. Swanson co-chaired the third edition of the Federation of Animal Science Societies Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals Used in Research and Teaching and chairs the taskforce for the Michigan Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices for the Care of Farm Animals mandated under the Michigan Animal Industry Act.

Presentation: Ethics in Animal Agriculture


Beth S. Thompson

Dr. Beth S. Thompson

Executive Director,
State Veterinarian,
Minnesota Board of Animal Health

Dr. Beth S. Thompson is the current Executive Director of the MN Board of Animal Health, and State Veterinarian. Dr. Thompson earned her DVM and swine medicine certification from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 2007. After graduation, she spent over a year as a swine production system veterinarian for a Minnesota based company. She joined the Board as a senior veterinarian in July 2008. She also has a JD from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Dr. Thompson is involved in a number of veterinary organizations, including the United State Animal Health Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, MN Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Swine Veterinarians. She is the current chair of the cattle committee of USAHA, and chair of the North Central district of USAHA, and is also on the National Animal Health Laboratory Network Coordinating Committee. Dr. Thompson grew up on a farm in northeastern South Dakota.

Presentation: Pork Depopulation- Lessons Learned


Lindy Froebel

Lindy Froebel

Senior Advisor for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs,
National Turkey Federation,

Lindy Froebel joined the National Turkey Federation in 2019 and serves as the Senior Advisor for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs. As part of her duties she monitors regulatory policies and research that impacts the production of US turkey products, with a focus on animal health and welfare and food safety. Froebel received her PhD at Texas A&M University where her coursework and research focused primarily on mitigation strategies used to advance animal health and performance in addition to pre-harvest and post-harvest interventions to improve the microbial safety of foods.

Presentation: On-Farm Audit Update


Dan Loy

Dan Loy

Professor of Animal Science,
Extension Beef Specialist,
Iowa State University

Dan Loy is a Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Beef Center. He has also served as an Extension Beef Specialist for Iowa since 1982, giving leadership to ISU’s program to the cattle feeding industry. His research interests have focused on applied feedlot nutrition and beef production and management systems. He is also an instructor for an advanced Beef Systems Management course and a popular guest lecturer.

Presentation: Pandemic Issues for Cattle- Lessons Learned


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.

Presentation: Analyzing and Responding to FSIS Regulatory Actions


Tiffany Lee

Tiffany Lee, DVM, PhD

Director,
Regulatory and Scientific Affairs

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.

Presentations:
Developing Metrics: Trust in Animal Protein
African Swine Fever: Prevention and Planning
Carbon Dioxide: Past, Present and Future


Casey Lynn
Gallimore

Casey Lynn Gallimore

Director,
Regulatory and Scientific Affairs

Casey Lynn Gallimore serves as a Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs at the North American Meat Institute where she provides expertise on a variety of topics including: food safety, HACCP, audit compliance, regulatory issues, processing, and offal products.

Prior to joining the Meat Institute, Gallimore spent seven years in the food industry in food safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance roles. She has worked in FDA and USDA regulated facilities ranging from chocolate and ingredient manufacturing to portion cut steaks and market hog slaughter.

Gallimore earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Truman State University, with minors in Chemistry and Justice Systems.

Presentation: An Overview of the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS)


Jesse
Fulton

Jesse Fulton

Director,
Producer Education,
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Jesse Fulton is originally from the Northeastern corner of the bluegrass state along the Ohio river in Lewis County, KY. His interest in agriculture began on his grandparent’s dairy operation and from there grew by lending a helping hand on neighboring cow/calf operations. After completing his Bachelor’s in Animal Science at Morehead State University, Jesse went on to pursue his Master's focusing in meat science at South Dakota State University.

Some of Jesse’s research included the effect of copper and zinc source on pre-weaning performance of cows, health and performance of suckling calves, and post-weaning feedlot performance, carcass composition and meat quality of calves.

He is now the Director of Producer Education with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver, CO. His duties include, managing Cattlemen’s College, overseeing the National Beef Quality Audit, leading the development of the Beef Quality Assurance online training modules and educational materials.

Presentation: On-Farm Audit Update


Stephanie Wisdom

Stephanie Wisdom, MS PAS

Director of Animal Welfare,
National Pork Board

Stephanie Wisdom is the Director of Animal Welfare for the National Pork Board, headquartered in Clive, IA. She assists in the implementation of animal welfare and welfare-related programs. Her essential job functions include overseeing animal care content for NPB's certification programs, assisting with We Care programming and managing industry PQA Plus Site Assessment data. Wisdom also facilitates the implementation of the Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) while serving as the primary NPB staff member on the CSIA Task Force. In addition, Wisdom assists in the development and delivery of educational material for producers and veterinarians.

Presentation: On-Farm Audit Update


Ryan
Algino

Ryan Algino

Animal Welfare Manager
JBS

Ryan Algino is the Animal Welfare Manager for JBS USA’s Beef Division. He is responsible for overseeing the animal welfare programs for their nine U.S. beef facilities and interacting with customers and industry groups on animal welfare. He is a PAACO Certified Meat Plant Auditor and is a member of the NAMI Animal Welfare Committee. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Food Science and started his career with JBS in 2010 in Technical Services at their Greeley facility. Ryan and his family reside in the Greeley, CO area

Presentation: Bullet Session


Leif
Lykke

Leif Lykke

Research Scientist,
Marel

Leif Lykke is the Senior Research Scientist for Pork and Cattle at Marel. His main field of work includes national and international consulting on plant design and process planning and technical solutions for the improvement of animal handling. He also lead a project that improved animal welfare by use of optimized stunning methods.

Presentation: Carbon Dioxide: Past, Present and Future


Lori
Ernst

Lori Ernst

Senior VP of Audit Services,
Food Safety Net Services,

Lori began her career in the food industry when working at a steak cutting operation while pursuing her under graduate degree. She subsequently spent 20 years in meat processing facilities, a majority of the time in operational management.

Lori obtained an MBA from Colorado State University in 2006. She began working for FSNS C&A in 2007 as an auditor and was subsequently promoted to her current role as SVP of Audit Services. With a strong background in the meat industry Lori has lead the FSNS C&A audit team and supported facilities across the industry.

As SVO of Audit Services she is responsible for maintaining the integrity of FSNS C&A audit and certification programs, developing and implementing new programs and procedures, training new employees, and oversight of FSNS C&A’s Certification Body.

Presentation: Auditing Panel- Adjustments and Changes in 2020


Eric Mittenthal

Eric Mittenthal

Vice President,
Sustainability
NAMI

Eric Mittenthal is the vice president of sustainability at the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), previously serving as the organization’s vice president of public affairs since 2012. He leads the Meat Institute’s sustainability initiatives and also focuses on developing communications to bust myths on the role of meat in the diet and how meat is produced.

Mittenthal joined NAMI from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) where he worked closely with dietitians and led IFIC’s efforts in communicating with journalists and influencers. Mittenthal moved to Washington D.C. following a career as a television reporter and producer in several markets around the country including Atlanta, Jacksonville, NC and Idaho Falls, ID. He graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and also received a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.

Presentation: Developing Metrics: Trust in Animal Protein


Mike Siemens, Ph.D.

Mike Siemens, Ph.D.

Senior Business Development Director,
Arrowsight,

Dr. Siemens was raised on a diversified farming operation in Northern Indiana. Dr. Siemens obtained his B.S. from Purdue University and his M.S. & PhD from the University of Missouri.

Following his time at the University of Missouri Dr. Siemens took a faculty position with the University of Wisconsin as their State Beef Cattle Specialist with tenure. Following his 10 years at the UW he then took a position with Smithfield Foods, Inc. as their Director of Integrated Meat Technology where he was responsible for animal welfare oversight.

In 2006 Dr. Siemens and his family moved to Wichita, KS where he took a position with Cargill as their Global Leader - Animal Welfare and Husbandry where he oversaw all animal welfare efforts for the Global meat businesses.

In 2017 Dr. Siemens took a positon with Arrowsight Inc. as their Sr Vice President - Global Animal Welfare Officer where he works with major food companies to help them enhance their efforts in the areas of animal welfare and husbandry.

Dr. Siemens is or has been a member of the Animal Welfare Committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, North American Meat Institute where he was a past committee chairman. Dr. Siemens has been a member of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and also advised the US and Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and currently serves or has served on numerous animal welfare advisory boards in North America for companies and organizations in the animal protein industry.

Dr. Siemens is married to his wife Dr. Angie Siemens, Cargill Vice President – Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory. They have one son Nicholas, a Freshman at Kansas State University, who pretty much takes care of what ever free time there may be.

Presentation: Auditing Panel- Adjustments and Changes in 2020


Crystal Wagner

Crystal Wagner

Senior Animal Welfare Manager
Tyson

Crystal Wagner is the Senior Animal Welfare Manager for the Tyson Fresh Meats division. She is responsible for supporting the Fresh Meats Animal Welfare programs and initiatives by working collaboratively with the Operations, Procurement and FSQA teams within the Beef and Pork divisions. Her responsibilities include developing and administer training, conducting audits and observations, and working with animal welfare leadership from across the business to ensure our organization has consistent execution of training. All while working to meet or exceed established animal welfare requirements. Crystal has a Bachelor’s Degree in animal science from Iowa State University. She has been with Tyson since 2011 starting as an FSQA Manager at the Denison, Iowa Beef Plant. During her time with the organization she has worked in various capacities within Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Leadership Development, and Human Resources before rejoining the Animal Welfare/FSQA Team.

Presentation: Bullet session


Michael Martin

Michael Martin, DVM, MPVM, ACPV

Director of Poultry Programs,
Veterinary Division,
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Dr. Martin has been the director of Poultry Programs at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the past three years. Previously, he was Associate Professor at the North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine where he was the head of poultry clinical activities and residency program. He obtained his veterinary degree, Masters of Preventative Medicine (MPVM), and poultry medicine residency training from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis and is a board-certified Diplomate by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Presentation: Poultry Depopulation


Karen Christensen

Karen Christensen

Senior Director of Animal Wellbeing,
Tyson Foods

Karen Christensen is the Senior Director of Animal Wellbeing at Tyson Foods. She has over 30 years of experience in animal care and wellbeing. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Animal Sciences from Washington State University and her PhD in Poultry Physiology from Mississippi State University.

Presentation: Auditing Panel- Adjustments and Changes in 2020


Steen Weihe

Steen Weihe

Researcher and Manager,
R&D and Innovation,
Marel

Steen Weihe is a Researcher and the Manager of R&D and Innovation for Marel. He formally worker for Kongsklide Industries as the R&D manager and before that, the Engineering Manager. His education is in Mechanical Engineering/Naval Architecture.

Presentation: Carbon Dioxide: Past, Present and Future


Matt Jones

Matt Jones

VP of Operations,
Validus

Matt Jones is the Vice President of Operations for Validus. Validus conducts audits for: animal welfare, environment, feed mills, food safety, worker care and hemp. Validus is also a certifying body for Safe Quality Foods (SQF) audits and completes audits for milk, meat, eggs, and feed mills. Matt is a certified auditor and instructor for Validus programs and is a certified auditor for the SQF program. He is responsible for working with the Program Managers in the Audit Department to make sure that client’s needs are met, and that the division is meeting their goals. He is also responsible for the training and background of the auditors that conduct audits for Validus throughout the United States. As of March of 2016, Validus is now a division of “Where Food Comes From”.

Prior to becoming Vice President of Operations, Jones was the Senior Director of Audits. He started with Validus working on the On-Farm Assessment and Environmental Review (OFAER) Program as a Program Manager. Jones has been with Validus since 2003.

His previous work experience, Jones was a shipping manager and a lab technician at a swine genetics facility (boar stud) in southern Iowa for two years. Jones was also an assistant farm manager on a 3,000 acre corn/soybean operation for three years after graduation from college. Jones is a graduate of Iowa State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Matt and his family live on a small acreage near Lynnville, Iowa.

Presentation: Auditing Panel- Adjustments and Changes in 2020


Jennifer Raspaldo

Jennifer Raspaldo

Director of Quality
OSI Group

Jennifer Raspaldo is the Director of Quality, Materials at OSI Group. She is responsible for direction and technical expertise to the company’s North American processing locations in design, support, implementation, and maintenance of OSI’s raw material and ingredient approved vendors. She oversees and manages data for customer specific US Beef Approved Raw Material Suppliers list-including review of 3rd party audits of slaughter plants for GMP, BSE-SRM, and Animal Welfare expectations. Jennifer received he Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her Master’s in Animal Science from Colorado State University.

Presentation: Pandemic Effects on Animal Welfare


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.

Presentation: Stunning and Determining Insensibility and Stunner Maintenance


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